Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
April 04, 2018
Rachael Prenkert has been volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services since 2014. Since then she has been invaluable to our program! She is a dog lover and has always gone above and beyond. She transports dogs to training's and outings, helps out at events, participates in our shelter Thanksgiving day, donates items, and is a part of our Sunday Team. Rachael gives great feedback about the dogs she works with and can always be counted on when she signs up for something. We are sad to see her go but we are happy for her in her next adventures. The shelters in her new home town will be lucky to have her!
Want to know more about volunteering? Find out more on our volunteer page for potential opportunities to get involved.
Get to know our volunteers:
What brought you to SLCoAS? I started volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services (SLCoAS) because of a very special pup named Gracie. I met Gracie at the Best Friends Adoption Center in Sugarhouse (PAC) and instantly fell in love. She is a total doll of a pup but she was not getting adopted because she had to be an only dog. She was adopted and returned and after being returned, I started taking her off-site for some additional training to help her be more comfortable around other dogs. She was the last dog adopted in 2014 and I still get to visit her. She is doing great and now lives with a canine brother in addition to her human siblings.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering? I love getting to know the dogs that are at the shelter longer. My favorite thing is taking these longer term residents on special adventures, like swimming at Barley's canine recreation or special treats like the shelter thanksgiving. Also, I love seeing dogs make progress and that can be learning better manners/behaviors, seeing shy dogs come out of their shells, or dogs that haven't been treated the best start to develop trust again.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Spare time, what's that? I am a full time student (almost done) and work full time. I like to volunteer with SLCoAS and Best Friends, weight lifting and yoga, going to concerts and movies, taking my dogs to scent detection, and traveling.
Tell us about your family and fur kiddos: I have three pups. Alfie is a 7 year old English bulldog we adopted from the local bulldog rescue in 2012, Big Al is an 8 year old pit bull type dog who was adopted from West Valley Animal Services and one of their Animal Control Officers helped the adopter re-home Al to us in 2016, and last year, we adopted Amelia who is a 2 year old English bulldog Boston terrier mix from Weber County Animal Services.
What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? Volunteer as much as you can. You can learn so many things from volunteering and the animals really appreciate you taking them out of their kennels.
Tell us about your favorite adoption story: My favorite adoption story of late is Iggy Piggy Pie. He is such a good pup and spent so much time in the shelter and it is kind of magic that his now family fell in love with him without knowing how long he had been in the shelter. Or Rocko Morocco, but I am not sure his adoption is finalized, but after seeing him in and out of the shelter for a few years, it is amazing to see him be totally calm and relaxed in his home.
Tell us something unique about you: I learned Latin for fun.
Where is your favorite place to travel? Europe; I love old churches.
March 20, 2018
Spring is here, and you and your pup are going to be heading out into the great outdoors to sniff the flowers, roam the neighborhoods (on leash of course), and most likely poop on the neighbor’s yard (your dog, not you.)
Prevent your dog from getting hit by a car or starting a dog fight with another dog by keeping them on leash. Your dog is REQUIRED to be on leash at ALL times, unless you’re at a designated off-leash dog park. If you’re caught with your dog off leash, you will get a ticket and have to pay a fine because your dog will be considered a public nuisance.
Many violators of this ordinance will claim that they’re pet is friendly, or less aggressive when on leash. But Salt Lake County Animal Services would remind them that not everyone likes a “friendly” dog off leash, nor do other dogs that are on leash. A leash is not an optional accessory, it’s the LAW to wear one.
Poop is a reality. Every dog must poop and nope, they don’t only poop at home. It’s the law to clean up after your dog, if you get caught not picking up their poop, expect to pay a fine. This is another public nuisance violation. Be a considerate neighbor or hiker and carry poop bags to cleanup after your dog when they defecate out on an adventure, whether it’s in the neighborhood or on a busy hiking trail, you must pick it up.
Don’t think anyone is watching you walk your dog? Think again. Thanks to our smart phones it’s extremely easy for your neighbor, another park goer, or someone on the trail to take video or pictures of you not cleaning up after your pet. They then submit that information, along with your name or address to Salt Lake County Animal Control Officers who will then write you a ticket.
