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april national heartworm awareness


April 04, 2019

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Spring is here and with spring we see buds popping out, flowers beginning to blossom and our pets getting to spend more time enjoying being outside. April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, and Salt Lake County Animal Services wants pet owners to be ready to protect their pets year round!

Spring brings with in an invasion of mosquito larvae which grow to adults that spread heartworm disease from dog to dog and cat to cat. A grown adult mosquito can drink 1 1/2 times their body weight. Salt Lake City is # 1 among the top 10 cities in the country for a percentage increase in the number of dogs testing positive for the disease.

Heartworm infection has been detected in all 50 states. In January 2019 in the Salt Lake Area, 666 dogs were tested, of those only one dog tested positive for heartworm. In February, 675 dogs were tested, 11 tested positive. These may not be high numbers but there is an increasing prevalence that is very concerning.

The disease is caused by a foot-long worm that lives in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of the affected animal. When a mosquito bites an infected animal and then bites an uninfected animal, the larvae are deposited onto the surface of the animals’ skin and enter through the wound. Once inside the host, it takes approximately 6 months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. Once mature, heartworms can live for 5-7 years. This can cause lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs. If left untreated several hundred adults will infiltrate the heart and lungs and eventually will result in death.

In the early stages of the disease, animals show few or no symptoms. That’s why prevention is the best approach. Initial signs of heartworm disease in dogs may include: Mild persistent cough, inactivity, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss

Initial signs of heartworm disease in cats may include: Coughing or asthma like symptoms, periodic vomiting, lack of appetite, and/or weight loss.

It only takes one heartworm infected animal to substantially increase the number of infected mosquitoes that can transmit heartworm parasites.

With changing climates that are extending the mosquitoes breeding season heartworm disease in dogs and cats will only continue to rise. There are currently 70 varieties of mosquitoes that spread heartworm disease.

Heartworm disease is almost 100% preventable. You will need to have your dog or cat tested for heartworm disease before administering a preventative. It is a simple test that is administered by your veterinarian. The test requires a small blood sample and works by detecting the presence of heartworm proteins.

You need to test annually even if your animal is on a preventative. The medicines are highly effective, but it is necessary to test to confirm they are working. Heartworm disease is a dangerous and progressive disease.

For more information on the top 10 cities that have experienced an increase in heartworm disease follow this link: http://www.petsandparasites.org/about-capc/top-ten-cities-reports/

If you are interested in having a heartworm test done for your animal, please contact your veterinarian.

To find out more information on Heartworm disease : https://www.heartwormsociety.org/


where are they now fifi


March 21, 2019

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At Salt Lake County Animal Services we love getting updates on our pets that have been adopted from the shelter. Here is Fifi's story. If you have a story you would like to share about your pet that you adopted from us please email adoptions@slco.org.


Fifi came into our family in 2010. We adopted her from Salt Lake County Animal Services. 

She was a great older puppy...we got her at around 5 or 6 months if I remember correctly. She was smart, learned where/how to potty train quickly and was an always ever present little chica with our 4 boys... 2 of which were 3 and 2 yrs old when she came into our home. She loved to go to the park and run everywhere with the boys as they practiced for basketball, football, and baseball. She was a tiny speeding bullet as fast as she was!! She always loved to tag along with the boys.

Life has been great with Fifi. She loved to play and had lots of fun as a puppy. She even loved to stay up late and watch late night movies on weekends. 

Now... at 9 years old... Fifi is an older lady and just wants to lounge. She is still playful now and then...but not for very long. She loves to lay in the sun on the backyard grass on warm summer days... but most of all, she loves her bed and blanket. She loves her naps and loves her people but she is slowly heading toward her twilight years and she now loves the slower pace of naps and good food from her boys. 

Even as an older gal, she is ALWAYS quick to defend home and hearth from anyone who knocks at "her" front door or comes into her house. The years just melt away... she becomes the feisty quick footed girl that she was as a youngster when someone knocks at our door or comes into the house. When we let her know that all is well, she walks back to her bed with a little side eye for whomever is visiting our home at the moment. She is our little guard dog and has lots of heart. In her youth she once tried to defend one of the boys from a large dog who she thought was a threat. Eventually she was picked up off the ground and held out of reach of the bigger dog, and the  owner caught their dog but we've always known that she does not lack courage.

