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keep pets safe from fireworks


June 30, 2017

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Salt Lake City, UT – The high pitched squeals and booms of fireworks is an extremely scary time for our furry friends! Nationally more pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. In Utah, with fireworks allowed 3 days before and after the 4th and the 24th of July, Animal Control Officers are extremely busy.

Salt Lake County Animal Services is gearing up for fireworks season and we want pet owners to be prepared to help keep pets safe! Here are some simple tips:

  • Take your dog for walks early in the day before the fireworks start going off.
  • Leave pets at home when you head to the park to see fireworks.
  • Give them a safe place to retreat to, such as a crate or bed, and check on them every few hours.
  • Turn on the radio and play soft music for them to try and distract them from the sounds of the fireworks.
  • Keep them indoors, lower the blinds and close windows. When scared, dogs and cats will break through screens or windows to escape their home.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, make sure your dog/cat is microchipped and the contact information on the microchip is up to date. If you don’t have time to get them microchipped before the holiday be sure to put a collar and ID tag on them.
  • Prevent injury or bites to yourself. If you find a lost or injured animal, they will be scared! Please contact your local animal services and have an officer pick them up.

As a reminder, Salt Lake County Animal Services provides free microchips to residents in our service area.  We will be closed on July 4, but we plan on an extremely busy July 5. 


official notice of sale


June 14, 2017

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Official Notice Of Sale

This Pot Belly Pig was brought into Salt Lake County Animal Services in June 2017. He is a male approximately 2 years-old and available for adoption at 10:00 AM on June 28, 2017. 

His adoption price is set at $45 and will be adopted to the first qualified adopter to come in on/or after the 28th.

The adopter must reside in an area zoned for livestock.


june volunteer of the month


June 08, 2017

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Salt Lake County Animal Services would like to thank June's volunteer of the month, Charles Gehres! Charles has been volunteering with us for just a couple of months, but he has already proven to be a wonderful addition to our volunteer family! He quickly moved up to an orange collar level and works with some of our more challenging dogs. He takes them for walks and gives great feedback about their personality and behavior. The dogs love him!

Charles has attended workshops at our shelter and has also taken one of our long-time dogs to Barley’s for swim time! He is always eager to jump right in wherever help is needed. We can always count on Charles!

We appreciate all the time that you put into volunteering with us Charles! You make a difference!


too cool for hot cars


June 01, 2017

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Take the pledge this summer to keep your dog cool! Your pets are too cool for hot cars, hot pavement, or to be left alone for hours outside (on a hot balcony.)

We are kicking off the Too Cool for Hot Cars campaign on June 7, from 9 AM – 10 AM, at Salt Lake County Animal Services: 511 W 3900 S, SLC. 

Animal Services will be collecting pledges in person and for a suggested donation of $1, handing out Auto Alerts that change color when temperatures are unbearable for ANYONE, including dogs to be left in the car.

4Truck Firehouse Food will be handing out FREE hot dogs (while supplies last). Then selling additional food, 10% of proceeds will go back into educating the public on how to keep their pets safe when temperatures exceed 70-degrees. 

The Utah Safe Kids Coalition and additional partners will also be on site to remind people to not leave children in hot cars as well. 

Other Events:
West Valley Animal Services: 12 PM – 2 PM
Davis County Animal Care @ Layton Walmart: 11 AM – 2 PM
Weber County Animal Services: 12 PM – 2 PM

Hot Cars: Once outside temperatures reach 70-degrees, temperatures in a car can exceed 116-degrees within 10 minutes. Even on a mild 75-degree day, cracking a window in your car or parking in the shade doesn’t make a difference. Temperatures inside the vehicle are deadly. Dogs can suffer from heatstroke, irreparable brain damage, or even death.

If you see a pet inside a vehicle excessively panting, non-responsive, drooling, or listless, call Salt Lake County Animal Service’s Dispatch number immediately: 801-743-7045. Never break a window of a vehicle on your own to pull out a pet, you could be liable for damages. Take a photo of the pet, the license plate, and give that information to Animal Control Officers. 

Hot Pavement: Dogs can burn their paws on the sidewalk in the summer. When in doubt test the surface yourself: place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you CAN’T stand the heat for FIVE seconds, it’s too hot for you to walk your dog. Which means you will need to walk your dog early in the morning, later in the evening, and leave them at home when heading to festivals or farmer’s markets. 

Hot Balconies: Despite being covered, a balcony can get very hot, VERY fast. A dog left on a balcony may try to escape and injure themselves when they’re left alone and hot. A bowl of water is easily overturned and the pet is left anxious, dehydrated, and in similar conditions as a hot car. If you see or hear a pet on a balcony that’s in distress call Animal Control: 801-743-7045.


magna pet license and vaccine clinic


May 09, 2017

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magna vaccination and license clinic

June 3, 2017
Magna Rec Center
3250 S 8400 W
11 AM - 3 PM

This clinic is sponsored by our non-profit partner, Utah FACES.

• Low cost vaccinations, rabies vaccinations, and microchips will be available.
• Any resident may attend the clinic.
• Animal Services will be licensing dogs, cats, and ferrets. Bring proof of previous rabies vaccinations, license, & microchip.
• Please be sure to have your dogs on leash. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers.

Courtesy of Salt Lake County Animal Services and Utah FACES.
Questions? Contact animal@slco.org/385-468-7387. 
Above services available at our location: 511 W 3900 S, SLC • Mon-Sat 10 AM - 6PM 
No appointment necessary 

License Fees:
$15: Sterilized
$40: Unsterilized:
$5: Senior Citizen (residents 60 & older. Pet must be Sterilized)

SALT LAKE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES SERVES RESIDENTS OF:
METRO TOWNSHIPS: Copperton, County Islands, Emmigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna, & White City
CITIES: Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Riverton, & Salt Lake City


volunteer of the month Laurie Schnossnagle


May 05, 2017

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Laurie Schnossnagle KPA CTP, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, TAGteacher Level 1 has been a 
volunteer with Salt Lake County Animal Services since January 2016. 

Laurie’s partnership has been the leading force in our Building Better Behaviors Program, and she provides several free dog behavior workshops for us every month. She has logged 45 hours in workshop hours alone!

Laurie continues to give our adopters, fosters, volunteers, and members of the public the skills and knowledge to be able to communicate better with their dogs!

Her passion for dogs is apparent whenever you talk with her, and her knowledge about them (and their humans!) is indispensible.  She has been an absolute joy to have as volunteer and always has a smile on her face. Her enthusiasm for our furry family members is refreshing!

Laurie has two Beagle mixes (Elphie and Dolly), a Shih-Tzu (Rafael), and an Aussie (Blitz) at home. All of them are rescue pups! She competes in various doggy sports with all of them and three of them are her working therapy dog partners (with the youngest in-training!)

Thank you Laurie for all that you do. 

You are a lovely example of what the spirit of volunteering means!


midvale license and vaccination clinic


April 17, 2017

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May 17, 2017
Midvale Senior Center
7550 S Main St
11 AM - 3 PM
(west side of the building)

• Low cost vaccinations, rabies vaccinations, and microchips will be available.
• Any resident may attend the clinic.
• Animal Services will be licensing dogs, cats, and ferrets. Bring proof of previous rabies vaccinations, license, & microchip.
• Please be sure to have your dogs on leash. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers.

Courtesy of Salt Lake County Animal Services and Utah FACES.
Questions? Contact animal@slco.org/385-468-7387. 

License Fees:
$15: Sterilized
$40: Unsterilized:
$5: Senior Citizen (residents 60 & older. Pet must be Sterilized)

SALT LAKE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES SERVES RESIDENTS OF:
METRO TOWNSHIPS: Copperton, County Islands, Emmigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna, & White City
CITIES: Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Riverton,
& Salt Lake City


volunteer of the month vicki shanks


April 04, 2017

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Vicki Shanks began volunteering for Salt Lake County Animal Services in January of 2016. She has logged nearly 250 volunteer hours!

