Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
Volunteer of the Month: Colleen Fons
October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month!
National Pit Bull Awareness Day was established in October of 2007 as a nationwide effort to bring positive
awareness and attention to Pit Bulls and their responsible owners. Now, we, including Salt Lake County Animal Services celebrates the entire month and it is known as National Pit Bull Awareness
Despite continuing efforts by adopters, advocates and
supporters, much of the general public is very misinformed about the breed and
they are often at the core of Breed Specific Legistilation (BSL), negative bias and discrimination.
Anyone who has had the pleasure of sharing their hearts and
home with this loving, loyal and silly breed has no doubt experienced prejudice
from a misinformed public.
Pit Bulls were once a proud American Icon. They are police
dogs, service dogs, war heroes, movie dogs and loving and loyal family members.
If you are a Pit Bull guardian, be an ambassador for the
breed! Educate, advocate and show the world that a responsible owner and help
to change people’s perceptions. Be their voice!
Here are some fun events Salt Lake County Animal Services is participating in to celebrate this October:
Take a look at Salt Lake County Pit Crew on Facebook We will
have fun facts on our face book page every day in October.
Oct 5: Join us for Dogtoberfest and help us raise money for the shelter
Deadline to Register Oct 4: Think
your pup could be the next Salt Lake County PAWlitical Mayor?
Oct 12: Join our team for Strut your Mutt and help us raise funds
for the injured animal fund.
Oct 18: Come Paint your pet at our Pet Portrait Fundraiser.
Oct 24: Free Pit Fix.
Where Are They Now: Bubba
At Salt Lake County Animal Services we love to see photos of and updates on the pets you adopt from our shelter. Feel free to join our Furry Family group on Facebook to post your photos. Or send updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bubba❤️ we adopted him
back in December. He absolutely loves cuddles and his other fur siblings! We
are so happy to have him in our family. His brother Chopper has really brought
out the pup in him!
Volunteer of the Month: Claire Bunnell
8 Fun Games to Play With Your Dog
Whether you have a distractible dog, a couch potato or a
play-crazy canine, there are a lot of fun games you can add to your dog’s play
to get his/her body moving and challenge your dog’s mind. Here at Salt Lake County Animal Services we have some fun games you can play with your dog.
8 Games for You and Your Best Friend:
Vary the fetch:
Chase- It by Kong or a Flirt Pole is a pole and a line with
a stuff animal or toy attached that can be used with more control that many
traditional toys. Instead of throwing over and over in a straight line, you can
vary the height, direction and distance of the object. This will keep your dog
mentally challenged while playing.
A lot of dog’s love bubbles and are entertained by chasing
or biting at passing bubbles. Bubble chasing mimics a predatory behavior and
can help work their mind and use their instincts. Just make sure you are using
a pet-safe bubble that is nontoxic.
Play with water:
Some dogs love to join you in a game of chase as they follow
you through the sprinklers on a hot day.
Other dogs find entertainment from a moving outdoor hose or
filling up a small kiddie pool for them to play in. You can take a field day to
your local canine-friendly park for some cooling down in the streams, ponds or
lakes. Just make sure to stay in shallow water and stay away from strong
The type of frisbee that is best for a dog varies depending
on the individual dog. Frisbee is a different game from a regular game of fetch
with a ball because the saucer lingers longer in the air and gives even the
most athletic canine a better chance of catching it in midair. Have a canine
athlete? Take a look at a Frisbee Thrower, it allows for a longer launch
without having to touch the disc.
Teach your dog scent:
Take a look here:
This is a great game for a rainy day or just to get some mind exercise. Once
your dog has got it down you can look into other food puzzles to keep it
This is a great game for dogs that already know their basic
commands. IE: sit, shake, down, roll over etc… Grab some of your dogs’ favorite
treats and test his/her ability to understand command after command. Make sure
to mix up the order every once and awhile to make sure you are keeping it
interesting and your dog on their toes.
Hide and Seek:
This fun childhood game is not just reserved for human kids.
Our four-legged friends can partake in the fun too. Find one of your dog’s
favorite toys or grab a handful of treats. Have your dog sit and stay in one
room and then go hide in another. Once you have found a good hiding space, call
your dog. Once they have found you, reward them with treats and praise. This is
a great interactive game for both the senses and the mind.
Grab your dog’s favorite smelly treats and hide them around
the living room or outside. Make sure your canine friend is in another room
when hiding the treats, so they do not see or smell the secret hiding spots.
Then invite them in to sniff out the treats. You can also do this with boxes,
placing treats inside of only some of them and allowing them to sniff out the
boxes that have treats inside of them. This is great for both the mind and the
senses. It can also help to build confidence.
Playing games with your dog can help you bond, work on
energy, stimulate his/her mind and teach some basic commands. Playing games
gives your pup physical and mental exercise, as well as the opportunity for
positive and fun interaction with you.
Looking to adopt? Take a look at our wonderful adoptable
animals looking for their forever homes at www.adoptutahpets.org.