We love Fifi and hope she is around in 10 more years so we can let you know that shes still around... at the moment, she is loving her life of ease and contentment 😊😁

Sincerely,

Verlinda & Family


volunteer of the month karen seifert


March 21, 2019

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poison prevention month


March 08, 2019

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Understanding what potential and harmful pet poisons exist in your home and yard is the first step in keeping your pets safe. At Salt Lake County Animal Services, we want to help you keep your pets healthy and happy!

Pets can become ill by ingesting many common household foods, product and plants. Inspecting your home (Outside included) can help reduce the risk. Pets are curious and often cannot resist smelling, tasting and even sometimes swallowing foods, plants and other items that are of interest to them.

“Poison-proofing” your home is important, and you can take some very simple steps to secure areas and significantly reduce the chance of your dog or cat coming into contact with a toxic substance. There are numerous household food and products that can be toxic to pets.

 Here are a some of them:

*Alcohol

*Bones

*Caffeine

*Chocolate

*Grapes and Raisins

*Medicine/supplements (IE: Ib profen, acetaminophen)

*Onions/garlic/Chives/leeks/shallots

*Macadamia nuts

*Unbaked bread yeast dough

*Table salt

*Xylitol

*Mice and rat poisons

*Snail Bait

*Lawn pesticides

*Antifreeze

*Glue (IE: Gorilla Glue)

*Household plants 

 

The ASPCA has put together a list on their website of poisonous substances including plants, human foods, human medications and more:  https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control

Symptoms of accidental poisoning. Some symptoms will result in an immediate reaction while others may take several days. Here are some general symptoms to looks for:

*Drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea

*Lethargy, weakness

*Pale or yellowish gums,

*Excessive Thirst

*Nervousness, hyperactivity, muscle tremors, seizure, coma

If you think your pet has ingested something harmful please act immediately. Contact your Veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline for assistance. Timely and accurate identification of the substance is very important. If you have the container or package in hand it can save very valuable time and may save your pets life.


where are they now max and thunder


February 27, 2019

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Max and Thunder were adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services in 2014. Here's an update from their family and how much they love them! Our staff loves to hear how adoption has changed lives of both pets and people. 

We got these two about 5 years ago. Max is the black and white one. He used to be Martin and his adoption photo showed him cowering in the back of his kennel. He was skinny as a rail and estimated to be 3 years in age. He was friendly and purred instantly when pet. His first couple of months at home we had to hide the loaves of bread because we used to find them ripped open in the living room and the bread eaten. What kind of life had he previously had that he knew how to do that? He's fatter and still kind, but turns his nose up at anything but his Purina cat chow. We've had to take him to the vet a time or two and we always get complimented on what a good cat he is. He"s never growled, hissed, bit, or scratched a vet tech even during the uncomfortable parts of an exam. He's been absolutely lovely to my kids. 

Thunder is the tabby. His name used to be Poseidon and he had one of those glam photo shots. He was standing,  eyes wide,  ears perked, with shiny Mardi Gras beads draped about his neck. In person he was cute, fluffy, and soft. We found out he had been adopted but recently returned after a few days. We took him home and marveled how anyone could take this lovable guy back. Turns out Thunder is a furniture scratcher. He tore up my brand new couches and chair that I had saved up for months to buy. Alas, kitty claws, double sided tape, and a brand new 5 foot tall cat tree did nothing to help. I even bought some cat calming spray. To be fair he does use the cat scratchers. It's just too bad he equally uses my couches. We love him though. He's unique in that he doesn't mind being touched or held. He'll rest his head on you like a dog. I've never known a cat to let you touch him on your terms, not their's. He's a sweet boy. 

~ Cindy

We love hearing about how pets adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services are doing. If you've adopted from us and want to share your story, please email adoptions@slco.org.



