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Adoption Information

Interested In Adopting?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all adoptions are currently done by appointment only. Please email with the dog name/ID number you are interested in meeting and they will coordinate a time for you to come in. If you're interested in adopting a cat, you can BOOK a 60 minute window to come in and meet the cat you would like to adopt.

Adopting an animal is gaining a family member for the life of that pet. This can be a commitment of up to 20 years for a puppy or kitten!

Our shelter is a stray facility, which means the animals we shelter have been lost or have been abandoned. These animals have been rescued by Animal Services Officers and citizens who have been unable to locate an owner.

Based on Utah state law, we must hold every animal for at least five days to give the owner an opportunity to redeem their lost pet. If the pet is not claimed during that time, and the animal is healthy and friendly, it will become available for adoption.

Adoptions are offered during our operating hours Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM through 6:00 PM.  Potential adopters should plan for some time to meet with their new pet before starting the adoption process. Please plan to be at the shelter before 5:30 PM to meet with a new pet.


We want to make the best match possible for you and your potential new pet. Consider the following questions when searching:

  • Do you live in an apartment/condo or a home? Do you have a fenced yard to exercise a pet?
  • Do you have other animals? If you currently have a dog (or dogs) you will need to bring them to meet their potential new canine friend.
  • Do you or anyone in your household have allergies to pets?
  • What is your lifestyle like? Are you more of a couch potato or very active?
  • If adopting a puppy or kitten, are you prepared for the extra work?
  • What is your family structure? Do you have kids or plan on having kids around?
  • Do you want a pet that follows you everywhere or is more of an independent companion?

If you are looking for a new pet companion, visit the shelter at any time during open hours or visit the adoptable pet section.

Animal Services
511 West 3900 South  
Salt Lake City, UT 84123
Phone: (385) 468-7387
Fax: (385) 468-6028
Hours: By Appt Only

Closed Sundays and Holidays

24/hr Officer Dispatch: