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 almost immediately, so if you no longer see an animal on our site, chances are they’ve already found a home! Adoptions are first come, first served.
Step 2: Come meet our animals
Our Adoptions Center is open for walk-in visits 10 AM – 7 PM, every day (except a few holidays).
We only have one adoption center, which is located in Murray, Utah at 4242 South 300 West.
We don’t make appointments except in rare cases when the pet is in a foster home. The location on their profile will say “foster home”. To set up a meet-and-greet for a foster pet, call 801-261-2919 ext. 227.
Please visit our Murray adoption center in person ASAP and ask staff for more information about a pet. Staff will tell you their history and what we’ve observed about them, then set up a meet-and-greet if they seem like a good fit. You can spend time getting to know them in a room indoors, or adult dogs can be taken outside to a fenced run. If you wish to proceed, we’ll begin the adoption process. We follow Adopters Welcome, an approach to adoptions that embraces community members, encourages them to adopt, and helps them and their pets succeed.
We encourage you to bring all the people in the home to meet the adoptable pets and ensure pets are allowed where you live. Please leave your own pets at home when you visit–Do not leave your pet in the car unattended. Meet and greets at adoption centers aren’t necessarily accurate at predicting how pets will get along in your home. Our adoption counselors will advise you on the best way to introduce new pets to any resident 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.
Adopters must be 18 or older and have a valid photo ID with their current address.
Step 3: Bring your new pet home!
All dogs must leave with a harness or 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, cats, and rabbits have a microchip, the first set of vaccinations, and are spayed/neutered before they are made available for adoption. You’ll receive a 10% discount in our clinic for any follow-up vaccinations for a pet adopted from HSU.
Bring 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: 3 Days, 3 Weeks, 3 Months
We also counsel adopters to introduce the adopted pet to other pets slowly. We strongly recommend direct supervision when playing outside during their adjustment period.
Adopters will take their new family member home right after completing the adoption process. We’re not able to hold an animal after adoption. There are pets in the back waiting to be made available and moved up to the public spaces in our adoption center.
Preparing to Adopt
Please consider these factors before adopting a pet.