Javascript is required to view this site. Skip to main content
Text:    -   | Translate

Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services

volunteer of the month candice

September 01, 2017

Email This


Salt Lake County Animal Services Volunteer of the Month is Candice Mason! Candice has been volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services since July of 2011! Candice’s bubbly personality makes her a joy to have around and she can always put a smile on your face.

Not only was she a part of Team Sabrina earlier this year, but she is now a  part of Team Bandit, a program that trains shelter dogs so that they have a higher chance of being successful in their new homes! She is also the new foster ambassador for dogs looking for foster home. Candice is always willing to try new things and jump in and lend a helping hand where needed.  

Candice is a shining example of a giving heart; it is easy to see that she loves to volunteer and gives it her all. We have thoroughly enjoyed having Candice as part of our volunteer family. She is optimistic, lovable, understanding, nice, talented, energetic, and enthusiastic– that is the kind of amazing volunteer that she is.  

Thank you Candice for treating each and every shelter dog as you would you own pups. I know that they love their Aunt Candice and all of the yummy treats you share with them!

Interested in volunteering find out more

pawlitical pets

August 28, 2017

Email This



The WINNER was Kandie the Therapy Pittie, for Salt Lake County Animal Services PAWlitical Mayor. Kandie, her Deputy PAWlitical Mayor, Churchill and the 9-member PAWlitical Council was sworn in to their positions by Sherrie Swensen, the Salt Lake County Clerk, at the December 19, 2017, Salt Lake County Council Meeting.


The nomination period is over and it's time to Vote for PAWlitical Mayor! We have 16 candidates and an intern. Find out more about them, their PAWlitical platforms and VOTE! Voting will run from
October 13 - November 10.  

Does your pet have leadership skills?

Salt Lake County Animal Services and Mayor Ben McAdams are excited to announce the first PAWlitical Pet Election. Non-human residents of Salt Lake County are encouraged to run for Mayor. The election for the prestigious position of Salt Lake County PAWlitical Mayor is for a 2-year term of office. While PAWlitical Pets must be Salt Lake County residents, voters can live anywhere.

This PAWlitical Election is a fundraiser sponsored by Salt Lake County Animal Services. It will be held every two years. The funds raised from this event will go to our Injured Animal Fund. We provide care for hundreds of injured and sick animals every year. This will benefit them greatly!

Salt Lake County PAWlitical Pet Filing Qualifications:

  • Registration opens September 11th 
  • Deadline to register September 30
  • Salt Lake County pet resident (all cities within Salt Lake County: Alta, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Murray, Riverton, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Jordan, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville, unincorporated Salt Lake, West Jordan, West Valley City)
  • Licensed (proof needed if applicable)
  • Fully vaccinated (proof needed if applicable)
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Provide a clear photo (4 x 6) of your PAWlitical Candidate. Digital only (jpeg, png, gif) and emailed to Randee at

How to apply and FAQ's

PAWlitical Pet Application

2017 Important Political Pets Mayor and Council Election Dates

Monday, September 11th - Registration opens for PAWlitical Mayor – Entry fee is $25.00

Saturday, September 30th - Registration closes

Thursday, October 12th - Meet & Greet with all PAWlitical Pet Candidates

Friday, October 13th - Voting begins – Votes are $1.00 each

Friday, November 10th – Last Day to vote

Tuesday, November 14th – Winners announced on Facebook Live at Salt Lake County Animal Services

Late November / Early December (Date TBD) – Swearing in of the PAWlitical Pet Mayor and Council 


Disclaimer: All PAWlitical Pet Candidates must be well-behaved, social, and healthy. NO biters allowed. Salt Lake County Animal Services reserves the right to remove any PAWlitical Candidate or PAWlitical official from office if a serious animal ordinance violation occurs. 



notice of sale horse

August 22, 2017

Email This


August 21st , 2017


State of Utah, County of Salt Lake,

In Salt Lake City,

I have in possession the following described animal, which will be sold at public auction to the highest cash bidder at  Salt Lake County Animal Services, 511 West 3900 South, Salt Lake City Utah 84123, ph 385-468-6051.

The auction will be conducted as a sealed bid process. The minimum bid for the following estray is $900. To participate please include  the Lot# ,amount of your bid , your name, address and phone number.

All bids must be received at our office by 5:30 pm Monday, the 28th   day of August, 2017.  The highest bidder will be notified the following day.

LOT #1:  Overo Sorrell/White Paint Mare approximately 4 yrs. old . She is very

friendly with a sweet personality and loves to interact with people.

