How to Adopt
How to Adopt
• Please leave your pets at home to prevent disease transmission and additional stress for both your pet and the pets staying at the Utah Humane Society. 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 in a careful way to set them up for success.
Step 1: View available pets online.
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 on our site, chances are they’ve already found a home!
Step 2: Come meet our animals
Our Adoptions Center is open for visits without an appointment 10 AM – 7 PM, seven days a week. You’re welcome to bring along the people the pet will be living with but please leave your own pets at home to avoid stressing them out. Meet and greets at adoption centers don’t tend to be very accurate at predicting how pets will get along in your home, and our Adoptions Counselors can advise you on the best way to introduce new pets to existing pets.
If you find that the pet you originally came to meet isn’t a good fit for your home, we may have others that are.
Read more about our adoption fees. Adopters must be 18 years of age and have a valid photo ID with your current address. Please read our Housing Restrictions section below and verify that you live in a place where the pet will be welcome.
Step 3: Bring your new pet home!
All dogs must leave with a collar and leash, and all cats and small animals 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 visiting friends and family until they have had the chance to adjust to their new home. We also counsel adopters to slowly introduce the adopted pet to other pets. We strongly recommend direct supervision when playing outside during their adjustment period.
Preparing to Adopt
Please consider these factors before adopting a pet.