About Us

Since 1960, the Humane Society of Utah has been sheltering abandoned animals, fighting cruelty and neglect, and creating an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all animals across our state.

HSU is an open-admissions shelter, meaning that our doors are always open for any animal that we can legally accept. We work hard to ensure that every healthy and treatable pet that enters our facility will be placed into a loving home. HSU is committed to reaching a 90% placement rate of dogs and cats by 2016, meaning that we will save the lives of over 9,000 companion animals each calendar year (this goal is based on our current annual intake of dogs and cats).

We have no set limits on the length of time that a pet will remain in our adoption program. In our efforts to find all adoptable pets homes, HSU has already achieved the goal of placing all healthy and treatable dogs from our shelter for the past five years. We seek to achieve the same standard for cats within the next two years. 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.

HSU currently embraces, and will continue to expand, a variety of programs to achieve the aforementioned objectives and save more lives each year:

  • Veterinary care and sterilization surgeries at our in-house clinic for all homeless companion animals in our care (over 10,000 spays/neuters performed per year);
  • Foster care in the homes of over 150 volunteers for special needs, sick or baby animals to ensure adoptability;
  • Behavior assessments, positive reinforcement training and enrichment activities to keep pets mentally and emotionally healthy while at our shelter;
  • Transfer and rescue network of over 140 partner facilities and groups to place more dogs and cats;
  • Off-site adoption events in cities around Utah to highlight adoptable pets and educate the public about adoption;
  • Social media to increase the visibility of adoptable pets and engage the public in our efforts to control the pet population and increase adoptions;
  • Volunteer program with 700 active volunteers to keep all pets healthy and happy at our facility.

Furthering our multi-pronged approach to increase adoptions and placements of dogs and cats, we are constantly improving our shelter. Beginning in 2011, HSU embarked on an ambitious rebuilding 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 27% since this new area opened. In early 2014, the “Bunny Bungalows”—a new adoption area for our third-most adopted species—have increased the space available to showcase rabbits. In May 2014, the highly anticipated “The Wait is Over, Rover” dog adoption area was completed. Our big 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 are up 37% thus far.

The Humane Society of Utah is a private nonprofit organization that receives no government grant funding, and is supported solely by contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from its retail outlets and some fees for service.

HSU requires significant resources to provide our programs to animals need. We can’t do it alone. This is a community initiative which involves collaboration, and the support of donors like you.

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HSU - Construction Completed Renovation December 2014