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November 21, 2018

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When pets are adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services, staff members love to get updates on the new life they go on to live with their new families. 

Here is an update from Beastie's Family: 

Beastie, The Red dog adopted 2015.  I really cannot post a picture of Beastie without her boy Shooter, the Shih Tzu.  They literally are best friends.  They do EVERYTHING together.  She has brought so much love into this house and she is the most loving sweetheart of a fur face I have ever known.  She had several behavioral issues when I got her but with patience, love and a dog named Shooter she has become the best girl ever!  Thanks for letting me share the love of all your hard work.  -Jeannie

If you have adopted a pet from Animal Services, please send us a photo and an update about your pet to adoptions@slco.org. 


volunteer december 2018


November 21, 2018

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Meet Salt Lake County Animal Services December Volunteer of the Month: Dawn Vagstad. Interested in volunteering? Find out more on our volunteer page. 

Volunteer Q&A:

What brought you to SLCoAS?
My husband and I came to Salt Lake Animal Services about 2 years ago to adopt a dog.  We were so impressed!  The people at the front desk were friendly and wanted to help.  They answered a lot of our questions about the dogs that we were interested in.  When we decided to take Raleigh out to get to know him, our adoption counselors were kind and knowledgeable.  They helped us introduce our current dog Breeze to Raleigh.  We adopted Raleigh that day.  It was one of those great days you never forget.  

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?
I can’t imagine what it would be like for a dog to be waiting for a home at any shelter.  If there is any kindness I can show to a dog to just make him or her feel special and loved, that is worth everything.  It feels great to get a dog outside.  Each dog loves to be touched and talked to.  Some dogs love to play with a ball.  My favorite part is walking the sidewalk with them, talking to them and being in the sunshine.  Love it.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to run with Raleigh and Breeze.  My husband and I like to hike with the dogs too.  I retired about 2 years ago and really didn’t spend much time on hobbies while I was working.  Now I am getting a little better at drawing, skiing, (downhill and cross country) and cooking.  I went to a plant-based diet symposium at the Salt Palace recently and have been trying out new recipes to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.  We can’t change overnight, but so far, slowly, this new vegetarian diet is pretty good!

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:
We feel so grateful to have found Raleigh at SLCoAS.  We have had Breeze for about 10 years and we think Raleigh keeps Breeze young.  They play a lot and are best buddies.  Most of our family is in the Midwest, but we have a cousin and family in Sandy, thankfully! My 89 year old dad celebrated his 8th anniversary with his wife this year.  They got married when he was 80 and she was 78.  They are doing well thank God and we will be visiting them soon. Let me tell you it is never too late! 

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?
First, I feel grateful to be part of an organization where miracles happen every day.  When you think of all the animals brought in from the street who could have been hit by a car, or been injured or became sick out there, the people at SLCoAS make a huge difference.    Animals see a veterinarian when they get here and they are taken care of.  SLCoAS has humane education, dog training, cruelty investigators and they find new homes for homeless animals.   Nice to help out, you know?

The other thing is that when I take a dog outside, I look for the special qualities in each dog.  Dogs are a lot like people, each one is interesting and special.  I try to see if a dog knows commands like “sit” or “stay”.   Some are pretty scared and just want to be held.  Some can catch a ball in mid air, and some float like a cloud on a leash.  I try to take a minute and write a comment about a dog on our volunteer dog feedback forms.  Any information the staff can pass on to potential adopters can help!

Tell us something unique about you:
I like to set single people up.  I have been a pretty good matchmaker in the past!

Where is your favorite place to travel?
Door County, Wisconsin.  It’s the little peninsula that goes into Lake Michigan.  They have beaches, bike riding, cows, and old fashioned Wisconsin supper clubs.  It is so beautiful.


giving tuesday 2018


October 29, 2018

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Salt Lake County Animal Services will be participating in Giving Tuesday on November 27 but we're going to get a head start on November 1 so we can meet our $10,000 goal! We will be holding a friendly challenge all month to see who can raise more money for our Injured Animal Fund; cat people or dog people.

How you can donate:

1. Visit our ONLINE PORTALand enter in your information.

2. Enter the amount of your donation in our "Injured Animal Fund."

3. In the comments section enter either "cats" or "dogs."

4. Then share your donation with your friends and family and encourage them to donate.

5. Follow our page and event page to find out more about the animals our Injured Animal Fund has helped fix this past year.

6. Then on November 27 stop by one of the party locations and say hello to our staff and help us raise awareness about our PAWESOME programming! See below for more info!

Stay up to date on who's raising more and help us get the word out there to help us improve the lives of hundreds of injured animals every year.

This fundraiser is to help raise much needed funding the Salt Lake County Animal Services -Injured Animal Fund. Hundreds of stray and abandoned animals come into our shelter injured every year and we need your help to care for them.

