Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
Thank You Utah FACES
Thank You to Utah FACES
Salt Lake County, UT – After a
successful, decade long run, the all-volunteer run nonprofit, Utah FACES
(Friends for Animal Care and Effective Solutions) is moving their funding to an
endowment. Utah FACES was created in 2008 to help provide live saving care and
support for the thousands of animals that entered Salt Lake County Animal
From the founder of Utah FACES, Don Porter, “Ten
years ago we started Utah FACES out of a sincere love for animals and a real
need to help Salt Lake County Animal Services work toward achieving success in its
No-Kill mission. When we reached that achievement, we all celebrated.”
Over the years, Utah FACES has helped provide
and build a variety of programs such as:
- Free Fixes: Low-cost
spay/neutering of thousands of animals
- Injured Animal Fund:
Provide live-saving surgeries for injured animals
- Microchips: Thousands
were purchased to ensure pets return home
- Groom Transport:
Pets taken to local groomers for a much-deserved spa day
“Along the way, we succeeded in funding real
life enhancements for thousands of animals with vet clinic equipment, grooming
services, microchip supplies, injured animal care, and spay/neuter surgeries,”
Most importantly, this group of dedicated
individuals spent hundreds of hours helping Salt Lake County Animal Services
become the largest no-kill municipal shelter in Utah. Thanks to the hard work
of the board and volunteers with Utah FACES, Salt Lake County Animal Services
has been able to build sustainable programming that saves the lives of
thousands of pets every year.
Moving forward without the support of Utah
FACES, Salt Lake County Animal Services will continue to seek donations,
grants, and other community partnerships to assist and change the lives of the
pets (and their owners) in our community. Animal Services will sustain many of
the programs that Utah FACES created: Groom Transport, Injured Animal Fund,
Microchips, Adopt-A-Kennel, SpayGhetti & No Balls Fundraiser, and many
Interested in donating? Please visit our online
giving page at AdoptUtahPets.com or
Top 5 Things You Can Do to Help the Shelter During Kitten Season
Top 5 things you can do to help the shelter during kitten
Kitten season has officially started! Kitten season usually
starts in March and lasts until about October.
In 2017, we got in a total of 1,137 kittens under the age of 5 months! Because of the large number of cats and kittens shelters get in during kitten
season, it puts a tremendous strain on them. Here are a few things you can do
to help at Salt Lake County Animal Services!
Volunteer: Shelters need volunteers year-round, but because
things are a lot busier in the warmer seasons, there’s a lot more things for
the volunteers to do and help with. The most common volunteer tasks include;
enrichment's, grooming, exercising, socializing, and cleaning. If you are
interested in becoming a volunteer for Salt Lake County Animal Services you can
Foster: During kitten season we always need fosters. We send
kittens to foster homes until they are big and healthy enough for surgery and
adoption. When we get small kittens brought into the shelter we like to get the
kittens out of the shelter as soon as possible. The longer they stay in the
shelter they are more likely to get sick. We provide all the supplies and vet
care to take care of your foster kittens, you provide the home and love. If you
are interested in becoming a kitten foster email Mallred@slco.org.
Adopt an older kitten: During kitten season we get so many
cats and kittens. A lot of times during kitten season older kittens and cats
get over looked, everybody wants that tiny kitten. Some kittens spend over 6
months waiting to find their forever home.
Know when to leave kittens with their mothers: It's hard to see tiny kittens outside and not
want to grab them to bring them to a shelter. But doing this isn't always the
right course of action for new born kittens. To increase their chances of
survival, sometimes it's better to leave the kittens be. Unless the kittens are
obviously hurt or in danger, you should first watch them from far away and see
if they need immediate intervention. Check on them a few more times throughout
the day, and if you are certain mother is not coming back, take them to the
Donate: Even if you can't foster or adopt, you can help make
sure this year's kittens get all the supplies they need. If you would like to
donate to help the kitties of Salt Lake County Animal Services, here is the
like to the Amazon kitty wish list amzn.to/2t85GLY.
How to Build a First Aid Kit for Your Pet
April is pet first aid awareness month. All pet owners should have a first aid kit for their pet in case of emergency. However,
there is not a one-size-fits–all answer to what is best for a first aid
There are many pre-made kits that may be purchased for your pet
but building your own kit or adding to a pre-made one may be the best way to
have a kit that is built and customized for your pet’s needs.
There are first aid items that are necessary:
Scissors - you may
need to free your pet from an entanglement or cut matted fur.