2019 valentines top10


February 04, 2019

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10 ideas for you and your pup this Valentine’s Day

Why not skip the stressful dinner reservations and overpriced gifts and take some time out for the one the always gives you undivided attention and unconditional love: your dog. Here's some ideas from Salt Lake County Animal Services to treat yourself and your pup.


1.Treat Yourselves

Enjoy a little Valentine Day treat, or just treat your guilty pleasure any time of the year. We all deserve a little something now and again. Several places have special doggy treats on their menu.

Here are few for you both to enjoy:

Starbucks-add a Puppuccino to your order (A little whipped cream in a small cup.)

In -N- Out Burger-Ask for the “Pup Patty” for your furry friend (Unseasoned burger in a signature doggy bag.)

Shake Shack- Pooch-ini (Peanut butter sundae with a dog biscuit) or a handful of biscuits to choose from by Bocce’s Bakery in NYC.

Dairy Queen- A Pup Cup (Free with purchase)- Doggy-sized portion of vanilla ice cream.


2.Check out a dog friendly Café or Restaurant

Need a coffee fix? Maybe some dinner and drinks? There are several dog friendly cafés and restaurants in the valley that you can have your best friend by your side while you enjoy a cup of java or a drink and some dinner.

Here are approved restaurants who allow dogs on their patios in Salt Lake.

Brewhouse Pub, Campfire Lounge, Caputos 15th & 15th, Fisher Brewing Company, Proper Burger, Squatters, Taqueria 27, Pig and a Jelly Jar and Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria.


3.Enjoy some retail therapy

Go on a fun trip to one of your local pet stores and pick out a fun new toy or treat.

 

4.Take a hike

You can get out and burn off those guilty pleasures you enjoyed. There are many on and off leash hikes to enjoy. Make sure you bring plenty of water for both you and your pup.


5.Make some new friends

If your dog is social with other dogs, take an outing to your local dog park and let out some energy. Who knows you may just make a dog loving new friend as well.

 

6.Have a picnic

Most dogs love walks and treats. Why not combine them and have a fun picnic outing? Grab a blanket, some dog friendly snacks and their favorite toy for a post-picnic play time. If the weather is not permitting, you can always save this one for a nicer day.


7. Take in a movie

The truth is your dog loves spending time with you and a quiet night on the couch with some popcorn and blankets can be relaxing for you both. In the summer you can head out and enjoy a movie under the stars at many of our Summer movie nights in the park.


8.Go swimming

If your dog loves to swim, don’t let the winter weather stop you from getting out and having some fun. Barley's Recreation Center has an indoor pool just for dogs! Your dog can have a swim session, a massage, acupuncture, behavior training and even get a bath


9.Check out a concert

This one may be more of a summer time activity but there are many outdoor venues that you can take your pup too. We recommend something not too loud, as we all know loud noises can frighten our four-legged friends.


10.Have a Nice Dinner at home

Nothing like a cozy night in with your best friend. Maybe you can skip their normal bag or canned food and cook something that would be dog friendly. Just be mindful of food sensitivities and keep the portions appropriate for your dog’s size.

 

If you are looking for a new friend to add to your family look at the wonderful dogs, cats and rabbits waiting to be adopted at Salt Lake County Animal Services.


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January 28, 2019

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where are they now feb19


January 28, 2019

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Sweet little Peanut was adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services in October of 2018. Here's an update from his new family! Our staff loves to hear how adoption has changed lives of both pets and people. 

We adopted Peanut in October of 2018! We love him just as much as he loves us! He loves to play and is spoiled rotten like his other 4-legged sister. He now has a harness. He has so many toys that he enjoys playing with. He enjoys tug-a-war. He likes to run around the house chasing his big brother and sister! He thinks it's funny to drive his little 4-legged sister up the wall! He really is the best puppy! Loves to go for car rides loves to go for runs with his 2-legged sister! He loves his treats! Potty training is going pretty good! He loves to cuddle and sleep with me when he's tired out from playing or needs a nap. I could go on and on! He really is a great dog and we are so happy we found him!  A few weeks ago, I found out my older dog had an aggressive cancer and had to put her to sleep.

