The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) is the largest and most effective animal shelter in the state of Utah, saving the lives of more pets than any other. The HSU is an open-admissions shelter, meaning that our doors are always open for any animal that we can legally accept and there are no limits placed on any pet’s time at our facility. After fifty-five years of service, the HSU is proud to announce that we are currently a no-kill shelter for cats and dogs—an achievement that we need YOUR support to continue.
The HSU’s Foster Care Emergency Medical Fund is just one of many programs available at our organization to save the lives of all animals, including those that might require cost-prohibitive medical procedures. This fund is critical for addressing medical emergencies and treating pets with special needs that have been chosen for placement in a foster care home. Pets in foster care are often sick, have unusual medical ailments, or are mamas with babies. In these cases, emergencies can often arise at times that our Clinic is closed, meaning that foster parents must seek out private veterinary care to save the pet’s life.
For Claire, a five-year old Whippet that was abandoned by her owner and brought in to the HSU by a concerned citizen, the use of the Foster Care Emergency Medical Fund was critical to save her life. Upon receiving Claire in December, we discovered that she was pregnant and too far along to be spayed safely in our Clinic. HSU’s foster care department placed the very pregnant mother into a volunteer home with a family, but within just two days Claire’s health began to decline. In the middle of the night with no other choices available, the foster mom decided to rush Claire to a private veterinary clinic to perform an emergency C-section. Without funding from our emergency fund available, the lives of this beautiful mama dog and her four babies (two boys and two girls) would have been lost. Thankfully, all five happy and healthy dogs have now been adopted into loving homes.
Twelve Persian cats from a terrible breeding situation are another example of the importance of the HSU’s Foster Care Emergency Medical Fund. These neglected and mistreated cats were left in cages for most of their lives. Upon arriving, their fur was so matted with filth that we had to call in the help of numerous local groomers in the community to help shave them. Once the fur was gone, the situation only grew worse as we discovered that the cats were all very malnourished and dehydrated. For over a month, the cats have been cared for in foster homes and in our on-site foster care department—most requiring I.V. fluids and hand feeding to stay alive. Although the struggle still continues for some of the cats, a few have already been nursed back to health and adopted out. Stay tuned for more on these adorable cats in the coming months!
Through programs like the Foster Care Emergency Medical Fund, the HSU continues to reach new benchmarks each year. In 2014, a record number of lives were saved by the HSU—10,481 pets! Among our other critical life-saving programs is Transfer & Rescue, which brings pets at risk of euthanasia for time and space limitations from other shelters to our facility to save their lives and find them new loving families. By seeking out these at-risk pets, we are relieving the burden on smaller shelters in Utah, California, Idaho and New Mexico. Other programs that benefit animals include: low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services to the community; education of school-aged children and teens about the humane treatment of animals and the homeless pet population; and cruelty investigations of animal abuse and neglect around the state.