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December 4, 2015

Salt Lake County Animal Services Life Saving Statistics Up

Callista Pearson - Email
511 W. 3900 S., SLC, UT 84123

Key life saving statistics are up at Salt Lake County Animal Services: the number of animals being returned to their owners, the number of days an animal spends at the shelter, and the number of animals being released from the shelter. This is in large part due to more animals being microchipped. Salt Lake County Animal Services has a non-profit partner, Utah FACES that pays for no-cost or low cost microchipping for people who live in our jurisdiction.   

More lost animals are finding their way back to their owners. The Return to Owner (RTO) rate is up 15% since 2009. Currently 38.5% of the animals entering Animal Services are returned to their owner.

When Animal Services first initiated a No-Kill philosophy the number of hold days (the number of days an animal would be in the shelter before leaving) skyrocketed. In 2011, animals spent an average of  20.8 days. Now our average hold time is 10.3 days. These numbers are also a reflection of more animals being microchipped.

With a faster turn-around rate, Animal Services can provide assistance to more animals. The shelters live release rate this year is at 94.4%. This is the number of animals who have left the shelter through adoption, are returned to their owner, or are transferred to another animal welfare organization.

For more information or additional details contact Callista Pearson, Marketing & Communications Manager for Salt Lake County Animal Services at

Salt Lake County Animal Services began a No-Kill philosophy in 2010. Our mission is to provide comprehensive service and care to the animals and humans we assist in unincorporated Salt Lake County, Salt Lake, Holladay, Herriman, Midvale, and Riverton Cities.