Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
May 03, 2019
May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
While the awareness campaign is aimed at humans, pet owners should be able to recognize signs of asthma or allergies in their pets also. At Salt Lake County Animal Services, we often see pets come in with allergies not diagnosed.
Have you ever wondered if your pet may be experiencing an allergic reaction to something in the environment, or the food it’s eating?
When we think about allergies, we are usually thinking about watery, itchy eyes or a runny nose but in a dog or a cat, allergies look different.
Most allergies we see in our pets show up in the form of skin issues, itching, red skin, hair loss, ear infections and even GI issues. This can be frustrating because they can be difficult to control and treat.
Allergies in pets can be classified as either environmental or food.
Food usually accounts for approximately 10% of pet allergies and may show up at any age.
When dealing with food allergies the allergen is usually a protein in the food such as chicken, beef, a carbohydrate preservative or food dye. These allergies are usually treated by a food trial with a limited ingredient diet that contains a novel protein your animal has not eaten before and one other carbohydrate source, such as green pea. It is important to note that it can take up to six weeks to see any results of the skin issues resolving after changing the diet.
Environmental allergies are often the same things that trigger hay fever in us, things like pollens, molds, dust mites, cleaning products, and so on. When a dog or a cat has an allergy to these things it is an exaggerated response by the immune system to something in the environment that shouldn’t cause an immune response.
In dogs you will often see chronic ear infections and their feet, armpits, lower belly and face tend to be very itchy causing them to scratch and lick these areas.
Dog Allergy Symptoms
- Increased Scratching
- Red, moist or scabbed skin
- Runny eyes
- Chewing or constant licking
- Swollen paws
- Snoring due to an inflamed throat
- chronic ear infections
Cats will also become very itchy and may develop ear infections or even pull out their fur. In some cases, they will develop lip ulcers.
Cat Allergy Symptoms
- Urinating issues
- Inflammation of the skin
- Itchy skin
- Muscle Weakness
- Shortness of breath
In both pets, the itching can cause trauma to the skin and cause a secondary infection, so it is very important to seek treatment when you first notice your animal may have food or environmental allergies.
Asthma is an allergic reaction to an environmental stimulant, it can also affect dogs and cats at this time of the year.
How do I know my pet has asthma?
- Coughing and sneezing
- Difficulty breathing
- Poor appetite
- Weakness or fatigue
- Pale or blue gums (see a vet immediately)
What can you do to prevent asthma?
- Do not smoke in your house or around your pet
- Refrain from using hair sprays, perfumes and air fresheners
- Consider using baking soda in shallow dishes for absorbing odors
- Clean your cats litter box regularly
- Bathe your pet regularly
If you think your pet is suffering from allergies or asthma consult with your veterinarian to ensure what you are seeing is allergy related. Your veterinarian can prescribe medication depending on the severity of the allergy and just like people pets can be given an allergy shot. In some cases, you may just need to switch your pet’s food and your veterinarian can help you with a food trail to help you know what certain food ingredients the culprit may be.
Make sure to act quickly, ignoring the signs and symptoms of allergies and asthma can lead to a more acute problem in the future.
April 04, 2019
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/
February 04, 2019
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.
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.
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.
January 28, 2019
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!
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 email@example.com.
January 10, 2019
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 02, 2019
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 email@example.com.
November 21, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 21, 2018
Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services December Volunteer of the Month: Dawn Vagstad. Interested in volunteering? Find out more on our volunteer page.
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.
October 29, 2018
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 email@example.com.
October 24, 2018
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.
October 23, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 28, 2018
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!
We hope you will join us for our scheduled events for National Pit Bull Awareness Month.
September 20, 2018
Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services' September Volunteer of the Month: Janet Harnsberger! Interested in volunteering find out more.
you to SLCoAS?
I came to volunteer after touring SLCoAS with the University Osher program last winter.
What is your
favorite thing about volunteering?
My favorite thing about volunteering is hearing the cats, especially the ones with the 'feral' markings, cuddle up and start purring. My second favorite thing is to work with such a dedicated cadre of good folks who are saving SO MANY animals' lives.
