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Our Pet Retention Program is intended to provide help for pet owners who wish to keep their pet but are experiencing hardship. If you would like to speak with an Admissions Placement Coordinator about alternative options to surrendering your pet, email or click HERE to schedule a call Sunday through Friday. One of our Admissions Placement Coordinators will call you between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for a 15-minute consultation to discuss alternatives and resources available.

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The Humane Society of Utah exists to provide lifesaving resources for animals in need. Owners may decide to surrender their pet(s) to HSU if they have no other available options. If you need to surrender your pet, please schedule an appointment through our Admissions page. If you have found a lost or stray animal, contact your local animal control services.


Click HERE if you are experiencing behavioral issues with your pet.


Find additional resources for common pet ownership issues below.

* The inclusion of a service, organization or program in this listing is not an endorsement or recommendation. We are not able to guarantee the quality of these services and strongly suggest that you check them out yourself before using a specific service.

Rehome a Pet Yourself

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.


Rehome by Adopt a and The Petco Foundation. Create a pet profile, receive applications, and screen potential adopters from your home. gives you a personalized adoption agreement that you and your adopter can sign online.
This website, founded by and the Petco Foundation, allows you to rehome your pet with peace of mind. You can create a profile for your pet, review applications of potential adopters, screen and meet adopters, and finalize the adoption with Adopt-a-Pet’s personalized adoption agreement. Your pet can go straight to a new home without experiencing the stressful shelter environment.
Home-to-Home - A Good Sam Animal Rescue program. Home-to-Home helps pet owners keep pets in their homes until a loving adopter is found, reducing the stress of the rehoming experience. They offer a full range of services to support you and your pet during what is often an emotional process. 
This website helps to reduce the stress of the rehoming experience. Adopters can obtain their new companions directly from the owner, ensuring that the pet never has to see the inside of a shelter. 


A New Beginning Animal Rescue
Phone: (801) 916-3924
This organization has limited admissions. To make an appointment and to receive a copy of the Surrender Contract and Incoming Pet Profile, email
Rescue Rovers
Phone: (435) 565-4031
Dog rescue that will take owner surrenders. You must fill out an owner surrender application online. You should receive a response from the Rescue Rover team within a week. Keep in mind it can take up to a couple weeks for a foster home to be made available for your dog.
Because Animals Matter (Hurricane, UT)
Phone: (435) 773-5209
This organization has limited admissions. BAM may ask you to continue housing your pet until an adoptive home is found. This can reduce the stress of the rehoming experience.
Bulldog Club of Utah Rescue
Phone: 801-750-0587
This organization will only take English or British Bulldogs.
Herding Haven
This organization accepts herding breeds from the public on a case by case basis.
Affordable Vet Care

Need assistance paying for veterinary care? Visit the following sites:


Pet Samaritan Medical Aid

The Mosby Foundation

The Pet Fund

Ozzy Foundation

Brown Dog Foundation

Downtown Dog Rescue


Low-Cost Veterinary Clinics

Healing Hearts
280 4800 S, Murray, UT 84107
(801) 281-3900
Mon-fri 8am -6 pm, Sat+Sun 9am-5pm
Multiple locations in Petsmarts throughout Utah
Closest available to the Humane Society of Utah:
5748 S Redwood Rd, Taylorsville, UT 84123
VCA Reduced Cost Vaccine Clinic
2530 4700 S, Taylorsville, UT 84129  (801) 966-4700
5991 S Redwood Rd, Taylorsville, UT 84123  (801) 890-7912
1519 W 9000 S, West Jordan, UT 84088  (801) 561-8872
TUES and THURS between 12pm-4pm


Exotic Veterinary Clinics

Wasatch Exotic Animal
1892 Fort Union Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
(801) 943-3367
Mon, Wed, Fri 8am- 6pm; Tues, Thurs 8am- 8pm; Sat 8am-2pm, Sun- closed
Animal Crackers Vet Hospital
7540 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84084
(801) 810-0360
Mon- Fri 8am- 5:30 pm, Sat 8am -4:30, Sun- closed
Parrish Creek Veterinary Hospital
86 N 70 W St, Centerville, UT 84014
(801) 298-2014
Mon-Fri 8am- 6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Sun- closed
Utah Veterinary Hospital
161 E 30 N, American Fork, UT 84003
(801) 692-1563
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am- 2pm, Sun- closed
Creekside Animal Hospital
12720 South Pony Express Road, Draper, UT 84020
(801) 565-1263
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am- 6pm, Sun- closed

Emergency 24-hour Vet Care

Advanced Veterinary Care
1021 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(801) 942-3951
308 W 7200 S, Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 871-0600
Cottonwood Animal Hospital  
6360 S Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84121
(801) 278-0505
Housing Resources
Some apartments do not allow cats or dogs. View this Apartment Guide to see places that allow pets before signing a rental agreement.
Additional Resources:
Pet Allergies

Pets provide companionship and fun, but for some people, a dog or cat can also trigger sneezing, sniffles and worse. 

There is a myth that pet allergies are caused by animal hair. Click HERE to read information from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Community Cats

Community cats (also known as feral, stray or free-roaming cats), are the most-at-risk animals in shelters throughout the U.S. Since community cats are at great risk of being killed if they enter shelters, many shelters and rescue groups ensure that they do not end up there by organizing and operating humane trap/neuter/return (TNR) programs. Trap/neuter/return is a comprehensive management plan in which healthy community cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and then returned to their outdoor communities. 

Best Friends Animal Society (Sugarhouse, UT)
Phone: (801) 432-2124
Contact for information about community cats and TNR programs

Salt Lake County Animal Services TNR

Read our Kitten Season Reminders before surrendering a litter of found kittens.

Pet Food

Do you need assistance feeding your pet? We may be able to help! Email us for information about our Pet Food Bank at

You can also contact the Utah Food Bank for assistance with pet food.


Best Friends Pet Food Pantry
2005 S 1100 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Phone: (801) 574-2445
Provides high-quality pet food to pets of low-income individuals. To obtain food from this organization, proof of low-income must be provided. Individuals may receive food for their animal once per quarter. Pets must be spayed/neutered in order to receive assistance. An official request must be made to receive food. See website for form.
Hildegards Food Pantry: Pets of the Homeless
231 East 100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 328-2303
“Pets of the Homeless provides relief to homeless people and their pets in the form of food, resources, emergency care, and support.”
Legacy Initiative Dog Squad Team: Pets of the Homeless Food Pantry
American Fork, UT
Phone: (385) 212-1897
“Pets of the Homeless provides relief to homeless people and their pets in the form of food, resources, emergency care, and support.”
Street Dawg Crew of Utah
1365 Teakwood Dr.
Taylorsville, UT 84123
Phone: (801) 671-7374
This organization provides pet food, supplies, and medical care for pets of the homeless population in Salt Lake City. Every Sunday at 12:00 noon, volunteers are available at Pioneer Park to give out needed pet supplies. Additionally, they partner with local veterinary clinics to provide free vaccinations and microchips. They also try to help cover costs of spay/neuter procedures, and other emergency surgeries where possible.

Which pet food should you feed your pet? 

Best Dog Food Consumer Reviews

Best Cat Food Consumer Reviews

Human Resources

Salt Lake County Homeless Services

Shelter the Homeless

Salt Lake County Coordinated Entry Standards


Utah Domestic Violence Coalition

The Purple Paw ProjectNuzzles and Co.
Phone: (435) 649-5441
Resource for domestic abuse survivors; specifically, a place where survivors can temporarily leave their pets while they seek safe refuge and permanent housing solutions.