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Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services

Late License Fee Amnesty

September 01, 2020

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Make a fresh start for you and your pet! Salt Lake County Animal Services is providing an Amnesty Late License Fee Forgiveness Program for all pet licenses from Sept 2-Oct 31. All residents in our jurisdiction are invited to take advantage of this program to get pet licenses up to date without having to pay a late penalty fee.

Visit the Licensing section of our website and download the licensing application. You can complete the process online (no contact!) Or if you have questions or need assistance please email or call 385-468-7387. Licenses can be paid online or via check.

Microchipping/Licensing Drive-Up Event:
September 18, 2 PM - 5 PM
Salt Lake County Animal Services
511 W 3900 S, SLC 84123

Masks are required and social distancing is observed. Do not attend if you are feeling ill. Please bring all current rabies documentation and proof of spay/neuter, no appointment is necessary. All pets in Salt Lake County qualify for a free microchip with a free lifetime registration. If you license in advance, just bring proof you paid in advance and bring your pet: cats must be in carriers, dogs must be on-leash.

Why Pets Must Be Licensed:

  1. It’s a mandatory Utah state law.
  2. A license is the best way to reunite you with your dog if he/she becomes lost
  3. A pet wearing a license tag can quickly be identified and returned to you

Jurisdictions We License:
*Cities: Bluffdale, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Murray, Salt Lake City
*Townships: Brighton, Copperton, County Islands, Emigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna, White City

License Fees:
$15.00 – Sterilized pet license
$5.00 – Senior citizen license (only offered for sterilized pets to residents 60 years and older)
$40.00 – Unsterilized pet license

Salt Lake County Animal Services is located at 511 W 3900 S, SLC. Hours of operation are Mon-Sat, 10 AM – 6 PM. Due to Covid-19, all services are done by appointment. For additional information call 385-468-7387, email, visit

Volunteer Highlight: Catherine

August 24, 2020

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september volunteer 2020

Thank you to Salt Lake County Animal Services Volunteer of the Month, Catherine McIntosh. She is one of many, who helps provide enrichment, attention, and love for the pets at our shelter. Find out more about her experience volunteering below. You can also find out more about becoming a volunteer at our facility on our Volunteer Page

More from Catherine:

What brought you to Salt Lake County Animal Services?
I was looking for another way to give back during Covid. Most of my volunteer work has to do with helping people and so I wanted to branch out and reach a different part of our community. Salt Lake City Animal Services seemed like the perfect fit for me!

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?
I absolutely love how free-range the shifts are. You get to interact with so many animals while also helping some pets get accustomed with being around people. So many of the cats I work with are just the sweetest, loving, and most playful creatures so I never get bored!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Coming to Utah made me a lot more open to outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and kayaking. There are so many beautiful spots to explore! When I'm not really feeling the weather, I usually will curl up with a good book. I recently finished "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes which has got to be one of my favorites.

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos: 
I am the middle child in a family of five. My mother is from Switzerland and my dad is from the states. I have two amazing siblings who I consider my best friends. My younger brother just graduated high school and my older sister is in her senior year of college. My "non-human" siblings consist of our 11 year old lab Hilo and my 7 year old cat Tommy. All of them are a joy to be around!

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?
Honestly, just be your happy, kind self! Treat all the animals with love and respect and you'll get along great!

Do you have a favorite adoption story?
I haven't actually had the opportunity to see an adoption occur in person yet unless you count the one where I adopted my cat a few years back.

Tell us something unique about you:
Due to my mom being Swiss, I am fluent in both German and Swiss German. I can also pogo stick while jump-roping.

What is your favorite place to travel?
Europe is probably my favorite get-away spot. Specifically Switzerland as this is where most of my family lives. 

Virtual Petapalooza

August 18, 2020

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virtual petapalooza

Join us for our Virtual Petapalooza, where we will highlight adoptable pets throughout the day Aug 24-29.

Interested in meeting an adoptable pet? All Adoption are done by appointment. Email 

Remember we're offering Pick Your Price Cat Adoptions through Aug 31, 2020. Minimum adoption fee is $1. All cats/kittens are spayed/neutered upon adoption.

