Salt Lake County Animals Services maintains its ‘no-kill’ status

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January 20, 2015

Contact: Sandy Nelson
Salt Lake County Animal Services
Marketing and Communication Coordinator
(385) 468-6045 office
(385) 290-2633 cell

Salt Lake County Animals Services maintains its ‘no-kill’ status

Salt Lake County, UT – Salt Lake County Animal Services Director Mike Reberg says that in 2014, 92.8 percent of animals at the county’s shelter were released alive, allowing Animal Services to maintain its “no-kill” status. “More than 6,500 animals we cared for were either returned home, placed with a loving family, or transferred to an animal rescue organization,” said Reberg. “It is through our dedicated employees and great partnerships that we are able to keep our ‘no-kill’ status.” No-kill philosophy centers around the idea that all healthy or treatable animals can be saved and not euthanized. The national industry standards to determine a shelter’s no-kill status is 90% live release rate. This is the second year in a row that the shelter has reached over 90% for the entire year.

Reberg says that a priority area Animal Services’ has focused on this year is saving cats that enter the shelter. Over the past four years, Animal Services has implemented many innovative programs to support shelter, free-roaming, and owned cats. In 2014, Salt Lake County Animal Services saved over 3,100 cats.

Salt Lake County Animal Services has the goal to maintain the no-kill philosophy and place all adoptable animals in forever homes through adoption or rescue partner groups. Animal Services has numerous programs and partnerships designed to help pets in the shelter, in the community, and in your home.

Salt Lake County Animal Services, 511 West 3900 South, is open Monday through Saturday, with animal control services operating 24/7. For more information go to , call 385-GOT-PETS, or visit