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Super Pet Adoption event in SLC

SALT LAKE CITY – More than 800 dogs and cats showed up for a big event in Salt Lake City this weekend.

No More Homeless Pets sponsored the Super Pet Adoption at the Petsmart parking lot near 2100 South and I-15. Rescue groups from all over the Wasatch Front bring animals for adoption. Their goal is to adopt 450 animals over the course of the weekend.

The event opens at 10 a.m. Sunday until 5 p.m. All animals are spayed or neutered and microchipped.

Best Friends Animal Society opens adoption center

Best Friends Animal Society held a grand opening for their adoption center in Trolley Square on Thursday.

The goal for the center is to place 500 animals in loving homes in the first six months of operation.

Adoption fees are $25 for cats and $75 for dogs. Pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

Business hours are Wednesday through Saturday between noon and 8 p.m.

Shelter dogs given role in "Annie" production

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Shelter dogs in Utah will have a cameo role in an upcoming production of "Annie" that will ideally lead to their adoption.

Pioneer Theatre Company will have a shelter dog captured by an animal control officer during a scene where Annie saves a stray named Sandy.

Following each performance between Dec. 2 and Dec. 23, the audience will hear about the shelter dog that played Sandy's sidekick and informed the animal is available for adoption.

Humane Society representatives will also greet audience members in the lobby with the goal of finding a home for the dog and other stray animals the organization has saved.

Hogle Zoo hosts animal adoption event

Visitors at Utah's Hogle Zoo usually only get to look at the animals, but Saturday's adoption event let some people take an animal home.

The zoo's "Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo" event had cats and dogs available for adoption. Six shelters from around the valley brought animals for the public to adopt.

"There are a lot of animals out there. We have 6 rescues here today and that's just a small sampling of those here in Utah and all of them are always looking to adopt out as many animals as they can to good homes," said Cagney Smullin, event supervisor for Hogle Zoo.

Anyone who adopted an animal on Saturday received a free ticket to the zoo, good through the end of October. They will also get a free dog bath from Camp Barkalot and a free yard waste removal from Utah Critter Litter.

Salt Lake County Animal Services wins 2011 Best of State Medal

Salt Lake County Animal Services wins 2011 Best of State Medal

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."

Utah dog's death raises animal testing concerns

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The death of a stray dog whose heart was removed by University of Utah researchers conducting cardiology tests has spurred a renewed call from animal rights groups to stop the practice of selling some shelter animals for research nationwide.

Thirty-six states, including Utah, allow stray dogs and cats to be sold to research facilities if they are scheduled for euthanasia at animal shelters.

But animal activists say the shelters should be safe havens, and fear that if the practice continues, people may stop bringing in their unwanted pets.

Salt Lake County Animal Services Wins National Animal Welfare & Protection Award

A noted canine welfare organization will present its 2010 National Animal Welfare and Protection Award to Salt Lake County Animal Services.