Curious about the ordinances in your city or township? Check out AdoptUtahPets.com and visit our Laws section to look up the ordinances in your area. Need to contact an officer? Call dispatch at 801-743-7045.
March 09, 2018
Salt Lake County Animal Services is all about second chances. Many pets come to our facility in poor physical condition and need lots of love and rehabilitation. Gummy Bear (aka Grimsby) is one such story. Here's to taking second chances on old cats.
Gummy Bear came to the shelter as a stray in January 2017. When we first saw him, he was in horrible condition: matted, very sick (upper respiratory infection), and his mouth was in bad condition. We started him on antibiotics for the URI and housed him in our infirmary until that was resolved. We then realized how bad his mouth was. He was missing several teeth, and the ones he had left were not in good condition. We did full blood work and a dental, removing all remaining teeth.
Once we had resolved his major medical issues, he went up for adoption but still had a lot of issues with his gums, and couldn’t stop drooling. The veterinarians diagnosed him with stomatitis, making it hard for him to keep up on grooming. We sent him off to the groomers for a nice spa day!
He continued to struggle with the stress of the shelter life, but that didn’t stop our vets from trying! We kept him on a soft food diet, steroids, and green tea to help with the inflammation.
In March 2017 Liz Garcia came into the shelter and decided to adopt this handsome guy, and his life changed forever!
A note from Gummy Bears mom Liz Garcia:
Gummy Bear (aka Grimsby) was adopted March 25, 2017. He had stomatitis and was under weight. I asked my family veterinarian Dr. Llewellyn at Alcor Cresta if he was up to the challenge of helping Gummy Bear and he was. We didn't expect him to live long, but didn't want him to die at the shelter. We tried different dosages of steroids, multiple sessions of laser treatments, and finally added a new med, Atopica, to the mix. About two months after starting Atopica Gummy's life changed. He now eats kibble, his favorite food!
Because he no longer needs to worry about pain in his mouth he concentrates on more important things like chasing his sister Mini, playing with his toys, soaking up the sun, watching the birds, being his human's shadow, and biting everyone with his toothless mouth.
Gummy Bear is the most loving cat. He is a great example of why it is worth taking a chance on an old raggedy cat. They may just turn out to be the best pet you've ever had!
A year later, he no longer looks like the skinny 16 year old scraggly cat we once knew!
Thank you Liz for taking a chance on Gummy Bear!
March 08, 2018
It's time to get ready for spring with your pets! We can all hope that this cold weather will be behind us soon and that Spring is truly “in the air”. This does not just mean it will be time for spring cleaning. It is also a time to get your dog ready for spring!
Here are some simple steps that we can take to get our canine companions ready for the warmer seasons so they can enjoy it to the fullest.
Take your dog to the
First and foremost, you should take your dog to see the veterinarian for their annual check-up. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, which is as applicable to dogs as it is to humans.
Make sure your dog is vaccinated:
Since your dog will be spending more time outdoors in the summer it is important to make sure that their vaccinations are up-to-date. This will help them to be protected from a wide range of serious medical conditions that they are more likely to be exposed to.
Your dog is ready to shed their winter coat. Get ahead of the furry mess by grooming them regularly. If you are strapped for time check out a local grooming salon. For a fee, these groomers will scrub and brush your pup while you run around doing errands.
Keep those New Year’s resolutions:
People are not the only ones who pack on the pounds in winter. Your dog has likely spent the last few months staying warm and being a little less active. Remember to start slowly with short walks and gradually build up to longer walks.
Sensible fashion is a must!
It's important to take a look at your dog’s collar and leash and other accessories to make sure that they are still in good condition. If they are breaking or fraying, replace them before you start any outdoor activities. Make sure that their tags are in good shape and all your information is up to date.
Every pet owner wants to keep their pets as safe as possible. Placing a collar with an Identification tag is important, but sometimes collars become lost so you want to make sure that your pet is properly identified. That is where a microchip comes in handy. A microchip is a way to ensure that your pet finds their way back home.
