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Utah Humane Society Shares Excess Donations from Holiday Season

Mar 09, 2016 01:49PM ● By Bryan Scott

By Kelly Cannon | [email protected]

Murray - Over the holiday season, the Humane Society of Utah received a large amount of donations in the form of dog and cat food, blankets, pet toys and medical supplies. The resources were more than the shelter needed, so it hosted a special swap meet with other local partners to spread the wealth. 

On Jan. 17, at the Humane Society of Utah’s headquarters in Murray, 82 members of Utah rescue and shelter groups came together to swap supplies they needed for items in which they had an excess.

“In a continued spirit of holiday giving, we wanted to share what we received with our friends since some of the smaller shelters do not receive donations of this kind,” Jessica Whipple, the Humane Society of Utah’s transfer and rescue director, said in a press release. “We want people to know that when they help support the Humane Society of Utah, they’re helping animals all over the state too.”

Members who attended were staff and volunteers from South Salt Lake Animal Control, Davis County Animal Control, Sandy Animal Control, South Utah Valley Animal Control, CAWS, Fuzzy Pawz, Wag-N-Train, Friends of Community Cats, Boxer Rescue of Idaho, Second Chance for Homeless Pets, Herding Haven and Arctic Rescue. 

“There were some items left over after the swap, so we’re reaching out to a couple of groups who work with the homeless and their pets, a few rescues and shelters who weren’t able to attend, and we may even send some things to the Road Home [an emergency homeless shelter in Midvale],” Whipple said. “It was a successful event, and we think next year will be even bigger.”

The Humane Society of Utah regularly transfers animals between other shelters and rescue groups to help increase the animals’ chance of adoption. Some animals transferred to HSU may be in need of care that the HSU Clinic and Foster Care Program can provide before adoption. Other animals may be sent to a rescue group that can provide specialized care. 

In 2015, 3,064 animals were transferred to HSU from other shelters. That same year, HSU found forever homes for 11,318 animals. HSU achieved no-kill status in 2015, the first time in 55 years. More information can be found at