Best Friends in Utah programs

Since 2000, Best Friends in 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:

Lifesaving Center: Located in the revitalized Sugar House neighborhood, the Best Friends Lifesaving 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 Care Center: The Best Friends Kitten Care Center 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. Each year, the center saves about 1,500 kittens.

Spay/Neuter Clinic: By offering discounted spay/neuter at our low-cost clinic in Orem, we help make these services accessible to Utah County residents and beyond. Spaying and neutering 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, more than 20 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. The number of pets killed in shelters for space in 2018 was down to nearly 2,000, but we still have a long way to go. Best Friends in 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.

Best Friends Food Pantry: To make sure that local pets have enough to eat and can stay at home with their families, the Best Friends Pet Lifesaving Center in Sugar House opened a pet food pantry in early 2014. The pantry provides quality pet food to those who need it most.