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volunteer of the month rachael

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
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.