Watch for allergies:
Pet can get seasonal allergies just like we do.
- Is your dog scratching more?
- Is his/her skin red?
- Are their ears dirtier than normal? Or smell?
- Are their tear stains darker?
- Are they licking their paws more?
These can all be signs of allergies. When the seasons change, these symptoms can come on hard.
Watch for overheating:
Some breeds can handle the heat better than others. However, no matter what breed your dog is, you need to make sure they will not overheat. Make sure that they have access to plenty of water for hydration and provide them with shaded places to rest and relax. Above all else you should never leave your dog alone in your car. The interior can become much hotter than the exterior because of the absorbed sunlight and can be fatal to your dog. If you do see a dog in a hot car please call your local animal control or 911.
March 02, 2018
March Volunteer of the Month is Michelle Larson!
Michelle Larson is one of our first and most dedicated rabbit volunteers! She has experience with bunnies and offered to come to the shelter and assist in their care and enrichment. It was clear from the get go that Michelle had a lot to offer Salt Lake County Animal Services.
Michelle immediately began bringing in enrichment items, the bunnies favorite hay, getting to know their personalities, and attending events. She even wrote up a wonderful FAQ for adopters! Not only does she stop by every day, she has also recruited other volunteers to join the Salt Lake County Animal Services volunteer family. Michelle is now a volunteer Bunny Mentor and helps train new volunteers in the bunny area. We couldn’t do what we do without her and her passion for the rabbits.
Thank you Michelle for helping us make a difference. People like you should volunteer in abundance.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare
Interested in volunteering, find out more on our volunteer page.
February 14, 2018
"Open your mouth kitty....please? Say AAAAH"?
We know brushing cat teeth can be quite difficult. Here are some tips and tricks on making it a little easier. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and we want to help your kitty have pearly whites.
- Massage and handle your cats face often to get them used to having part of their face held. Do this for a few minutes each day until they feel comfortable with their face being touched.
- Once they have gotten used to you handling the outside of their face, you can start massaging their teeth and gums. You can do this with your finger, a soft cloth, or gauze. Also do this for a few minutes each day until they become comfortable.
- Choose a toothpaste and toothbrush made specifically for cats! Let your cat sniff and taste the toothpaste before using it.
- Don’t force them through any of it. If they aren’t ready for the next step, keep working on the previous step a bit longer.
- Brush their teeth every day. Brushing is most successful at preventing oral disease if it’s done every day. Plus, if you do it every day your cat won’t have to get familiar with the process each time.
- Give praise and reward when finished! Cats love praise and treats! Definitely find the tasty treats too.
- Some other helpful things to keep your cats teeth clean if
brushing is just not working
- Dental treats
- Dental wipes
- Chew toys
- Dental cat food
If your cat refuses to brush their teeth, you can visit your local vet, who can clean your cats' teeth. If your cat is refusing to eat or chewing, it may be because of tooth pain, and we would recommend you take them to the vet immediately.
February 14, 2018
With February being National love your pet month we thought this would be a fun time to talk about the many reasons we love our pets and the way we describe our pets.
There are so many descriptions that apply to our dogs and how they enrich our lives on a daily basis.
Is your dog a:
And of course……
It's hard to imagine life without pets. Every animal brings their own joy, laughter, frustration, learning, adventure and enrichment to this world.
Here at Salt Lake County Animal Services, we have the privilege of sharing our space with them, learning from them and having a job where we not only get to work with them but get to work for them and help be a part of the solution in advocating, educating and adopting.
For National Love your pet month we would love to know how our readers describe their pet? Have a story about your pet you want to share with us and our followers? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will highlight you and your pets.
Interested in pampering your pet this month? Join us for our Spa Day at Dirty Johnson's Dog Wash on February 25 from 10 AM - 3 PM. For $25/dog, volunteers will wash and dry your dog and trim their nails. Find out more on our event page.
February 09, 2018
Official Notice Of Sale
This Potbelly was brought into the shelter in January 2017. He is a male approx. 6-month-old and available for adoption at 10:00am on 2-10-18.