We will be holding Giving Tuesday events at two locations on November 27 at Bjorns Brew (dogs Rule) and Tinkers Cat Café (cats Rule). We will be having a friendly competition of who can raise more money for the injured animal fund the cat lovers or the dog lovers. Our goal for both the cats and the dogs is $10,000.

Bjorn’s Brew on Nov 27 from 10 AM - 2 PM: Come say Hi to us at Bjorn’s Brew at the 2165 S State Street location. Weather permitting we will have a couple of adoptable dogs looking for their forever homes. Salt Lake County Animal Services will be giving away a dog prize/gift(blanket, collar, treats and a toy) to anyone who donates $50 or more to the Injured Animal Fund. Bjorn’s Brew will give out a free drink to anyone who donates $50 or more and any donations under $50 Bjorn’s Brew will take a $1 off any drink order.

Tinker’s Cat Café on Nov 27 from 10 AM - 2 PM: Come say hi to us at Tinkers Cat Café 302 E 900 S. Salt Lake County Animal Services will be giving away a cat prize(blanket, cat treats and a toy) to anyone who donates $50 or more to the Injured Animal Fund. Tinkers Cate Café will be doing 50% off all drinks for anyone who donates to Salt Lake County Animal Services – Injured Animal Fund. People who donate can get into the cat room for 50% off for an hour from 11AM - 2 PM. 

RoHa Brewing Project on Nov 27 from 5 PM - 8 PM (This is a 21 & Older event): Come out to RoHa Brewing Project30 Kensington Ave, to celebrate Giving Tuesday for drinks, food and opportunity drawings. Anyone who donates $50 or more will receive a dog or cat gift. We will have an opportunity drawing every hour for prizes. Gerlach’s Food Truck will be serving up delicious food for purchase right in the front parking lot of RoHa’s Brewing Project.

Questions? Email jjohanson@slco.org. 



where are they now regan


October 24, 2018

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PUPDATE from Regan's new family, formerly called Apple Jack!

We adopted "Apple Jack", now Regan, Aug 22th 2015. He had been at a foster home. He was afraid of everything when we brought him home. Carpet, tile, wood, cement, sprinklers. The first night, I slept on the floor at the backdoor and he finally came in & fell asleep. He has come so far. Now he is all over the place and nothing phases him. When my husband is having a rough day, Regan knows and comforts him, so he can sleep. He is our protector and we can't imagine our family without him. He loves watching Jimmy Fallon at night. If he sees you have a phone, he drops to the ground and flips on his back. He loves posing. Our sweet boy. 

I would adopt again if it was a perfect match. 


meowvember 2018


October 23, 2018

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Find your PURR-FECT Friend at Salt Lake County Animal Services during MEOW-VEMBER! It’s a pick your price adoption event! This means you can adopt a cat or kitten for as little as a $1.

All day Friday and Saturday, we will have stationed in the cattery to help you find the purrfect cat for you. While supplies last, we will be giving away goody-bags with treats and toys. Check out our adoptable cats online

Questions? Email adoptions@slco.org.



National Pit Bull Awareness Month 2018


September 28, 2018

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National Pit Bull Awareness Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a few suggestions:

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

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

3. Post stories and cute pictures on Facebook and tag them #pitbull

4.Are you on Instagram? Search #nationalpitbullawarenessmonth and join in the love.

5.Put an event together yourself. Many shelters need donations. Take a look at our Amazon wish list at http://amzn.to/2fvMS4i

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

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

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

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



october volunteer


September 20, 2018

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

What brought you to SLCoAS?
I came to volunteer after touring SLCoAS with the University Osher program last winter. 

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?
My favorite thing about volunteering is hearing the cats, especially the ones with the 'feral' markings, cuddle up and start purring. My second favorite thing is to work with such a dedicated cadre of good folks who are saving SO MANY animals' lives.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Since I am retired, all of my time is "spare." I work with Habitat for Humanity sometimes, this year at The Grove in Wyoming. I also went with a bunch of good women to Puerto Rico where we rehabilitated the previously submerged YWCA. Almost every day I do Zumba, and I also work in my garden.

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:
No fur kiddos, my husband is allergic to animals (but he is otherwise pretty good.) I have three grown sons who live nearby, and a three year old grandson who is my heart's delight.

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?
For new volunteers: Dig in! Don't be shy! Don't worry if a cat is in a bad mood - that cat will warm up over time.

Do you have a favorite adoption story?
I don't know any adoption stories - I would love to know more about what happens to the cats. I would also like to know their social and medical stories.

Tell us something unique about you:
Sort of unique about me - I have worked a lot as a physician in Africa and I speak some Swahili.

