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Pet Crew Pet Pantry - Food Pick Up

April 21, 2020

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Salt Lake County Animal Services will be holding a Pet Crew Pantry food pick-up July 18, from 9 AM – 12 PM at the shelter. In order to keep social distance, this will be held in our east-side drive thru at 511 W 3900 S. PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

This pet food pick-up is for dog and cat owners struggling to purchase pet food for their furry family during this difficult time. Traffic cannot be backed up 500 W or 3900 S. DO NOT LINE UP BEFORE 9 AM, or you will be asked to leave.

1. For pet owners seeking cat/dog food, we will be giving out 1-gallon bags of packaged cat or dog dry food. There will be a small amount of canned food available. Due to demand, we will only be able to give 1-2 bags of food per pet (depending on size) in the household.

2. Drivers MUST enter from the North entrance on 500 W.

3. ALL INDIVIDUALS MUST REMAIN IN THEIR CAR. Employees will direct you to 1 of 2 clearly marked stations. You will pull up, tell the employee what pet food you need: dog or cat, the size of your dog, how many pets are in the house. We will handout pet food while supplies last.


This PET FOOD has been generously donated by the The Dog's Meow, George Q. Morris Foundation, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Humane Society International, Petfinder Foundation, Save Our Local Pets Utah, Walmart Foundation, and other generous individuals in our community.

Giving Tuesday Now Challenge

April 20, 2020

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Help Salt Lake County Animal Services reach our goal of $10,000 for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5! The money raised from this will help our COVID-19 relief response for our community to purchase food, treats & provide housing for pets whose owners are ill. DONATE NOW!

Help Us Meet Our Matching Grant!
In response to our goal, the George Q. Morris Foundation is offering a $5,000 matching grant if we can reach our goal! Your donation will help us nearly double our efforts to pets in need. 

Why Is Giving Tuesday Early This Year?
As an emergency response to the unprecedented need due to COVID-19, GivingTuesday, the groundbreaking global generosity movement,  announced #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, is set to take place on May 5, 2020.

How Will Your Donations Help?
SUPPORT our Life-Saving mission, we have a goal of $10,000! From now until May 5th, Salt Lake County Animal Services will be collecting donations in support of GivingTuesday and the animals in our care. As so many of us are currently struggling to adjust to the world around us, now is the time we come together as friends, families and communities. Hold your pets and loved ones closely. They need you just as much as you need them. Please donate now. Thank you for believing in our no-kill mission.

Questions email development coordinator!


What to Do With My Pet If I'm Sick?

April 17, 2020

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What to do if i get sick

Due to COVID-19 being highly spreadable, at Salt Lake County Animal Services, we want to help you be prepared if you do get ill and come up with a plan for caring for your pets while you may be quarantined either at home or in a hospital. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), there is currently no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets, though there have been a handful of cases that suggest people may be able to transmit the disease to animals.

If you are infected with COVID-19, the CDC recommends isolating yourself and limiting contact with your pet just as you would with other people in the home.

  • If there are healthy people still residing in your household, they can take over the responsibility of day to day care of your pet so that your animals can remain in a comfortable, known environment. Avoid close contact with your pet while you’re sick and do not handle their food and water bowls, toys, etc.
  • If all the people living in the residence are sick at the same time or you live alone, arrange with a temporary caregiver to care for your pets. The biggest risk of infection is by entering the home of the infected person so do everything possible to minimize that exposure. Supplies should be placed as close to the door as possible. The caregiver should wear Personal Protective Equipment, sanitize surfaces, and wash their hands thoroughly after being in the home.
    • Caring for someone’s pet in THEIR OWN home:
      • This may be a preferred option for cats, who don’t generally require as much daily care as a dog would and may take longer to adjust to the stress of a new environment.
      • Provide for as many days of care as possible on Day One to limit the frequency of trips. Example: Many cats can be left with several days’ worth of food, water, and litter.
    • Caring for someone’s pet in CAREGIVER’S home:
      • Collect the pet’s emergency kit and supplies
      • According to the CDC and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), bathing the animal once it leaves its home is not necessary and may further stress the animal in a new environment.
    • If you must leave your home for hospitalization and there is no one to care for your pet, contact your local animal control agency for assistance. If you're in Salt Lake County Animal Services jurisdiction please email or call Dispatch at 801-743-7000. 
  • Things to do NOW, before you get sick:
    • Find someone who can be a temporary caregiver. You can also contact pet-sitters and boarding facilities. If you cannot afford boarding fees, organizations like offer Emergency Boarding Grants. If your pet requires extensive medical treatment that cannot be provided by a temporary caregiver (ex: diabetes, IV treatments, etc.), boarding at a medical facility may be required. *Make sure your caregiver of choice has a way to access the home in case you are hospitalized (access to spare keys, landlord contact, etc.)
    • Fill out an authorization form in case your pets have to be removed from the house if you go to the hospital.
    • Put together an “emergency supply kit”
      • Name and contact information for the person who can care for your pets
      • Name and contact information for a back-up caregiver in case your first choice is unavailable
      • Food, treats, a leash, toys and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
      • A crate or carrier to transport your pet
      • Collar with ID tags (don’t forget to make sure their microchip information is up to date)
      • Medications and prescriptions, along with instructions
      • Daily care instructions
      • Vaccination records and your veterinarian's contact information