Vicki comes into the shelter every Tuesday and Thursday to hand out and make new popsicles for all of the dogs. She makes sure every single dog in the building gets individual attention and love at their kennel.

Not only does Vicki make enrichment's, she also participates in our Click for Quiet program, which includes scent therapy and music or audio books for the dogs. Vicki loves to get the dogs out for time out in the sunshine after their pupsicles, and she is a cherished member of our volunteer family!

Vicki attends many of our Building Better Behaviors Workshops and is always enthusiastic about learning new things and participating. She is one our Volunteer Mentors for new volunteers as well.

Vicki also has a sweet senior Jack Russell Terrier at home.

Thank you Vicki for all that you do!

You are a shining example of what volunteering is all about.


volunteer of the month kathy verde


March 01, 2017

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Kathy Verde began volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services in May of 2016. She and her son, Jacob, decided that they would come in together and volunteer their time to the cats. You will see Kathy and Jacob in weekly come rain or shine (Literally).

Kathy takes time to give individualized attention to each of our cats. Whether she is cleaning their cages, brushing them, giving them treats or just making sure they are being petted and given the love and socialization that they are seeking while waiting for their forever home. Kathy has dedicated herself to being a part of helping them while they are here.

Kathy is happy to help potential adopters with any questions they may have while she is in the colony rooms working with the cats. She has attended our appreciation parties and events; bringing some of her other family members to show them what volunteering at SLCO Animal Services is all about.

She has no problem jumping in to help in any area that is needed and is a wonderful example of what volunteering is all about.

From all of us here at SLCO Animal Services:

Thank you Kathy!!!

We appreciate you!!!!

It's easy to make a buck.  It's a lot tougher to make a difference.  ~Tom Brokaw 


lucky little dog free fix


February 17, 2017

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Prevent your dog from getting lucky! Does your small dog need to be spayed/neutered? Register them for our Lucky Little Dog *Free Fix on March 16! They must weigh less than 20 pounds. 

In order to qualify for free services you must live in one of the cities or townships we serve: 

Cities - Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Riverton, Salt Lake City

Townships - Copperton, Emmigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna, White City

Space is limited! Register in advance with animal@slco.org. 
Your dog must be over 8 weeks old and weigh more than 2 pounds.

IF your dog is not up to date on his/her vaccinations we will do most vaccinations for FREE at the time of service. We will also provide you with a free microchip! All courtesy of Salt Lake County Animal Services and Utah FACES
* Licensing fees will apply.


volunteer of the month bri walton


February 02, 2017

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Bri Walton began volunteering for Salt Lake County Animal Services in August of 2016. Bri was very enthusiastic and jumped right into working with the dogs.

Bri comes in to the shelter almost every Saturday with her roommate and between the two of them they try to work together to get each dog out for some sunshine and socialization and they also make sure they have clean kennels.

Making sure dogs are getting out and getting socialization, helps improve their behavior when potential adopters are coming in to look at them in kennels. It also gives staff important information on how they are interacting with the volunteers.

Bri quickly became an Orange collar volunteer which allowed her to work with more of our adoptable dogs and to help work on training with them.

Bri has also worked adoption events and helped co-foster one of our senior dogs, 
who was struggling in the shelter. 

Bri is a wonderful example of what volunteering is all about!!!

From all of us here at SLCO Animal Services:
THANK YOU BRI!!!!!!
WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!!!

Volunteers are love in motion!  ~ Author Unknown


volunteer of the month jenelle aitken


January 03, 2017

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Meet our volunteer of the month, Jenelle Aitken. Jenelle began volunteering for Salt Lake County Animal Services in September of 2016. Jenelle had lost her dog and after giving herself some time she decided the best thing she could do to honor her friend was to begin volunteering to help dogs at the shelter.