Where is your favorite place to travel?
Though I have been all over the world, I still think the VERY BEST PLACE for travel is the inter-mountain west.


soiree for strays


August 30, 2018

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Join Salt Lake County Animal Services and Liz Dranow Photography for our first ever art show, to promote the beauty, joy, and love, many a stray dog has inserted into the heart of their hooman. This is a free event.

Join us for a Soiree for Strays during the monthly Art Stroll in the 9th & 9th neighborhood. Featured Photographer Liz Dranow will have her photos on display to purchase throughout October at The Stockist, located at 875 E 900 S.

All photos are of rescued, and well loved, shelter dogs: all different shapes, sizes and breeds. All proceeds of sales will be donated back to Salt Lake County Animal Services. 

Q & A with photographer, Liz Dranow:

I've been volunteering since January 2015 (no, really!).

What have you learned about taking photos of pets in a shelter environment?
I've learned a few things: 1) some of the dogs with the roughest pasts are some of the sweetest dogs I've met, 2) the volunteers and staff are an amazing group of people and my life is richer for knowing you all (sappy, maybe, but very true), and 3) there is an amazingly supportive group of shelter and rescue photographers from around the world, and the collective efforts of all of these photographers is incredible. It's very fulfilling to know that I'm a part of something that makes such a big impact on the lives of animals around the world.

Favorite dog or photo? 
Oh, hell. There are to many to count. The peanut butter photos are always entertaining - there are times that I have laughed so hard at the faces the dogs make that I can't actually take photos. However, one dog who has always stuck with me is Paisley. She clearly had a rough life - had been bred too much, had scars on her face probably from being a bait dog, and yet she was so regal, and so sweet. She gave me the most gentle kisses, and I was so moved (I still get teary-eyed thinking about it) that a dog with her background of likely knowing nothing but harsh treatment from humans was so amazingly gentle. But overall, I just love every time we get a dog who behaves completely differently than how the staff expects - when they expect a scared dog, and as soon as the dog realizes that this is his/her moment in the spotlight, the dog completely hams it up for the camera. Or when we discover that the dog knows all sorts of tricks or shows a totally different side of his/her personality than what the staff sees in the kennels. I love being a part of bringing out the inner beauty of a dog.

What advice would you give someone trying to take photos of their own pets? 
For anyone taking photos of their own pets, I would strongly urge patience, and keeping it fun. And paying attention to their pet's signals; when a dog (or cat, or bird, or whatever) starts to walk away, put down the camera/phone and go play with your pet. If you keep pushing it, your pet will learn that the camera/phone means nothing fun is going to happen. I also suggest really good snacks.

Find out more about Liz and visit her website: https://www.lizdranowphotography.com/


volunteer of the month ellen grove


August 20, 2018

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

Volunteer Q&A
What brought you to SLCoAS?
I’ve always wanted to volunteer at a shelter, but I have worked full-time and didn’t want to take the extra time away from my own pups. When I retired last fall, I signed up to get a group tour and information session conducted by FACES. I didn’t know previously that SLCoAS was a no-kill shelter and I was really impressed with that and with everything that the shelter has accomplished over the years. I love doing the enrichments for the dogs. The pupsicles are kind of messy to make, but the expressions on their faces when I hand them out makes it worthwhile. When I do this, or aromatherapy, or CLICK for QUIET, it gives me the opportunity to just visit with them for a few minutes.

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:  I am a retired librarian, so I spend a lot of my free time reading. I also spend time walking and playing with Gunnar, my almost 4-year-old Norwegian Elkhound. I’m a little embarrassed to say that he’s not a rescue, but I became acquainted with this breed when I was in college and always wanted to have one. I’ve had a number of wonderful shelter dogs in the past, who have helped me get through some difficult times. I’ve been married to Don, a retired software engineer, for twelve years. Retirement is new enough for both of us that just spending some time hanging out has been wonderful.and Gunnar is happy to have us both at home. We are empty nesters, but I have two kids and five step kids scattered around the country. Our first grandchild is now four months old but lives in Virginia, so we can’t see her nearly as much as we’d like to!

What is one of your favorite adoption stories? I haven’t been volunteering that long, but my favorite adoption story so far has been Bruno (AKA Burger) He was on of the first dogs I met and I fell in love with him. He was always so happy to get attention. I’ve been able to follow him through our volunteer Facebook page, and have been thrilled when he went to foster and ultimately was adopted.

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? My advice to volunteers is to try to learn as much as you can through asking questions (everyone’s friendly and grateful for what we do). Take advantage of the behavior seminars; I’ve attended three so far, and have learned a lot to help me understand the shelter dogs and my own dog. 

Tell us something unique about you:  My husband says my laugh is unique! I do try to find humor in situations and this helps me to deal with the sadness. Also, I read 128 books last year and 66 so far this year. 

