Salt Lake County Animal Services wins 2011 Best of State Medal | Community Spirit
The Salt Lake County Animal Services will be receiving a 2011 Utah Best of State Medal Award for the second year in a row. "It is an honor to receive this recognition," said 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 this county shelter."
The shelter is receiving this award for their work and achievements in the Community Development Category. "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 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."
These programs, including free cat adoptions, the Salt Lake County Pit Crew and TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program have helped to reduce the amount of homeless cats in the area and give these pets good homes across the valley.
Larrabee says that Salt Lake County Animal Services takes pride in developing strong relationships with 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," she says. "We have even more exciting things coming in 2011-2012."
The Best of State Awards were created in 2003, and candidates are evaluated by 100 judges based on three areas of criteria: achievement in the field of endeavor, innovation or creativity in approaches, techniques, methods and processes, and finally, contributing to improving the quality of life in Utah. These awards recognize outstanding individuals, businesses, companies and organizations throughout the state, and Salt Lake County Animal Services has gone to great lengths to reach out to the community and find families for homeless animals in Utah. The organization serves the citizens in Salt Lake City, Herriman City and Holladay City and is located at 511 West 3900 South in Salt Lake City.