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Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services

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

National Pit Bull Awareness Month 2018

September 28, 2018

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National Pit Bull Awareness Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a few suggestions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

october volunteer

September 20, 2018

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Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services' September Volunteer of the Month: Janet Harnsberger! Interested in volunteering find out more.

What brought 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.

What advice 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.

Tell us 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.

where are they now soter

August 31, 2018

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Soter (AKA Yukon at the shelter) was adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services several months ago. We love hearing and seeing how our pets do after they're adopted. 

Here is Soter's update from his hooman:

On November 1, 2017; our beloved Great Dane, Cardea succumbed to aggressive bone cancer. It was a short 7.5 years, but a life full of great adventures. I swore we were done having poochies and would just babysit for friends. On December 22, 2017; I was casually scrolling through Facebook and saw a picture posted by Salt Lake County Animal Services, of a handsome fella by the name of “Yukon.” I immediately thought, “he needs to come home.” I packed up my little nephew and off we drove to meet the cutie. We arrived at Salt Lake County, only to discover he had been moved to Best Friends in Sugarhouse. Off we were again, calling on the way to ensure he was still there and he was. When we walked through the doors, he immediately started scratching at his glass enclosure. It was almost as if he knew we were there to see him. Our “meet and greet” went great!! He was so excited to go for a car ride and even more excited to see so many friends at Petsmart and receive so many new and fun things.

“Yukon” was quickly changed to Soter. In Greek Mythology; Soter is a daimon of safety, preservation, and deliverance from harm. He couldn’t have a more fitting name.

At Soter’s first vet checkup; it was learned that he was most likely a bait dog, was definitely beaten, and his ears were cut/ cropped with scissors. Because he had no history when we adopted him, the vet guessed that he was around 5 years old. We decided that his birthday was 12-22-2012. We will celebrate the day he came to his furrever home as his actual birthday.

Since Soter has been in our family; he has packed on a few lbs, his hair has grown back nicely; almost covering all his scars, and his personality has come out full force. He has quite the smile and loves to show it off! He didn’t seem to know what a blanket, or pillow were and now he loves them. He almost had to be taught how to play with toys and now he runs around with them and throws them to himself. His kid frequently spoils him with new toys and he goes absolutely nuts for them. He loves picking toys out of his toy basket to play with. Dental treats have really helped with the tartar on his teeth and he loves to have his nails filed with a nail file. He sits with his cat brothers for treat time and he fiercely protects them from other doggies. Nobody harasses his kitties, but him. 😊 Soter has made some great new furry friends and is extremely docile (unless his cats are in danger.) He loves to pacify on a few of his toys, so we think he was taken from his Momma too soon.

Soter’s favorite pastimes are napping and cuddling. His favorite treats are Blueberry Greenies. He’s been nicknamed “Meatball” because of his stout size, “Bowling Ball” because he likes to ram into people, and “Turtle” when he rolls onto his back for belly scratches.

I never thought I’d look into rescuing an animal and would absolutely do it again. We are even considering finding a brother, or sister for Soter because cat brothers aren’t so fun to play with. 

responsible dog ownership

August 30, 2018

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Dogs bring many benefits into our lives and to ensure they remain healthy, happy and safe it is important that we are invested in their well-being and the well-being of those around them. If you are thinking of adopting a new dog it is important to take into consideration all the care involved. Their size, energy, medical care and temperament. It is also important to consider your lifestyle and the type of dog that would fit it best.

Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it’s a responsibility.

Some of the basics of pet ownership include:

Regular veterinarian exams, yearly vaccinations, Spaying/Neutering ,training, a good diet, proper identification (IE: Collar, tag and a microchip), keeping your dog safe from the elements, cleaning up your dog’s poop, exercise for their body and mind and keeping your dog leashed in public.

Being a responsible pet owner involves more than assuring your dog is healthy and regularly sees a veterinarian. A mentally and physically stimulated dog will be a happy dog and a wonderful family member. Here are some very basic obedience commands that dogs should learn to help make them good “Canine Citizens."




*Drop it

Not only is this fun for you and your dog to learn together but these can be very helpful tools when you are out in the community. A well-behaved dog is a reflection of his/her owner. It's easy to go online and find videos that will teach you how to train your dog or you can sign up for a basic obedience class with a local trainer. Many dogs end up being surrendered to a shelter because of “behavior” issues, which if the owner would have worked with their dog these “behaviors” could have been curbed.

 There are many local dog friendly hiking trails in Utah, getting your dog out on walks or hikes is healthy for both of you and a healthy dog is a happy dog. If you have had a busy day and did not have the chance to get a walk in, you can play fetch or tug. Pull out a food puzzle at feeding time and exercise their mind.

