Mayor Ben McAdams and Salt Lake County Animal Services are excited to announce the election results of the recent “Canine Mayor of Salt Lake County” campaign. Tex, the “caninedate” supported by American Dog Rescue, raised more than ,500 and won as Canine Mayor. The new Deputy Canine Mayor of Salt Lake County is CeCe, a 3 ½ year old mini Golden Doodle.
Canine residents of Salt Lake County were encouraged to run for Mayor. While “CANINEdates” had to be Salt Lake County residents, voters could live anywhere in the world. Over 1,500 individuals cast their votes via donations with proceeds benefiting Salt Lake County Animal Service’s Injured Animal Fund. Fourteen dogs residing in Salt Lake County accepted the challenge and took to the streets shaking paws and licking babies.
The campaign raised a total of $23,080. This amount includes all funds raised from the 14 Caninedates and their filing fees. According to Mike Reberg, Director of Salt Lake County Animal Services, “This is one of the most successful fundraisers ever held by our agency. The money raised for the Injured Animal Fund is going to help hundreds of injured and ill animals that find themselves in our care.”
“I look forward to having the company of Salt Lake County’s first canine mayor or deputy mayor when I’m out at community events,” said Mayor McAdams. “I know Tex and CeCe will be excellent advocates for all of our community’s furry friends.”
“I have served in dog rescue for the past seven years and have never before seen such a creative way to raise money to save injured animals. Thank you Mayor McAdams and the whole Salt Lake County Animal Services team!” woofs the new Canine Mayor, Tex. “I am proud to serve Salt Lake County as its Canine Mayor for the next two years and pledge to do my very best to see every home that wants a companion animal has one, and that every dog and cat in the county has a home.”
Texas and CeCe will serve a 2-year-term and attend special events with Mayor McAdams. Texas and CeCe will be inaugurated into office during a special presentation at an upcoming Salt Lake County Council meeting.
For more information about Salt Lake County Animal Services, please visit their website at www.adoptutahpets.com.