Transferring animals to the Humane Society of Utah saves more lives!
Our Transfer Program is one of the most critical and innovative programs at the Humane Society of Utah (HSU) — it is literally a lifesaver. The concept behind transporting animals between shelters and rescue groups, and even between different states, is as simple as supply and demand. Many shelters are overwhelmed with certain breeds of dogs and cats for whom there is not a strong demand, leaving those animals in facilities for too long and at risk of being euthanized. Meanwhile, other shelters and rescue groups have the ability to help these pets in their communities.
In 2013, HSU’s Transfer & Rescue department brought in 848 dogs and 31 cats. This number increased by an incredible 214% overall in 2014, totaling 2,770 animals. We attribute this growth to the completion of our building renovation and ability to hold more animals. In 2017, through the collaborative efforts of 140 partnering shelters and rescue groups, the HSU rescued 2,616 dogs and cats — most of whom were at a high risk of being euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of resources. We were able to provide many of these animals with medical care and behavioral intervention, and ultimately find them good new homes. Although most of these animals come to us via ground transports, we also receive flights of at-risk pets often.
Thanks to the community and the people who continue to come to our shelter to adopt, we are able to make having a family a reality for thousands more pets each year.