Check out our adoptable pets here


The Good Dog Campaign

July 23, 2020

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Salt Lake County Animal Services is recruiting “GOOD DOGS” and GOOD PET OWNERS, to help us educate others who are unaware of pet ordinances and laws.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a rise in the amount of people walking their dogs off-leash and not cleaning up pet waste. Many pet owners and city officials have seen an alarming trend in neighborhoods and on the trails; more dogs are being walked off-leash and more dog poop is being left on the trails.

Animal Control Officers will be placing signs at some of the major parks in the valley to help raise awareness and reward responsible pet ownership.

How the Campaign Works:

Be part of our GOOD DOG Campaign! Salt Lake County Animal Services is launching this new public awareness program to help build a better community of dog owners who keep their dogs on leash and pick up their poop. We will be putting up signs at various parks across the valley and letting the public know where they are on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

What You Can Do to Help:

  • Find the sign at the park.
  • Take a photo of your pup by the sign and tag us on Facebook or Instagram: @Salt Lake County Animal Services.
  • Be sure to use the Hash Tag: #SLCOGoodDog
  • Can’t find the sign, but your pup is such a good dog and on-leash? Still tag us like mentioned above! (We can’t say no to GOOD DOGs on-leash!)

Once you post this, we will enter your name to win a HUGE basket full of treats for your GOOD DOG! We will pull the name of the winner after Labor Day and announce it on social media.

Thank you for helping us make our community a better place!

Find out more about leash and waste ordinances in your area. Go to and visit our “LAWS” section. Need to contact an officer to report an off-leash dog? Call Dispatch at 801-743-7000 or email 


Besides being the law, what is the concern with off-leash dogs?

  • Dog Attacks against people or other dogs
  • Dog Bites
  • Dogs Hit by Car
  • Nuisance Pollution (dog poop does not disintegrate)


Foster Highlight: Olivia

July 06, 2020

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It takes an army of volunteers every year to foster all the neonatal kittens that come into animal shelters like Salt Lake County Animal Services. Olivia Coleman is one of these people who help kittens grow big and strong so they can be adopted by loving families. Find out more about fostering and about Olivia's experience. 

Thank you Olivia! Here's a Q&A we had with her:

  • I’ve been fostering for about a year and a half!
  • It’s actually a funny story! I was wanting to volunteer more with animals and I was really interested in fostering kittens. One day, I came in for a volunteer shift, and about a minute after I walked in, two ladies walked in with four 3- week-old kittens. I took them home within the hour! 
  • I’ve only fostered kittens at this point, along with the stray injured bird. 
  • I think that the most rewarding aspect is knowing that your kittens are going to a safe, happy home. It’s rewarding to know that you’ve gotten them past the most vulnerable stage in their life, and now, someone new can get them through the rest of their lives!
  • My experience only extends to bottle baby kittens, but here is my advice: I know that bottle babies are delicate, but make sure not to make things into a catastrophe! Just keep an eye on things if you suspect something is wrong, but try not to freak out. You can do this!
  • One of my first foster kittens was quite the messy eater. On his first day on wet food, he got it all over his paws, his face, and incredibly, his tail! I don’t know how he managed that! 

Pets & Firework Safety

June 29, 2020

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Keep your pet safe during fireworks season. Throughout July, Salt Lake County Animal Services sees an increase in lost pet’s due to the number of pets who escape from their homes or yards because of the noisy fireworks. Here are a few tips to make sure your pet stays safe:

  1. Be sure your pet is wearing their ID tag and that their information is up-to date.
  2. Keep windows and doors closed, we often hear of pets breaking out screens when they get scared.
  3. Leave your pet at home when you head out to set off or see fireworks. Don’t leave them in the car, it’s too hot and too noisy. They would prefer to be at home with a tasty treat or food puzzle.
  4. Provide a safe place for them to retreat (hide) when the fireworks start going off. Close bedroom doors to prevent them from getting stuck under beds. Take them to the basement, turn on some mellow music, and snuggle with them.
  5. Take your dog for a walk earlier in the day before the fireworks start going off.

If you find a lost pet, contact Animal Control Dispatch at 801-743-7000 to have an officer come get the animal. Salt Lake County Animal Services is located at 511 W 3900 S, SLC, 84123.  Questions? Email or call 385-468-7387. Look for lost pets.

Murray City to be Served by Salt Lake County Animal Services

June 29, 2020

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Murray City

**UPDATE: October 16, 2020**
The Salt Lake County Animal Services Murray Administrative Office DOES NOT take in animals.
This location does accept donations and can license & microchip pets.




July 1, 2020: An exciting change for Murray City! As of July 1, 2020, Salt Lake County Animal Services is honored to serve the 2-legged and 4-legged residents of Murray. Salt Lake County Animal Services is the largest no kill municipal shelter in Utah and provides shelter for all types of lost and abandoned domestic pets.

“The staff at Animal Services is ready to serve the residents of Murray and the pets in the area,” says Talia Butler, Director of Salt Lake County Animal Services. “Pets know no borders, and this will help us provide consistent, exceptional service in the area.”

On average Salt Lake County Animal Control Officers have 15 years of experience in animal welfare and are specifically trained in all areas of domestic animal care and livestock handling.

Services Available to Murray Residents:

  • 24/7, 365 days-per-year field operation – Call Dispatch at 801-743-7000
  • Free Microchips & Vaccinations
  • Humane education and community outreach programming
  • Find out more about additional services and programs at

Salt Lake County Animal Services is located at 511 W 3900 S, SLC. Hours of operation are Mon-Sat, 10 AM – 6 PM. Due to Covid-19, adoptions, return to owners, and other services are all done by appointment at this time. For additional information call 385-468-7387, email, visit

Directions from the Murray Animal Shelter to Salt Lake County Animal Services

Foster Family Spotlight: Sarah Jeffs

June 12, 2020

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Fostering is a rewarding way to help pets awaiting adoption. By living in a foster home, a pet can show off their personality and show a potential adopter that they can live in a home. Become a foster.

Meet our June Spotlight: Sarah Jeffs & her family

How long have you been fostering? 
We have been fostering for 1 year almost exactly.

What had you interested in joining our foster program? 
We adopted our cats many years ago from Salt Lake County Animal Services and had a very positive experience. I had a friend on Facebook advertise that it was kitten season and fosters were needed. We thought fostering would be a good way for our family to provide service so I looked into your program since we had such a good experience adopting our cats through you. The rest is history!  

What types of animals have you fostered? 
We mostly have fostered kittens but once we also fostered a momma cat. We're about to pick up our 22nd cat today!

What is the most rewarding aspect of fostering? 
Being able to love and take care of little fluffy kittens until they are big enough to go to their forever home. It can be hard to let go of them once they are big enough to be adopted but knowing that they are going to loving homes helps enormously.

What advice would you give to a new foster in the program?
Most people we talk to about fostering are concerned about being able to give the animal back. We have to say that the first kitten we fostered was hard to give back and we cried. Since then, the goodbyes are still bittersweet but it does get easier. We've also learned that each kitten is different and when you first take them into your home, sometimes you need to give them time to get used to their new environment. We've learned a lot about life in general while taking care of these little guys. Also, a humidifier can be your best tool for a sick kitten (after antibiotics, of course). 

What is your favorite foster memory? 
We have many favorite memories from taking care of these babies. We have had a couple  of kittens that started purring as soon as you picked them up. We've had a few kitties that like to hang out on your shoulder and they are the best. Breakfast time is always fun because most of them are excited to get some wet food and make sure to let you know. The funniest memory I think we've had is when the momma cat we fostered stole a whole slice of pizza from a plate on the counter and we had to chase her down to take it away. She was so small, I think the slice of pizza was almost as big as she was!