Socialize your dog to new people, places, things and other dogs. Unsocialized or under socialized dogs can be fearful, anxious and timid and when this is left unchecked it can lead to aggressiveness.

Take care of your dog when they get old. Remember, you will grow old one day too and it is important to go on the difficult journey at the end. Everything is easier for your dog when you are there.

And last but certainly not least Love your dog! Unfortunately, dogs are with us for a relatively short time. Make that time the best it can be for you and your best friend. You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. They only have you.

soiree for strays

August 30, 2018

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soiree for strays

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:

volunteer of the month ellen grove

August 20, 2018

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Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services' September Volunteer of the Month: Ellen Grove! Interested in volunteering find out more

Volunteer Q&A
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.

national check the chip

August 13, 2018

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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. 

volunteer of the month lindsey wood

July 30, 2018

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Lindsey Wood is Salt Lake County Animal Services volunteer of the month:

Volunteer Q&A
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 

where are they now romeo

June 29, 2018

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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.

-Amanda W.

Check out our current adoptable pets

volunteer of the month tracie harrison

June 29, 2018

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Tracie Harrison is Salt Lake County Animal Services volunteer of the month:

What brought you to SLCoAS?  Roxxy brought me to volunteer. She had been with me for fifteen years, but when her cancer came back I knew it was time to let her go.  Without Roxxy I was a bit lost. She was my by best friend and loyal companion. Since I couldn’t bring myself to bring home another family member, but still had a lot of love to give, I decided to volunteer.  I contacted my local shelter and was told they only had space for two volunteers in their center and no openings for volunteers with them. I looked online and found SLCoAS! I am so happy I did.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering? Playing with the animals of course! Really it is seeing the different personalities of each dog I take out. Do they like to play with a ball? Do they prefer a rope toy or something that makes noise?  It is fun to try and figure out what type of toys or treats they like. I also enjoy feeding the rabbits and looking in the barn to see what new animals come in. I laugh when I think of someone misplacing their goat or chicken. How do these animals become strays anyways?

What do you like to do in your spare time? Wow spare time??? What’s that? I have been in school for the past 6 years. Between school, work, family and volunteering I don’t have a lot of time. Since graduating from the U of U in May, I now get to put away the textbooks and read for fun.  I enjoy reading historical accounts of the Revolutionary War, both World Wars and biographies of our past Presidents.  I enjoy the outdoors and love to garden. I bring in as much produce from my garden for the rabbits to eat. They love my parsley!

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos: Ha, I am an empty nester. I am also an aunt to two nephews a niece and two fur kiddos. One was adopted for the center a few months ago.!

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? I would say to ask questions, if you see you want to do more just ask. There are many other opportunities to help in the center.

Do you have a favorite adoption story? I don’t have a favorite adoption story really. I have favorite dogs that I am happy to see get adopted. One was Sage, she was a blue gray pitty that was featured on a prior newsletter. She has such a fun personality and was so playful. Another was Duncan shari-pei mix his wide nose was adorable. He was such a happy boy that seem to struggle while he was at the center for an extended period of time. I was so excited when I saw him moved to a foster home and later adopted. 

Tell us something unique about you: Hand quilting. I don’t have a sewing machine, actually I don’t want one. But I love to sew and make quilts. I love fabric patterns and colors and I get to be a bit of an artist when I am putting them together to make a quilt.

Where is your favorite place to travel? National Parks! Our county is so large and diverse. National Parks are little pockets of spectacular pieces of nature.  I recently took a trip to Glacier National Park to see what was left of the glaciers before they were gone forever. It was beautiful and yet somewhat sad to see the changes that have happened in the past 30 to 40 years. The next park on my list is Yosemite!

Interested in volunteering find out more on our Volunteer page or email 

adopt miss mia

June 15, 2018

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adopt mia

Miss Mia has been with Salt Lake County Animal Services since January 2017. She is currently living in a foster home, but we would love to find her forever home!

Mia is a 3-year-old black Turkish Angora. She is spayed, micro-chipped, and current on vaccines. She would love to live in a home where she is the only animal. She has the most gorgeous black and brown fur, and toe floofs! She is one of our Century Club cats which means she will get free vaccines for life, and a free initial FELV/FIV test.

Belly rubs
Exploring the yard on a leash
Cat naps

Other animals
Chaotic house
That one shirt you own, you know the one!
Being held

A note from Mia’s foster mom Alex: When she is feeling lovey, she will let you know. If she is curled up on the bed and you walk past the door, she’ll call for you to not only pet her, but scratch her belly as she rolls over for you. She doesn’t like being held. She loves laying and sitting on things other than a blanket or carpet. What I mean by that is if there is a piece of paper in the middle of the carpeted floor, that is where she will sit or lay down.

