Humane Society pet adoptions increased in 2013

Posted at 8:06 PM, Jan 05, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY – The Humane Society had a successful year for pet adoptions.

No adoptable dogs were euthanized, for the fifth year in a row.

In 2013, about 4,300 dogs and 3,900 cats were adopted. Another 500 animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs and birds, got new homes.

Carl Arky, director of communications for the Humane Society, says improvements to the shelter – including a new facility called “Kitty City” – boosted adoptions.

“The adoption rates for cats went up even more than it did for dogs and we think a lot of that has to do with the great facility that we opened up in 2012,” Arky said. “A lot of people love coming in here and getting to interact with the cats the way the I am right now.”

Cat adoptions increased by 23 percent in 2013, and dog adoptions were up by 18 percent.

342 animals were also reunited with their owners, thanks in large part to microchips.

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