Monday, January 7, 2013
No Adoptable Dogs Euthanized by HSU - 3rd Year In A Row!
Kitty City Dramatically Increases Cat Adoptions!
For the third year in a row, the Humane Society of Utah did not euthanize a single adoptable dog during 2012. And with cat adoptions increasing 20% during the final 5 months of last year (compared with an 11% decrease during the first 7 months) the HSU found homes for more than 7,000 animals during 2012.
According to HSU Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt, “Itʼs gratifying to everyone in our organization to see the progress thatʼs been made as we work towards becoming a no-kill shelter. Kitty City has really helped us bolster our efforts and with the planned renovation of our dog kennels in 2013 we expect to see even more animals adopted in the year to come.”
In 2012, the Humane Society of Utah found homes for 3663 dogs, 3290 cats and 359 various other animals (birds, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, etc.). All told, 7312 homeless animals were taken in by new families adopting from the HSU!
Another positive trend? The total number of cats surrendered to the Humane Society of Utah decreased by almost 12% and overall, the number of all animals given up by their owners went down by almost 7%. The HSU continues to emphasize the need for sterilization of all companion animals to continue this decrease in the number of unwanted pets. On average the HSU clinic performs more than 11,000 spay & neuter procedures each year ... along with promoting adoption as the best option when it comes to finding a new family pet.