Scissors - these have a blunted blade that can easily slip between skin
and bandage material, so you do not cut the patients skin.
Tweezers - to
remove foreign materials from wounds.
Clipper and a Styptic Pen - for torn nails and skin wounds (cornstarch
Quick Clot - stops
Wash - make sure it is eye wash, not contact solution
Ear Wash – ask your
vet what would be best for your pet
Tape - 1” medical
tape. Easy to tear off and holds well.
Roll Gauze - used to
bandage, pad for splints and aid in stopping bleeding.
Telfa Pads - non-stick
dressings for bandaging a wound.
Wash/Wipes - look for non-stinging such as Chlorhexidine or Betadine. Rubbing alcohol is not good for any open
sores or wounds.
Ointment - over-the-counter “general purpose” antibiotic ointment for light
use with a minor skin wound. Not for use in eyes. Caution advised for animals
that may lick or ingest. Use with discretion. The antibiotics are absorbed via
Pain Relief - speak to your vet about obtaining as needed first aid kit pain
relief. Do NOT use human
prescription or over-the-counter pain medications for pets.
Latex Gloves - for
your protection and your pet’s.
Muzzle - even
the most well-trained animals may bite when injured or afraid
Thermometer - know what is normal vital signs for your dog
and how to use the thermometer.
Hot/Cold packs - cool down skin after a burn or keep an
animal warm if hypothermic. Always use
a cloth between the pack and skin and check frequently for redness or
jelly - for use with
wash cloths and a blanket - use for
washing, keeping warm/cool, and if necessary, a way to transport the injured
Diphenhydramine (aka Benadryl) - for stings and allergic
reactions. Speak with your vet first about proper dosing.
Dropper - to flush
wounds or administer fluids by mouth.
List of Phone Numbers - your regular vet, the emergency vet, animal
control, and animal poison control numbers. Program these into your cell phone.
Sturdy Box - ideally plastic or metal, to hold all your
supplies and is easy to carry and pack with you will complete your kit.
a first aid kit for YOUR pet include what is needed for YOUR pet’s specific
needs. For example, a diabetic pet kit should include honey or Karo syrup in
the event of a low blood sugar episode. Pets who have regular medications
should have a couple of days supply of all current medications.
can help you customize a first aid kit to meet your pet’s additional needs.
or building a first aid kit is a great first step it will not be enough in the
event of an emergency if you are not familiar with how to use the items. Here
are some recommendations for preparing yourself in the event of an emergency.
*Take a pet first
*Use the Pet
First Aid by the American Red Cross app
*Read pet first
aid or animal health books
yourself with pet emergency clinics in your area and places you travel to.
Being prepared in the face of an emergency helps ensure the health
and safety of your pets.
Volunteer of the Month: Rachael Prenkert
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.
Are You and Your Dog a Nuisance?
Spring is here, and you and your pup are going to be heading out into the great outdoors to sniff the flowers, roam the neighborhoods (on leash of course), and most likely poop on the neighbor’s yard (your dog, not you.)
Prevent your dog from getting hit by a car or starting a dog fight with another dog by keeping them on leash. Your dog is REQUIRED to be on leash at ALL times, unless you’re at a designated off-leash dog park. If you’re caught with your dog off leash, you will get a ticket and have to pay a fine because your dog will be considered a public nuisance.
Many violators of this ordinance will claim that they’re pet is friendly, or less aggressive when on leash. But Salt Lake County Animal Services would remind them that not everyone likes a “friendly” dog off leash, nor do other dogs that are on leash. A leash is not an optional accessory, it’s the LAW to wear one.
Poop is a reality. Every dog must poop and nope, they don’t only poop at home. It’s the law to clean up after your dog, if you get caught not picking up their poop, expect to pay a fine. This is another public nuisance violation. Be a considerate neighbor or hiker and carry poop bags to cleanup after your dog when they defecate out on an adventure, whether it’s in the neighborhood or on a busy hiking trail, you must pick it up.
Don’t think anyone is watching you walk your dog? Think again. Thanks to our smart phones it’s extremely easy for your neighbor, another park goer, or someone on the trail to take video or pictures of you not cleaning up after your pet. They then submit that information, along with your name or address to Salt Lake County Animal Control Officers who will then write you a ticket.
Curious about the ordinances in your city or township? Check out AdoptUtahPets.com and visit our Laws section to look up the ordinances in your area. Need to contact an officer? Call dispatch at 801-743-7045.