Jenelle dove right in and began volunteering at the shelter: socializing the dogs, getting them out of their kennels for play time, treats, training and love.

It wasn’t long before Jenelle was joining us at events and helping us to get the dog out of their kennels so that potential adopters could see them. Jenelle is an Orange collar volunteer which means she can work with more dogs in the facility as well as work with our Animal Behavior Team.

Jenelle regularly comes in on Saturday mornings to make sure that the dogs are getting out of their kennels on the weekends and getting sunshine and socialization. It didn’t take too long before she fell in love with an older Pitbull here at the shelter and became not only a volunteer but also a foster.

Jenelle and her roommate Bri (Who is also a volunteer) have taken him into their home and are giving him the chance to excel and show what his true personality is. Not to mention helping him heal from some medical issues.

Jenelle is a wonderful example of what volunteering is all about!

From all of us here at SLCO Animal Services

THANK YOU JENELLE!!  WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!

Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.  ~Edwin Hubbel Chapin


free feline fix 1st thursday every month


December 22, 2016

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The Free Feline Fix is back! Salt Lake County Animal Services will be offering this program thanks to our non-profit partner, Utah FACES. We will hold a free fix the first Thursday of the month throughout ALL of 2017! Get your cat spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped for FREE!!! 

**PLEASE BRING ALL CATS IN CARRIERS**

The first 40 qualified cats in the doors at Salt Lake County Animal Services (511 W. 3900 S.) between 7:30 AM - 9 AM the first Thursday of the month, throughout 2017, will receive a free spay/neuter, vaccinations, and a microchip! All in jurisdiction cats will need to be licensed ($15) at the time of service.  Any out of jurisdiction cats will receive the same services that day for a $50 fee. 

This free opportunity is sponsored by our non-profit partner, Utah FACES. Help keep the program alive and donate to http://utahfaces.org/

In jurisdiction cities: Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Riverton, Salt Lake City

In jurisidiction townships: Copperton, County Islands, Emmigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna, White City

Questions contact animal@slco.org. 


december volunteer


December 02, 2016

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Meet our December Volunteer of the Month, Jacob Verde, he began volunteering with Salt Lake County Animal Services in May of 2016. Jacob has a love for all animals but saw that the cats really need and enjoy the interaction of our volunteers and became one of our wonderful Cat Crusader volunteers.

Jacob comes into the shelter weekly to spend quality time with the cats while they wait to find their forever homes. Jacob helps clean up after them, play with them, groom them and just sit with them and give them love and socialization.

Jacob is quickly learning a lot about cat behavior and how they communicate with people when they are working with them. Jacob volunteers with his mother, Kathy, who is also one of our wonderful Cat Crusaders.

Jacob shows a lot of dedication and is always eager to learn and spend time volunteering. He is a wonderful example of what volunteering is all about.

From all of us here at SLCO Animal Services:

Thank You Jacob!!!!  You are appreciated!!!

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.  ~Seneca 


holiday coat drive for dogs and humans


November 23, 2016

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coat drive

Salt Lake County Animal Services is collecting winter coats, gloves, booties, socks and hats to donate to the Salt Lake City Mission. Items will be distributed to homeless dogs & humans to help keep them warm on cold days.

DEADLINE: 
5PM December 19, 2016

DROPOFF LOCATION:
Salt Lake County Animal Services
511 W 3900 S, SLC, UT 84123

Questions? Email jjohanson@slco.org
AdoptUtahPets.com


letters to santa


November 23, 2016

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Go online and look at our pets. Choose an animal that speaks to you.

Grab a pen and paper, and write a letter to Santa on their behalf. (You pick what they may want: treats, a home, a warm blanket)

Bring the letter to the shelter and leave it in our Santa Mailbox inside the lobby.

We invite children to write letters on the pets behalf and leave the letter in our "mailbox" at the front counter. The shelter is open from 10 AM - 6 PM, Monday - Saturday, and is located at 511 W 3900 S in Salt Lake City. We will be accepting letters until 3 PM Christmas Eve.

