Humane Society Of Utah


Murray, Utah

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About Humane Society Of Utah

Humane Society of Utah in Murray, Utah was founded in 1960. They’re the largest open-admission animal welfare organization in the state, and their staff works hard to ensure  every healthy and treatable pet that enters their facility is placed into a loving, forever home. There’s no set limit on the length of time an animal can remain in the adoption program, and they don’t euthanize any healthy or treatable animals.

They also offer the following lifesaving programs and services to their community:

  • Community clinic
  • Foster care
  • Behavior and training programs
  • Transfer program
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Animal advocacy and humane education

Considering adoption from Humane Society of Utah? Read below for more info on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

Address:
4242 S Commerce Dr
,
Murray
,
UT
84107
Phone:
(801) 261-2919
Email:
clinic@utahhumane.org

Hours of Operation

Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.

Rescues

  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

Adoption Process

Adopting from Humane Society of Utah involves just a few simple steps:

  1. Head over to the shelter’s website where you can view available animals available and read each pet’s description. Pet listings are updated hourly, so if you no longer see an animal you’re interested in adopting, chances are they’ve already found a home!
  2. Alternately, you can also visit the shelter from the get-go. When you get there, chat with a friendly staff member about the pet you’d like to adopt. If the pet is deemed to be a good match, complete an adoption application.
  3. Make sure you bring the whole family, including any dogs.
  4. If the meet-and-greet goes well, all that's left is to pay the adoption fee and finalize some paperwork.
  5. The best part: Show your new pet their forever home!

Adoption Fees

Humane Society of Utah uses a variable pricing system, meaning the adoption fee for each animal is dependent on many factors, including the age, breed, and health of the individual animal.

Adoption fees range from $55-$600 for dogs and $25-$175 for cats.

You can view the adoption fee for a specific animal by clicking on the their photo on the shelter’s website.

Discounts

  • Name Your Own Price: As an incentive to help some animals quickly find a new home, you can just name your own price. Whether that's $5, $25, $50 or more, you get to decide based on what you’d like to contribute as a donation to Humane Society of Utah.
  • Placing Animals with Loving Seniors (PALS) Program: Senior citizens 60+ years old receive $15 off adoption fees of $50 or more.
  • Active Military and Veterans: All active or retired military members receive $15 off adoption fees of $50 or more. You'll need to provide a photo ID and one of the following: military ID, dependent ID, DD-214, or NGB Form 22.

What Does My Adoption Fee Cover?

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, and species/age-appropriate initial vaccinations.

All pets receive 30 days of free pet insurance and a free wellness exam from participating vets.

Remember, your adoption fee only covers a portion of Humane Society of Utah’s investment in your new pet, which includes healthy food, safe shelter, lifesaving medical care, behavioral training, exercise and enrichment, and foster care for the pets during their stay.

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Humane Society Of Utah
in
Murray
,
Utah
directly using the contact info above.

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