Chickens and Fowl Requirements

April 12, 2020

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So you want to add fowl to your backyard? Chickens and ducks can be a great addition to your home: providing eggs as well as a lot of entertainment and companionship. But there are a few things you should know before getting chicks!

All homes with chickens within Salt Lake County Animal Services’ jurisdiction need to have an annual permit, pay the permit fee of $50 and have a coop inspection. While the shelter’s services are currently limited, we can still provide chicken permits.

To acquire a chicken permit please email We will send you a copy of the permit requirements and an application. You can send back the completed application via email or mail and we will reach out to you to collect payment. Inspections will be scheduled later.

Residents of Salt Lake County Metro Townships and Unincorporated County:

Coops must be 25 feet from the entrance to your home, 40 feet from any neighboring buildings and no more than 8 feet tall.  Chickens must have a predator proof, well-ventilated and well-maintained coop with 2 square feet per bird. Birds may free range in an enclosed yard during the day.  Depending on your zone, you may have 3-8 adult hens or ducks. *Roosters, crowing hens, peafowl, geese, or turkeys are NOT PERMITTED in any residential zone.

Residents within Salt Lake City limits:

The regulations are slightly different from the county and allow for different options in coop setup and number of fowl. *Roosters are only permitted under the “50-foot rule” designation, and only if they do not become a nuisance.

*It is important to consider rooster allowances when choosing your chicks. There are breeds of chickens that have different coloring for males and females, making it easy to ensure you are only getting hens.

For a full list of regulations please email or visit our website:

Salt Lake County regulations 


Salt Lake City regulations

To see what residential zone you live in (for Salt Lake County regulations), look here.

April Volunteer Spotlight

April 09, 2020

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Volunteers at Salt Lake County Animal Services are invaluable! Find out more about NIloofar's experience in our Q & A below as a volunteer. Check out our online application process. Our pets would love to meet you! 


What brought you to SLCoAS?

I wanted a way to volunteer for my community and I love playing with and training dogs. I looked around at different places to volunteer and found SLCoAS and that its needs fit into my hectic schedule and that they were looking for additional help so I felt I could help where it is really needed.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?

 As I am allergic to cats I take care dogs when I go in to volunteer. I like that I get to experience dogs with all sorts of personalities and know that I make a difference in their day and help them more likely get adopted!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

 I like going on hikes, baking, cooking, and generally spending time outside.

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:

The past ten years I have had a shared dog between my parents and myself that I trained and raised and often take care of, a standard poodle Pashmaloo (word for wooly in farsi). Since he lives with my parents due to better quality of life in their home I jokingly call him my half-dog :). My husband and I just moved to a house with more space and are currently are working from home due to COVID19 crisis. Since we are home all the time now have decided to foster a sweet greyhound mix Sophie from SLCoAS. We are hoping we can adopt her (depending on her long-term needs) and keep her forever!

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?

Have fun and take it slow. Don't push yourself to do things that make you uncomfortable. But be cooperative and communicative with other volunteers and staff, everyone is friendly and willing to help if you have questions.