What do you
like to do in your spare time?
Since I am retired, all of my time is "spare." I work with Habitat for Humanity sometimes, this year at The Grove in Wyoming. I also went with a bunch of good women to Puerto Rico where we rehabilitated the previously submerged YWCA. Almost every day I do Zumba, and I also work in my garden.
Tell us about
your family and fur kiddos:
No fur kiddos, my husband is allergic to animals (but he is otherwise pretty good.) I have three grown sons who live nearby, and a three year old grandson who is my heart's delight.
do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?
For new volunteers: Dig in! Don't be shy! Don't worry if a cat is in a bad mood - that cat will warm up over time.
Do you have a
favorite adoption story?
I don't know any adoption stories - I would love to know more about what happens to the cats. I would also like to know their social and medical stories.
something unique about you:
Sort of unique about me - I have worked a lot as a physician in Africa and I speak some Swahili.
Where is your
favorite place to travel?
Though I have been all over the world, I still think the VERY BEST PLACE for travel is the inter-mountain west.
August 30, 2018
Join Salt Lake County Animal Services and Liz Dranow Photography for our first ever art show, to promote the beauty, joy, and love, many a stray dog has inserted into the heart of their hooman. This is a free event.
Join us for a Soiree for Strays during the monthly Art Stroll in the 9th & 9th neighborhood. Featured Photographer Liz Dranow will have her photos on display to purchase throughout October at The Stockist, located at 875 E 900 S.
All photos are of rescued, and well loved, shelter dogs: all different shapes, sizes and breeds. All proceeds of sales will be donated back to Salt Lake County Animal Services.
Q & A with photographer, Liz Dranow:
I've been volunteering since January 2015 (no, really!).
What have you learned about taking photos of pets in a shelter environment?
I've learned a few things: 1) some of the dogs with the roughest pasts are some of the sweetest dogs I've met, 2) the volunteers and staff are an amazing group of people and my life is richer for knowing you all (sappy, maybe, but very true), and 3) there is an amazingly supportive group of shelter and rescue photographers from around the world, and the collective efforts of all of these photographers is incredible. It's very fulfilling to know that I'm a part of something that makes such a big impact on the lives of animals around the world.
Favorite dog or photo?
Oh, hell. There are to many to count. The peanut butter photos are always entertaining - there are times that I have laughed so hard at the faces the dogs make that I can't actually take photos. However, one dog who has always stuck with me is Paisley. She clearly had a rough life - had been bred too much, had scars on her face probably from being a bait dog, and yet she was so regal, and so sweet. She gave me the most gentle kisses, and I was so moved (I still get teary-eyed thinking about it) that a dog with her background of likely knowing nothing but harsh treatment from humans was so amazingly gentle. But overall, I just love every time we get a dog who behaves completely differently than how the staff expects - when they expect a scared dog, and as soon as the dog realizes that this is his/her moment in the spotlight, the dog completely hams it up for the camera. Or when we discover that the dog knows all sorts of tricks or shows a totally different side of his/her personality than what the staff sees in the kennels. I love being a part of bringing out the inner beauty of a dog.
What advice would you give someone trying to take photos of their own pets?
For anyone taking photos of their own pets, I would strongly urge patience, and keeping it fun. And paying attention to their pet's signals; when a dog (or cat, or bird, or whatever) starts to walk away, put down the camera/phone and go play with your pet. If you keep pushing it, your pet will learn that the camera/phone means nothing fun is going to happen. I also suggest really good snacks.
Find out more about Liz and visit her website: https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/
August 20, 2018
Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services' September Volunteer of the Month: Ellen Grove! Interested in volunteering find out more.
What brought you to SLCoAS? I’ve always wanted to volunteer at a shelter, but I have worked full-time and didn’t want to take the extra time away from my own pups. When I retired last fall, I signed up to get a group tour and information session conducted by FACES. I didn’t know previously that SLCoAS was a no-kill shelter and I was really impressed with that and with everything that the shelter has accomplished over the years. I love doing the enrichments for the dogs. The pupsicles are kind of messy to make, but the expressions on their faces when I hand them out makes it worthwhile. When I do this, or aromatherapy, or CLICK for QUIET, it gives me the opportunity to just visit with them for a few minutes.
