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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. 

volunteer of the month rachael

April 04, 2018

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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.

Don't be a nuisance

March 20, 2018

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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.)

Leash’em Up!
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 their 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.

Eww Pooh!
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 and visit our Laws section to look up the ordinances in your area. Need to contact an officer? Call dispatch at 801-743-7045.

gummy bear

March 09, 2018

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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!

get ready for spring

March 08, 2018

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get ready for spring

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 vet:
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 volunteer of the month

March 02, 2018

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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. 

national pet dental health

February 14, 2018

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"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.  

love your pet month

February 14, 2018

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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: 

*Comedian*Food Critic

*Couch Potato

*Hiking Partner

*Good Listener

*Alarm Clock





And of course……

*Best friend

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 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

potbelly pig official notice of sale

February 09, 2018

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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