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Pets for Life...not just Christmas


December 04, 2019

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At Salt Lake County Animal Services, we believe that pets make a family complete. We also believe that welcoming a new pet into your home is not a decision that should be taking lightly and “pets as presents” can be a hot debate no matter what season it is.

We are sure that there are many families dreaming of a furry friend for Christmas, so this seems like a good time to talk about this. Pets are for life, not just for Christmas.

A new pet can be the best gift you can give to your family, but it is essential that you think about all that goes into bringing a new pet into your home before making the decision. A new pet is a long-term commitment and will need your love and attention everyday for the rest of their lives. Be sure you are prepared to provide for all your pet’s needs before bringing one home.

Here are some things to consider:

Choose a pet that is compatible with your family’s lifestyle. Consider the space you have, how often someone is home and whether you are looking for calm and relaxed or an active and adventurous. How much grooming will your new pet need? Are you willing to provide vet care? Training? And who will care for you pet when you go on vacation? 

If you have weighed the options and decided that you want to commit to welcoming a new family member into your home, keep in mind that puppies and kittens are not your only option. Shelters have so many wonderful companions hoping for a second chance. There are many older pets, cats, dogs and even rabbits, that need loving homes. The pets that you give the second chance to are some of the most loving and loyal companions around and often have a lot of valuable skills they have already learned.

A loving new home is one of the most wonderful gifts to give a new pet, just make sure you are ready to make the commitment because pets are for life.

We have many wonderful pets hoping to find their forever homes here at Salt Lake County Animal Services at 511 W 3900 S in Salt Lake City.

You are welcome to come in and meet them anytime during our business hours Mon-Sat: 10 AM – 6 PM. We do stop meet and greets daily at 5:30 p.m.

You can view our animals who are available for adoption at adoptutahpets.org.


November: Adopt a Senior Pet


November 04, 2019

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November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month:

November is dedicated to helping older pets find loving forever homes, if you have been considering adopting a four-legged friend, consider an older dog or cat in need. Salt Lake County Animal Services has programs for seniors. 

While we all agree that puppies and kittens are adorable, there are so many reasons that older pets make a great option for families looking to adopt a pet. Often senior pets are the last to be adopted from shelters.

What you see is what you get:

When adopting a senior pet, you know exactly what you are getting. Their personalities are already developed, you will know their size, energy level and health status, this can help you know that they will be a good fit for your family.

Mellow :
Older pets typically are much more mellow than puppies and kittens and are often content just relaxing and enjoy your day to day routine.

Training:
Most senior pets are often already trained and may even be skilled at all the basic commands. This does not mean you cannot teach them new tricks, often they are much easier to train than younger animals. They are more physically and mentally established and this allows them to better understand what their human is asking of them.

Commitment:
Senior pets are often not a 24-hour commitment. Many new pet owners underestimate the commitment it takes to properly train a new puppy. Senior dogs are often mellow and do not require constant attention, training and exercise, this does not mean that they don’t still love to play and enjoy time with you adventuring, they just do not require the focus and energy that a puppy or kitten may.

And last but certainly not least LOVE:
Senior pets seem to know they have truly been rescued and they are grateful for the second chance that they were given to be a part of a family.

Please consider opening your hearts and homes to senior pets.

Considering adoption? Take a look at our Senior to Senior program at Salt Lake County Animal Services. Anyone 55 years of age or older adopting an animal 5 years of age or older we will do a FREE adoption.

You can view our animals available for adoption at adoptutahpets.org or come into Salt Lake County Animal Services anytime during our business hours Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.