How to Adopt

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Adoption Center Hours

Sunday - Thursday 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday - Saturday 11 AM - 8 PM

Please check our Holiday Hours page for special event hours and holiday hours. 


Adoption Process

Step 1: View available pets online HERE.

The best way to find a pet is to come to the Humane Society of Utah (HSU) Adoption Center and meet the animals in person. Before you arrive, you can see what animals are currently available for adoption, view their online profile page and read each pet’s description. Available pet listings update hourly, so if you no longer see an animal you're interested in adopting, chances are they've already found a home!

Step 2: Visit in person.

Our clean and inviting adoption center offers the best temporary housing possible for homeless pets waiting for a new loving home. Tour our dog areas (Tiny Town and Dawgville), cat area (Kitty City), and rabbit and small animal area (Critter Country). We’re committed to rehoming the animals in our care to environments that are safe and healthy for both the pet and the owner. For that reason, we encourage the whole family to visit and make the choice of a pet together.

Please leave your pets at home to prevent disease transmission and additional undue stress for the pets staying at HSU. If you are adopting an additional pet, we'll be happy to discuss techniques to help you introduce your new pet to your pets at home under a controlled environment.

If the pet you’ve selected is not a good match, we may have others who will be a great fit!

Step 3: Complete an Adoption Profile and pay the adoption fee.

To save some time, you are welcome to download, print and complete the Adoption Profile at home. Be sure to bring the paperwork with you when you come to adopt. Profiles cannot be accepted by email, fax or mail. Read more about our adoption fees HERE

You will need to bring a valid photo ID with your current address. 

Adoption Profile

Step 4: Bring your new pet home!

All dogs must leave with a collar and leash, and all cats must leave in a pet carrier for their safety. You can bring these items with you or purchase them at our facility. All dogs and cats adopted will have a microchip, first set of vaccinations, and be spayed/neutered before they go home. We recommend bringing your newly adopted pet directly to your home after the adoption process. We do not recommend taking them to a pet store or to visit friends and family until they have had the chance to adjust to their new home. We also strongly recommend direct supervision when introducing a new pet to other family members or pets, and when playing outside during the adjustment period.


Preparing to Adopt

Bringing a new pet home is an especially exciting event. We want all adopters (and their new pets) to have the best adoption experience possible! Please consider these factors before adopting a pet.


Housing Restrictions

If you lease your home, check with your landlord before adopting to be sure you are allowed to have a pet and can afford any required pet deposits. Pets are sometimes returned because of lease restrictions and/or landlord disapproval. HSU does not conduct landlord checks for you. This can be an expensive lesson since adoption fees are non-refundable. Plus, being returned to the shelter can be a stressful experience for the animal.

Other Household Members

Other members of your household should meet the pet before you decide to adopt and approve of you bringing a new pet home. You should also consider:

  • Allergies
  • Fear or discomfort associated with animals
  • Expectations in sharing pet care responsibilities

Consider the initial and on-going costs of a new pet. These expenses may include:

  • Adoption fees
  • Food
  • Grooming
  • Obedience training
  • Pet supplies
  • Licensing
  • Veterinary care (these costs can easily amount to $400 or more within the first few weeks of adoption)
Other Pets

We recommend that you do not immediately expose your existing pets to a newly adopted pet. Consider how you will manage an isolation period and be sure all existing pets are up to date on vaccinations and other routine health care before bringing a new pet home.

Facilitating positive pet-to-pet introductions will require some management on your part. Not all pets are instant friends and may require temporary or intermittent separation to ensure a smooth transition. Some pets are happy to share their home within a week or two, others may take a month or longer to adjust. Our adoption counselors will be happy to review steps to properly introduce your new pet to your resident pets.

View this fun video from Bad Rap for helpful tips.

Time Commitment

All pets making the transition to a new home will need time to adjust to a new family and may require housetraining and behavior training to correct problem behavior. If you aren’t prepared to invest time into teaching your new pet appropriate behavior and helping the animal adjust, you should reconsider adopting a pet at this time. Positive reinforcement-based training is recommended for all newly adopted dogs and puppies.

Dogs and cats may live 12 to 15 years or more, and providing them with basic needs (food, water, shelter), medical care, and loving attention is important throughout their life. Your thoughtful consideration, preparation, and commitment will help ensure a happy home for your new pet.

For additional behavioral resources and tips, read more HERE.

Pet Supplies

Before bringing your new pet home, make sure you have the supplies to properly care for the newest member of your household. From toys and leashes to treats and litter pans, our adoption center has a variety of merchandise available for purchase. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right products for your pet during the adoption interview process.