BFAS Virtual Super Adoption

May 30, 2020

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Join Salt Lake County Animal Services and other participating organizations for the Best Friends Virtual Super Adoption happening NOW! With so many pets to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect pet for you. This is the first virtual adoption of its kind so sit down, relax, and start scrolling! To view the adoptable pets please visit Let's get them adopted!
#VirtualAdoptionEvent #AdoptDontShop


Dogs in Hot Cars: What to Do

May 28, 2020

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You pulled into a stall at the grocery store, you notice a dog in the car, alone. What do you do? Here's what Salt Lake County Animal Control Officers recommend.

First DO NOT break the window! Utah does not have a good Samaritan law at this time that protects you from breaking that window.

What to look for: Is the dog excessively drooling/panting, listless, unresponsive?

Call Dispatch ASAP! 801-743-7000. Outside our service area dial 911. 

Is the car parked in the shade with the windows down, and the dog appears to be in physical distress? 

Call Dispatch 801-743-7000.

Give the license plate number and make/model to the dispatcher. They will pass that information onto the Animal Control Officer. When the officer arrives, and if the car has left, they will be able to track down the driver and educate them on the dangers of leaving their pet in the car. Video and photos of the pet in duress can be helpful to the officers case. 

What not to do: Don't take your dog with you to run errands and leave them in a car for a "few minutes." A few minutes is all it takes to kill your dog or cause massive internal damage. We invite you to read more about what happens to your dogs body and why they overheat so fast. It's a terrible way to die, and we wouldn't wish it upon any dog. 

Here's info from IFLScience:

If a dog’s internal temperature goes above 41°C (105.8°F) it is at risk of heatstroke, which only 50% of dogs survive. Some breeds are more susceptible than others – large dogs, dogs with short faces such as bulldogs and boxers, and overweight or long-coated dogs are most at risk – but every dog has the potential to suffer from heatstroke. It doesn’t have to be boiling hot for this to happen either – when it’s 22°C, (71.6°F) outside, the inside of a car can easily reach 47°C within an hour(116.6°F).

The science behind heatstroke

When a dog starts to overheat, it will lose heat by increasing its heart rate and opening up the capillaries in the skin. It will also pant to lose heat through the mucus membranes in its mouth and nose, and may lick its body to cool it by evaporation.

Unlike humans, dogs cannot sweat. And as the heat increases, bodily functions start to break down. The dog enters a vicious spiral where the heart starts to fail and pushes out less blood – which means the heat cannot be carried away – its blood pressure drops, blood pools in the organs and the body goes into shock.

When a dog’s internal temperature reaches 44°C (111.2°F) its circulation will fail, which causes kidney failure, lack of oxygen in the brain, and internal bleeding. At this point, even if you can reverse the physical damage and save the dog’s life, it’s likely to have suffered brain damage, which can result in personality changes, loss of sensory perception and cognitive problems. So it’s not just a case of getting a bit too hot and not being able to cope. It’s total body breakdown.

And can lead to death.


Hiking with Your Dog Tips

May 14, 2020

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The beautiful scenery of Utah is calling your name and you must go, and you want to take your dog. Here’s a few tips from Salt Lake County Animal Services on how to make sure you and your pup have a successful adventure.

Before You Go:

  • Can your dog hike in the area you want to go explore? Many areas in Utah are declared a watershed, which means dogs are not allowed, such as Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Most national parks or monuments do not allow pets on trails.
  • Prepare your dog for long hikes, they need to build up physical endurance, if not your dog could collapse on the trail or injure themselves.
  • Trail manners! Make sure your dog is accustomed to having strangers or other dogs approach while on a trail. You will likely pass others on your trek; aggressive behavior could put a quick end to your adventure. Be aware other hikers or dogs, may not be dog friendly either. If they yell to ask you to put your dog on leash, please respect their request, it’s often for both your safety.
  • Wildlife & Vegetation. Respect the animals that live in the forest and recognize the dangers that your dog may encounter: moose, rattlesnakes, open range cattle, poisonous vegetation, or stagnant water.


Hiking Supplies:

  • Poop bags
  • A collar with ID tags and a sturdy 6-foot leash
  • A water supply and a portable water bowl
  • Dog food and/or snacks
  • A pet first aid kit.
  • Pet-safe insect repellent
  • Dog booties for hiking in rough terrain



Let Your Pet Be Our Muse FUNdraiser

May 10, 2020

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Let Your Pet be our Muse

Turn Your Pet Into Art!

