Pets are a huge financial responsibility. The expenses for shots and spay or neuter can make buying a pet financially impossible for some. A simple alternative exists: select your next family pet from one of Salt Lake City’s homeless animal shelters. You’ll save money, save lives, and help make the world a better place.
Many organizations around Salt Lake City, while not “no kill” facilities, work very hard to keep the numbers for euthanasia as low as possible. Adopting from one of them will make their job easier. “We haven’t euthanized an adoptable dog in over 2 years,” explains Carl Arky, Director of Communications for The Humane Society of Utah, a 100% donations funded local organization. “We have an extensive foster program, which helps.” The Human Society of Utah also works very hard to match the pet with the adoptive family, in an effort to reduce the risk that the pet will be returned to the shelter, or simply made homeless again.
The costs for adopting a pet vary from free of charge (for cats of a certain age or adoptive pet-parents over 65 years of age) to $130.00 approximately, depending on breed and age. The fee for adoption, however, includes the first set of shots, as well as the required spay or neuter procedure, should one be necessary. Most breeders will charge several hundred dollars per animal, and you’re still on the hook for the vet bills.
When you’re looking for a new member of the family, check out one of the animal shelter or rescue organizations in Salt Lake City. You can save money…and save a life.
The Humane Society of Utah
The Humane Society of Utah relies upon donations and adoption fees. They strive to match the right pet to the right family, for the right price. You can call them with questions at 801-261-2919, or visit them at 4242 South 300 West, in Murray. They have adoption listings on their website, as well.
No More Homeless Pets In Utah
This organization specializes in taking animals off the euthanasia list of other shelters in an emergency bid to find homes. Their mission, as stated on their website, is to “[e]nd euthanasia of homeless cats and dogs statewide and to promote humane alternatives for feral cats.” They have an application process and work to match pets with people in a relationship that will last. You can find more information on their website, here.
When it comes to finding the perfect pet, trust the experts and you’ll be happier with your pet, your pet will be happier with you, and your wallet will be happiest of all.
Carl Arky, Director of Communications, The Humane Society of Utah
No More Homeless Pets in Utah
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