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national_pet_month

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
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:

https://utah.com/hiking/salt-lake-city/dog-friendly-trails

Make some treats for your cats and dogs to enjoy:

https://www.savvyhomemade.com/homemade-cat-treats/

http://www.myrecipes.com/general/make-your-own-homemade-dog-treats

Find time to play some games:

https://www.puppyleaks.com/games/

https://www.bhg.com/pets/cats/cat-behavior/cat-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.