I knew I wanted another dog so I left my heart open and knew when the time was right, I would find another dog that I could feel an instant connection with. I thought a lot about shelter dogs, and we adopted a Chihuahua mix from the Humane Society of Utah and she has been an amazing dog. If I could I would adopt all the dogs and give them a forever home. I was sad to see so many dogs at the shelter. Long story short, I felt adoption was best for my family because so many dogs need a good home. The day I found Peanut I was at Salt Lake Animal Services to pay the registration on my other dog and I walked through the dogs and saw him. Right away I felt so much love and knew he was going to be my dog and that's what happened. Ever since that day he has brought so much more happiness into our lives!

~ Amber

We love hearing about how pets adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services are doing. If you've adopted from us and want to share your story, please email adoptions@slco.org.

 


top 10 resolutions 2019


January 10, 2019

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Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet

It is hard to believe but it's that time of year again, the time we make New Year’s Resolutions. It's easy to allow many of the promises we make to ourselves fizzle out, so why not try something new this year and make resolutions for you and your dog!

Here are a few ideas from Salt Lake County Animal Services to help you and your dog have a healthy and happy year ahead and you never know maybe by fulfilling your dog’s resolutions it will inspire you to keep a few of your own.

1. Get Healthy

This seems to the number one resolution us humans set for ourselves year to year. Well this resolution can apply to your dog as well. Maybe the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the cold weather have kept you from those daily walks. Now is the perfect time to get back on track.

Weather not permitting? Look at some indoor exercises and activities you can do together.

2. Kick bad habits

Maybe your dog is still begging for food at the table or could use some work on leash manners. Dedicate this year to getting a handle on bad habits, whatever they may be. Helping your dog to be the best dog that he/she can be will reduce stress and make for a healthier and happier household.

3. Meet new friends

I am sure you have heard how important it is to socialize your dog as a puppy, truth is it is vital to do so at all stages of your dog’s life. Consider scheduling a play date with one of your friendly neighborhood dogs or visiting a local doggy day care or dog park. You never know, in the process you may just expand your own social circle.

4. Learn something new

Whether you have an adult dog who has not learned any new commands in a while or a puppy who needs training, teach your dog something new this year. It is a lot of fun for you and your dog to show off their skills; they're learning important commands and getting mind work in the process.

5. Pay it forward

Maybe your dog has the right temperament to become a therapy animal. Dogs have a natural selflessness about them and just want to be loved. You both might enjoy volunteering your time to schools, hospitals or your local library for a kids reading program.

6. Discover a new hobby

Picking up an activity can help to boost your dog’s physical and mental well-being. Not sure what to look for? Consider sports like K9 Nose work, dock diving, agility or fly-ball.

7. Take a trip

Been thinking about a road trip? There's no time like the present! Take a look at some dog travel trips and hit the road with your best friend for an adventure you will both remember.

8. Make sure to go to the doctor

This is truly one of your most important resolutions. If you have been putting off scheduling your vet appointment, don’t wait any longer. Regular exams and preventive care are essential and can help you to catch many health problems before they progress.

9. Consider fostering

Fostering is an amazing way to help a dog in need. Your dog can be a wonderful teacher to a dog who is hoping to find a forever home and help them to learn important skills that they can’t in a kennel in a shelter. Fostering provides valuable information to a potential adopter. Dogs are truly the best teachers to other dogs.

10. Send an update

One of our favorite resolutions is promising to reconnect with the people we have lost touch with. You can do the same for your dog. If you adopted your dog from a shelter or rescue send them an update and let them know how he/she is doing. Staff, volunteers, and fosters LOVE updates and to see pictures of them enjoying their forever home.

Find out more about Salt Lake County Animal Services foster program and FREE behavior workshops on our "calendar" page. Questions? Email animal@slco.org.


january 2019 where are they ash


January 02, 2019

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Meet Ash, he was adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services in 2018 and he is doing wonderful in his new home!

Ash was originally "just a foster" but having him in our home brought out his great qualities that you can't teach a dog to have. He is affectionate, great with my nieces and nephews, loves to please us, excels at learning new tricks, is good with other dogs and is good off leash. These good qualities were hidden in the shelter by his barrier reactivity and separation anxiety and every time I left him at best friends society it broke my heart to see these negative qualities brought out and his sense of security dwindle. At first I thought that it would be unfair to adopt him while living in an apartment but the longer we kept the more we realized that we were the best family for him and that he was happy with us. We became so attached to him and he became so attached to us that he already was ours and we had to adopt him. 

