HSU Reports Watershed Year

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Shelter places a record 9,910 dogs and cats in 2014

Final Humane Society of Utah numbers released today show the shelter placing a record number of cats and dogs in 2014 and maintaining adoption rates that rank among the highest in the nation.

With last summer’s opening of the new canine area, “The Wait is Over Rover,” dog placements have increased just over 50 percent. And with the overall HSU building expansion within the last few years, including a state-of-the-art cat area, Kitty City, which bumped cat placements up 25 percent the year it opened, the facility has been able rescue more animals. Moreover, in 2014 HSU was able to transfer in nearly 3,000 dogs and cats from every shelter in the state and several others in the surrounding area.

“We’re elated that we were able to place almost 10,000 dogs and cats last year,” said Gene Baierschmidt, HSU executive director. “It truly was a watershed year for us.”

In 2014 HSU hit a record total live release rate of 88.4 percent - with a rate of 93.3 percent for dogs and 82.3 percent for cats. Additionally, the shelter was able to spay and neuter 10,436 animals in 2014, helping to further address the pet over-population and the overall health and well being of the companion animal community.

“Everything just seemed to come together in 2014 allowing us to have a record year for placements,” Baierschmidt said. “In 2015 we plan on continuing to enhance and refine our multi-pronged adoption programs to allow us to place even more animals in good homes.

HSU is an open admission shelter that accepts any animal it can legally admit and places more dogs and cats than any other animal welfare organization in the state. The facility partners with over 200 rescue organizations and shelters around the Intermountain West and is on its way to becoming a model for animal shelters nationwide.