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Salt Lake County Animal Services

511 W 3900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84123

cats, birds, dogs, farm animals, horses, rabbits, reptiles & small animals at Salt Lake County Animal Services

Areas Salt Lake County Animal Services serves

Bluffdale, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Murray, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County Metro Townships

Salt Lake County Animal Services's adoption process


Visit the Facility and Find a Pet

Walk through our kennels and find a pet that that speaks to you!


Submit Application

Head back to the front counter and let the staff know that you are interested in adopting a pet.


Sign Adoption Contract

After a brief set of questions we will review your application and have you sign your adoption contract and pay your adoption fee!


Pay Fee


Take the Pet Home

Additional adoption info

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.

During COVID-19, our shelter is only open by appointment only. Please contact to coordinate a time to meet a pet.

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.

Adoption Fees:

Senior Dogs (5 years and older):
FREE to Senior Citizens! (55 yrs+)

Large Dogs (21 lbs or more): $75

Small Dogs (20 lbs or less): $125

Puppies (6 months or younger): $200

Senior Cats (5 years and older):
FREE to Senior Citizens! (55 yrs+)

Adult Cats: $25

Kittens (6 months or younger): $50

Want more than 1 cat? We offer a 2 for 1 Adoption Fee for 2 cats adopted at the same time.


All other types of adoptable birds, small mammals, as well as not so common exotics, (i.e. chinchillas, peacock, fish, etc.) will be priced as they come in to the shelter.

About Salt Lake County Animal Services

Who Are We?

Salt Lake County Animal Services is the premier animal service agency in Utah:

•We are the largest no-kill shelter in the State of Utah
•We have a full-service, full-time veterinary clinic to care for our animals
•We have a 24/7, 365 days-per-year field operation
•We host participate in 200 community outreach events annually
•We are recognized nationally for our cutting-edge programming
•Dedicated volunteers log tens of thousands of hours annually
•Microchips & vaccinations are free to our jurisdictions via our voucher program
•We have been named “Best of State” six out of the last eight years

We serve the citizens and pets within the Salt Lake County Metro Townships, Bluffdale City, Holladay City, Midvale City, Millcreek, Murray, and Salt Lake City.

We have had a commitment to operating a “no-kill” facility since 2011. Our live release rate surpassed 94% in 2017. We are the largest shelter in Utah to achieve this status.

What Do We Do at the Shelter?
•Offer pet adoptions
•Provide pet licensing
•Enforce animal-related city and county ordinances
•Provide shelter for all types of lost and abandoned pets
•Investigate complaints of animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect
•Respond to emergencies involving injured or aggressive animals
•Offer humane education programs for schools and community groups
•Provide humane euthanasia at the request of pet owners (fee for service)

Salt Lake County Animal Services's adopted pets

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