Unleashed – PAWsitive Stories from Salt Lake County Animal Services
Top 10 New Years Resolutions for You and Your Pet
Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for you
and your pet
It is hard to believe but it's that time of year again, the
time we make New Year’s Resolutions. It's easy to allow many of the promises we make to
ourselves fizzle out, so why not try something new this year and make
resolutions for you and your dog!
Here are a few ideas from Salt Lake County Animal Services to help you and your dog have a healthy
and happy year ahead and you never know maybe by fulfilling your dog’s
resolutions it will inspire you to keep a few of your own.
This seems to the number one resolution us
humans set for ourselves year to year. Well this resolution can apply to your
dog as well. Maybe the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the cold weather
have kept you from those daily walks. Now is the perfect time to get back on
Weather not permitting? Look at some indoor
exercises and activities you can do together.
Maybe your dog is still begging for food at
the table or could use some work on leash manners. Dedicate this year to
getting a handle on bad habits, whatever they may be. Helping your dog to be
the best dog that he/she can be will reduce stress and make for a healthier and
I am sure you have heard how important it
is to socialize your dog as a puppy, truth is it is vital to do so at all
stages of your dog’s life. Consider scheduling a play date with one of your
friendly neighborhood dogs or visiting a local doggy day care or dog park. You
never know, in the process you may just expand your own social circle.
Whether you have an adult dog who has not
learned any new commands in a while or a puppy who needs training, teach your dog
something new this year. It is a lot of fun for you and your dog to show off
their skills; they're learning important commands and getting mind work in the
Maybe your dog has the right temperament to
become a therapy animal. Dogs have a natural selflessness about them and just
want to be loved. You both might enjoy volunteering your time to schools,
hospitals or your local library for a kids reading program.
6. Discover a new
Picking up an activity can help to boost your dog’s physical
and mental well-being. Not sure what to look for? Consider sports like K9 Nose
work, dock diving, agility or fly-ball.
7. Take a trip
Been thinking about a road trip? There's no time like the
present! Take a look at some dog travel trips and hit the road with your best
friend for an adventure you will both remember.
8. Make sure to go to
This is truly one of your most important resolutions. If you
have been putting off scheduling your vet appointment, don’t wait any longer. Regular exams and preventive care are essential and can help
you to catch many health problems before they progress.
9. Consider fostering
Fostering is an amazing way to help a dog in need. Your dog
can be a wonderful teacher to a dog who is hoping to find a forever home and
help them to learn important skills that they can’t in a kennel in a shelter.
Fostering provides valuable information to a potential adopter. Dogs are truly
the best teachers to other dogs.
10. Send an update
One of our favorite resolutions is promising to reconnect
with the people we have lost touch with. You can do the same for your dog. If
you adopted your dog from a shelter or rescue send them an update and let them
know how he/she is doing. Staff, volunteers, and fosters LOVE updates and to see
pictures of them enjoying their forever home.
Find out more about Salt Lake County Animal Services foster program and FREE behavior workshops on our "calendar" page. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Where Are They Now: Ash
Meet Ash, he was adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services in 2018 and he is doing wonderful in his new home!
Ash was originally "just a foster" but having him
in our home brought out his great qualities that you can't teach a dog to have.
He is affectionate, great with my nieces and nephews, loves to please us,
excels at learning new tricks, is good with other dogs and is good off leash.
These good qualities were hidden in the shelter by his barrier reactivity and
separation anxiety and every time I left him at best friends society it broke
my heart to see these negative qualities brought out and his sense of security
dwindle. At first I thought that it would be unfair to adopt him while living
in an apartment but the longer we kept the more we realized that we were the
best family for him and that he was happy with us. We became so attached to him
and he became so attached to us that he already was ours and we had to adopt
Nowadays Ash is known as Ashton or when he's playful we call
him Sharky. He loves to go hiking and running and his stamina has come a long
way since his terrible bout of kennel cough. His furthest distant running to
date is 7 miles and he stayed strong. Our favorite trail is Desolation and he
loves jumping from rock to rock at the overlook like a mountain goat. His all
time favorite game is chase and I haven't seen any dog at the park faster than
he is. He has a neighbor girlfriend who is a border collie named Mylah (she
chases the ball and he chases her its a perfect combo!). I am no longer worried
about him being unhappy in an apartment, it is obvious he has the most
activities of any other dog I know. We love him so much and I can't believe how
much joy he brings us! - Lindsey
We love hearing about how pets adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services are doing. If you've adopted from us and want to share your story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer of the Month: Tim Jones
Interested in volunteering? Email email@example.com. Or visit our volunteer page for more information.
Adopting a Pet During the Holidays
There have been many mixed opinions on
getting a pet for Christmas and often at Salt Lake County Animal Services we
are told that the holidays are not the right time. But any time is a good time
to bring love into your life, and
what greater gift can we give to an animal than a loving, lasting home.
are considering bringing a pet into your home whether it is now, or it is 6
months from now. You need to be ready.
- No matter when you adopt a pet, be sure you are ready for a long-term
commitment to care for and love the animal, and that your household is able.
Don’t just give a pet as a gift to someone without first
making sure they want a companion animal. Some people might love animals but
not have the time or the ability to care for one. It’s also a good idea to let
the person pick out their own pet. Consider taking them into a shelter or
rescue to let them find the perfect pet for themselves.
- Timing is everything. The holidays tend to be rather busy and our
pets can get a little stressed. If you’re planning to go out of town or have a
houseful of family guests, schedule the adoption when you’ll have more
time to devote to your new family member. That might mean adopting now,
giving the pet a chance to acclimate to its new home and settle in before the
madness starts, or possibly waiting until after the holidays. It doesn’t mean
you can’t have a pet now; you’ll just need to take precautions to keep it safe
It’s important that children realize from an early age that a pet
is a living, breathing creature that requires gentle handling, proper feeding
and a certain amount of clean up. Let’s be honest, there are some adults who
need to learn those lessons, too. Children learn to love and respect all
animals by having a pet in the family. Showing them how it’s done will help your
child become a better, kinder person and learn responsibility.
A few things
to remember as you head out to potentially add a new family member to your
home. Include everyone in the adoption. “Meet and greet” It is just as important that your current pets find your
new addition as good of a fit as you do.
lifestyle factors and what is the best pet for your home. Are you looking for
an adventure seeker or a couch potato? Make sure you are ready for the
responsibility of a new pet.
We hope you’ll consider bringing a pet home this holiday.
The love they share is the greatest gift of all.
Take a look at our Hoppy
Meowlidays promotion for Cats, Bunnies and small mammals this month. We're offering $5 adoption fees for these furry friends through December 31, 2018.
Where Are They Now: Beastie
When pets are adopted from Salt Lake County Animal Services, staff members love to get updates on the new life they go on to live with their new families.
Here is an update from Beastie's Family:
Beastie, The Red dog adopted 2015. I really cannot
post a picture of Beastie without her boy Shooter, the Shih Tzu. They
literally are best friends. They do EVERYTHING together. She has
brought so much love into this house and she is the most loving sweetheart of a
fur face I have ever known. She had several behavioral issues when I got
her but with patience, love and a dog named Shooter she has become the best
girl ever! Thanks for letting me share the love of all your hard work.
If you have adopted a pet from Animal Services, please send us a photo and an update about your pet to firstname.lastname@example.org.