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January 17, 2017

Salt Lake County Animal Services 2016 Live Release Rate

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

Salt Lake City, UT – In 2016, Salt Lake County Animal Services is the largest no kill municipal shelter in Utah. This year the live release rate exceeded 95%, this is the fourth year in a row Animal Services has reached a number over 90% for the entire year.

The term “live release rate” refers to the number of dogs and cats who are returned to their owner, adopted, or are sent to other animal rescues. At Salt Lake County Animal Services, the no kill philosophy centers around the idea that all healthy, or treatable animals can be saved. The national standards to determine a shelters’ no kill status is a 90% live release rate.

“Salt Lake County Animal Services is honored to serve the community,” Talia Butler, Director of Salt Lake County Animal Services. “We are nationally recognized for cutting edge programming and are proud to be the best service provider in the state of Utah.”

Salt Lake County Animal Services has exceeded national standards by partnering with other animal rescues and building strong relationships in the community.

"Best Friends Animal Society is proud to partner with Salt Lake County Animal Services to save lives. Salt Lake County continues to set an example to municipal shelters across the country that through community engagement and creative solutions, no-kill is not only possible, it is sustainable. Congratulations to the Salt Lake County staff, volunteers, and rescue partners for achieving such a remarkable save rate." Arlyn Bradshaw, Executive Director of Best Friends Animal Society-Utah.

“Efficiency and genuine care for the people and animals they serve has enabled Animal Services to reach this important milestone. A 95 percent live-release rate means that people can go to Animal Services with the confidence that our staff is dedicated to the animals in their care,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.

The community can track Salt Lake County Animal Services live release rate by visiting the Salt Lake MetroStat Healthy Places dashboard at