Humane Society of Utah

This week, the Humane Society of Utah is featured on PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend.

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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 (NKUT) and works hard to ensure that every healthy and treatable pet that enters their facility will be placed into a loving home. There is no set limit on the length of time an animal may remain in their adoption program.

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The Humane Society of Utah is an open-admissions shelter, meaning that their doors are always open for any animal that they can legally accept. In 2014, an expansion and renovation project was completed which allowed the HSU to save a record 10,481 pets. HSU currently embraces, and will continue to expand, a variety of programs to save more lives each year.

  • Veterinary care and sterilization surgeries at an in-house clinic for all homeless companion animals in their care (over 10,000 spays/neuters performed per year).
  • Affordable spay/neuter and vaccination services for the community.
  • Foster care in the homes of over 150 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 140 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 the shelter.
  • Off-site education and adoption events in cities around Utah to highlight adoptable pets and educate the public about adoption and HSU services.
  • Social media to increase the visibility of adoptable pets and engage the public in HSU 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 1,400 active volunteers to keep all pets healthy and happy at their facility.

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The Humane Society of Utah’s state-of-the-art clinic has one part-time and two full-time licensed veterinarians. In addition to the medical services provided for all cats, dogs and rabbits prior to adoption, the HSU Clinic offers affordable options for the community.

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HSU is dependent on dedicated volunteers to help save the lives of Utah’s homeless pets. Every minute that you donate to help a homeless pet helps to keep tails wagging and voices purring. You can tell in their furry faces that you make a difference.

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The Humane Society of Utah offers a number of opportunities for volunteers. Many volunteers enjoy working with the dogs, including socializing, exercising, walking, and training. Others spend time with the cats in “Kitty City” attending to their needs. There are essential cleaning duties that all volunteers are asked to help with as well. Volunteers are also needed to participate in Outreach Adoption events that occur every weekend offsite—helping the Outreach staff with the animals and interacting with the public. Others serve as adoption counselors at Outreach events after going through a training period. There are also many Special Events that are regularly scheduled throughout the year that require volunteers.


Another rewarding opportunity is fostering animals who need special care because they are sick, too young or need socialization training until they are suitable for adoption.  The HSU is always in great need for foster homes. The HSU’s Foster Care staff and dedicated volunteer foster parents work with more than 3,000 animals each year.

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The Humane Society of Utah is a community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal shelter. They rely on private donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to save helpless and homeless animals. The HSU receives no tax dollars from federal, state, or local government funding, nor are they a part of any national organizations.  When you donate to the HSU, you are helping the over 12,000 pets that enter their doors each year. Please join their life-saving mission, and stand with HSU to ensure that our doors are always open for every animal, every day.

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PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family member!

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