Nowadays Ash is known as Ashton or when he's playful we call him Sharky. He loves to go hiking and running and his stamina has come a long way since his terrible bout of kennel cough. His furthest distant running to date is 7 miles and he stayed strong. Our favorite trail is Desolation and he loves jumping from rock to rock at the overlook like a mountain goat. His all time favorite game is chase and I haven't seen any dog at the park faster than he is. He has a neighbor girlfriend who is a border collie named Mylah (she chases the ball and he chases her its a perfect combo!). I am no longer worried about him being unhappy in an apartment, it is obvious he has the most activities of any other dog I know. We love him so much and I can't believe how much joy he brings us! - Lindsey

We love hearing about how pets adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services are doing. If you've adopted from us and want to share your story, please email adoptions@slco.org.


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January 02, 2019

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Interested in volunteering? Email animalvolunteer@slco.org. Or visit our volunteer page for more information. 


adopting a pet during holidays


December 12, 2018

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There have been many mixed opinions on getting a pet for Christmas and often at Salt Lake County Animal Services we are told that the holidays are not the right time. But any time is a good time to bring love into your life, and what greater gift can we give to an animal than a loving, lasting home.

If you are considering bringing a pet into your home whether it is now, or it is 6 months from now. You need to be ready.

  • No matter when you adopt a pet, be sure you are ready for a long-term commitment to care for and love the animal, and that your household is able.

  • Don’t just give a pet as a gift to someone without first making sure they want a companion animal. Some people might love animals but not have the time or the ability to care for one. It’s also a good idea to let the person pick out their own pet. Consider taking them into a shelter or rescue to let them find the perfect pet for themselves.
  • Timing is everything. The holidays tend to be rather busy and our pets can get a little stressed. If you’re planning to go out of town or have a houseful of family guests, schedule the adoption when you’ll have more time to devote to your new family member. That might mean adopting now, giving the pet a chance to acclimate to its new home and settle in before the madness starts, or possibly waiting until after the holidays. It doesn’t mean you can’t have a pet now; you’ll just need to take precautions to keep it safe and happy.

  • It’s important that children realize from an early age that a pet is a living, breathing creature that requires gentle handling, proper feeding and a certain amount of clean up. Let’s be honest, there are some adults who need to learn those lessons, too. Children learn to love and respect all animals by having a pet in the family. Showing them how it’s done will help your child become a better, kinder person and learn responsibility.

A few things to remember as you head out to potentially add a new family member to your home. Include everyone in the adoption. “Meet and greet” It is just as important that your current pets find your new addition as good of a fit as you do.

Consider lifestyle factors and what is the best pet for your home. Are you looking for an adventure seeker or a couch potato? Make sure you are ready for the responsibility of a new pet.

We hope you’ll consider bringing a pet home this holiday. The love they share is the greatest gift of all.

Take a look at our Hoppy Meowlidays promotion for Cats, Bunnies and small mammals this month. We're offering $5 adoption fees for these furry friends through December 31, 2018. 


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November 21, 2018

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When pets are adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services, staff members love to get updates on the new life they go on to live with their new families. 

Here is an update from Beastie's Family: 

Beastie, The Red dog adopted 2015.  I really cannot post a picture of Beastie without her boy Shooter, the Shih Tzu.  They literally are best friends.  They do EVERYTHING together.  She has brought so much love into this house and she is the most loving sweetheart of a fur face I have ever known.  She had several behavioral issues when I got her but with patience, love and a dog named Shooter she has become the best girl ever!  Thanks for letting me share the love of all your hard work.  -Jeannie

If you have adopted a pet from Animal Services, please send us a photo and an update about your pet to adoptions@slco.org. 


volunteer december 2018


November 21, 2018

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Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services December Volunteer of the Month: Dawn Vagstad. Interested in volunteering? Find out more on our volunteer page. 

Volunteer Q&A:

What brought you to SLCoAS?
My husband and I came to Salt Lake Animal Services about 2 years ago to adopt a dog.  We were so impressed!  The people at the front desk were friendly and wanted to help.  They answered a lot of our questions about the dogs that we were interested in.  When we decided to take Raleigh out to get to know him, our adoption counselors were kind and knowledgeable.  They helped us introduce our current dog Breeze to Raleigh.  We adopted Raleigh that day.  It was one of those great days you never forget.  

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?
I can’t imagine what it would be like for a dog to be waiting for a home at any shelter.  If there is any kindness I can show to a dog to just make him or her feel special and loved, that is worth everything.  It feels great to get a dog outside.  Each dog loves to be touched and talked to.  Some dogs love to play with a ball.  My favorite part is walking the sidewalk with them, talking to them and being in the sunshine.  Love it.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to run with Raleigh and Breeze.  My husband and I like to hike with the dogs too.  I retired about 2 years ago and really didn’t spend much time on hobbies while I was working.  Now I am getting a little better at drawing, skiing, (downhill and cross country) and cooking.  I went to a plant-based diet symposium at the Salt Palace recently and have been trying out new recipes to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.  We can’t change overnight, but so far, slowly, this new vegetarian diet is pretty good!

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:
We feel so grateful to have found Raleigh at SLCoAS.  We have had Breeze for about 10 years and we think Raleigh keeps Breeze young.  They play a lot and are best buddies.  Most of our family is in the Midwest, but we have a cousin and family in Sandy, thankfully! My 89 year old dad celebrated his 8th anniversary with his wife this year.  They got married when he was 80 and she was 78.  They are doing well thank God and we will be visiting them soon. Let me tell you it is never too late! 

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?
First, I feel grateful to be part of an organization where miracles happen every day.  When you think of all the animals brought in from the street who could have been hit by a car, or been injured or became sick out there, the people at SLCoAS make a huge difference.    Animals see a veterinarian when they get here and they are taken care of.  SLCoAS has humane education, dog training, cruelty investigators and they find new homes for homeless animals.   Nice to help out, you know?

The other thing is that when I take a dog outside, I look for the special qualities in each dog.  Dogs are a lot like people, each one is interesting and special.  I try to see if a dog knows commands like “sit” or “stay”.   Some are pretty scared and just want to be held.  Some can catch a ball in mid air, and some float like a cloud on a leash.  I try to take a minute and write a comment about a dog on our volunteer dog feedback forms.  Any information the staff can pass on to potential adopters can help!

Tell us something unique about you:
I like to set single people up.  I have been a pretty good matchmaker in the past!

Where is your favorite place to travel?
Door County, Wisconsin.  It’s the little peninsula that goes into Lake Michigan.  They have beaches, bike riding, cows, and old fashioned Wisconsin supper clubs.  It is so beautiful.


november senior pet month


November 06, 2018

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November is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month, a month dedicated to helping older pets find loving forever homes. If you have been considering adopting a four-legged friend, consider opening your heart and your home to an older dog or cat in need.

While puppies and kittens are adorable, older pets are just as loving and loyal as their younger counterparts. Not to mention, adopting a senior animal companion comes with some cool advantages:  

  • Older pets don’t require the constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens do.
  • Many are already house trained.
  • Senior pets are fully grown, which means you know exactly what you are getting and have important information like personality type and grooming requirements, making it easier to choose the perfect pet for your family.

Understanding the personality of an animal is a key part of making the right match for your family as well as the pet you are adopting. Puppies and kittens are still developing their personalities but with a senior dog you will know right away what kind of personality they have. What you see is what you get! Senior pets take the guess work out of questions like “How big will they get”, “What is their energy level like”, “How much training will this pet require?”

When you adopt a senior pet, you’re not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, you’re also saving a precious life.  Senior pets have so much love and compassion to share, and they really make wonderful companions. 

Can’t adopt? Consider fostering. It can make all the difference to senior pet in need to be in a home instead of a shelter kennel. Not only is it less stressful on them but you are able to give them the chance to shine and be seen in a way that they otherwise may have been overlooked in a shelter.