Tell us about your family and fur kiddos: I am a retired librarian, so I spend a lot of my free time reading. I also spend time walking and playing with Gunnar, my almost 4-year-old Norwegian Elkhound. I’m a little embarrassed to say that he’s not a rescue, but I became acquainted with this breed when I was in college and always wanted to have one. I’ve had a number of wonderful shelter dogs in the past, who have helped me get through some difficult times. I’ve been married to Don, a retired software engineer, for twelve years. Retirement is new enough for both of us that just spending some time hanging out has been wonderful.and Gunnar is happy to have us both at home. We are empty nesters, but I have two kids and five step kids scattered around the country. Our first grandchild is now four months old but lives in Virginia, so we can’t see her nearly as much as we’d like to!
What is one of your favorite adoption stories? I haven’t been volunteering that long, but my favorite adoption story so far has been Bruno (AKA Burger) He was on of the first dogs I met and I fell in love with him. He was always so happy to get attention. I’ve been able to follow him through our volunteer Facebook page, and have been thrilled when he went to foster and ultimately was adopted.
What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? My advice to volunteers is to try to learn as much as you can through asking questions (everyone’s friendly and grateful for what we do). Take advantage of the behavior seminars; I’ve attended three so far, and have learned a lot to help me understand the shelter dogs and my own dog.
Tell us something unique about you: My husband says my laugh is unique! I do try to find humor in situations and this helps me to deal with the sadness. Also, I read 128 books last year and 66 so far this year.
Where is your favorite place to travel? I’m very excited to be traveling to Cape Cod this year. I lived there for many years and have not been back in 25 years! Otherwise, most of our travel has been to visit family members (San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Virginia Beach, and Idaho).. In my younger days, I traveled to Russia, France, and the UK. I’m hoping to get back to Europe soon.
August 13, 2018
August 15th is National Check the Chip Day:
There’s nothing worse than worrying about a pet who has gone missing. It’s losing a loving member of your family and worrying about their wellbeing and whereabouts.
Nationally, 6-8 million cats and dogs enter the shelter system each year. Many of these animals are not stray animals, they are lost and often shelters have no way to reunite them with their owners. One way to prevent this unfortunate fate for your animal is through Microchip Identification.
Microchipping is a quick, safe and simple procedure and causes little discomfort. The benefits of microchipping in terms of identifying a lost animal and reuniting them with their owner far outweigh any minimal, momentary discomfort. Each microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted between the shoulder blades. A registration number that corresponds to information you have provided on file about your pet is coded to the chip. If your pet becomes lost a microchip scanner can read the chip and retrieve the necessary information needed to contact you and get your pet home safely. Think of a microchip as a permanent ID tag that cannot be lost or misplaced.
If you have moved or changed your phone number, it is very important to make sure that you contact your local shelter as well as the microchip company so that it is easily traceable, and your pet can safely be returned home.
If your pet is transferred to a new owner, the new owner must ensure that their contact details are updated to the pet through the microchip company and their local shelter.
Salt Lake County Animal Services is the only municipal shelter in the nation that provides free microchips for all pets served in the community. Over 2,600 pets were returned to their owners in 2017. This was in large part because of their microchip. Both adopted and owned pets that are licensed in our community receive a free microchip in hopes that if they ever get lost, they can be returned to their homes as fast as possible.
In 2017 we microchipped 6,200 animals in our community.
Hopefully your pet will never get lost, but in case it happens, by making sure that your pet has a microchip, you are giving yourself and your pet the best chance of a speedy, happy reunion. Bring your pet into 511 W 3900 S, between 10 AM- 6 PM, Monday – Saturday to get microchipped.