  •  Other training is unknown.

Said animal was taken up by me in said city on the 9th  Day of August, 2017.

Director Talia Butler

Salt Lake County Animal Services Division

[Ord. 69-99 § 9, 1999: 24-89 § 1, 1989]

clear the shelters

August 16, 2017

Email This


Salt Lake County Animal Services is excited to be part of the 2017 Clear the Shelters campaign. 

On Saturday, August 19, as part of "Clear the Shelters:"

ALL cat and kitten adoption fees will be waived.

All rabbit adoption fees will be waived.

Dog adoptions fees will be 50% Off. 

View all of our adoptable pets online.

Across the country NBC and Telemundo owned stations are partnering with shelters to help Clear the Shelters. Last years event was so successful! In 2016, over 50,000 pets were adopted across the country as part of Clear the Shelters! Help us break that record this year!

volunteer of the month august

August 04, 2017

Email This


Cathy Rockwell has been volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services 
since January 2017. She is faithfully here several times a week to work with our cats. 
You can find Cathy in our cattery, brushing, socializing, and playing with our cats in 
each of the colony rooms. She knows their personalities and always 
gives great feedback on their behavior or medical needs! 

She is quick to smile and has a gentle way with all 
the cats, staff, and volunteers that she meets. 

Thank you, Cathy, for all that you do for us here at Salt Lake County Animal Services. 

Your dedication and heart inspires us. 
We are proud to have you volunteering with us. 

Interested in volunteering? Check out the various volunteer opportunities available. 

Team Sabrina

July 21, 2017

Email This


Salt Lake County Animal Services long term resident, Sabrina the black and white Pitbull, graduated has graduated from her C.L.A.S.S., with a Bachelors level in Canine Life and Social Skills!!!!!!!

At the end of March we had an idea: a way to help our dogs that have become invisible and that have been here far too long. We put our idea out there, a training program to help these dogs develop new skills and desired behaviors. 

Our amazing volunteers jumped at the chance and Team Sabrina and Team Rocko were born. Two teams of three people agreed to work with these dogs for at least the seven weeks that the training class was in session. They also committed to work with their dog throughout the week. We know that if they get a little more exposure and we help them gain these lifestyles skills we were opening a door for them that has not been open before. 

Sabrina now has a plethora of new skills to go home to her forever family with. She officially passed her test and learned the following skills.

Impulse control-things on the floor
Attention on you with people distractions
Humans greeting humans
Impulse control with other dogs (engage/disengage, look at that)
Doorways/impulse control
Not jumping up
Lifestyle reinforcement
Value of treats
Loose leash walking
Leash Reactivity skills
"Go say hi” game
Polite leash walking with distractions
Leave it
Fear periods
Distance, duration, distractions
Neutral dog

Her kennel behavior and manners here at the shelter have dramatically improved as well!

Thank you Team Sabrina for sticking it out and working so hard, Sabrina is now getting to become her best self. Thank you to our awesome trainer, Laurie Schlossnagle of Side by Side Dog Training.  Thank you Utah FACES for your support in this exciting new program. We are so proud of you and proud of this shelter. I'm sure so many other shelters wish they could have a Team Sabrina. I hope one day they do.

Sabrina is available for adoption or foster and comes with a free training session so we can continue all that she has learned. If you're interested in adopting her or donating so other shelter dogs can receive training like Sabrina's please contact 


volunteer of the month july

July 10, 2017

Email This


Theresa Colace began her journey with Salt Lake County Animal Services by fostering an injured dog named Leela. Theresa quickly came to realize that Leela was a perfect match for her family and adopted her as soon as she was released from her medical hold. 

After that, Theresa started volunteering by making enrichments for all the dogs here at the shelter and would attend events. Theresa began working with the dogs in March of this year and quickly moved up through the collar system. She now works with some of our more challenging dogs. 

Theresa is on our Team Sabrina and takes our long term resident Sabrina to weekly positive training classes, as well as on outings to different parks! Theresa is a huge supporter of Pit Crew and Utah FACES and is a voice for those that can’t speak for themselves. Her passion and commitment to shelter dogs is inspiring and she is always willing to lend a helping hand. 

We are thankful that we have Theresa volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services; the gift of her help, time, and support makes a difference. 

Thank you Theresa! 