Salt Lake County Animal Services has a wonderful program called Senior to Senior where we offer anyone 55 years of age or older adopting an animal 5 year of age or older a FREE adoption! Learn more.

Interested in our foster program? Email fosters@slco.org to learn how to become a foster parent.

To take a look at the wonderful seniors available for adoption at Salt Lake County Animal Services visit our website or come in and meet them today at 511 W 3900 S.

When you decide to adopt a senior pet and give them the comfort and companionship in their later years you truly become their hero! 


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October 31, 2018

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Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services' November Volunteer of the Month: Nymaya Osman! Interested in volunteering find out more

Volunteer Q&A
What brought you to SLCoAS?

I had been volunteering with animals for about 3 years already, before I joined SLCoAS. I was very interested in how our shelter served the county with respect to animal care and control. I was pleased to find that besides animal control, the shelter also does adoptions.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?
The animals of course! I especially like seeing the joy on the dog’s faces when we take them out of their kennels so that they can roam free for a while.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a total football junkie and love that it’s currently the NFL regular season. I’m from California so Go Niners and Raiders!

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:
My closest family is still in California, and I visit them way too often. Unfortunately I have no fur kiddos yet but I continue to try to persuade my mom to get one.

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?
The staff at the shelter are so nice. I would encourage anyone to ask for help if needed. Even with almost 5 years of volunteering, I still ask for help when needed.

Do you have a favorite adoption story?
Unfortunately, I don’t know any particular adoption stories. I think that’s credit to SLCoAS for helping these animals find their forever homes so quickly.

Tell us something unique about you:
I will be an international student in Toronto (Canada) really soon. As excited as I am about this, I will be so sad to be leaving SLCoAS. Thank you guys so much for having me. 

Where is your favorite place to travel?
California. My home and happy place.


giving tuesday 2018


October 29, 2018

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Salt Lake County Animal Services will be participating in Giving Tuesday on November 27 but we're going to get a head start on November 1 so we can meet our $10,000 goal! We will be holding a friendly challenge all month to see who can raise more money for our Injured Animal Fund; cat people or dog people.

How you can donate:

1. Visit our ONLINE PORTALand enter in your information.

2. Enter the amount of your donation in our "Injured Animal Fund."

3. In the comments section enter either "cats" or "dogs."

4. Then share your donation with your friends and family and encourage them to donate.

5. Follow our page and event page to find out more about the animals our Injured Animal Fund has helped fix this past year.

6. Then on November 27 stop by one of the party locations and say hello to our staff and help us raise awareness about our PAWESOME programming! See below for more info!

Stay up to date on who's raising more and help us get the word out there to help us improve the lives of hundreds of injured animals every year.

This fundraiser is to help raise much needed funding the Salt Lake County Animal Services -Injured Animal Fund. Hundreds of stray and abandoned animals come into our shelter injured every year and we need your help to care for them.

We will be holding Giving Tuesday events at two locations on November 27 at Bjorns Brew (dogs Rule) and Tinkers Cat Café (cats Rule). We will be having a friendly competition of who can raise more money for the injured animal fund the cat lovers or the dog lovers. Our goal for both the cats and the dogs is $10,000.

Bjorn’s Brew on Nov 27 from 10 AM - 2 PM: Come say Hi to us at Bjorn’s Brew at the 2165 S State Street location. Weather permitting we will have a couple of adoptable dogs looking for their forever homes. Salt Lake County Animal Services will be giving away a dog prize/gift(blanket, collar, treats and a toy) to anyone who donates $50 or more to the Injured Animal Fund. Bjorn’s Brew will give out a free drink to anyone who donates $50 or more and any donations under $50 Bjorn’s Brew will take a $1 off any drink order.

Tinker’s Cat Café on Nov 27 from 10 AM - 2 PM: Come say hi to us at Tinkers Cat Café 302 E 900 S. Salt Lake County Animal Services will be giving away a cat prize(blanket, cat treats and a toy) to anyone who donates $50 or more to the Injured Animal Fund. Tinkers Cate Café will be doing 50% off all drinks for anyone who donates to Salt Lake County Animal Services – Injured Animal Fund. People who donate can get into the cat room for 50% off for an hour from 11AM - 2 PM. 

