Adopting a friend:
When you come in to the HSU looking to adopt a pet you will first be allowed to walk through our dog, cat, and other animal areas and find an animal that you think fits your personality and lifestyle (and if you're not quite sure what type of animal will best fit you, just ask one of our friendly adoption staff to recommend one for you - they'll be happy to help!).
If you decide that you want to adopt an animal, you will then need to fill out an Adoption Profile and be interviewed by one of our adoption staff to make sure that you and the animal will make a good match. If that works out, you'll pay the adoption fee, receive helpful information for taking care of your new pet, and you will be free to take your new pet home!
* IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY please bring down the whole family and make the choice of a pet a family decision.
* IF YOU ARE ADOPTING A SECOND DOG please bring your other dog(s) to the shelter with you to allow them a chance to meet his or her new friend and make sure that they get along. Our staff will conduct a controlled dog introduction for you.
Monday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - Noon and 1 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 9 AM - Noon and 1 PM - 4 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 3PM
The clinic is closed on Sunday.
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Make a Donation:
To make a donation please visit our homepage at www.utahhumane.org/donations
Thank You for Your Generosity!
Who We Are:
Founded in 1960, the Humane Society of Utah (HSU) has always fostered an atmosphere of love, compassion and respect for Utah’s pets and is dedicated to the elimination of pain, fear and suffering in all animals. The HSU is a member of the No-Kill Utah Coalition and works hard to ensure that every healthy and treatable pet that enters our facility will be placed into a loving home. There is no set limit on the length of time an animal may remain in our adoption program.
HSU is an open-admissions shelter, meaning that our doors are always open for any animal that we can legally accept. In 2014, an expansion and renovation project was completed which allowed the HSU to save more pets than ever before. In 2015, we achieved no-kill statistics for both cats and dogs for the first time – a milestone in 55 years. Through an education-focused adoption process, positive image promotion of shelter pets, and our many other programs and services, even more animals are expected to be saved in the future.
The Humane Society of Utah recognizes that the key to reducing the euthanasia of pets in Utah is through controlling the pet population. Each year, over eleven thousand dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed/neutered by our veterinarians. The HSU Clinic also administers over ninety thousand dog and cat vaccinations each year to ensure the health of both shelter animals and owned pets in the community.
Every year, thousands of animals at risk of euthanasia are transferred to our facility to reduce the burden on other smaller shelters across the state of Utah and neighboring states.
HSU currently embraces, and will continue to expand, a variety of programs to save more lives each year.
• Veterinary care and sterilization surgeries at our in-house clinic for all homeless companion animals in our care.
• Affordable spay/neuter and vaccination services for the community.
• Foster care in the homes of foster volunteers for special needs, ill, injured or baby animals to ensure adoptability.
• Education about responsible pet ownership, the humane treatment of animals and the homeless pet population crisis.
• Transfer and rescue network of over 240 partner facilities and groups to place more dogs and cats.
• Behavior assessments, positive reinforcement training and enrichment activities to keep pets mentally and emotionally healthy while at our shelter.
• Social media to increase the visibility of adoptable pets and engage the public in our efforts to control the pet population and increase adoptions.
• Cruelty investigations of animal abuse and neglect around the state.
• Promotion of legislation and ordinances that will enhance the welfare of animals in Utah.
• Volunteer program with thousands of active volunteers to keep all pets healthy and happy at our facility.
Furthering our progressive multipronged approach to increase adoptions and placements of pets, we are constantly improving our shelter. Beginning in 2011, the HSU embarked on an ambitious remodel project to increase holding space and create a more inviting atmosphere for the public. Completed in early 2012 were the much-needed expansions of our foster care, volunteer, clinic and administration departments. “Kitty City” was also unveiled in 2012 – a state-of-the-art adoptions area that features our cats in a home-like setting and allows people to interact with their future pet more comfortably. Remarkably, cat adoptions have increased since this new area opened. In early 2014, the “Bunny Bungalows,” a new adoption area for our third-most adopted species, increased the space available to showcase rabbits. In May 2014, the highly anticipated “The Wait is Over, Rover” dog adoption area was completed. Our large and small dogs are now showcased for the public in “Dawgville” and “Tiny Town.” As with the cats, the dogs are much more relaxed in the new kennel systems that are separated into five different rooms and adoptions have increased as a result.
Please join us in our life-saving mission, and stand with us to ensure that our doors are always open for every animal, every day. The Humane Society of Utah is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization that does not receive any tax dollars or government funding and is not a branch of any national organization. It is funded solely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses and foundations in our community, and supported by sponsorships, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from its retail outlets and some fees for service.
The Humane Society of Utah requires significant resources to provide our programs to animals in need. We can’t do it alone. This is a community initiative which involves collaboration and the support of people like you.
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Humane Society of Utah
4242 South 300 West
Murray, UT 84107
Phone: (801) 261-2919
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