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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
***PLEASE NOTE, WE ARE UNAWARE OF ANY ORGANIZATION THAT ACCEPTS OWNER SURRENDERS WITHOUT PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS***
Need assistance paying for veterinary care? Visit the following sites:
Low-Cost Veterinary Clinics
Exotic Veterinary Clinics
Emergency 24-hour Vet Care
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 recommend that you gain additional information before using a specific service.
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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 (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.
Read our Kitten Season Reminders before surrendering a litter of found kittens.
Do you need assistance feeding your pet? We may be able to help! Email us for information about our Pet Food Bank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact the Utah Food Bank for assistance with pet food.
Which pet food should you feed your pet?
Red Rover Relief Safe Escape Grants - Funding through this program is primarily for boarding costs of the pet while client is in domestic violence shelter, though other boarding related costs (such as vaccinations) may be covered as well. For client safety, applications must be submitted by a domestic violence shelter representative.
Safe Place For Pets - Website that provides names and contact info for pet friendly shelters and housing for victims attempting to escape domestic abuse.
Nuzzles and Co. Purple Paw Program - Provide veterinary care, training, and boarding for pets of domestic abuse survivors attempting to leave their abusers. Works through the domestic violence hotline. Hotline: 1-800-799-7233. Website: http://www.thehotline.org/
Pet Friendly Shelters
Houses service animals onsite, other pets can be housed with the local animal shelter while the client is staying at the shelter.
Hotline Number: 435-753-2500
Attempts to help clients obtain documentation for their pets to be considered a support animal or will work with local animal shelter to board pets while clients are in the shelter.
Hotline Number: 801-392-7273
Office number: 801-394-9456
Salt Lake Area/Central Utah
Has a contract with Purple Paws that can house pets; pets will not be on site.
Hotline Number: 800-647-9161
Office Number: 435-658-4739
Able to house emotional support and service animals only.
Women in Jeopardy Program YWCA (SLC)
Able to house emotional support animals and service animals only.
Hotline Number: 801-537-8600
Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center (Cedar City)
Have a local veterinarian that is able to work with accomodations for pets.
Hotline Number: 435-233-5732
Office Number: 435-867-9411
Colleen Quigley Women’s Center (Price)
Has a program for fostering pets of domestic abuse survivors, does not house pets on site.
Hotline Number: 435-637-6859
Office Number: 435-637-3905
Seekhaven Moab (Moab)
Occasionally can accomodate pets on a case-by-case basis.
Hotline Number: 888-421-1100
Office Number: 435-259-2229
The Center for Women and Children (Provo)
Cannot house pets on site but assists with finding temporary housing for pets.
Hotline number: 801-377-5500
Office Number: 801-227-5038
Tooele County Women’s Shelter, Pathways (Tooele)
This shelter is pet-friendly provided that they have the available space.
Hotline Number: 435-224-2710 or 800-833-5515
Office Number: 435-843-1677