His adoption price is set at $100 and will be adopted to the first qualified adopter to come in on or after the 10th .
Adopter must be in an area zoned for livestock.
If you have questions please email email@example.com.
February 01, 2018
Salt Lake County Animal Services would like to thank our February 2018 volunteers of the month: our student group from Post High!
A group of students from Post High come every single week and make pupsicles for our dogs, clean the cattery for us, and socialize the cats. All of them have a deep love for the animals and are a joy to have volunteering at Salt Lake County Animal Services. This program helps give these students new skills out in their community, cultivates empathy, and also benefits the animals here at the shelter, which is a win-win situation.
We enjoy getting to know each of the students every school year and celebrating with them when they graduate. Some students have come back to volunteer after graduation and it brings it all back full circle.
We appreciate all that you do for us Post High! Thanks for volunteering and giving our organization the most precious thing you will ever own – your time and talent.
“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” ~Martin Luther King Jr.We are always looking for volunteers for various projects! Find out more!
January 31, 2018
January 16, 2018
Animal Services for Riverton Residents Shifts from Salt Lake County to Riverton City
Salt Lake City, UT – Beginning February 1, 2018, citizens
with questions or concerns regarding lost or stray pets, licensing, complaints,
etc. will contact Riverton City at (801) 208-3108 for assistance.
All animals from Riverton currently in Salt Lake County Animal Services care will be turned over to Riverton City on February 1. To ease the burden of the transition Salt Lake County Animal Services is seeking to send these stray and abandoned pets, that came from Riverton, to local animal rescues where they can find new families. This should hopefully ease the burden on Riverton City and ensure a positive outcome for these animals.Salt Lake County Animal Services will continue to serve the residents and pets as a no-kill shelter facility for Bluffdale, Copperton, Emigration Canyon, Herriman, Holladay, Kearns, Magna, Midvale, Millcreek, Salt Lake City and White City.
Below is information provided by Riverton City for its citizens:Where will citizens license their pets?
Riverton residents have two options to license
Riverton City Offices: 12830 S. Redwood Rd.
Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic: 1381 W. Stone Ridge Ln.
Riverton City Animal Control services can be
contacted using the following numbers
Office: (801) 208-3108
After hours UPD dispatch: (801) 743-7000
Office hours for animal control will coincide with regular City Office hours, Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. An on-call service for Animal Control is also available so residents can contact a code enforcement officer throughout the day, as well as at night and on weekends.What are the contact numbers/addresses for where lost animals will be placed?
Riverton City has two locations for animal
placement. To retrieve a lost pet, residents should call Animal Control at
(801) 208-3108 to coordinate animal pick up.
What or where can someone find the fee schedule for redeeming lost animals?
Proposals for animal control fees are in the process of being approved by City Council and will be available online at http://www.rivertoncity.com/departments/administration/finance/fees_and_taxes.php
An adoption program has been created in partnership with Stone Ridge Veterinary Clinic, located at 1381 W. Stone Ridge Ln. We will help promote the program as animals become available.
Salt Lake County Animal Services is the largest no-kill municipal shelter in Utah. Our Animal Control Officers provide responsive, timely assistance to animal related issues in the community, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Animal Services provides a variety of amenities to current and potential pet owners: low cost vaccinations and sterilizations, pet adoptions, and free/low-cost microchips to ensure pets return to their loving owners. For more information visit AdoptUtahPets.com.
January 11, 2018
Choosing the shelter cat that wants to come home with you can be intimidating.
If you're in a shelter with colony rooms, like the ones at Salt Lake County Animal Services,
take your time, sit down in the room and give the cats a few minutes to show you who they are.
The following are a few tips to help you know if a shelter cat wants to come home with you.
Tripping You: This cat doesn’t want you to go anywhere without them! When cats rub against you, they are trying to mark you with their smell.
Talking to You: “Chirps,” “Meows,” and “Purrs,” these cats have so many stories to tell, and are great company at home.
The Lap Cat: This cat will always love you, and love to sleep on you.
