About Us

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 a record 10,481 pets. 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 2015.

The Humane Society of Utah recognizes that the key to reducing the euthanasia of pets in Utah is through controlling the pet population. In 2014, over 10,400 dogs and cats were spayed/neutered by our veterinarians – 3,755 of which were owner requested. The HSU Clinic also administered over 84,000 vaccinations to ensure the health of both shelter animals and owned pets in the community.

Over 3,500 animals at risk of euthanasia are anticipated to be transferred to our facility in 2015 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 (over 10,000 spays/neuters performed per year).
  • Low-cost 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 our 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 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 1,400 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 that 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.

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, 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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HSU - Construction Completed Renovation December 2014