Whether it be a Father’s Day gift for that pet dad you care about, or for yourself to hang in the living room, staff and volunteers are eagerly standing by to turn your pet into the next Mona Lisa! Well kind of, we do promise that the drawing of your pet will be unique as they are, put a smile on your face, and will be a great conversation starter for anyone who sees it.  

Deadline for submissions: 11 PM, June 1, 2020 

For a $15 donation, we will draw your pet on 8 ½ x 11 cardstock, and will drop them in the mail by June 8, 2020. What better way to support the pets at the shelter, than to participate in the “fun” FUNdraiser!

Disclaimer: We're not all artists, it is a very subjective field, but we promise to do our best! You may get a masterpiece or something more comparable to a toddlers stick figure drawing, but we guarantee it will be timeless and make you laugh.

How To Enter

A $15 donation is required to enter your photo. Please follow the directions below:

First Head to our EVENT page.

1. Click "Donate" at the top of this page.

 2. Enter $15 in the donation amount. 

3. Fill out your contact information and submit your donation.

4. Email your photo to 1 photo per entry. 

Questions? Email

*This is a fundraiser sponsored by Salt Lake County Animal Services. All funds raised from this event will directly benefit the animals at our shelter.

Covid-19 Operational Updates

May 10, 2020

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Covid updates

At this time Salt Lake County Animal Services is open by appointment only. In accordance with the CDC, masks are required in the building unless you are fully vaccinated (2-weeks after your last vaccine.) Masks are recommended for children 12 and under. Animal Control Officers follow Covid-19 protocol stated by the National Animal Care & Control Association. 


Returns to Owners: If someone believes their pet is at the shelter, call 385-468-7387, please leave a message, or email, during normal business hours to set up an appointment. Please leave a message if the line is busy. Allow up to 48 hours for an enforcement specialist to respond.


Licensing: by mail or online: Have questions email or leave a message at 385-468-7387. Allow up to 48 hours for a licensing specialist to respond.


Adoptions: Adoptions are available by appointment only, email Allow up to 72 hours for an adoption specialist to get back to you.


Fosters: If someone is interested in fostering a specific pet, please email to set up an appointment. Allow up to 72 hours for a foster specialist to respond.


Animal Emergencies/Incoming Stray Pets: If someone has an animal emergency or a stray/lost animal, please call Dispatch at 801-840-4000 and an Animal Control Officer will be in contact to assist you. You can also email them at Allow up to 72 hours for a response to an email. 


Clinic Services: You can book your clinic services here


Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering please email for more information.


Donations: Here is a list of items that we always need donated, or make a monetary donation. Please email for additional information.


The pets at Animal Services are healthy and well cared for by staff at all times. Updates will be posted on our social media channels. Visit for animal related questions or information.

May Volunteer Spotlight: Lindsey Hadley

May 01, 2020

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Salt Lake County Animal Services has many volunteer opportunities available. Meet our volunteer of the month, Lindsey Hadley, and find out more about what brought her to our shelter. 

What brought you to SLCoAS?
I came through Salt Lake County PIT CREW.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?
Knowing that my time gives  happiness to animals while waiting for their forever home.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Movies, time with my family. 

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:
I've been married for 10 years  with an almost 7 year old daughter  and almost 4 year old son. I currently have a 10 year old blind/diabetic pitbull  named Sammy and a aprox 15 year old cat, Jessie.

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?
Even the tiniest  amount of time spent volunteering, can make a life changing difference to an animal in need of a home.

Do you have a favorite adoption story?
My own dog, Sammy whom I adopted from Best Friends Animal Society when she was about 1.  I was helping set up one of their super adoption events on Friday morning and I saw her in a kennel so vibrant and full of life. Happy. I knew she'd get adopted.  When I returned Sunday evening to help tear down the event she was still there looking very defeated and sad.  I took her home and she's been the four legged love of my life for over 9 years!