Do you have a favorite adoption story?

I don't have a specific one I can recall.....I'm just really happy whenever long-term residents get adopted.

Tell us something unique about you:

I was born in Singapore but I have now lived in Utah for 20 years.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

I wouldn't say I have a specific place but my favorite types of travel involve mixing both city and nature. For example I really enjoyed visiting Portland because I got to experience the natural beauty of the forests of the pacific northwest while enjoying the delicious eats and breweries in the city.

Find out more about volunteering online or email


Pet Waste: AKA POOP

April 09, 2020

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The weather is warming up and more dog owners are heading outdoors to their neighborhoods and the hiking trails. Unfortunately, with that comes another problem, dog poop. At Salt Lake County Animal Services, our Animal Control Officers and staff members are inundated with complaints about all the poop! So be part of the solution, not the problem. Plus your neighbors will like you better if you clean up. 

Here are some of the reasons why you should clean up after your dog:

  1. Disease Causing Bacteria and Parasites – Harmful For Humans And Dogs

    Nitrogen and phosphorus isn’t the only thing that dog poop has a lot of.  Dog waste is even more full of disease causing bacteria and parasites than other types of waste.  These bacteria and parasites are harmful to humans and spread disease to other dogs.  Dog waste is full of E. coli, salmonella and is a common carrier of the following: Worms (several types), Parvovirus, Coronavirus, Giardiasis, Salmonellosis, Cryptosporidiosis, and Campybacteriosis.  These bacteria and parasites can actually linger in the soil for years.  If you don’t pick up after your dog, you are putting other people and other dogs at risk of getting sick.

  2. Dog waste takes a YEAR to breakdown - it DOES NOT wash away!

    Another common misconception is that if you don’t pick it up, it will quickly break down or wash away.  However, once again, this is not the case with dog poop.  In fact, dog waste can take as long as a year to naturally break down.  Especially since we live in a climate with a colder winter season.  The other down side here is that, as previously mentioned, the bacteria still lingers in the soil.  So even if you leave the poop on the ground and it does eventually break down, all of those bacteria and parasites will be left to linger there for several more years.

  3. It’s Just Poop, It’s Natural Like Cows, It’s Fertilizer – Not True! 

    A common misconception, or excuse people use, is that poop is natural fertilizer.  However, this is not really true.  Not all piles of poop are created equal.  If that were the case, we probably would have to invest so much in sewage treatment of our own waste.  Cow manure is has a very different make up from dog waste because their digestive systems, and diets are very different.  Cows are herbivores, where as a dog’s are omnivores, and their diets are very high in protein.  Dog waste is actually so high in nitrogen and phosphorus that it can have the opposite effect of fertilizer.  It can actually burn your lawn if you don’t pick it up.  It also causes all sorts of issues for local watersheds, but that’s a blog for another day.
       4. Common Courtesy – What’s that smell?

       There are many things that can ruin your day, but stepping in a steaming pile is definitely high on the list. There is not many things that are more unpleasant than getting in the car, and blasting the heat, only to discover a terrible odor emitting from the floorboards.  When you take your pet off of your property, you are entering public shared space.  It is the duty of pet owners to ensure that they pick up after their pets. Your dog’s waste is your mess, and you need to    pick it up yourself.  No one likes a messy shoe and a stinky car.


What can you do if you see someone not clean up?

1. Make it Personal: Local communities across the country have created poop shame campaigns

2. Take a Photo: The best way to report the person who has not cleaned up after their dog, is catch them in the act. Take a video, a photo, get their license plate number and give it to your local animal control after you file a complaint. 

3. File a Complaint: Most cities and counties have ordinances that require people to pick up after their animals. If you live in Salt Lake County Animal Services jurisdiction, you can find the laws for your area online


WFH: What to Do With Your Pet

April 02, 2020

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I am sure that we are all experiencing Quarantine and “Stay at Home” no matter where we live. It is important that we stay safe, healthy and stay at home.

By now, you may have caught up on all your Netflix and organized your closets and are wondering about what else can you do? Well, if you have pets at home there are so many opportunities that you can take while having this one-on-one time with them that you don't always get to spend.

