Holiday weekend saves lives through pet adoptions and donations

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MURRAY, UT (Nov. 29, 2017) -- Black Friday through Giving Tuesday success at the Humane Society of Utah


The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) announced record-breaking results for pet adoptions during its Fall in Love fee-waived adoption event Black Friday, Nov. 24, through Cyber Monday, Nov. 27, at its adoption center located at 4242 S 300 W in Murray, Utah. A total 338 animals went home over the four-day event, a record 184 on Black Friday alone. Adoption fees were waived for all animals pending approval through the regular adoption process. Over $57,000 in charitable donations were received on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28,  making the post-Thanksgiving weekend a success for Utah’s largest nonprofit animal shelter.


“We were astonished to see a line of people waiting outside of our facility Friday morning,” said Deann Shepherd, HSU representative. “By the end of the event, every dog kennel was empty, which has never happened before. It made us tear up with joy to know that so many animals found new loving homes and could enjoy the holiday season with their new families.”


Over the four day period, 158 cats, 155 dogs and 25 other small animals were adopted. Many of the animals had been transferred to HSU from other smaller Utah shelters to give them the chance to find a home during the event.


HSU received over $57,000 during Giving Tuesday, a 24-hour national campaign to fundraise for charity organizations Nov. 28. As an upcoming Hope for the Holidays Telethon sponsor, Mountain America Credit Union sponsored $20,000 of this amount to match online donations from the community.


Adoption fees do not cover the cost of care for shelter animals, and as a local private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, HSU appreciates donations of any kind.


To adopt an animal this holiday season, visit the Humane Society of Utah or