Tell us something unique about you:
I enjoy cosplaying at the fanX events each year. Harley Quinn is my favorite!

Where is your favorite place to travel?
I love camping or going anywhere with a beach and a drink in hand. 

Pet Crew Pet Pantry - Food Pick Up

April 21, 2020

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Salt Lake County Animal Services will be holding a Pet Crew Pantry food pick-up July 18, from 9 AM – 12 PM at the shelter. In order to keep social distance, this will be held in our east-side drive thru at 511 W 3900 S. PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

This pet food pick-up is for dog and cat owners struggling to purchase pet food for their furry family during this difficult time. Traffic cannot be backed up 500 W or 3900 S. DO NOT LINE UP BEFORE 9 AM, or you will be asked to leave.

1. For pet owners seeking cat/dog food, we will be giving out 1-gallon bags of packaged cat or dog dry food. There will be a small amount of canned food available. Due to demand, we will only be able to give 1-2 bags of food per pet (depending on size) in the household.

2. Drivers MUST enter from the North entrance on 500 W.

3. ALL INDIVIDUALS MUST REMAIN IN THEIR CAR. Employees will direct you to 1 of 2 clearly marked stations. You will pull up, tell the employee what pet food you need: dog or cat, the size of your dog, how many pets are in the house. We will handout pet food while supplies last.


This PET FOOD has been generously donated by the The Dog's Meow, George Q. Morris Foundation, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Humane Society International, Petfinder Foundation, Save Our Local Pets Utah, Walmart Foundation, and other generous individuals in our community.

Giving Tuesday Now Challenge

April 20, 2020

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Help Salt Lake County Animal Services reach our goal of $10,000 for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5! The money raised from this will help our COVID-19 relief response for our community to purchase food, treats & provide housing for pets whose owners are ill. DONATE NOW!

Help Us Meet Our Matching Grant!
In response to our goal, the George Q. Morris Foundation is offering a $5,000 matching grant if we can reach our goal! Your donation will help us nearly double our efforts to pets in need. 

Why Is Giving Tuesday Early This Year?
As an emergency response to the unprecedented need due to COVID-19, GivingTuesday, the groundbreaking global generosity movement,  announced #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, is set to take place on May 5, 2020.

How Will Your Donations Help?
SUPPORT our Life-Saving mission, we have a goal of $10,000! From now until May 5th, Salt Lake County Animal Services will be collecting donations in support of GivingTuesday and the animals in our care. As so many of us are currently struggling to adjust to the world around us, now is the time we come together as friends, families and communities. Hold your pets and loved ones closely. They need you just as much as you need them. Please donate now. Thank you for believing in our no-kill mission.

Questions email development coordinator!


What to Do With My Pet If I'm Sick?

April 17, 2020

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What to do if i get sick

Due to COVID-19 being highly spreadable, at Salt Lake County Animal Services, we want to help you be prepared if you do get ill and come up with a plan for caring for your pets while you may be quarantined either at home or in a hospital. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), there is currently no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets, though there have been a handful of cases that suggest people may be able to transmit the disease to animals.

If you are infected with COVID-19, the CDC recommends isolating yourself and limiting contact with your pet just as you would with other people in the home.