Have you been hoping that Fido had better manners? Could do some fun tricks? Follow our Facebook or Instagram pages for 101 Things to do with your pet. How about a cat that can high five you? Or maybe even learn to fetch?

There is no better time than right now to start teaching and learning with your pet. Age is only a number and they can learn at any age.

Look at some videos and learn while teaching. Many trainers are offering virtual training lessons currently if you feel you need some professional advice.

Maybe you’re just looking for something for you and your dog to do? This is a great time for you to get out and go for a walk and learn leash manners, find some food puzzles to try, make their favorite treats, always had reactions at the door? Now may be a perfect time to practice learning better skills for when we can start having visitors again.

If your pet is also having some anxiety about this situation there are many tools you can look at to help. Chewing and licking are calming for dogs- Think about getting them a bone or a frozen Kong to work on.

Lavender oil or natural pheromones that you can find online can help. (Make sure they are pet friendly)

Hyperlick mats for dogs and cats are a great tool to help with stress and mind work.

Be creative! Use this time to bond, teach and learn. After all they are in this with us.

If you have considered fostering a pet we would love to hear from you. We are not currently open for adoptions. However, we still have animals in need of foster homes. If you or someone you know is interested in fostering please contact

 -Thank you and stay well, from your furry (and not so furry) friends at SLCO Animal Services!​​​ 

Pets & Vaccines During COVID-19

April 02, 2020

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Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Salt Lake County Animal Services has suspended most of its services to the public, including its vaccination programs. You may be wondering how this will affect your pets that are in need of vaccines during this pandemic.

Although Animal Services is not currently open to the public, Salt Lake County's "Stay Safe. Stay Home" public order designates veterinary clinics as essential services. If your pet is due for vaccinations at this time or has other urgent medical needs, please contact your local veterinarian to discuss what serves they can provide for you. Although many veterinary clinics are open, there is a state public health order limiting them from performing some elective procedures, so some vaccines many not be available.

If you are unable to find a place to vaccinate your pet or you can't/don't want to leave your house during this pandemic, don't fret too much about your pet's vaccines! As the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's (WSAVA)  recently-released guidelines point out, many animals that have received vaccines in the past will continue to have some immunity to those diseases for awhile after they are due for a booster. Additionally, for many of the diseases we vaccinate animals against, animals are most at risk of contracting the disease when they are in public places or around other animals, such as at groomers or boarding facilities. Because most animals are staying at home with their owners during this outbreak, they are at a low risk of being exposed to the diseases we vaccinate against. So if you have a well-vaccinated animal that is staying at home, there is little risk in waiting a couple months to have them re-vaccinated. Just remember to get them back up to date once this pandemic is over! Vaccinating your pets is an essential part of protecting not only their health, but yours as well.

Ryan Hill, DVM
Salt Lake County Animal Services

72 Hour Kit Essentials for Pets

March 18, 2020

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72 Hour Kit Pet Essentials

COVID-19 Update & Available Services

March 17, 2020

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Animal Services

** UPDATE 4/12/20

As ordered, Salt Lake County Animal Services is closed until further notice. For animal emergencies or to redeem your pet, please call Dispatch at 801-743-7000 to make an appointment. We apologize for the inconvenience and will keep you updated on the changing protocol. 

During this time, our employees continue to care for all the pets in our facility, Animal Control Officers are responding to calls for sick and injured animals, and once animals (after the extended stray/wait period) are going to rescues or foster homes, until they can find a new home. 

Our shelter is closed to the public but staff members are still working hard to return pets to owners, provide enrichment's and find pets new homes in these changing times. Please be patient with staff as we continue to navigate this crisis, COVID-19. We want staff, the public, and the pets in our care to stay as healthy as possible. 

Returns to Owners: If someone believes their pet is at the shelter, call 801-743-7000 to set up an appointment. Allow up to 48 hours for an enforcement specialist to respond.

Fosters: If someone is interested in fostering a specific pet, please email to set up an appointment. Allow up to 72 hours for a foster specialist to make contact.

Animal Emergencies/Incoming Stray Pets: If someone has an animal emergency or a stray/lost animal, please call Dispatch at 801-743-7000 and an Animal Control Officer will be in contact.

