SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - 2012 was a great year for dogs and cats at the Humane Society of Utah. Adoptions are up so much, zero adoptable dogs had to be euthanized. It's a record going on three years now.
“Every dog that we deemed adoptable that was healthy enough, didn't have behavior issues, we were able to find a home for them,” said Carl Arky, of the Humane Society of Utah. “We are very happy we were able to do that the third year in a row now.”
Last year, nearly 4,000 dogs at the Humane Society found new homes and 3,000 furry little kitties are now snuggled up in their own homes with their own families. The opening of Kitty City back in August made a huge difference.
“Kitty City has been instrumental in us being able to get more adoptable cats adopted out, in fact our cat adoptions went up over 20 percent over the last 5 months of last year simply because of Kitty City,” said Arky.
As for 2013, the Humane Society plans to renovate the dog kennels and expects to see even more animals adopted with the end goal of eventually becoming a no-kill shelter.
Another positive trend? Fewer people are giving up their animals. The total number of cats surrendered to the Humane Society went down almost 12 percent last year. The total number of all animals surrendered is down seven percent.