COVID-19 Updates
Stay up to date regarding our programs and how you can help
By: on March 16, 2020

Adopting a Pet As of Wednesday, March 18 our Lifesaving Center and Kitten Care Center are closed for an undetermined amount of time. This means you will need to make an appointment to adopt a pet. If you are interested in adopting a pet, please fill out our dog adoption survey or our cat adoption survey to provide us with information about your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a dog or cat. An adoption specialist will be in touch with you within 48 hours to help find a match and potentially schedule an appointment.  

Volunteering What does this mean for volunteers? On boarding and training classes have been cancelled. We are also reducing any non-essential volunteer shifts to help lower overall foot traffic.

Fostering a Pet With the COVID-19 outbreaks, we anticipate that more pets will be coming into the shelters soon. Can you help? Use your downtime by becoming a foster! Our dogs and cats can really use a break and would love to keep you company. Plus, it'll help make more room at the shelter and our center for incoming pets. We provide the food and supplies, you provide the loving home. Fostering is a fantastic way to help out during this difficult time, so sign up today or email/call your local shelter and offer to foster. Learn more here

Food Pantry Please email utahtnr@bestfriends.org to make an appointment for pick up. To drop off food donations, please use the bins by the entrance of our Lifesaving Center, 2005 S. 1100 E. anytime. We especially need dry cat and dry dog food. Previously opened bags of dry food are accepted if taped up securely. Click here if you would like to donate through our Amazon Charity List*. You are also welcome to use your own online pet food provider. 

*If you haven't yet joined AmazonSmile, you'll see a screen asking you to join before directing you to our Charity List. It's free and you'll be able to select Best Friends Animal Society as the charity of your choice. After your selection, you should be directed to our Charity List to begin shopping. 

Community Cats Community cat assistance services are now by appointment only by car pick-up service. Contact utahtnr@bestfriends.org to make an appointment. 

Spay/Neuter In order to preserve masks, gloves and other protective equipment for medical professionals assisting in the fight against COVID-19, the Utah Department of Health announced restrictions on veterinary procedures that are non-urgent as of March 24. With this order Best Friends Animal Society will be suspending non-urgent procedures, including routine spay and neuter surgeries, until the order is lifted. We recognize this impacts our entire state, and how difficult this is during kitten season. Best Friends is taking this step in support our human medical professionals but please know we share your heartache and concern for the animals. As we fight COVID-19 together as a community, we look forward to the day our organization can once again provide this important service.  

Give the gift of lifesaving to Utah's pets Your gift to the animals goes straight to work helping dogs and cats right here in Utah. You'll be supporting ongoing operations at the Lifesaving Center in Salt Lake City and ensuring countless pets across the state receive lifesaving medical care, love, companionship and the chance to find a family of their very own. Donate here

What to do if you find kittens Many animal shelters are unable to provide around the clock care for young kittens. Please read and download this page to learn what to do if you find kittens. 

Pet Preparedness Plan If you're like us, pets are family and want to keep them safe and healthy. We now have a resource page to help you prepare and stay safe during these uncertain times. Check it out here.

NKUT Super Adoption As COVID-19 continues to bring uncertainty, Best Friends is taking every precaution to keep both people and pets healthy and safe. Because there's no way to predict the full extent or impact of the virus's spread, we have canceled the June NKUT Super Adoption event. We will reassess the timing of the next NKUT Super Adoption once we move beyond these uncertain times. As we have a better understanding of what lies ahead we will keep you informed on how we can support adoption and lifesaving efforts through collaborative events and initiatives. Thank you for your understanding and for being a part of this work to Save Them All. 

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