Home for the Holidays 2015

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MURRAY, UT (Dec. 23, 2015) -- For the fifth year, the Humane Society of Utah sends adoptable dogs home for the holidays with foster volunteers. Volunteers will be picking dogs up at the shelter between 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, and returning them early Saturday, Dec. 26. The shelter will be open Christmas Eve 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Christmas Day. The shelter will be open Thursday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Adoptions Department will be open New Year’s Day from noon to 7 p.m.


“Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days of the year that the Humane Society of Utah Adoptions Department is closed for business,” said Lisa Burningham, HSU volunteer coordinator. “Our staff, however, works every day of the year cleaning and feeding the animals. With no possibility of adoption for the dogs on these two holidays, we prefer to get them out of the shelter and into a foster care home for the day.”


Thirty-seven dogs went home with volunteers for Thanksgiving, 10 of which ended up being adopted by their foster volunteer. Thirty adoptable dogs are expected to spend this Christmas in volunteer homes.


“Some people may even fall in love with the dog they bring home for the holidays and decide to adopt it, which is wonderful,” said Burningham.




Special thanks to Allie Nannini, Callie Jungemann and Koda for creating this fun video to show what it is like for a Humane Society of Utah dog to go home for the holidays. 

The Humane Society of Utah makes a goal to let every shelter dog go home with a staff member or volunteer for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you're interested in this program, contact volunteer@utahhumane.org.