2024 Year of No-Kill Animal Shelters in Utah

  • February 27, 2024
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February is National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month. Shelter Animals Count and Angel Paws stop by with Gem and King Tubbie to get you on board. Plus, National Veterans Golden Age Games, LetterWest, and Let Utah Read Coalition veto alert.

Tonight's show features the following people, organizations and/or events. Check them out and get plugged into your community!

Rebekah Cummings of the Utah Library Association and the Let Utah Read Coalition, which is calling on supporters to contact Gov. Gox and ask him to veto H.B. 29 -- Sensitive Material Review Amendments (Rep. Ivory, K.).

National Veterans Golden  Age Games coming to SLC in August. RadioACTive finds out how to participate or volunteer with Melissa Hobbs and Curtis Ivins, local co-directors, and Sarah Hallen, chair of the sponsorship subcommittee.

  • Aug. 24-29: , Salt Lake City. "Founded in 1985, the National Veterans Golden Age Games serves Veterans ages 55 years and older. Through its 'Fitness for Life' motto, the Golden Age Games offers sports competitions and health education sessions to demonstrate the value that sports, wellness, and fitness provide to assist senior Veterans live an active and healthy lifestyle. The National Veterans Golden Age Games is a qualifying event for the National Senior Games." For a schedule of events, click here

Craft Lake City's Max Bennion previews LetterWest with artist Skyler Chubak, aka Letter Queen.

  • March 2: The Annual Craft Lake City LetterWest, 9a-7p at Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 W. Center St., Midvale. "The Annual Craft Lake City LetterWest is the nation’s leading hand lettering conference featuring keynote speakers and workshops from top lettering artists around the globe. Limited tickets available!" To get your tickets, click here

  • April 1: Deadline to apply for Craft Lake City 2024. "At the 16th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons, you can display and sell your handcrafted wares, connect with an incredibly talented group of other local makers, artisans, vintage vendors, foodies, youth entrepreneurs, performers & STEM exhibitors—all while building your business & befriending thousands of local dedicated DIY Fest patrons! Applications are open to Utah residents until Monday, April 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Start your application and check out our scholarship options today."

Earlier today, Gov. Spencer Cox declared 2024 the Year of the No-Kill Shelter, pressing to make Utah the largest no-kill animal shelter state in the west, if not the nation. RadioACTive digs into the issue with Temma Martin of —which keeps the National Data Base— and Briana of Angel Paws Veterinary Services.

February is spay and neuter awareness month. Temma Martin shares the following tips to find low-cost spay/neuter services:

  • Call around, but don't give up. The price range could be $100 to $1,000!

  • Call as soon as possible to get an appointment. There could be a wait of weeks or months. There are too many puppies and kittens now, when it's usually the slow season during the winter. 

  • Call your local shelter for recommendations.

  • Check dogfriendlyslc.com/low-cost-spay-and-neuter-options-in-salt-lake-city/ 

Guests' views, thoughts, or opinions are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff, or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, KRCL 90.9fm. Questions, comments, or suggestions for the show? Email radioactive@krcl.org. Tonight's RadioACTive team included: