Animal shelters fight the overflow of abandoned animals

SALT LAKE CITY – The summer months are always busy for animal shelters, but for some reason this year is particularly bad.

Some shelters, like Weber County, can no longer accommodate dogs. They need volunteers, food and adoptions, and they need them now.

“It’s just crazy how busy we are. We’ve never really been busier,” said Amparo Gutierrez, assistant manager of the Weber County Animal Shelter.

She said that only 7 of their 17 positions are filled.

Amparo Gutierrez tends to animals at the Weber County Shelter.

“We try to budget like a number of kennels per employee,” Gutierrez says. “Especially at this time when we don’t have help to clean up, so it’s just us doing everything ourselves.”

The shelter had to get creative, like reducing opening hours and even adopting cats for free for a while.

“All of our adoptable cats we had at the time were all sick,” Gutierrez said.

All cats had to be sent out with medication, which the shelter never did.

One of Weber County Shelter’s adoptable cats.

Gutierrez said they needed volunteers to help clean up, donations of food and supplies, and the patience of potential adopters.

South Salt Lake Animal Services is also experiencing staffing and housing issues.

“We have four people in total running this shelter, with at the moment we have 22 dogs and 18 cats, said Jenica Laws of the South Salt Lake Animal Services.

However, some animals are preparing to join their forever home.

Laws and Little Malin at South Salt Lake Animal Services.

The puppy who was thrown out the window in May, little Malin, is preparing for adoption.

“We found her home forever, and she’ll be coming home in two weeks,” The laws said. “She is our strong little warrior.”

If you are 18 or older and would like to volunteer, Gutierrez says the Weber County Shelter will be happy to put you to work.