SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – On Wednesday, the homeless animals at Salt Lake County Animal Services enjoyed a turkey supper of their own. Animal Services volunteers brought in pet-friendly meals the day before Thanksgiving for the 84 dogs and 75 cats that are currently being housed. The menu included things that the animals wouldn’t typically get to consume, such as broth, pumpkins, potatoes, gravy, and cat grass.
All meals were provided, prepared, and approved by veterinarians by volunteers. There were no elements that would be harmful to the animals consumed, such as dairy, onions, garlic, or any other type of food. The annual “turkey supper” has reportedly become a staff and volunteer tradition that is eagerly anticipated, according to Animal Services.
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Animal Services volunteer Allie Blackham said, “It feels wonderful, especially when they start eating it right away.” “It makes me happy to see how enthusiastic and in love they are. It’s also a lot of fun to watch the cats perk up when they smell it in other cages, looking for it and wanting to eat it as well. It’s fantastic.
Kiera Packer, the animal services crew coordinator, said she enjoys watching the dogs’ eyes light up when they are surprised with food that they ordinarily wouldn’t get to consume. It’s the best tradition we have, according to Packer. “It’s extremely exciting that these people get up so early and basically set up a prep line before heading out to offer these animals some form of a home,” said the volunteer. There are “completely supplied and no supply chain shortage of dogs in the building,” according to Animal Services.