  • If there are healthy people still residing in your household, they can take over the responsibility of day to day care of your pet so that your animals can remain in a comfortable, known environment. Avoid close contact with your pet while you’re sick and do not handle their food and water bowls, toys, etc.
  • If all the people living in the residence are sick at the same time or you live alone, arrange with a temporary caregiver to care for your pets. The biggest risk of infection is by entering the home of the infected person so do everything possible to minimize that exposure. Supplies should be placed as close to the door as possible. The caregiver should wear Personal Protective Equipment, sanitize surfaces, and wash their hands thoroughly after being in the home.
    • Caring for someone’s pet in THEIR OWN home:
      • This may be a preferred option for cats, who don’t generally require as much daily care as a dog would and may take longer to adjust to the stress of a new environment.
      • Provide for as many days of care as possible on Day One to limit the frequency of trips. Example: Many cats can be left with several days’ worth of food, water, and litter.
    • Caring for someone’s pet in CAREGIVER’S home:
      • Collect the pet’s emergency kit and supplies
      • According to the CDC and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), bathing the animal once it leaves its home is not necessary and may further stress the animal in a new environment.
    • If you must leave your home for hospitalization and there is no one to care for your pet, contact your local animal control agency for assistance. If you're in Salt Lake County Animal Services jurisdiction please email or call Dispatch at 801-743-7000. 
  • Things to do NOW, before you get sick:
    • Find someone who can be a temporary caregiver. You can also contact pet-sitters and boarding facilities. If you cannot afford boarding fees, organizations like offer Emergency Boarding Grants. If your pet requires extensive medical treatment that cannot be provided by a temporary caregiver (ex: diabetes, IV treatments, etc.), boarding at a medical facility may be required. *Make sure your caregiver of choice has a way to access the home in case you are hospitalized (access to spare keys, landlord contact, etc.)
    • Fill out an authorization form in case your pets have to be removed from the house if you go to the hospital.
    • Put together an “emergency supply kit”
      • Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
      • Name and contact information for a back-up caregiver in case your first choice is unavailable
      • Food, treats, a leash, toys and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
      • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
      • Collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure their microchip information is up to date)
      • Medications and prescriptions, along with instructions
      • Daily care instructions
      • Vaccination records and your veterinarian's contact information


Chickens and Fowl Requirements

April 12, 2020

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So you want to add fowl to your backyard? Chickens and ducks can be a great addition to your home: providing eggs as well as a lot of entertainment and companionship. But there are a few things you should know before getting chicks!

All homes with chickens within Salt Lake County Animal Services’ jurisdiction need to have an annual permit, pay the permit fee of $50 and have a coop inspection. While the shelter’s services are currently limited, we can still provide chicken permits.

To acquire a chicken permit please email We will send you a copy of the permit requirements and an application. You can send back the completed application via email or mail and we will reach out to you to collect payment. Inspections will be scheduled later.

Residents of Salt Lake County Metro Townships and Unincorporated County:

Coops must be 25 feet from the entrance to your home, 40 feet from any neighboring buildings and no more than 8 feet tall.  Chickens must have a predator proof, well-ventilated and well-maintained coop with 2 square feet per bird. Birds may free range in an enclosed yard during the day.  Depending on your zone, you may have 3-8 adult hens or ducks. *Roosters, crowing hens, peafowl, geese, or turkeys are NOT PERMITTED in any residential zone.

Residents within Salt Lake City limits:

The regulations are slightly different from the county and allow for different options in coop setup and number of fowl. *Roosters are only permitted under the “50-foot rule” designation, and only if they do not become a nuisance.

*It is important to consider rooster allowances when choosing your chicks. There are breeds of chickens that have different coloring for males and females, making it easy to ensure you are only getting hens.

For a full list of regulations please email or visit our website:

Salt Lake County regulations 


Salt Lake City regulations

To see what residential zone you live in (for Salt Lake County regulations), look here.

April Volunteer Spotlight

April 09, 2020

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Volunteers at Salt Lake County Animal Services are invaluable! Find out more about NIloofar's experience in our Q & A below as a volunteer. Check out our online application process. Our pets would love to meet you! 


What brought you to SLCoAS?

I wanted a way to volunteer for my community and I love playing with and training dogs. I looked around at different places to volunteer and found SLCoAS and that its needs fit into my hectic schedule and that they were looking for additional help so I felt I could help where it is really needed.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?

 As I am allergic to cats I take care dogs when I go in to volunteer. I like that I get to experience dogs with all sorts of personalities and know that I make a difference in their day and help them more likely get adopted!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

 I like going on hikes, baking, cooking, and generally spending time outside.

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:

The past ten years I have had a shared dog between my parents and myself that I trained and raised and often take care of, a standard poodle Pashmaloo (word for wooly in farsi). Since he lives with my parents due to better quality of life in their home I jokingly call him my half-dog :). My husband and I just moved to a house with more space and are currently are working from home due to COVID19 crisis. Since we are home all the time now have decided to foster a sweet greyhound mix Sophie from SLCoAS. We are hoping we can adopt her (depending on her long-term needs) and keep her forever!