Interested in volunteering? Find out more or email 

keep pets safe from fireworks

June 30, 2017

Email This


Salt Lake City, UT – The high pitched squeals and booms of fireworks is an extremely scary time for our furry friends! Nationally more pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. In Utah, with fireworks allowed 3 days before and after the 4th and the 24th of July, Animal Control Officers are extremely busy.

Salt Lake County Animal Services is gearing up for fireworks season and we want pet owners to be prepared to help keep pets safe! Here are some simple tips:

  • Take your dog for walks early in the day before the fireworks start going off.
  • Leave pets at home when you head to the park to see fireworks.
  • Give them a safe place to retreat to, such as a crate or bed, and check on them every few hours.
  • Turn on the radio and play soft music for them to try and distract them from the sounds of the fireworks.
  • Keep them indoors, lower the blinds and close windows. When scared, dogs and cats will break through screens or windows to escape their home.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, make sure your dog/cat is microchipped and the contact information on the microchip is up to date. If you don’t have time to get them microchipped before the holiday be sure to put a collar and ID tag on them.
  • Prevent injury or bites to yourself. If you find a lost or injured animal, they will be scared! Please contact your local animal services and have an officer pick them up.

As a reminder, Salt Lake County Animal Services provides free microchips to residents in our service area.  We will be closed on July 4, but we plan on an extremely busy July 5. 

official notice of sale

June 14, 2017

Email This


Official Notice Of Sale

This Pot Belly Pig was brought into Salt Lake County Animal Services in June 2017. He is a male approximately 2 years-old and available for adoption at 10:00 AM on June 28, 2017. 

His adoption price is set at $45 and will be adopted to the first qualified adopter to come in on/or after the 28th.

The adopter must reside in an area zoned for livestock.

june volunteer of the month

June 08, 2017

Email This


Salt Lake County Animal Services would like to thank June's volunteer of the month, Charles Gehres! Charles has been volunteering with us for just a couple of months, but he has already proven to be a wonderful addition to our volunteer family! He quickly moved up to an orange collar level and works with some of our more challenging dogs. He takes them for walks and gives great feedback about their personality and behavior. The dogs love him!

Charles has attended workshops at our shelter and has also taken one of our long-time dogs to Barley’s for swim time! He is always eager to jump right in wherever help is needed. We can always count on Charles!

We appreciate all the time that you put into volunteering with us Charles! You make a difference!

too cool for hot cars

June 01, 2017

Email This


Take the pledge this summer to keep your dog cool! Your pets are too cool for hot cars, hot pavement, or to be left alone for hours outside (on a hot balcony.)

We are kicking off the Too Cool for Hot Cars campaign on June 7, from 9 AM – 10 AM, at Salt Lake County Animal Services: 511 W 3900 S, SLC. 

Animal Services will be collecting pledges in person and for a suggested donation of $1, handing out Auto Alerts that change color when temperatures are unbearable for ANYONE, including dogs to be left in the car.

4Truck Firehouse Food will be handing out FREE hot dogs (while supplies last). Then selling additional food, 10% of proceeds will go back into educating the public on how to keep their pets safe when temperatures exceed 70-degrees. 

The Utah Safe Kids Coalition and additional partners will also be on site to remind people to not leave children in hot cars as well. 

Other Events:
West Valley Animal Services: 12 PM – 2 PM
Davis County Animal Care @ Layton Walmart: 11 AM – 2 PM
Weber County Animal Services: 12 PM – 2 PM

Hot Cars: Once outside temperatures reach 70-degrees, temperatures in a car can exceed 116-degrees within 10 minutes. Even on a mild 75-degree day, cracking a window in your car or parking in the shade doesn’t make a difference. Temperatures inside the vehicle are deadly. Dogs can suffer from heatstroke, irreparable brain damage, or even death.

If you see a pet inside a vehicle excessively panting, non-responsive, drooling, or listless, call Salt Lake County Animal Service’s Dispatch number immediately: 801-743-7045. Never break a window of a vehicle on your own to pull out a pet, you could be liable for damages. Take a photo of the pet, the license plate, and give that information to Animal Control Officers. 

Hot Pavement: Dogs can burn their paws on the sidewalk in the summer. When in doubt test the surface yourself: place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you CAN’T stand the heat for FIVE seconds, it’s too hot for you to walk your dog. Which means you will need to walk your dog early in the morning, later in the evening, and leave them at home when heading to festivals or farmer’s markets. 