Miss Mia is very quirky and deserves a furr-ever home of her own!
If you or someone you know would like to meet Mia, please email


June 01, 2018

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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

volunteer may mason rodrickc

May 11, 2018

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Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services volunteer of the month, Mason Rodrickc! Interested in volunteering? Find out more

Volunteer Q&A
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. 


May 11, 2018

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May is National Pet Month, a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to people’s lives –and vice versa. This month is all about “Pawing it Forward” for pets with or without forever homes.

It is observed annually in the United States in May and aims to promote the benefits of pet ownership, support pet adoption at places like Salt Lake County Animal Services, increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals and raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals.

Ways to Help Homeless Pets:

ADOPT: If you are looking to add a pet to your family please consider your local shelter .  

DONATE: Time, supplies, or money - every bit counts! 

SHARE: Social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are very useful tools in helping adoptable animals find their forever homes.

FOSTER: Fostering saves lives and can help a animal at the shelter who is kennel stressed. You can foster a pet temporarily until the right forever home is found. It is a wonderful way to give back and can be a good opportunity to see what having a pet is all about before making a commitment yourself.

VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are essential in helping shelters achieve their mission of finding forever homes for pets. Volunteering even a few hours of your time a month can make all the difference to an animal waiting to find its forever home.

Ideas to Celebrate YOUR Pet: 

Go on an outdoor adventure!

Here are some friendly off leash hikes you and your canine companion can enjoy together:

Make some treats for your cats and dogs to enjoy:

Find time to play some games:

Appreciate your pets and let them know you care each and every day. From unconditional love and numerous health benefits like lowering blood pressure, helping with depression, and soothing stress, companion pets give so much to their pet parents and they never ask for anything in return. So, show your appreciation as much as you can, especially on specific pet holidays like National Pet Month. 

pygmy goat for adoption

May 11, 2018

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Official Notice Of Sale

This Pygmy Goat was brought into the shelter in May 2018. He is an adult male and available for adoption at 10:00am on 5-19-18.

His adoption price is set at $45 and will be adopted to the first qualified adopter to come in on or after the 19th.  

Adopter must be in an area zoned for livestock.

Questions? Email

utah faces

May 01, 2018

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May 2018

Thank You to Utah FACES     

Salt Lake County, UT –  After a successful, decade long run, the all-volunteer run nonprofit, Utah FACES (Friends for Animal Care and Effective Solutions) is moving their funding to an endowment. Utah FACES was created in 2008 to help provide live saving care and support for the thousands of animals that entered Salt Lake County Animal Services.

From the founder of Utah FACES, Don Porter, “Ten years ago we started Utah FACES out of a sincere love for animals and a real need to help Salt Lake County Animal Services work toward achieving success in its No-Kill mission. When we reached that achievement, we all celebrated.”

Over the years, Utah FACES has helped provide and build a variety of programs such as:

  • Free Fixes: Low-cost spay/neutering of thousands of animals
  • Injured Animal Fund: Provide live-saving surgeries for injured animals
  • Microchips: Thousands were purchased to ensure pets return home
  • Groom Transport: Pets taken to local groomers for a much-deserved spa day
“Along the way, we succeeded in funding real life enhancements for thousands of animals with vet clinic equipment, grooming services, microchip supplies, injured animal care, and spay/neuter surgeries,” says Porter.

Most importantly, this group of dedicated individuals spent hundreds of hours helping Salt Lake County Animal Services become the largest no-kill municipal shelter in Utah. Thanks to the hard work of the board and volunteers with Utah FACES, Salt Lake County Animal Services has been able to build sustainable programming that saves the lives of thousands of pets every year.

Moving forward without the support of Utah FACES, Salt Lake County Animal Services will continue to seek donations, grants, and other community partnerships to assist and change the lives of the pets (and their owners) in our community. Animal Services will sustain many of the programs that Utah FACES created: Groom Transport, Injured Animal Fund, Microchips, Adopt-A-Kennel, SpayGhetti & No Balls Fundraiser, and many others.

Interested in donating? Please visit our online giving page at or

kitten season

April 20, 2018

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Top 5 things you can do to help the shelter during kitten season

Kitten season has officially started! Kitten season usually starts in March and lasts until about October.
In 2017, we got in a total of 1,137 kittens under the age of 5 months! Because of the large number of cats and kittens shelters get in during kitten season, it puts a tremendous strain on them. Here are a few things you can do to help at Salt Lake County Animal Services!