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?

Have fun and take it slow. Don't push yourself to do things that make you uncomfortable. But be cooperative and communicative with other volunteers and staff, everyone is friendly and willing to help if you have questions.

Do you have a favorite adoption story?

I don't have a specific one I can recall.....I'm just really happy whenever long-term residents get adopted.

Tell us something unique about you:

I was born in Singapore but I have now lived in Utah for 20 years.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

I wouldn't say I have a specific place but my favorite types of travel involve mixing both city and nature. For example I really enjoyed visiting Portland because I got to experience the natural beauty of the forests of the pacific northwest while enjoying the delicious eats and breweries in the city.

Find out more about volunteering online or email


Pet Waste: AKA POOP

April 09, 2020

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The weather is warming up and more dog owners are heading outdoors to their neighborhoods and the hiking trails. Unfortunately, with that comes another problem, dog poop. At Salt Lake County Animal Services, our Animal Control Officers and staff members are inundated with complaints about all the poop! So be part of the solution, not the problem. Plus your neighbors will like you better if you clean up. 

Here are some of the reasons why you should clean up after your dog:

  1. Disease Causing Bacteria and Parasites – Harmful For Humans And Dogs

    Nitrogen and phosphorus isn’t the only thing that dog poop has a lot of.  Dog waste is even more full of disease causing bacteria and parasites than other types of waste.  These bacteria and parasites are harmful to humans and spread disease to other dogs.  Dog waste is full of E. coli, salmonella and is a common carrier of the following: Worms (several types), Parvovirus, Coronavirus, Giardiasis, Salmonellosis, Cryptosporidiosis, and Campybacteriosis.  These bacteria and parasites can actually linger in the soil for years.  If you don’t pick up after your dog, you are putting other people and other dogs at risk of getting sick.

  2. Dog waste takes a YEAR to breakdown - it DOES NOT wash away!

    Another common misconception is that if you don’t pick it up, it will quickly break down or wash away.  However, once again, this is not the case with dog poop.  In fact, dog waste can take as long as a year to naturally break down.  Especially since we live in a climate with a colder winter season.  The other down side here is that, as previously mentioned, the bacteria still lingers in the soil.  So even if you leave the poop on the ground and it does eventually break down, all of those bacteria and parasites will be left to linger there for several more years.

  3. It’s Just Poop, It’s Natural Like Cows, It’s Fertilizer – Not True! 

    A common misconception, or excuse people use, is that poop is natural fertilizer.  However, this is not really true.  Not all piles of poop are created equal.  If that were the case, we probably would have to invest so much in sewage treatment of our own waste.  Cow manure is has a very different make up from dog waste because their digestive systems, and diets are very different.  Cows are herbivores, where as a dog’s are omnivores, and their diets are very high in protein.  Dog waste is actually so high in nitrogen and phosphorus that it can have the opposite effect of fertilizer.  It can actually burn your lawn if you don’t pick it up.  It also causes all sorts of issues for local watersheds, but that’s a blog for another day.
       4. Common Courtesy – What’s that smell?

       There are many things that can ruin your day, but stepping in a steaming pile is definitely high on the list. There is not many things that are more unpleasant than getting in the car, and blasting the heat, only to discover a terrible odor emitting from the floorboards.  When you take your pet off of your property, you are entering public shared space.  It is the duty of pet owners to ensure that they pick up after their pets. Your dog’s waste is your mess, and you need to    pick it up yourself.  No one likes a messy shoe and a stinky car.


What can you do if you see someone not clean up?

1. Make it Personal: Local communities across the country have created poop shame campaigns

2. Take a Photo: The best way to report the person who has not cleaned up after their dog, is catch them in the act. Take a video, a photo, get their license plate number and give it to your local animal control after you file a complaint. 

3. File a Complaint: Most cities and counties have ordinances that require people to pick up after their animals. If you live in Salt Lake County Animal Services jurisdiction, you can find the laws for your area online