Events & Volunteers: At this point, we have made the decision to cancel all events and programs on-site through May 1. Both volunteers and community service workers will not be allowed in the building during this time as well.

Donations: Would you like to help keep the pets busy at the shelter while they wait to return to their owner or get adopted? Visit our Wishlists: Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits

The pets at Animal Services are healthy and well cared for by staff at all times. Updates will be posted on our social media channels. Visit for animal-related questions or information.

Dog GPS & Fitness Trackers

March 12, 2020

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Pet Fitness Trackers

Maybe you love to stay active with your dog or are needing some motivation to get more exercise. A dog health tracker may be just what is needed to help you reach your goals. Here's more information from Salt Lake County Animal Services on ways to track your dog’s activity and encourage you to spend more time with your best friend.

Just like our Fitbits, Health Trackers for dogs can help monitor activity and sleep, mobility and pain, stress and anxiety and even help with itchiness and skin diseases, not to mention that in the event that your dog became lost there is a GPS feature that can be linked through your phone.

You can link your Human Fitness Tracker to your dog’s and stay healthy together and most are even waterproof. Now that is a way to stay motivated!

There are several to choose from so do you research and see what trackers fits best for your lifestyle.

With spring on the horizon this is a great way to get you and your dog healthy together.

If you need a new exercise buddy and a lifetime friend check out our adoptable animals at and do not miss our St. Pet-rick’s Day adoption event from March 16 - 21, adoption* fees for cats, kittens, large dogs, and rabbits will be $17!

All pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.

*Please note this excludes puppies, small dogs, VIP's, and livestock.
Questions? Email

March Volunteer Spotlight: KC Hutton & Eric Schenfeld

March 02, 2020

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Thanks to wonderful volunteers like KC & Eric, Salt Lake County Animal Services is able to give pets at the shelter extra love and attention. Find out more about their experience and more about what it takes to become a volunteer

What brought you to SLCoAS? 

We were looking for a place that had a wide range of hours available for volunteering, as our schedules don't often line up. When they do, we wanted to be able to take advantage of it and get in some volunteering. And, of course, we love animals.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?

Volunteering has been a great way to get some puppy love. We are looking at moving out of our condo to a house and feel that volunteering will help us learn what kind of dog might be a good fit for us when we are ready to adopt. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

We love being outdoors and being with friends. We ski, back country tour, hike, camp, run, mountain bike and SCUBA dive. We love to travel, though returning home often reminds us of all that Utah has to offer.

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:

We got married last July on Vancouver Island and have one furry member of the family, an adopted cat named Panda. Panda's favorite activities are meowing pitifully about a not-quite-empty food bowl and laying on our chests and purring disruptively loudly in the middle of the night. Prior to Panda, KC had always had dogs, so she's still figuring out this whole cat owner thing. Eric grew up with cats and concedes that Panda is a weird one, but we both love her anyway. 

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?

Enjoy yourself and remember to take lots of pics! We love volunteering together, because one of us always has a hand free to snap photos of the pups. 

Do you have a favorite adoption story?

We met Skyy on our first volunteer day. As Eric puts it, "she warmed our hearts." We loved playing with her the next time we volunteered as well. We were nervous that she was going to be at SLCoAS for a long time, as she was an older pup, but was so smart and sweet. We were so happy to see that she was adopted shortly after being a Hound Around Town! 

Tell us something unique about you:

Up until a year ago, we both still had a baby tooth each. Eric had to have his removed, but KC's is still going strong.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

We go to Kauai about once a year for Eric to work at a medical clinic there and we love it. It's a beautiful island, with a laid-back pace that feels instantly home-y. And, the animal shelter there allows visitors to check out dogs in a program very similar to Hounds Around Town!


February Volunteer Spotlight: Nicole Korth

February 04, 2020

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Meet our February volunteer of the month, Nicole Korth! Find out more about his volunteer experience at Salt Lake County Animal Services. If you're interested in volunteering find out more

Here's more about Nicole:

What brought you to SLCoAS?
I saw a post one of my Facebook friends had shared where SLCoAS was looking for fosters during kitten season.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?
Getting to love on all the different kiddos. Being able to help them be a little happier. Scrubbing the pups during the dog washes.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Go to the gym and watch horror movies.