Where is your favorite place to travel?  I’m very excited to be traveling to Cape Cod this year. I lived there for many years and have not been back in 25 years! Otherwise, most of our travel has been to visit family members (San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Virginia Beach, and Idaho).. In my younger days, I traveled to Russia, France, and the UK. I’m hoping to get back to Europe soon.


national check the chip


August 13, 2018

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August 15th is National Check the Chip Day:

There’s nothing worse than worrying about a pet who has gone missing. It’s losing a loving member of your family and worrying about their wellbeing and whereabouts.

Nationally, 6-8 million cats and dogs enter the shelter system each year. Many of these animals are not stray animals, they are lost and often shelters have no way to reunite them with their owners. One way to prevent this unfortunate fate for your animal is through Microchip Identification.

Microchipping is a quick, safe and simple procedure and causes little discomfort. The benefits of microchipping in terms of identifying a lost animal and reuniting them with their owner far outweigh any minimal, momentary discomfort. Each microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is inserted between the shoulder blades. A registration number that corresponds to information you have provided on file about your pet is coded to the chip. If your pet becomes lost a microchip scanner can read the chip and retrieve the necessary information needed to contact you and get your pet home safely. Think of a microchip as a permanent ID tag that cannot be lost or misplaced.

If you have moved or changed your phone number, it is very important to make sure that you contact your local shelter as well as the microchip company so that it is easily traceable, and your pet can safely be returned home.

If your pet is transferred to a new owner, the new owner must ensure that their contact details are updated to the pet through the microchip company and their local shelter.

Salt Lake County Animal Services is the only municipal shelter in the nation that provides free microchips for all pets served in the community. Over 2,600 pets were returned to their owners in 2017. This was in large part because of their microchip. Both adopted and owned pets that are licensed in our community receive a free microchip in hopes that if they ever get lost, they can be returned to their homes as fast as possible.

In 2017 we microchipped 6,200 animals in our community.

Hopefully your pet will never get lost, but in case it happens, by making sure that your pet has a microchip, you are giving yourself and your pet the best chance of a speedy, happy reunion. Bring your pet into 511 W 3900 S, between 10 AM- 6 PM, Monday – Saturday to get microchipped. 


volunteer of the month lindsey wood


July 30, 2018

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

Volunteer Q&A
What brought you to SLCoAS? I came to SLCOAS to be around animals again! Growing up, we had every animal in the book and we were always fostering more, but now that I don’t have any pets I just wanted to be around them again. Dogs were my favorite pets and I missed them! I craved that specific type of bond and affection that can only be found in a dog.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?  My favorite thing about volunteering is seeing the dogs slowly start to warm up to me. There is nothing more rewarding than when a nervous dog decides that they can trust you and then turns into a cuddly lap dog.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to hike, run and paint in my spare time.
 
Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:  I live with my boyfriend David, and though we don’t have any pets of our own my parents still have plenty. Our family dog Misty just passed away this last year at age 13. She was happy and loving right up until the end. Since then, my moms have rescued an old and quite chubby chihuahua named Gidget who will climb on your chest and demand kisses, and their foster-fail CJ. who’s goofy personality was too much to give up, she just fits in so well. I look forward to the day when David and I buy a house and have dogs of our own. We want a rottweiler and a german shepherd and they shall be named after characters from the lion king.

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers? My advice to new volunteers is to keep tabs on your own emotions when you are working with the dogs, and to be patient. They can sense if you are nervous or frustrated and they will play on those emotions. Keep a good non-threatening composure and pay attention to the dogs body language and do not push, the dog might need time to warm up to you-- after all you are a stranger.

Tell us something unique about you:  My favorite adoption story is CJ’s. My mom began fostering dogs after Misty passed away and CJ was her first one. CJ’s tail was still healing (the previous owner had kicked her so hard he had broken it) and she was very skittish and had a litter very young. After a few weeks though, her personality slowly began to shine through and we discovered that she was this playful goofball. My mom and her wife could’t let CJ go and so she became their “foster-fail”. The new CJ is a completely different dog who loves attention and playtime and who is afraid of nothing.

Where is your favorite place to travel?  I hate traveling! I don’t like trying to figure out a new place I would rather go to places I know. I do like to go to Bryce, Zions and Yellowstone and would be interesting in going to the Tetons. But traveling in general is a headache.

Interested in volunteering find out more on our Volunteer page or email animalvolunteer@slco.org. 


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


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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. 


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 animalvolunteer@slco.org.

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 Mallred@slco.org.

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 amzn.to/2t85GLY.


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. 


dont 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 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.

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 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.


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!


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

*Muse

*Co-Pilot

*Teacher

*Family

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 kpacker@slco.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


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 animal@slco.org.