Thursday, July 14, 2011
Come have fun as you and your dog compete for the gold together. To participate you will need to pre-register. Registration will be available the day of the event but on a first come first serve basis.
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Place: Murray Park, Constitution Circle 5130 South State Street
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The games will include Marathon Down, Temptation Tower, Best Trick, and 6 others! http://utahfaces.org/Doggie_Olympics.html
Utah FACES is an all volunteer 501c3 organization whose efforts support the programs and animals at Salt Lake County Animal Services!
Friday, May 27, 2011
Animal shelter given high regards for going the extra mile for homeless pets
Salt Lake County, UT - Salt Lake County Animal Services will be receiving a 2011 Utah’s Best of State Medal Award for work and achievements in the Community Development Category. This is the second year in a row that the agency has earned the award.
“It is an honor to receive this recognition by the Best of State committee” says Shawni Larrabee, Director of Salt Lake County Animal Services. “This is often a tough job and this type of recognition is greatly appreciated by the staff, volunteers and community partners that have dedicated themselves to changing the fate of lost and abandoned pets entering the county shelter.”
“Life saving programs for pets entering the Salt Lake County shelter has resulted in a reduction in the euthanasia rate to less than half the rate of the rest of the state” says Larrabee. These programs include FREE Cat Adoptions, the Salt Lake County Pit Crew and TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program for community cats. “These programs have shown a significant impact on increasing the live release rate at the shelter as well as promoting proactive, long term solutions to pet related issues. We have even more exciting things coming in 2011 and 2012,” says Larrabee.
Larrabee says that SLCo Animal Services takes pride in developing strong relationships with local volunteers, shelters, groups and rescues as well as large national organizations. “These relationships are critical to our efforts, and the response from the community has been amazing.”
Salt Lake County Animal Services serves the citizens in the Unincorporated Township Areas, Salt Lake City, Herriman City and Holladay City.
Salt Lake County Animal Services
511 West 3900
Salt Lake City UT 84123
Monday, May 2, 2011
Last weekend a dog fell into the creek near Tanner Park and was swept away despite efforts to reach her. The responding officers reported that, luckily, the dog managed to make it to shore some distance downstream and was picked up by a good Samaritan. While this story ended happily, it is a reminder that our furry family members don't have an understanding of Spring run off dangers. Please spread the word that pet owners need to keep pets away from the waterways this time of year.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
I promised long ago to make sure that all of our statistics were not only transparent but openly reported. I believe this is crucial if we are to truly partner with all of the citizens we serve. Everyone should know exactly what goes on behind our doors and how it impact the lost and abandoned pets in the community. So, with that said, here is the 2011, first quarter report:
October through November and January through March of 2011 are traditionally the months with the lowest pet intake figures and, therefore, the lowest pet euthanasia rates.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
When developing a family emergency plan, always include your companion animals. It is recommended that you have a three to seven day supply of food and water for each pet. You should also have an emergency kit that includes a litterpan, food and water dishes, a leash and collar and familiar toys. You can also reduce stress by having a blanket or towel that smells like home to be housed with your pet during an emergency. If you have a pet on a special diet or medication, be sure that you have a 15 day supply of medications on hand. Depending on the emergency, it may be several days before you may have access to your veterinarian or pharmacy and your pet’s life may depend on getting his daily medication. Don’t forget when making and storing emergency kits that some supplies do expire. You should check your pet emergency kits every three months and rotate supplies as needed.
If you own an unusual pet such as a reptile, bird or pocket pet, an emergency kit is especially important since they require special housing and care. You may be required to leave your pet at a temporary animal shelter and having the supplies your pet needs will help reduce not only the stress your animal suffers but yours as well.
Planning ahead and having an emergency kit in place for your companion animals is one way you can ensure that when disasters strikes, you are prepared.
(By: April Harris, Associate Director)
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
We've become pretty good at change at Salt Lake County Animal Services ("SLCoAS"). Two years of change have resulted in a shelter euthanasia rate now less than half the state average and amazing community support. I am very thankful for employees, volunteers, partner agencies and the community for helping us achieve our goals.
However, we are far from finished. As an agency committed to constant improvement, we are always looking ahead to see where we still have opportunity for improvement.
In the Fall of 2010, SLCoAS management began studying the outstanding results that Calgary Animal Control has achieved in terms of creating a safe, humane and pet friendly community. A core element of the Calgary philosophy is the premise that we don't have a pet overpopulation, stray animal, nuisance or vicious animal problem - we have an irresponsible pet owner problem. To address this ‘people problem’ we need to be focused on education and communication with a goal of compliance to improve the lives of both people and pets in the community.
The statistics below clearly outline how much opportunity there is for Salt Lake County communities to improve in these measures:
Dogs reunited with owners: SLCoAS - 44% Calgary - 90%
Cats reunite with owners: SLCoAS - 4% Calgary - 54%*
Dog bites/population: SLCoAS - 658/381,000 Calgary - 58/1,100,000
*Cat licensing has only been in place for 3 years.
To achieve results similar to Calgary, SLCoAS will need to make changes in philosophy and daily operations as well as propose the adoption of ordinance changes. Proposed changes include eliminating pet limits, improving facilities, ramping up safety and education programs and focusing on dog and cat licensing to ensure lost pets can be taken home. Animal control officers would need to begin focusing on mediation and education instead of traditional enforcement with goals set around identifying solutions that don't involve enforcement (ie citations).
This new initiative even has it's own name:
“Salt Lake County Responsible Pet Owner Pact”
A Commitment To:
RESPONSIBLE Pet Ownership
EDUCATION, TRAINING and SOLUTIONS
SAFE Community for People and Pets
We used the term 'Pact' because the goal is to build a stronger partnership with our animal loving community and together move toward a safer, more humane and much more pet friendly community. I will be sharing much more information over the coming months but essentially this new initiative is centered around the idea that we need the community to focus on what it means to be a responsible pet owner and that our agency needs to be a source of education, resources and solutions.So get ready everyone, the next few years look to be even more exciting than the last!