Some letters may be shared on our social media pages to help raise awareness about our awesome pets available for adoption. 

If you need ideas for donations please visit our donations page or our Amazon wishlists


stray horse auction


November 21, 2016

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November 21st , 2016

NOTICE

State of Utah, County of Salt Lake,

In Salt Lake City,

I have in possession the following described estray animal, which, if not claimed and taken away, will be sold at public auction to the highest cash bidder at  Salt Lake County Animal Services, 511 West 3900 South, Salt Lake City Utah 84123, ph 385-468-6051.

The auction will be conducted as a sealed bid process. The minimum bid for the following estray is $500. To participate please include  the Lot# ,amount of your bid , your name, address and phone number.

All bids must be received at our office by 5:30 pm Wednesday, the 7th   day of December, 2016.  The highest bidder will be notified the following day.

LOT #1:  3 year old Black Grade Gelding with left hind sock,star ,snip and is appox. 15 hands tall. He is very friendly and loves to interact with people. He has been shod, is halter broke and will load in a trailer. Other training is unknown.

Said stray was taken up by me in said city on the 14th  Day of November, 2016.

Director Talia Butler

Salt Lake County Animal Services Division

 

[Ord. 69-99 § 9, 1999: 24-89 § 1, 1989]

 


november volunteer of the month


November 03, 2016

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Tracy Thomas is our November Volunteer of the Month! Tracy began volunteering with SLCO Animal Services in November of 2012. Tracy has volunteered within the shelter with both the dogs and the cats, as well as helped at events.

Tracy has offered her services as a real estate agent to those in the community seeking pet friendly housing who are struggling to find rentals who will allow their pets.

Tracy volunteers for UTAH FACES for the groom transport. The groom transport happens twice a week and volunteers pick up an animal from the shelter and take it to a local groomer offering their services for a bath and hair cut. This helps the animal to not only feel better and get a much-needed bath but it boosts their chance at adoption.

Volunteers like Tracy are essential to the program. Tracy has involved herself with in the animal community and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

Tracy is a wonderful example of what volunteering is all about.

From all of us here at SLCO Animal Services

THANK YOU TRACY! YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!

“Generosity is the heart of humanity.”  ― Lailah Gifty Akita


adopt a senior dog this november


October 24, 2016

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adopt a senior dog month

This November, adopt a senior dog from Salt Lake County Animal Services. Adoption fees, for all dogs over the age of 5, will be half off from November 1st - 30th. 

Have we mentioned some of the great reasons to adopt an older dog?

1. You CAN teach an older dog new tricks!

2. Older pets are usually less destructive than a puppy.

3. They appreciate the art of relaxation.

4. Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness, attention, and love.

5. You can adopt a purebred if that's what you're looking for. There are numerous breed specific rescues throughout Utah. Here at Animal Services, we see hundreds of purebred dogs on the adoption floor every year. 

Older dogs tend to end up in the shelter for numerous reasons that have nothing to do with their behavior such as: allergies, death of a guardian, a new baby, loss of a job, a move, or the novelty of owning a dog wears off.

Come meet our seniors Monday-Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM at 511 W. 3900 S., Salt Lake City. 


muttster mash halloween party


October 10, 2016

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Goblins and Ghouls join us for our first ever MUTT-STER MASH Halloween Party on Friday, October 21 from 2- 4 PM. This party is for HUMANS ONLY, ages 2-13 years-old. 

Dress up in your costume, decorate pumpkins, munch on some "worms." When you're done swing into the cat colony rooms and read a book to them or just give them some loves. 

At 3 PM there will be a costume contest by age group.
There will be 30 FREE pumpkins to decorate for the first 30 children. Get a shot of your ghoulish figure in our photo booth and more! 

*** PLEASE NO MASKS ***

Questions? Contact jjohanson@slco.org