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Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services

building better behaviors workshop

March 29, 2016

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Do you want to learn more about Clicker/Positive Reinforcement Basics and the foundations of Impulse Control? This free workshop is for you and your dog Join us and "Build Better Behaviors." A variety of other topics on training and mental stimulation will be covered as well.


This class is being offered for 8 dog/human teams (no more than two people per dog.) Please no human-aggressive or dog-aggressive dogs. Please bring a mat and soft yummy treats for your dog!.

Attendees will receive a free clicker with a wrist band to take home and use with their own dogs! This is a great workshop for someone who already has dogs at home, someone who fosters dogs or volunteers at the shelter, or someone who is looking to add another dog into the family.

Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Laurie Schnossnagle of Side By Side Dog Training will teach the class. Learn more about Laurie's work

become an animal care specialist

March 22, 2016

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Become an Animal Care Specialist at Salt Lake County Animal Services. You'll help owners be reunited with lost pets. You'll get an opportunity to introduce humans to potential furry family members. 

Join our team as an Temporary/Seasonal Animal Care Specialist.  In this position you will work with the animals, provide them care, and help customers.  $13 per hour and up to 25 hours a week.  Please email Charlotte Smith at with your resume and letter of interest by April 5, 2016.  This is a non-merit position.

pit crew & cat cru logo launch party

March 21, 2016

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logo launch party

Support Utah FACES during Love UT Give UT! 

Donations to Utah FACES directly supports the animals served by Salt Lake County Animal Services. Utah FACES helps Animal Services provide low cost spay and neuter, free microchips, surgeries for injured animals and much more!  Donate Now

In collaboration with Love UT Give UT, Animal Services is launching a new Pit Crew and Cat Cru logo on March 31st! This is an exclusive opportunity to get a t-shirt with these logos before they are available to the general public!

Help Utah FACES CELEBRATE Love UT Give UT at Uinta Brewing from 4-8 PM!
Try out the new pet friendly patio weather permitting. Enjoy exclusive PittieKitty Beer. This is a 21 & older event. Light appetizers will be served.

Here's more on how to get your very own Pit Crew or Cat Cru T-Shirt:

For a donation of $13: Get a T-shirt with the new Salt Lake County Pit Crew or Salt Lake County Cat Crusaders logos. First make a $10 online donation to Utah FACES at Love Ut Give UT.  and then at the event bring an additional $3 to receive a t-shirt. You must attend this event in order to get this exclusive offer. Remember to bring your donation receipt.

For a donation of $40: The first 25 donations of $40 or more get a free pint glass.

goat: official notice of sale

March 18, 2016

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Goat: Official Notice of Sale

Official Notice Of Sale

This Goat was brought into the shelter in March 2016. He is an adult neutered male approx. 1 to 2 yrs old and available for adoption at 10:00am on 3/30/16.

His adoption price is set at $45 and will be adopted to the first qualified adopter to come in on or after the 30th. Adopter must be in an area zoned for livestock.

magna vaccination & licensing clinic

March 17, 2016

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magna vaccination clinic

When: Saturday, April 16 
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Where: Magna - Copper Park
8940 W 2600 S, Magna, UT 84044

Get your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations and licenses. Low cost vaccinations, rabies vaccinations, and microchips will be available. Any resident may attend the clinic. Animal Services will be licensing dogs, cats, and ferrets. Bring proof of previous rabies vaccinations, license, & microchip.

Please be sure to have your dogs on leash. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers. 

Questions? Contact Kip Peterson at or 385-468-6017.

cat-tail hour

February 18, 2016

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cattail hour

New cat cages, new paint, and new decor! Join us for the Grand Re-Opening of our Cat Rooms.

1 PM - 3 PM "Groom the Room" - Local Groomers will make our cats look fancy for adoption.

3 PM - 5 PM "Cat-Tail Hour" - Meet our felines in the remodeled cat rooms. Light refreshments will be served.

Groomers from around the valley will be washing, scrubbing, brushing, fluffing, and trimming up all our cats to make them gorgeous for the "Cat-Tail Hour."

Kitty Couture
Groom with a View
The Classy K9

Refreshments will be provided by Tinker's Café and Les Madeleines.

mad hatter tea party

February 10, 2016

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Meet Alice, the White Rabbit, and the Queen of Hearts at our Mad Hatter Tea Party on Saturday, March 5 from 11 - 2 PM. This is a free event for children to celebrate our newly remodeled cat rooms and relaunch our Book Buddies program. Children can decorate cookies at our tea party, play checkers, and listen to parts of "Alice in Wonderland" being told in our new cat room.  Children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Located at Salt Lake County Animal Services: 511 W. 3900 S., SLC 84123.
Date: March 5
Time: 11 AM - 2 PM
Cost: FREE

february volunteer of the month - liz dranow

February 01, 2016

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Volunteer of the Month - Liz Dranow

Liz Dranow began volunteering for SLCO Animal Services in January of 2015 as a volunteer photographer. Liz has a passion for photography and for animals and it shows in the pictures that she takes of the animals here at the shelter waiting for adoption.

Liz is always willing to jump in and be flexible about the photography session. Whether she is taking a picture of a dog, cat, bunny, goat or even a pig, Liz is always more than willing to help.

Liz always has a smile on her face and enthusiasm for the task at hand. Taking pictures of animals is not always an easy task but it is always a fun experience.

Liz continues to bring great ideas into the shelter to help improve our adoption and social media photos and even recently helped us to set up a photo booth for our animals to take fun pictures showing the animals personality.

A picture truly speaks a thousand words and for shelter animals can make the difference of being overlooked or being seen. Liz has a true knack for helping our animals be seen and her passion shows through her work. Liz is a wonderful example of what volunteering is all about.

From all of us here at SLCOAS, Thank You Liz!!!!!

You are appreciated!!!!

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not.  ~Dr. Seuss 

january volunteer of the month

January 05, 2016

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Mason began volunteering with SLCO Animal Services 4 years ago.

Mason is one of our Sunday volunteers and comes in to make sure that the dogs are getting out and exercised during our closed hours.

A few years ago, Mason, along with other volunteers, made Kurunda beds for the dogs here at the shelter. This was such a wonderful gift for the dogs. It gives them a nice place to rest and feel comforted while waiting for adoption. Through the years the beds have needed repairs and Mason is always willing to grab a bed, take it home and repair it. Thanks to his handiwork, the dogs still have beds in their kennels.

Mason has helped dogs that struggle at the shelter get to K9 Lifeline for assessments and “Pack to Basics”. This not only helps dogs learn to socialize better but results in their adoption because they are seen at K9 Lifeline and they develop the social skills necessary to be adopted.

Mason has provided needed treats to dogs with skin allergies, spent extra time and attention with dogs that need more structure, provided valuable feedback, made sure dogs with kennel stress get out to adoption events , helped provide and distribute Thanksgiving Dinner……the list goes on.

Mason is a true and wonderful example of what volunteering is all about!

                                    From all of us here at SLCOas :

                                          THANK YOU MASON!!!!

                                        YOU ARE APPRECIATED!!!

                  “Volunteers are love in motion“~ Unknown


pick your price cat adoptions

January 04, 2016

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Adopt a cat this month, and pick the price of their adoption fee! Before heading home with your new feline family member, here is an idea of what services ALL cats receive before they're adopted:

  • basic veterinary exam
  • vaccinations
  • spay/neuter
  • microchip

The estimated value of these services is $400. But the cost of a forever home full of purrs is PRICELESS!