July 30, 2018
Lindsey Wood is Salt Lake County Animal Services volunteer of the month:
What brought you to SLCoAS? I came to SLCOAS to be around animals again! Growing up, we had every animal in the book and we were always fostering more, but now that I don’t have any pets I just wanted to be around them again. Dogs were my favorite pets and I missed them! I craved that specific type of bond and affection that can only be found in a dog.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering? My favorite thing about volunteering is seeing the dogs slowly start to warm up to me. There is nothing more rewarding than when a nervous dog decides that they can trust you and then turns into a cuddly lap dog.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to hike, run and paint in my spare time.
Tell us about your family and fur kiddos: I live with my boyfriend David, and though we don’t have any pets of our own my parents still have plenty. Our family dog Misty just passed away this last year at age 13. She was happy and loving right up until the end. Since then, my moms have rescued an old and quite chubby chihuahua named Gidget who will climb on your chest and demand kisses, and their foster-fail CJ. who’s goofy personality was too much to give up, she just fits in so well. I look forward to the day when David and I buy a house and have dogs of our own. We want a rottweiler and a german shepherd and they shall be named after characters from the lion king.
What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? My advice to new volunteers is to keep tabs on your own emotions when you are working with the dogs, and to be patient. They can sense if you are nervous or frustrated and they will play on those emotions. Keep a good non-threatening composure and pay attention to the dogs body language and do not push, the dog might need time to warm up to you-- after all you are a stranger.
Tell us something unique about you: My favorite adoption story is CJ’s. My mom began fostering dogs after Misty passed away and CJ was her first one. CJ’s tail was still healing (the previous owner had kicked her so hard he had broken it) and she was very skittish and had a litter very young. After a few weeks though, her personality slowly began to shine through and we discovered that she was this playful goofball. My mom and her wife could’t let CJ go and so she became their “foster-fail”. The new CJ is a completely different dog who loves attention and playtime and who is afraid of nothing.
Where is your favorite place to travel? I hate traveling! I don’t like trying to figure out a new place I would rather go to places I know. I do like to go to Bryce, Zions and Yellowstone and would be interesting in going to the Tetons. But traveling in general is a headache.
Interested in volunteering find out more on our Volunteer page or email email@example.com.
June 29, 2018
Where are they now? Where do shelter pets go on to live after they leave Salt Lake County Animal Services? Our staff and volunteers love these updates! Meet handsome Romeo:
We adopted Romeo (Nickelbee) from your shelter (Salt Lake County Animal Services) in August 2014. From the moment we laid eyes on him we knew he had chosen us. At first Romeo would never let us out of his sight, but once he knew we weren't going anywhere he settled down. Romeo is the perfect temperament for our family, he mostly thinks he's a lap dog (a 90 pound lap dog) He is always willing to go along with us, whether it's to take the kids to school, pick them up from school, a nice long walk, a hike, or just a quick walk to the gas station, where he expects a jerky stick. If the kids (mostly Joshua) aren't home, you will find him pacing. His favorite activity is laying on the couch watching t.v. with either one of the boys! You will also find him cuddling with our kitty, Gizmo! They are the best of friends. Everyday I am so grateful to the shelter for introducing us to not only our furry friend, but to the missing piece of our hearts! We cannot imagine our lives without Romeo being by our sides.
Check out our current adoptable pets!
June 01, 2018
Kellie Dickamore is our Volunteer of the Month!
Great volunteers like you never want anything in return, but are always ready to do great things out of turn. Thanks for volunteering Kellie!
What brought you to SLCoAS? 7 years ago, there was a Pittie Pride event at the Shelter. I had rescued a pittie puppy from a horrid situation, and knew nothing about pit bulls. I spoke with a staff member at the event while Cesar was getting his vaccines and micro chip. The employee suggested I check out the volunteer program, so that I could work with, and get to know more pit bulls. So, I did. And I am hooked!
What is your favorite thing about volunteering? My favorite part about volunteering is giving back to the one thing that has taught me the most about unconditional love, sacrifice and loyalty. Dogs. I love being able to help give a voice to the voiceless, and to advocate for them. I also love working with the more challenging furkids!