Hot Balconies: Despite being covered, a balcony can get very hot, VERY fast. A dog left on a balcony may try to escape and injure themselves when they’re left alone and hot. A bowl of water is easily overturned and the pet is left anxious, dehydrated, and in similar conditions as a hot car. If you see or hear a pet on a balcony that’s in distress call Animal Control: 801-743-7045.

magna pet license and vaccine clinic

May 09, 2017

Email This

magna vaccination and license clinic

June 3, 2017
Magna Rec Center
3250 S 8400 W
11 AM - 3 PM

This clinic is sponsored by our non-profit partner, Utah FACES.

• Low cost vaccinations, rabies vaccinations, and microchips will be available.
• Any resident may attend the clinic.
• Animal Services will be licensing dogs, cats, and ferrets. Bring proof of previous rabies vaccinations, license, & microchip.
• Please be sure to have your dogs on leash. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers.

Courtesy of Salt Lake County Animal Services and Utah FACES.
Questions? Contact 
Above services available at our location: 511 W 3900 S, SLC • Mon-Sat 10 AM - 6PM 
No appointment necessary 

License Fees:
$15: Sterilized
$40: Unsterilized:
$5: Senior Citizen (residents 60 & older. Pet must be Sterilized)

METRO TOWNSHIPS: Copperton, County Islands, Emmigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna, & White City
CITIES: Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Riverton, & Salt Lake City

volunteer of the month Laurie Schnossnagle

May 05, 2017

Email This


Laurie Schnossnagle KPA CTP, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, TAGteacher Level 1 has been a 
volunteer with Salt Lake County Animal Services since January 2016. 

Laurie’s partnership has been the leading force in our Building Better Behaviors Program, and she provides several free dog behavior workshops for us every month. She has logged 45 hours in workshop hours alone!

Laurie continues to give our adopters, fosters, volunteers, and members of the public the skills and knowledge to be able to communicate better with their dogs!

Her passion for dogs is apparent whenever you talk with her, and her knowledge about them (and their humans!) is indispensible.  She has been an absolute joy to have as volunteer and always has a smile on her face. Her enthusiasm for our furry family members is refreshing!

Laurie has two Beagle mixes (Elphie and Dolly), a Shih-Tzu (Rafael), and an Aussie (Blitz) at home. All of them are rescue pups! She competes in various doggy sports with all of them and three of them are her working therapy dog partners (with the youngest in-training!)

Thank you Laurie for all that you do. 

You are a lovely example of what the spirit of volunteering means!

midvale license and vaccination clinic

April 17, 2017

Email This


May 17, 2017
Midvale Senior Center
7550 S Main St
11 AM - 3 PM
(west side of the building)

• Low cost vaccinations, rabies vaccinations, and microchips will be available.
• Any resident may attend the clinic.
• Animal Services will be licensing dogs, cats, and ferrets. Bring proof of previous rabies vaccinations, license, & microchip.
• Please be sure to have your dogs on leash. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers.

Courtesy of Salt Lake County Animal Services and Utah FACES.
Questions? Contact 

License Fees:
$15: Sterilized
$40: Unsterilized:
$5: Senior Citizen (residents 60 & older. Pet must be Sterilized)

METRO TOWNSHIPS: Copperton, County Islands, Emmigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna, & White City
CITIES: Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Riverton,
& Salt Lake City

volunteer of the month vicki shanks

April 04, 2017

Email This


Vicki Shanks began volunteering for Salt Lake County Animal Services in January of 2016. She has logged nearly 250 volunteer hours!

Vicki comes into the shelter every Tuesday and Thursday to hand out and make new popsicles for all of the dogs. She makes sure every single dog in the building gets individual attention and love at their kennel.

Not only does Vicki make enrichment's, she also participates in our Click for Quiet program, which includes scent therapy and music or audio books for the dogs. Vicki loves to get the dogs out for time out in the sunshine after their pupsicles, and she is a cherished member of our volunteer family!

Vicki attends many of our Building Better Behaviors Workshops and is always enthusiastic about learning new things and participating. She is one our Volunteer Mentors for new volunteers as well.

Vicki also has a sweet senior Jack Russell Terrier at home.

Thank you Vicki for all that you do!

You are a shining example of what volunteering is all about.

volunteer of the month kathy verde

March 01, 2017

Email This


Kathy Verde began volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services in May of 2016. She and her son, Jacob, decided that they would come in together and volunteer their time to the cats. You will see Kathy and Jacob in weekly come rain or shine (Literally).

Kathy takes time to give individualized attention to each of our cats. Whether she is cleaning their cages, brushing them, giving them treats or just making sure they are being petted and given the love and socialization that they are seeking while waiting for their forever home. Kathy has dedicated herself to being a part of helping them while they are here.

