Animal adoption event part of effort to make Utah a no-kill state

Posted at 5:12 PM, May 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-03 19:34:39-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Fair Park will be packed with pets this weekend for a massive animal adoption event.

What was once known as a Super Pet Adoption has become the NKUT Adoption Weekend; NKUT, or No Kill Utah, is an initiative aimed at making all Utah shelters no-kill facilities.

"Our No Kill Utah initiative is really on the path to helping Utah become a second state in the country to become no-kill, and we really need the support of everyone in Utah to help make it happen,” said Anna Gonce, who is the executive director of Best Friends Animal Society Utah. “One of the first things you can do is to consider adopting your first pet from a local shelter.”

About 400 pets are expected to be adopted during the event, which continues until 7 p.m. Friday before resuming Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. FOX 13 News’ Big Budah was at the event Saturday morning with Good Day Utah, see the video above for his report. The fair park is located at 155 N. 1000 West in Salt Lake City.

During the event, adoption fees will start at $25 to adopt a cat and $50 to adopt a dog, and that fee includes vaccinations and a spay or neuter.

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Officials stated that those who are unable to attend the event can still adopt an animal from a local shelter or rescue group by visiting

For more information about the No Kill Utah initiative, click here.

Click here to learn more about the Best Friends Animal Society.