What do you like to do in your spare time? Spare time.. what is that? I love working with my dogs, spending time with my family, being outdoors, reading and listening to great music.
Tell us about your family and fur kiddos: I am married to the most amazing man, and have 2 bonus kids who stole my heart from day one. And I am going to be a grandma this year!
My fur kids are many... Cesar is my 1st pittie, then came Rex, Sophie-she’s my husband’s dog through and through. There are also two felines-Cleo and Figaro.
What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? Communication is key! If you are unsure of something, speak up and ask! If you see something, say something. And most importantly, volunteer open heartedly. Everyone at County that you will work with, appreciates you, and all are willing to help you succeed
Do you have a favorite adoption story?I have a lot. Adopting Rex though is at the top of the list. My little shelter pup has taught me more about myself and the world than I ever knew was possible. I am a better human being because of him.
Tell us something unique about you: I’m pretty average- I love Disney, Tinkerbell especially, and Martial Arts (though I haven’t trained in a while)
Where is your favorite place to travel? Disney...Disney... the Southern Caribbean is wonderful, and Europe is on my bucket list.
Interested in volunteering? Find out more on our volunteer page.
May 11, 2018
Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services volunteer of the month, Mason Rodrickc! Interested in volunteering? Find out more!
What brought you to Salt Lake County Animal Services? Michelle and I were looking for an elder bun to help our now dearly departed Penelope live out her days with a friend that’s was at her speed. Though when we met the bunnies, Michelle and myself were struck by the conditions of the space they were kept in. It was dead of summer and we knew we had to help the overheated bunnies, so with the staffs help, we got all the water bottles we could freeze and started coming by every day to turn on the fans freshen up the ice.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering? Well, the bunnies... except for that one... She knows who she is... They truly make me happy when I come in. Some are so loving and in such need of love, you can really tell who came from a past that gave them love. We can’t do much as volunteers but bringing attention to the bunnies that so often in life get disregarded due to the fact that people eat them, that brings me solace and joy.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to draw, I like to make puns, I play non-violent video games (no disrespect, they just make me dizzy), and I listen to a lot of music (hip hop, indie stuff all over, electronica, rock n’ roll), and I have a small company called Moel. that I’ve recently started with my friend and fellow Vol-Bun-Teer Joel.
Tell us about your family and fur kiddos: We are a small team of two humans, two bunnies (Lou (Cypher) & Quinn), and one Torti cat named The Bean.
The Bean fears me when I sleep cuz I’m very heavy, I flail about in my sleep, and I crush her, but she’s figured out that she can boss Michelle (much less of a mover in her sleep) around and bully’s her way onto that side of the bed. She’s very close to me, but truly she’s accepted Michelle’s tenderness and loving teases.
Lou’s middle name is Cypher, cuz him and I both love Hip-Hop (like a bunny hops... You know? Get it?) and a cypher is a freestyle hip-hop battle (think 8-Mile). But also cuz we knew he’d be trouble... Lou Cypher... Sound it out... He’s a one-eared some kind of lop that loves licks. His hutch has been named “Camp Dork Licks.”
Quinn is a beautiful and sweet little forest bunny. His Binky’s make him look like a happy lil’ deer that just scored an apple. He’s very suspicious and very susceptible to trickery when Strawberries are involved... He has many nicknames because he was named before he came to us. Quinn, Quimbledon, Quintanamo Bay, Quinston Churchill, Yas Quiiinn, just to name a few.
What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? Please take some time to go at least visit the barn, you are just as welcome there as anyone and sometimes they get the coolest critter’s back there! Pigs, goats, horses, ugly goats too! But seriously, the barn gets ignored a bit because of where it is.
Tell us something unique about you: Um, I have a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy tattoo on my chest? It’s of the Perfectly Normal Beast from the fifth book in the trilogy. I don’t know if that counts... Um... I don’t have a Tesla... No, that sucks too... Um... Idk, I have two rabbits! that’s not super common...
Where is your favorite place to travel? The west coast I suppose, I grew up in Sacramento and we’d travel to foggy beaches sometimes. I often dream of them.