Animal services

More than 100 pets are adopted at Salt Lake County Animal Services’ annual Petapalooza

The event featured a pet photographer, pet food vendors, and even a pet medium for pets and their owners.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Madeleine Johnson holds Cricket, a cat up for adoption, at Salt Lake County Animal Services’ Seventh Annual Petapalooza: Pet Adoption at Wheeler Historic Farm in Sandy on Saturday, September 24, 2022 .

Murray • A chorus of barking, yelping and whining rang out at the Wheeler family farm on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of Utahns chaperoned their pets at Salt Lake County Animal Services’ Seventh Annual Petapalooza.

The event featured food trucks, a pet medium, and pet rescues for all animal lovers to visit. But the main focus was pet adoption — as Salt Lake County aimed to break its record of 150 pet adoptions in seven hours.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Aly gets a little help from Sam Hardy on the lure course as Salt Lake County Animal Services hosts its 7th Annual Petapalooza: Animal Adoption at Wheeler Historic Farm in Sandy on Saturday the 24th September 2022.

A spokesperson said on Saturday night that they had at least 130 adopted pets on Saturday, but were still finalizing the numbers – which included 76 adopted dogs, 45 adopted cats and nine ‘little creatures’ like hairless guinea pigs or adopted rabbits.

The event had an “incredible turnout” and was busy all day, said Callista Pearson, spokeswoman for Salt Lake County Animal Services. Hosting activities like Petapalooza is essential for the rescue community, Pearson said, as rescues are still recovering from not hosting events during the pandemic.

“These events are really important to them to be seen, to get animals adopted, and then when they get animals adopted, it allows them to take animals out of shelters, and then nurture them and get them adopted,” Pearson said. said. “It’s a domino effect – they get adopted, then they take the animals away from us, and we have more room for the animals in our shelter. So it’s all a win-win.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mav, a cat up for adoption at Salt Lake County Animal Services’ 7th Annual Petapalooza: Pet Adoption at Historic Wheeler Farm in Sandy on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Petapalooza participants included dogs of all shapes and sizes, cats in backpacks and even a duck in a stroller. One of the most popular sellers was a pet photography station, complete with hay bales and pumpkins for the perfect pet picture.

Liz Dranow said she provided pet portraits to each Petapalooza. Booth patrons paid a $10 fee for the portraits, which went directly to Salt Lake County Animal Services.

“It’s a good wake-up call for the community to see all the different rescues and stuff here, and it’s great for shelters to get animals adopted,” Dranow said. “I love it and going out and taking pictures of all the people with their pets, whether they’re new adoptions or [longtime pets].”