At the Department of Animal Services, our goal is to promote responsible pet ownership through education and enforcement. We seek to find good homes for good pets via aggressive adoption programs. In addition to our full-scale shelter/adoption center, we provide animal services and animal law enforcement to the City of South Salt Lake.
- Animal adoption
- Animal surrender
- Animal licensing
- Live trap loans (cats, skunks, raccoons, squirrels) with removal
- Animal law enforcement
- Noise complaints
- Nuisance animal complaints
- Animal neglect/cruelty
- Pet care and health resources
- Low cost spay/neuter and vaccination resources
- Educational presentations for schools and community groups
What is rabies and how do people get it?
Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. People get rabies from the bite of an animal with rabies. Any wild mammals, including raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes or bats, can have rabies and transmit it to humans. It is also possible, but quite rare, for people to get rabies if infectious material from rabid animal, such as saliva, gets directly into the eyes, nose, mouth or a wound.
It is important to never handle bats. Many otherwise preventable rabies-related calls to South Salt Lake Animal Services have occurred after people have captured and handled bats. Please review rabies risks with your family and remember: never handle any animals that are unfamiliar to you—especially wild animals.