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:
Currently have two lady cats, Elise & Avery, and a bearded dragon named Quinn. A couple years ago Elise survived not only a house fire but being trapped in the house for two weeks after the fire. She's my miracle kitty.

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?
Just get into it. Find a way to volunteer that makes you feel good and is compatible with your life and schedule.

Do you have a favorite adoption story?
One handsome man, Hendricks, had had a tough time. He'd been hit by a car and had surgery on his back legs. He enjoyed being around my littles and gnawing the corners off of decorative pillows while his body healed. He was able to find a good home where he enjoys laying in the sun and monitoring activity through the windows.

Tell us something unique about you:
I have a soft spot for really awful horror films. Think Thankskilling, Human Centipede, Zoombies, Teeth, Zombeavers, Pan Man, Lavalantulas, etc.

Where is your favorite place to travel?
Anywhere warm and by the water so I can sun myself like a happy little lizard.

Dating Apps for Dogs?

January 30, 2020

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There are plenty of places for us to go if we feel lonely and want to meet new people but what if your dog is lonely? Maybe you’re looking for some new dog buddies for your furry friend and don’t know where to start. Here’s some suggestions from staff at Salt Lake County Animal Services.

Well, the world of online dating for dogs is here. Woofr is an app that lets you find dogs and their owners in your area by swiping left/right. It’s Tinder but for dogs (and their people) and all you need to do to check out their profile is click on the little information icon.

To get started, enter in your dog’s information (and of course a little of yours) and a profile picture and you can begin to peruse who is in the market for a new friend in your area. Once you have made a match you can begin a private conversation and possibly make a date for you dog at the local dog park or another dog friendly location.

Let’s be honest this site may be a great place for you to meet local dog walkers in your area or a new friend for your four-legged furry friend, but it is also a great icebreaker for humans who love dogs and the best part is the site offers both options.

So, look at Woofr and find other dogs and their owners around you and even if they do not match with you, who doesn’t like scrolling through seeing dog after grinning dog.

Where Are They Now: Gemma

January 24, 2020

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Thousands of pets are adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services every year. We love getting updates from their families on how they've settled into their new life. Meet Gemma, all though she may be little, she be fierce! Here's what her mom has to say:

We adopted Gemma a little over 5 years ago. We named her after her big “sister” Jewel, since Gemma means Jewel in Italian (her humans are proud of their Italian heritage).

Originally she was the only small dog with 3 German Shepherd brothers and sisters. Now she has a new sister about her same size.

Gemma is a big, tough dog in a fluffy little body. Everyone knows that she is the boss around here. She’s also a lot of fun and has helped many fearful foster dogs learn to relax and be a dog.

We moved to Texas last year and live by a lake. She was initially afraid of the water but she has overcome those fears and is now a champion swimmer. She is enjoying life in the warmer climate, although she’s always loved the snow. Mostly she is excited to go on any adventure and smell the tracks of all the wild animals in her new neighborhood. She protects the family by making sure everyone in the house knows if any person or animal comes within 100 feet of her house.

She’s very loved and we are grateful that she came into our family, she fits in perfectly.

Share your adoption story with us! Email 

January: National Train Your Dog Month

January 06, 2020

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Since January is a time for New Year’s resolutions it is a perfect time for dog owners or those who may be considering getting a new dog to learn about the importance of training your pet. At Salt Lake County Animal Services we offer free training throughout the month to all pet owners. 

Hundreds of dogs are given away each year because of behavioral issues that could have been eliminated with proper training.

Training can eliminate behavior issues, enhance safety, and build a mutual trust and respect between you and your dog, it is also a great way to spend some time with your furry friend. Every dog from puppies to seniors has what it takes to learn new tricks and good behavior.

Everyone who has a pet should understand that training is a way to enhance the quality of life for our pets and a key component in caring for our animals. Dogs needs socialization and schooling to become well-behaved companions and since January is National Train your dog month, it is a perfect time for owners to start some basic training or even begin teaching your current dog some new commands.

Dogs thrive on mental stimulation and structure so while training your dog is beneficial it is also a chance for them to learn and practice something new which they love, and it creates a bond between you and your pet. Learning is bonding and helps to build a strong relationship between you and your dog.

