Best Friends–Utah programs
Since 2000, Best Friends–Utah has been building innovative, creative and lifesaving programs, all of which are helping to put an end to the killing of pets in Utah shelters for good. Those programs include the following:
Pet adoption center: Located in the revitalized Sugar House neighborhood, the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center gives pets from Utah shelters a better chance at finding a forever family. It’s the perfect place to find your new best friend.
Kitten nursery: The Best Friends Kitten Nursery helps save the lives of those who are most at-risk in shelters. Even though they’re small, neonatal (newborn) kittens need loads of care, which most shelters don’t have the means to provide. In 2017, the plan is to save about 1,500 kittens.
Spay and neuter programs: By offering free and low-cost spay/neuter vouchers and our low-cost clinics in Orem and Ogden, our spay/neuter programs help make these services accessible to all Utah residents. The program helps countless Utah pets to live longer, healthier lives and contributes greatly to decreasing the number of pets entering Utah shelters every year.
Community Cats: In Utah, nearly 25 percent of the cats who enter shelters are killed. Of those, most are community cats (aka stray and free-roaming cats). To help make Utah a no-kill state, Best Friends puts a great deal of emphasis on humane and effective trap/neuter/return (TNR) programs, which help reduce the number of cats who enter the shelter system and are ultimately killed.
NKUT: In 2013, nearly 12,000 pets were killed in Utah shelters simply because they didn’t have homes. Best Friends launched the No-Kill Utah (NKUT) initiative in March 2014, with the goal of reducing the number of pets killed in shelters to zero and making Utah a no-kill state by 2019. The number of pets killed in shelters for space in 2016 was down to 2,400, but we still have a long way to go. Best Friends–Utah partners with shelters all across the state, providing them with the tools and resources they need in order to find homes for as many of their pets as possible, thereby saving more lives.
Food pantry: To make sure that local pets have enough to eat and can stay at home with their families, the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Sugar House opened a pet food pantry in early 2014. The pantry provides quality pet food to those who need it most.