Making Muffins: Kneading, is said to be one of the ways cats say they love you, and means they are super happy.
The Sleeping Cat: Because really every cat wants to go home. This cat is nice and relaxed and wants you to choose them, but please let the sleeping cat lay.
We want you to play more in 2018 which is why we're promoting $18 adoptions throughout January. Want to know more about cat's available at Salt Lake County Animal Services? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our adoptable cats at 511 W 3900 S, or look online to see them all.
January 04, 2018
Official Notice Of Sale
Three Pygmy Goats were brought into Salt Lake County Animal Services in December 2017. All of them are females, two of them approximately 3-years-old and the third is approximately 3-months-old. They will all be available for adoption at 10 AM on January 16, 2018.
The adoption price is set at $45 each and they will be adopted to the first qualified adopter to come in on or after the 16th .
Adopter must be in an area zoned for livestock.
Additional questions please email email@example.com
January 04, 2018
Sabrina was originally adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services as a puppy but returned to the shelter 5-years later. Sabrina had the cards stacked against her coming into the shelter environment. She was a 5-year-old, black pit bull, who wasn’t well trained and often did not get along with other dogs.
It did not take long for Sabrina to become a shelter favorite with her sassy personality. Staff quickly realized that Sabrina was too smart for her own good and needed to have her energy directed into positive experiences.
Sabrina spent mornings in an office playing in the toy box (literally), chewing on bones and having some down time before starting with basics: not jumping on the table, learning to wait until called for, and walking politely on leash. After the “boring” lessons, she would play with food puzzles and the bubble machine. Then Sabrina would head to the play yard where she would open the toy box and jump in to retrieve the toy she wanted. She would finish her enrichment time with a stuffed Kong in her kennel.
During this time, a previous adopter, Theresa, began volunteering at the shelter and met Sabrina. It was not long before Theresa fell in love with Sabrina and her quirky personality: jumping in toy boxes, sitting “frog-legged” and so on. Theresa would take Sabrina to the park on outings, Barley’s Canine Recreation Center to swim, and eventually became her biggest advocate on “Team Sabrina,” taking her through a 6-week training course.
In August of 2017, Theresa was determined to foster Sabrina at her home. For Sabrina to live in a home with other dogs, Theresa had to redesign her home to provide a separate, safe space for Sabrina. Once they settled in, Theresa began training Sabrina on scent work and giving her all the luxuries of a home life again.
On November 25th Theresa and Paul knew it was time to make Sabrina an official family member. After spending 8 months in the shelter and several months in foster, Sabrina found her forever family.
Sabrina’s story is not uncommon in the world of animal rescue but her happy ending wouldn’t have happened without enrichment, training, and a dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and fosters. The life-saving programming provided at Salt Lake County Animal Services is due to the support of the community.
A special “thank you” to Theresa and Paul for volunteering, fostering, donating and adopting. Thank you for giving long-term shelter dog, Sabrina, the happy ending she deserved. Happy Trails Sabrina!
December 22, 2017
As humans many of us set a resolution for ourselves for the new year. Since our pets can improve our physical and mental health, lets improve the lives of our cats and dogs this year as well.
- Update Their Tags & Microchips: If your contact information has changed, get your pet a new tag and update your info that’s attached to their microchip. Also, make sure the info on their tag is still readable, often it rubs off.
- Bring Out the Brush: Not only does brushing improve their coats, it helps you connect.
- Declutter! Throw away those dirty, germy, broken toys. Get them something new to play with.
- Make Time to Play: Whether it’s swimming, hiking, or learning new tricks; your pet needs time to play and bond with you because they love you unconditionally.
- Measure They’re Food: It’s easy to overfeed a pet who acts like there’s never enough food in the bowl. Throw a measuring cup in their food containers and use it every day. Food is often a way we say, “I Love You.” Love your pet with other things like attention, play dates, or more car rides.
- Take Them to the Vet: Just like humans, pets should see their veterinarian for an annual check-up. They need to have their yearly vaccinations to keep them healthy and happy. Often when pets get sick, there is something going on with them that we can’t see.