Dog training is the single most important factor for a pet to stay in their homes. Teaching basic manners allows your pet to be welcome in more situations and makes your life and your dogs life easier. It will strengthen your relationship and help your dog to communicate with you.

Remember that the most important aspect of any training is to make it fun for you and your dog. If you do not enjoy it, you won’t stick with it and if your dog does not enjoy it he/she is likely not going to learn from it.

Salt Lake County Animal Services has monthly workshops that are free to attend take a look.

January Volunteer Spotlight: Cliff Blow

January 06, 2020

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Meet our January volunteer of the month, Cliff Blow! Find out more about his volunteer experience at Salt Lake County Animal Services. If you're interested in volunteering find out more

Here's more about Cliff: 

What brought you to SLCoAS?

Some years ago after a crummy day at work on a really hot summer day, I decided to go visit a friend’s pasture and her horses; while I was there I decided to brush them. They wandered over and stood under a tree and I spent the next ½ hour or so brushing them. It seems during that time I had groomed the problems of the day gone, I felt much better and the horses I think enjoyed the time also. Wow, an easy fix for the days gloom. Today when I feel that way I spend time with my cats! One of other reasons is the Salt Lake County Shelter is one of the cleaner and nicer smelling facilities also.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering?

It is the same as I mentioned above, I always feel better after spending time with the cats. I am single and lead a pretty simple life so I have extra time that I can give back to the community, I have also volunteered at a horse facility and had a ball working with the horses, I worked my butt off there! I have never left either facility not feeling better about myself and what I am doing.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I really enjoy hiking and camping and a little bit fishing, I enjoy being outdoors regardless of the temperature! I also have several Ford Mustangs, travel and spend a lot of time in National Parks and Forests.

Tell us about your family and fur kiddos:

I have two senior cats, a 17 year old female gray tabby and a 14 year old male Siamese Red point. They are my kids, I spend time with them every day either playing or brushing them, from that I get there love back many times over. My girlfriend has three cats, one male and two females in which I play with also.  

What advice do you have for new SLCoAS volunteers?

Just have fun with it, I leave running the facility to people to know what they are doing and it is their job to do so.

Do you have a favorite adoption story?

How about a fostering story? I fostered Patches, an 8 year old male cat for several months. I noticed the cat had been at the shelter for quite a long time, as I had fostered other cats from time to time I decided to take him on. It turns out he could be quite a handful. But over time he learned the house rules and I really enjoyed having him around. Unfortunately Patches is an aggressive cat and was really causing problems with my other two cats, I cried the day I had to bring him back! After that when I was at the shelter I always spent extra time with him, I could see that he was lonely in a cage but there was little that I could do about it. Finally Megan emailed me to let me know that he had been adopted by an older Gentleman with no other cats, a perfect home for him!

Tell us something unique about you:

Oh boy, I am just a run of the mill guy, other than never married or had children.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

The Redwood Forests of northern California, or Arches National Park in Utah.


Where Are They Now: Bagheera

January 06, 2020

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Meet Bagheera! this sweet girl was adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services in 2012. We love hearing about the lives pets adopted from the shelter go on to live! Share your story with

Bagheera was in a foster home of a friend when her mom first met her, and it was love at first sight! Bagheera enjoys going on adventures in Moab with her parents and her dog-sister Molly. Here are a few photos of Bagheera and what her mom has to say about her:

Bagheera is a total sweetheart! She is goofy and loving, and she is happiest when her people are happy. She loves wearing her sweaters and accessories, especially when it makes us smile!

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

Where Are They Now: Fenrir

December 04, 2019

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We love hearing updates from pets adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services! If you want to share how your pet is doing, please send an email and a photo to

Here is an update from Fenrir, in his new home:

Hi friends,

This is Fenrir! I wanted to write and let you know that I'm pretty darn happy with the peeps who adopted me. They're taking me on runs and hikes, giving me big bones to chew on, and giving me lots of loving scratches. 

I've heard them say I have very bad separation anxiety and that we are very lucky to live in a house with understanding neighbors. But I also heard them say I'm settling in and getting a little better. I dunno what any of that means, but I do know that I'm happy. Thanks for being there for me when I needed you, and thanks for helping me find my home and my pack.