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
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.