November 29, 2016
Children Love Shelter Pets
Callista Pearson -
511 W 3900 S, SLC, UT 84123
Salt Lake City, UT – Pets and children can enrich each other’s life, give unconditional love, and offer comfort on an emotional level no adult can provide. Salt Lake County Animal Services wants to share the value of this connection with visitors who see the tree at Festival of Trees.
The tree is titled, Children Love Shelter Pets, and the story behind the tree is of an exceptional teenager and her dog. 14-year-old Macey, found out she needed to have a heart transplant despite three previous open heart surgeries. The emotional stress of complicated surgeries was taking their toll on Macey. She had a difficult time sleeping at night and often had surgery related nightmares. In anticipation of her heart transplant, she and her family began searching for a pet to help her get through the hard times.
Macey decided to adopt a dog from Salt Lake County Animal Services, to give it a second chance,
just like she was getting with a new heart. They named the pup Schatzi (shaw-t-zee), it means “treasure” in German. Schatzi and Macey love one another whole heartedly and keep each other company day and night.
Over 2-thousand volunteer hours went into creating the ornaments, dog house, and characters under tree. Animal Services would like to give a special thanks to the Wilson family for donating materials and bringing this tree to life with the characters surrounding it.
Visit Animal Services tree in aisle L, booth 9 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, located at 9575 S. State St., Sandy, UT, from November 30 – December 3 from 10 AM – 10 PM.
Salt Lake County Animal Services adopted a No-Kill philosophy in 2010. Our mission is to provide comprehensive service and care to the animals and citizens we serve in the Salt Lake County Municipal Services District, Salt Lake, Holladay, Herriman, Midvale, and Riverton Cities.