The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is dedicated to being transparent and accountable for every animal in our care. Below are links to our live-release statistics, determined using the Live-Release Data Matrix as calculated by the National Federation of Humane Societies.
This matrix was designed to serve as a tool for basic data collection containing what many (including Asilomar, ASPCA, National Federation, American Humane, UC Davis, Maddie’s Fund, PetSmart Charities and the Humane Society of the United States) have agreed are the minimum data points that a shelter should gather. To calculate the live-release rate from this matrix, the formula subtracts “Total Negative Outcomes” (includes died in care, lost in care and shelter euthanasia) from “Total Live Intake” (not including owner requested euthanasia) divided by the “Total Live Intake.” Nationwide standards define “no-kill” as a 90% or more live-release rate of healthy and treatable dogs and cats. The use of humane euthanasia is still reserved for unhealthy and untreatable pets.