HSU dogs spend Christmas away from the shelter

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MURRAY, UT (Dec. 23, 2017) -- Humane Society of Utah closed Christmas Day and open New Year’s Day


For the seventh year, the Humane Society of Utah sends adoptable dogs home for the holiday with volunteers. Volunteers will be picking dogs up at the Humane Society of Utah Adoption Center located at 4242 S 300 W in Murray, Utah between 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and returning them early Tuesday, Dec. 26. The adoption center will be open Christmas Eve noon to 3 p.m. and closed Christmas Day. The adoption center will also be open Sunday, Dec. 31, from noon to 3 p.m. and open New Year’s Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


“Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days of the year that the Humane Society of Utah is closed for business,” said Jenn Taggart, HSU volunteer coordinator. “Our staff, however, works every day of the year cleaning and feeding the animals. With no opportunity to get adopted on these two holidays, we prefer to get the dogs out of the shelter and into a loving home for the day.”


About twenty adoptable dogs are expected to spend this Christmas in volunteer homes. “We have had more volunteers interested in bringing a dog home for the holiday than we have animals available,” said Taggart. “This is a good problem to have. We’re grateful that so many people are willing and interested in helping, but are also glad that we don’t have too many dogs in the shelter right now.”


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


For more information about volunteering at the Humane Society of Utah, visit www.utahhumane.org/volunteer.