The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is a local, nonprofit, tax-exempt, private organization that receives no government funding and is not associated with any national humane organization. The process of preparing homeless pets for adoption involves many staff and volunteers, plus a lot of time and resources. We provide healthy food, safe shelter, lifesaving medical care, behavioral training, exercise and enrichment, and in some cases, foster care.
When you adopt from HSU and pay an adoption fee (which reflects only a portion of our investment in your new pet), you help us continue to care for the homeless animals in our community and make sure they are safe, protected, and loved.
We use a variable pricing system and the adoption fee for each animal is dependent on many factors including age, breed, and health of the individual animal. Adoption fees range from $55-$600 for dogs and $25-$175 for cats. The adoption fee for each animal is included in their animal profile. You can view the adoption fee for a specific animal by clicking on the animal's photo.
Name Your Own Price (NYOP) means that you can pay $5, $25, $50 or more! You decide your adoption fee based on what you'd like to pay as a donation to HSU. We offer this as an incentive to help some animals quickly find a new home. Please note, research by Maddie's Fund found no significant differences between adopters who paid a fee or not based on pet attachment level, postadoption lifestyle or healthcare, or perception of the adoption. Click here to read more.
Discounted adoption fees apply for select animals who have been at the shelter 14 days or longer or for special promotions.
All dog and cat adoption fees include mandatory spay/neuter, a microchip, and receive species/age appropriate initial vaccinations. All rabbits are also spayed/neutered. You will receive a free wellness examination at a participating private veterinarian (this list will be provided upon adoption) and 30 days of free pet insurance from Petfirst Pet Insurance (must be activated at the time of adoption.) If you have any questions regarding the adoption fee of a specific animal, please call our Adoptions department at (801) 261-2919.
Placing Animals with Loving Seniors (PALS Program)
Senior citizens over 60 years of age may receive $15 off on an adoption fee of $50.00 or more.
Active Military and Veterans
To honor and thank those who have served our country in the armed forces, all active or retired military members may receive $15 off an adoption fee of $50 or more. To receive the adoption discount, a photo ID and one of the following is required: military ID, dependent ID, DD-214 and Driver’s License, or NGB Form 22.
There are often adoption specials taking place at the Humane Society of Utah (HSU). Check our Events Calendar often for specials on cats, dogs and other adoptable pets.
* Prices and services are subject to change without notice.no significant differences between the two groups based on pet attachment level, postadoption lifestyle or healthcare, or perception of the adoption event.