Kathy is happy to help potential adopters with any questions they may have while she is in the colony rooms working with the cats. She has attended our appreciation parties and events; bringing some of her other family members to show them what volunteering at SLCO Animal Services is all about.

She has no problem jumping in to help in any area that is needed and is a wonderful example of what volunteering is all about.

From all of us here at SLCO Animal Services:

Thank you Kathy!!!

We appreciate you!!!!

It's easy to make a buck.  It's a lot tougher to make a difference.  ~Tom Brokaw 

lucky little dog free fix

February 17, 2017

Email This


Prevent your dog from getting lucky! Does your small dog need to be spayed/neutered? Register them for our Lucky Little Dog *Free Fix on March 16! They must weigh less than 20 pounds. 

In order to qualify for free services you must live in one of the cities or townships we serve: 

Cities - Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Riverton, Salt Lake City

Townships - Copperton, Emmigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna, White City

Space is limited! Register in advance with 
Your dog must be over 8 weeks old and weigh more than 2 pounds.

IF your dog is not up to date on his/her vaccinations we will do most vaccinations for FREE at the time of service. We will also provide you with a free microchip! All courtesy of Salt Lake County Animal Services and Utah FACES
* Licensing fees will apply.

volunteer of the month bri walton

February 02, 2017

Email This


Bri Walton began volunteering for Salt Lake County Animal Services in August of 2016. Bri was very enthusiastic and jumped right into working with the dogs.

Bri comes in to the shelter almost every Saturday with her roommate and between the two of them they try to work together to get each dog out for some sunshine and socialization and they also make sure they have clean kennels.

Making sure dogs are getting out and getting socialization, helps improve their behavior when potential adopters are coming in to look at them in kennels. It also gives staff important information on how they are interacting with the volunteers.

Bri quickly became an Orange collar volunteer which allowed her to work with more of our adoptable dogs and to help work on training with them.

Bri has also worked adoption events and helped co-foster one of our senior dogs, 
who was struggling in the shelter. 

Bri is a wonderful example of what volunteering is all about!!!

From all of us here at SLCO Animal Services:

Volunteers are love in motion!  ~ Author Unknown

volunteer of the month jenelle aitken

January 03, 2017

Email This


Meet our volunteer of the month, Jenelle Aitken. Jenelle began volunteering for Salt Lake County Animal Services in September of 2016. Jenelle had lost her dog and after giving herself some time she decided the best thing she could do to honor her friend was to begin volunteering to help dogs at the shelter.

Jenelle dove right in and began volunteering at the shelter: socializing the dogs, getting them out of their kennels for play time, treats, training and love.

It wasn’t long before Jenelle was joining us at events and helping us to get the dog out of their kennels so that potential adopters could see them. Jenelle is an Orange collar volunteer which means she can work with more dogs in the facility as well as work with our Animal Behavior Team.

Jenelle regularly comes in on Saturday mornings to make sure that the dogs are getting out of their kennels on the weekends and getting sunshine and socialization. It didn’t take too long before she fell in love with an older Pitbull here at the shelter and became not only a volunteer but also a foster.

Jenelle and her roommate Bri (Who is also a volunteer) have taken him into their home and are giving him the chance to excel and show what his true personality is. Not to mention helping him heal from some medical issues.

Jenelle is a wonderful example of what volunteering is all about!

From all of us here at SLCO Animal Services


Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.  ~Edwin Hubbel Chapin

free feline fix 1st thursday every month

December 22, 2016

Email This


The Free Feline Fix is back! Salt Lake County Animal Services will be offering this program thanks to our non-profit partner, Utah FACES. We will hold a free fix the first Thursday of the month throughout ALL of 2017! Get your cat spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped for FREE!!! 


The first 40 qualified cats in the doors at Salt Lake County Animal Services (511 W. 3900 S.) between 7:30 AM - 9 AM the first Thursday of the month, throughout 2017, will receive a free spay/neuter, vaccinations, and a microchip! All in jurisdiction cats will need to be licensed ($15) at the time of service.  Any out of jurisdiction cats will receive the same services that day for a $50 fee. 

This free opportunity is sponsored by our non-profit partner, Utah FACES. Help keep the program alive and donate to

In jurisdiction cities: Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Riverton, Salt Lake City

In jurisidiction townships: Copperton, County Islands, Emmigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna, White City

Questions contact