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What Should I Do If I Find a Stray Animal?

Please note: Utah Humane Society cannot accept stray animals. 
 
In Salt Lake County and most other counties and municipalities of Utah, it is illegal to harbor a stray animal. When individuals lose their companion animals, they tend to look at their jurisdiction’s municipal shelter. If you harbor the animal in your home instead of bringing the animal to the municipal shelter, you are depriving the rightful owner of reuniting with their companion animal. Do the right thing by informing animal services of the found animal immediately. 

Cat Declawing

Cat Declawing: The Price of Convenience

Considering whether to declaw your cat or not? The declawing of cats is still routinely performed in this country, even though it is illegal or considered inhumane in many other countries around the world. Most people decide to have their cats declawed as a matter of convenience to protect their furniture from cat scratching or to guard against injury to themselves and family members.

Rehoming Resources

As a responsible pet owner, you can rehome your pet and save them the stress of entering an animal shelter. You know your pet better than anyone, and with the resources on this Pet Retention page, you can find a new loving home for your pet. We encourage you to look into alternative solutions to keep your pet, if possible, before making the decision to rehome your pet.
 

Foster Care Success-Mr. Opie

Jackie and Mr.Opie pic

Cosmo, a 6 1/2-year-old Exotic Shorthair, was surrendered by his owner to the Utah Humane Society in early February. After a declawing surgery had left painful fragments, Cosmo needed surgery to repair his paw along with an entropion surgery and a dental cleaning procedure. Entropion is a condition in which a portion of a cat's eyelid is turned inward against the eyeball rather than lying flush around it.

COVID-19 Response Updates

As we navigate through the challenges of this COVID-19 pandemic, the Utah Humane Society reinforces our ongoing commitment to the well-being of the animals in our care, the health and safety of our clients and their pets, our employees, volunteers, and our community. We will update this page with any new developments. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Read more on our COVID-19 FAQs page.

Introducing a New Pet to Your Home

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.
 

Riku's Story

In October, HSU featured a Black Cat special right before Halloween. My husband and I went expecting to get a kitty, but fell in love with an adult cat named Riku instead. The moment I entered his room, he came to me for attention. After sitting with him in my lap for several minutes, I knew that I had not come here to choose a cat - I had come here for this cat to choose me. 

Teague's Story

On June 9, 2017 my 13 year old son and I stopped by the Humane Society to visit Kitty City. We have a spoiled, obnoxious 7 year old Siamese, Sam at home and have never thought about getting a second cat, just stopped by to visit and scratch a few chins. Five days later I received an email for an adoption event that weekend. I showed it to my son and something just told me we should go. If, a big IF, we get another cat, I wanted an older kitten or one about a year old. Saturday 6/17/17 we get up early and head to the PetsMart for the adoption event.

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