As part of your resolution, resolve to play more! Salt Lake County Animal Services will be offering $18 adoption fees from January 2-31 for all pets EXCLUDING puppies and livestock.
Licensing or renewing a license? Every pet that lives in: Bluffdale, Copperton, Emmigration Canyon, Herriman, Holladay, Kearns, Magna, Midvale, Millcreek, Salt Lake City, and White City can walk-in to Salt Lake County Animal Services, Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM, and receive a free DHPP (vaccine for dogs), FVRCP (vaccine for cats), and a microchip. Rabies vaccinations are done by appointment only.
For more information visit AdoptUtahPets.com or come by 511 W 3900 S, in Salt Lake City.
December 21, 2017
Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services January 2018 Volunteer of the Month, Tracie Harrison. Tracie started volunteering with us in July 2017 and can often be found working with our green collar dogs or in our barn visiting with the rabbits! She always has such a great attitude when she comes in and has a smile for everyone. We love having Tracie here as she is so understanding and hard working!
Tracie is a wonderful person to have as part of our volunteer program. Her love for the dogs and rabbits is clear and apparent, and we are thankful she chooses to spend her time with our animals!
By volunteering you have just given the most expensive and priceless gift anyone could have ever given – kindness and love. Thank you Tracie!
Interested in volunteering? Found out more or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 21, 2017
photo credit: Andrea Reiman
The temperatures are dropping, and snow is in the air! Keep your pets safe during the cold weather with a few tips:
- Grab your pup a coat and some dog booties to protect their paws. Check your dog’s paws for snow clumps when they come in after being outside.
- Ice melt is dangerous to our pets if ingested. Please wipe their paws when coming inside from a dog walk or a cat outing. There is animal-safe ice melt you can purchase at your local hardware stores.
- If your dog stays outside in your backyard during the day, please be sure that they have access to shelter and un-frozen water. During night freezing temperatures, please bring your dog inside. If you’re cold, your dog is cold. Dogs can suffer from hypothermia.
- If you have a community cat colony at your residence, please make sure they have adequate shelter.
On behalf of all of us at Salt Lake County Animal Services, we wish you and yours a very merry holiday season! If you’re looking to collect holiday donations for the pets here at the shelter, we’re always in need of soft treats for the pups and canned cat paté for the kitties. If you would like more ideas please visit our website, AdoptUtahPets.com or visit us at 511 W 3900 S, Salt Lake City.
December 21, 2017
Bello, was brought into Salt Lake County Animal Services in December 2017. He is a male approximately 1 year old and available for adoption at 10:00am on January 3, 2018.
His adoption price is set at $45 and will be adopted to the first qualified adopter to come in on or after the 3rd.
Adopter must be in an area zoned for livestock.
Salt Lake County Animal Services is located at 511 W 3900 S, SLC.
December 18, 2017
“Esther,” the Landrace pig (A462957) will be available for sale on Monday, December 18, at 10:00 AM when the shelter opens. The adoption fee is $150, and she will be adopted on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than one qualified adopter comes in on Monday morning, a random drawing will be held.
She is friendly and is approximately four months old.
December 11, 2017
“Sprocket,” the potbellied pig (A462889) will be available for sale on Wednesday, December 13, at 10:00 AM when the shelter opens. The adoption fee is $100, and he will be adopted on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than one qualified adopter comes in on Wednesday morning, a random drawing will be held.
Sprocket is a very friendly and outgoing black potbelly pig. He is approximately one year old and his initial exam showed him to be neutered.
December 04, 2017
“Banjo,” a potbelly pig (A462599) will be available for sale on Wednesday, December 6, at 10:00 AM when Salt Lake County Animal Services opens. The adoption fee is $100, and he will be adopted on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than one qualified adopter comes in on Wednesday morning, a random drawing will be held.
He is a friendly, unneutered, 5-month-old, black & white potbelly big. The adopter is encouraged to have him neutered, and the adoption fee will be refunded in full if the adopter brings in proof of neuter within 30 days of adoption.