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lost pet prevention month 2019


June 20, 2019

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One of the scariest experiences you can have is to lose your animal. At Salt Lake County Animal Services, we try to help reunite owners and pets as quick as possible. July 5th is historically the busiest day in shelters due to pets going missing because of the fear of fireworks on the Fourth of July. Here in Utah with Pioneer Day at the end of July we have a higher intake on the 25th of July as well.

July seems like a perfect month to highlight this issue, but potential lost pets exponentially increase during the summer due to warmer weather and travel, so it is important to always be well informed and know what to do if your pet goes missing.

There are many reasons that pets get lost, the best way for you to help a lost pet is to prevent the animal from going missing in the first place. Your pet should have an identification tag attached to their collar with contact information and a properly sized collar. You should be able to fit 2 fingers between a dog’s neck and a collar. Cats often need a breakaway collar to ensure their safety in case of jumping a fence this can make keeping tags on them difficult. This is a good example of why a microchip can be effective in helping your pet find their way home.

Microchipping is an effective way to keep tabs on your pet and help them find their way home. A microchip is a tiny device implanted with a shot that when scanned will match up your contact information in a database. It is very important that you keep your data updated and accurate with the Microchip company and your local shelter. Approximately half of pet owners don’t submit their contact information or keep it accurate rendering the device useless.

If your pet does go missing, start looking immediately. The longer you wait, the lower your chances are of recovering your furry friend. Post fliers, talk to neighbors, visit your local shelter and post on known social media sites.

If you find a lost animal the law states, you must bring the animal to your local animal control within 24 hours. This is the best chance that the animal will have of being reunited with its family. This is where they will go to look. The animal will remain at the shelter for a stray wait period and if the owner does not come in to redeem their pet then the animal will be placed up for adoption.

As mentioned, more dogs tend to run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year and here in Utah we must also worry about the 24th of July with Pioneer Day being celebrated.

Here are some suggestions to create a safe, calm environment for your dog on these days.

*Always keep your dog on leash when out of the home.

*Create a safe space such as a crate or small room during the festivities.

*Make sure your pet is wearing a visible and up-to-date Id tag on their collar.

*Make sure your animals microchip information is up-to-date

*Get in some exercise earlier in the day and make sure your dog has had a chance to get out and use the bathroom before the festivities begin

*Mask the noise. Play soft music in the room where your dog is at, close the doors, windows and blinds to block out noises and lights. You can also stay in with your pets and watch a movie to help dampen the outside sounds.

*Use a calming aid

*Give your pet something to do such as toys, puzzles, and treats.

Lost pet statistics are grim. One in three pets will go missing in his or her lifetime, and less than 20% of dogs and 2% of cats will return home. Prevention is key. If your pet needs to be microchipped, you can drop into Salt Lake County Animal Services at 511 W 3900 S, and get a free microchip if you live in Salt Lake County. 

We hope you and your pets have a happy and safe month.


adopt a shelter cat month


May 30, 2019

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National Adopt a shelter Cat Month

If you have been thinking about adopting a cat or even know someone who wants to, June is a great month to consider adopting. Salt Lake County Animal Services is hosting CATurday on June 8 to celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Cat month.

Animal shelters are filled with wonderful pets in need of good homes and cats make up much of this population. June is one of the busiest months for animal shelters and being able to find good homes for the many animals can be challenging.

Approximately 3.2 million cats end up in shelters every year, including thousands born every spring and summer during “kitten season.” While plenty of cats still enter shelters each year, the number coming into the shelter is on the downswing from just a few years ago.

People prefer kittens over cats when adopting. About 82% of kittens are adopted from shelters while only 60% of cats get adopted. Adopting a furry friend can bring a lot of joy into your life and even lower stress and there are plenty of cats and kittens in animal shelters who need a good home.

Cats are perfect companions for families or individuals. While it is true that they are very affectionate, they can also be independent creatures allowing you to keep your freedom but gain a lot of love, not to mention they are self-cleaning. Adopting a pair of cats may be less work then getting a solo kitty. Bonded pairs can keep each other company and are less likely to take out their boredom on your house.

Worried if your cat would be able to get a long with a new cat? While it is recommended that you do a gradual introduction to reduce stress if you give it time they will likely become friends, at the very least many cats will learn to tolerate each other.

Remember adopting an animal is a long-term commitment even if your adopting an adult cat. Your new friend will likely be with you for years to come. Indoor cats live for an average of 12-15 years, but it is also perfectly normal for well cared for cats to live to be 20 years old.

Thinking of adopting?

Join us for Caturday on June 8 from 10 AM - 6 PM, for a cat adoption extravaganza! Cat adoption fees will be $10 and Kittens (6 months and under) will be $20. While supplies last we will be giving out cat adoption baskets, that have toys, treats, and other goodies for your new feline family member!

There will be booths from local vendors:
Pet Wants Sandy
Scentsy with Rebecca
ColorStreet with Stacy
Old Farm Pet Resort
One Balanced World
Street Dawg Crew of Utah
VCA Willow Creek Pet Center
Your Dog Friendly Agent
Ginger Bee Artwork

Questions? Email adoptions@slco.org.

 


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where are they now yoshi


May 23, 2019

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We love hearing updates about our pets! If you have a story to share about your pet you adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services, please email adoptions@slco.org.

This is Yoshi, and he was adopted last year! Here is an update from his dad, Perry. 

Yoshi is doing amazing! Him and his brother Tech are inseparable.. He loves chewing on his toys and wrestling around but most of all he is a huge cuddle bug. Every time we have a guest over and they crash on the couch he will not leave their side and he sleeps with them all night. He loves being in the mountains and rolling around in the dirt and snow. He's getting so big and so handsome. He's def a kiddo at heart and I think it's his greatest trait. His upbeat energy def keeps the house fun and playful. Plus when he talks to us its the funniest thing to hear.

This year has flown by and even though the adjustment period was a bit rough to begin with, Yoshi is very smart and has grown leaps and bounds and it has been amazing to watch his personality really shine.. We love him with all of our hearts and couldn't imagine not having him in our little family.


asthma and allergy awareness month


May 03, 2019

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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
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • 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

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Urinating issues
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lethargic

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?

  1. Coughing and sneezing
  2. Difficulty breathing
  3. Poor appetite
  4. Weakness or fatigue
  5. Pale or blue gums (see a vet immediately)

What can you do to prevent asthma?

  1. Do not smoke in your house or around your pet
  2. Refrain from using hair sprays, perfumes and air fresheners
  3. Consider using baking soda in shallow dishes for absorbing odors
  4. Clean your cats litter box regularly
  5. 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.


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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/


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.


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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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.


january 2019 volunteer


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.