RoHa Brewing Project on Nov 27 from 5 PM - 8 PM (This is a 21 & Older event): Come out to RoHa Brewing Project30 Kensington Ave, to celebrate Giving Tuesday for drinks, food and opportunity drawings. Anyone who donates $50 or more will receive a dog or cat gift. We will have an opportunity drawing every hour for prizes. Gerlach’s Food Truck will be serving up delicious food for purchase right in the front parking lot of RoHa’s Brewing Project.

Questions? Email jjohanson@slco.org. 



where are they now regan


October 24, 2018

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PUPDATE from Regan's new family, formerly called Apple Jack!

We adopted "Apple Jack", now Regan, Aug 22th 2015. He had been at a foster home. He was afraid of everything when we brought him home. Carpet, tile, wood, cement, sprinklers. The first night, I slept on the floor at the backdoor and he finally came in & fell asleep. He has come so far. Now he is all over the place and nothing phases him. When my husband is having a rough day, Regan knows and comforts him, so he can sleep. He is our protector and we can't imagine our family without him. He loves watching Jimmy Fallon at night. If he sees you have a phone, he drops to the ground and flips on his back. He loves posing. Our sweet boy. 

I would adopt again if it was a perfect match. 


meowvember 2018


October 23, 2018

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Find your PURR-FECT Friend at Salt Lake County Animal Services during MEOW-VEMBER! It’s a pick your price adoption event! This means you can adopt a cat or kitten for as little as a $1.

All day Friday and Saturday, we will have stationed in the cattery to help you find the purrfect cat for you. While supplies last, we will be giving away goody-bags with treats and toys. Check out our adoptable cats online

Questions? Email adoptions@slco.org.



National Pit Bull Awareness Month 2018


September 28, 2018

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National Pit Bull Awareness Month

October is not just about fall, spiced lattes and Halloween, it’s National Pit Bull Awareness month. National Pit Bull Awareness Day is celebrated on the last Saturday of October, though October has also been deemed the month for Pit Bull Awareness.

This year, October 27th, 2018, is officially National Pit Bull Awareness Day and there are events happening all over the country to celebrate and advocate for the American Pit Bull Terrier.

We here at Salt Lake County Animal Services and the Salt Lake County Pit Crew love to advocate, celebrate and educate about “Pit Bulls” every day but we have some extra celebrations planned to celebrate our stout, short haired friends and their guardians this month which will be listed at the bottom.

Pit Bulls are amazing dogs! They are eager to please, affectionate, joy-inducing dogs who have mad athletic skills, huge personalities, big grins and a tail that may as well be driven by a motor.

We believe that behind every good pit bull is a dedicated and outstanding advocate taking every opportunity to show off this incredible breed and help break stereotypes and correct the many myths surrounding these blocky headed friends.

The goal of National Pit Bull Awareness is exactly that- Awareness, so start spreading the love!

Here are a few suggestions:

1. Adopt! For the month of October Salt Lake County Animal Services will have $40 adoptions on all Pit Bull type dogs that are 6 months of age or older.

2. Get involved! Cannot take in a pet of your own? Volunteering and fostering is a wonderful way to make a difference for an animal in need. www.adoptutahpets.com

3. Post stories and cute pictures on Facebook and tag them #pitbull

4.Are you on Instagram? Search #nationalpitbullawarenessmonth and join in the love.

5.Put an event together yourself. Many shelters need donations. Take a look at our Amazon wish list at http://amzn.to/2fvMS4i

6. Join our Facebook page Salt Lake County Pit Crew. You can see the many dogs looking for adoption, join in on our events and help us spread the word.

Salt Lake County Animal Services will be offering $40 adoptions for our Pit Bulls 6 months of age or older for the month of October! This includes their spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchip!

You can find more information about Dogtober Fest, Prep School for Pit Bulls workshop, Soiree for Strays, Strut Your Mutt, the Free Pit Bull Fix and more on our website www.adoptutahpets .com

We hope you will join us for our scheduled events for National Pit Bull Awareness Month.