Volunteer: Shelters need volunteers year-round, but because things are a lot busier in the warmer seasons, there’s a lot more things for the volunteers to do and help with. The most common volunteer tasks include; enrichment's, grooming, exercising, socializing, and cleaning. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Salt Lake County Animal Services you can email

Foster: During kitten season we always need fosters. We send kittens to foster homes until they are big and healthy enough for surgery and adoption. When we get small kittens brought into the shelter we like to get the kittens out of the shelter as soon as possible. The longer they stay in the shelter they are more likely to get sick. We provide all the supplies and vet care to take care of your foster kittens, you provide the home and love. If you are interested in becoming a kitten foster email

Adopt an older kitten: During kitten season we get so many cats and kittens. A lot of times during kitten season older kittens and cats get over looked, everybody wants that tiny kitten. Some kittens spend over 6 months waiting to find their forever home.

Know when to leave kittens with their mothers:  It's hard to see tiny kittens outside and not want to grab them to bring them to a shelter. But doing this isn't always the right course of action for new born kittens. To increase their chances of survival, sometimes it's better to leave the kittens be. Unless the kittens are obviously hurt or in danger, you should first watch them from far away and see if they need immediate intervention. Check on them a few more times throughout the day, and if you are certain mother is not coming back, take them to the shelter.

Donate: Even if you can't foster or adopt, you can help make sure this year's kittens get all the supplies they need. If you would like to donate to help the kitties of Salt Lake County Animal Services, here is the like to the Amazon kitty wish list

first aid awareness

April 11, 2018

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April is pet first aid awareness month. All pet owners should have a first aid kit for their pet in case of emergency.  However, there is not a one-size-fits–all answer to what is best for a first aid kit. 

There are many pre-made kits that may be purchased for your pet but building your own kit or adding to a pre-made one may be the best way to have a kit that is built and customized for your pet’s needs.

There are first aid items that are necessary:

Scissors - you may need to free your pet from an entanglement or cut matted fur.

Bandage Scissors - these have a blunted blade that can easily slip between skin and bandage material, so you do not cut the patients skin.

Tweezers - to remove foreign materials from wounds.

Nail Clipper and a Styptic Pen - for torn nails and skin wounds (cornstarch also works)

Quick Clot - stops bleeding

Sterile Eye Wash - make sure it is eye wash, not contact solution

Ear Wash – ask your vet what would be best for your pet

Tape - 1” medical tape. Easy to tear off and holds well.

Roll Gauze - used to bandage, pad for splints and aid in stopping bleeding.

Telfa Pads - non-stick dressings for bandaging a wound.

Antiseptic Wash/Wipes - look for non-stinging such as Chlorhexidine or Betadine.  Rubbing alcohol is not good for any open sores or wounds.

Antibiotic Ointment - over-the-counter “general purpose” antibiotic ointment for light use with a minor skin wound. Not for use in eyes. Caution advised for animals that may lick or ingest. Use with discretion. The antibiotics are absorbed via the skin.

Vet Prescribed Pain Relief - speak to your vet about obtaining as needed first aid kit pain relief. Do NOT use human prescription or over-the-counter pain medications for pets.

Latex Gloves - for your protection and your pet’s.

Muzzle - even the most well-trained animals may bite when injured or afraid

Thermometer - know what is normal vital signs for your dog and cat  and how to use the thermometer.              

Hot/Cold packs - cool down skin after a burn or keep an animal warm if hypothermic.   Always use a cloth between the pack and skin and check frequently for redness or irritation.

Water-based lubricating jelly - for use with rectal thermometers.

Extra towels, wash cloths and a blanket - use for washing, keeping warm/cool, and if necessary, a way to transport the injured pet (sling).

Diphenhydramine (aka Benadryl) - for stings and allergic reactions. Speak with your vet first about proper dosing.

Syringe/Large Eye Dropper - to flush wounds or administer fluids by mouth.

List of Phone Numbers - your regular vet, the emergency vet, animal control, and animal poison control numbers. Program these into your cell phone.

Sturdy Box - ideally plastic or metal, to hold all your supplies and is easy to carry and pack with you will complete your kit.

When customizing a first aid kit for YOUR pet include what is needed for YOUR pet’s specific needs. For example, a diabetic pet kit should include honey or Karo syrup in the event of a low blood sugar episode. Pets who have regular medications should have a couple of days supply of all current medications.

Your veterinarian can help you customize a first aid kit to meet your pet’s additional needs.

While purchasing or building a first aid kit is a great first step it will not be enough in the event of an emergency if you are not familiar with how to use the items. Here are some recommendations for preparing yourself in the event of an emergency.

*Take a pet first aid class

*Use the Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross app

*Read pet first aid or animal health books

*Familiarize yourself with pet emergency clinics in your area and places you travel to.

Being prepared in the face of an emergency helps ensure the health and safety of your pets.