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No Kill Initiative

Salt Lake County Animal Services is dedicated to a no-kill philosophy.

The No-kill philosophy is based on the idea that all healthy and/or treatable animals can be saved and not euthanized. The national industry standards to determine a shelter’s no-kill status is 90% live release rate. Kitten14

Animal Services began this commitment at the end of 2009. In 2013, the shelter achieved  official no-kill status for the entire year, reaching 92% for the year. Since then, we have continued that trend with a live release rate of over 94% every year.

Live release means that of all the animals that come to the shelter, they are either returned home, placed with a loving family through adoption, or transferred to a qualified animal rescue organization.

Join us by getting involved: adopt, foster, donate, volunteer, educate, and advocate.

To learn more about Utah’s no-kill initiative, please visit

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

General Email:

Adoptable Pets:

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM

Closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays

24 Hour Officer Dispatch: