What is NKUT?

NKUT is an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society that brings together passionate individuals, city shelters, and an entire coalition of animal welfare organizations to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters throughout the entire state of Utah by the year 2019. Our plan is straightforward: provide spay/neuter services where they are needed most so that fewer animals go into shelters, and increase adoptions so that more animals are placed into new homes. Step by critical step, we believe that together, we can bring the number of pets killed in Utah shelters to zero. 

Join us to help turn Utah into NKUT. Together, we can Save Them All®.

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GENERAL INQUIRIES

nkut@bestfriends.org 

Please note if your inquiry is about an animal in need: NKUT [No-Kill Utah] is an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society and is a collaboration of animal welfare organizations, some of which may be able to help you. Please contact them directly. A list of coalition partner organizations can be found on this page. 

 

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Temma Martin 

PR Specialist, Salt Lake City 
(801) 953-8876
temmam@bestfriends.org

 

Our Coalition

Partners (57 and counting!)

Click on the organization names below to learn how these groups are saving lives. Plus, find out about upcoming events, mobile adoptions, and more.

anbrescue A New Beginning Animal, Inc.'s mission is to provide foster care and adoption referral services to humane societies, private shelters and animal control facilities predominantly in Northern Utah. A New Beginning Animal Rescue, Inc. will assist homeless, unwanted and abused dogs and cats by providing them with quality care and placing them in loving, permanent homes.
artic rescue Our goals are to rescue sledding dog breeds and educate the public on those breeds.
Ashley Valley Community Cats was founded in August 2012 when we discovered the need to help the stray, feral and community cats in the Uintah Basin. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, foster based cat rescue and actively participate in TNR.
The mission of the Beaver County Animal Control Department is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of the people and animals in Beaver County. It is our responsibility to maintain the highest quality services to the community while promoting responsible pet ownership, protecting the rights of the people from the dangers and nuisances caused by uncontrollable animals, ensuring the legal protection of animals from neglect or mistreatment and providing a lost and found service for returning lost pets to their owners. We hope every pet born will be able to fina a "forever home" for all of its natural life and spaying/neutering of pets will be a positive choice by pet owners. Success will only come when no animal needs to be euthanized except for those who are suffering or endangering the safety of the people and their animals.
BecauseAnimalsMatter Animal Rescue Center of Utah Inc. is a "no-kill" animal rescue dedicated to help end the suffering of unwanted homeless pets in Utah by spay and neutering those domestic animals and finding safe, loving, permanent homes for those that are in need of one.
bestfriends logo Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary. Nestled in Utah’s Angel Canyon, the Sanctuary is a healing home-between-homes for 1,700 animals, the majority of which need training, medical care, and/or emotional healing. Once they are ready for adoption, the animals move into good homes across the country.
bfasutah logo Best Friends Animal Society Utah is working collaboratively with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals who are all dedicated to the mission of making Utah a no-kill state. As part of this mission, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events, runs the Best Friends Utah Adoption Center in Sugar House, and leads the NKUT initiative.
Black Dog Walk logo2 Black Dog Walk is a non-profit organization run totally by loving volunteers who are dedicated to helping shelter "underdogs" and "undercats" be seen for the truly amazing and beautiful individuals they are so they can find the loving homes they deserve. We serve as a resource to help local shelters increase the number of adoptions and decrease the number of animals euthanized by bringing homeless pets into the public eye at local adoption events, educating the public about Black Dog Syndrome, breed discrimination, adoption from shelters, spaying and neutering and positive behavior training.
BCU Logo We take in Bulldogs from shelters and owner surrenders. We assess the dogs' health and temperament and bring them current on vaccinations as needed. We also make sure they are spayed and neutered. When they are ready for placement, we find them new homes with the understanding that the dog is to be returned to us if for any reason they are not able to keep it.
cachehumane Young or Old, Big or Small, Injured or Healthy, We Help Them All! We are the center of animal welfare, recovery, and adoption activity within Cache Valley.
CaninesWithACause “Giving shelter dogs a chance to find loving homes and enrich the lives of the people who care for them" Our mission is to educate the public on how important companion animals are in our society, we rescue and train shelter dogs to be service dogs and companions.
Wag n Train Our mission is to prevent homeless and unwanted dogs and to reduce the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable dogs. We help prevent animal abuse and neglect; place homeless dogs into caring, responsible homes; educate the pubic about benefits of spay/neuter, humane animal care, and having a well-trained dog.
Our mission is to reduce the number of stray cats and dogs in the Wayne County area and to advocate for the welfare of all animals. We are doing this by offering a spay/neuter program, providing shelter services to take in, care for and adoption out pets, offering dog boarding services for residents and visitors and educating the community on the humane treatment of animals. We are a 100% volunteer organization providing the only public services to the county for cats and dogs.
xCAWS logo small Our purpose is "Working with the Community to Help Animals." We actively and aggressively encourage spaying/neutering of all pets by our sliding-income-scale spay/neuter program. We also provide for the ongoing rescue, foster, and adoption of animals.
DavisCounty To provide a safe and healthy community for people and pets through development of education programs, compliance with ordinance, fostering responsible pet ownership with fair, effective enforcement.
FLOPLogo To help the homeless with their animal companions by providing food, collars, leashes, coats, sweaters, booties, blankets, toys, grooming supplies, doggie packets, bottled water and vet care.
FOCCR logo We are a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to rescuing cats and kittens (as well as other animals) from abuse, neglect and unfortunate death.
FureverBuddy Our goal is to save as many dogs and cats from euthanization as possible and place them in permanent, loving homes. We also strive to educate the public about vaccinating and spaying and neutering their pets.
greyhoundgang Greyhound Gang is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of greyhounds. We educate through seminars and website. We raise funds continually to help other greyhound adoption groups.
hearts4paws logo Hearts 4 Paws is a non-profit organization run by volunteers whose shared goal is to rescue, provide sanctuary, and ultimately to re-home abandoned, stray, and neglected animals. We never discriminate on the basis of health, age, or breed. By involving and educating the community, we work to raise the public’s awareness of the plight of homeless animals as well as realizing the benefits of adopting an animal in need. Our animals are examined, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and receive any and all medical treatment before they are placed in carefully screened homes. Hearts 4 Paws is a 501(c) nonprofit organization.
Heber Valley Animal Services and Paws for Life Rescue work together to maintain the "no kill" status in the Heber shelter. All animals who find their way into the shelter are immunized, spayed or neutered. Stray animals will be posted on this website and if not reclaimed after seven days, and if an owner is unknown, they will be placed for adoption with Paws for Life rescue. Residents in Wasatch county are encouraged to post questions, comments or lost animals. The intention of this page is for both Heber Valley animal services and Paws for Life to better serve our community.
HH Logo final color Herding Haven takes in primarily herding dogs with physical and behavioral disabilities (generally deemed rescue only) from local shelters and provides physical and behavioral rehabilitation for the dogs for as long as they need until they are adoptable at which time we find them loving, forever homes. We do not have a facility yet: rather we rely on foster homes to house and care for our rescued dogs.
HOPE RESCUE SHIRTLOGO (1) Hope's Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, primarily smaller dogs, from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. By working with our committed volunteers, foster homes and local veterinarians, our goal is to rescue and help as many animals as possible every year. We will provide them with loving temporary care, and find them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes.
MoabHumaneSociety "Our mission is to improve the lives of companion animals and their owners by: Saving the lives of orphaned animals through rescue and adoption services. Providing training, support and education for pet owners and the community. Offering low-cost spay/neuter opportunities."
hsnorthernUT The mission of the Humane Society of Northern Utah is to prevent cruelty to animals and alleviate fear, pain and suffering through public education, adoptions and advocacy. We partner with the South Ogden Animal Shelter to help them achieve their rescue and adoption goals.
UtahHumane The Humane Society of Utah is dedicated to the elimination of fear, pain, and suffering in all animals. We literally save thousands of animals each year through our extensive outreach program, rescue and adoption programs and spay/neuter clinic.
INKAS (Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters is a non-profit working with the City of Ivins to support the no-kill shelter. Our volunteers work with shelter dogs in socialization, exercise, training to make them more adoptable. INKAS fundraising has paid for enlargement of the Ivins Shelter, directly pays for veterinary care, medicine, grooming, food, etc.
The Iron County Animal Shelter is dedicated to saving homeless, abused, and abandoned animals. Our goal is to end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in our county through adoption. We strive to educate the public about spaying/neutering, responsible ownership, and breed discrimination and believe it will make a positive impact in our community.
The Ivins Animal Shelter & Adoption Center is a "no-kill" municipal shelter by ordinance.
NuzzlesLogo Our mission is to protect animals. To provide a loving, nurturing place where they can get healthy and learn positive behaviors. And then to find loving homes for each one of them. We also work to educate people on the humane treatment of animals. What we’ve learned is that, in helping these animals, we are the ones who benefit. As our animals get a second chance at life and find loving homes, they give back that love one-hundred fold. When we put love first, we come together as a community and grow stronger as a society.
OneMoreChance We reduce the population of our community cats through a comprehensive Trap/Neuter/Return program. Community cats being the responsibility of the entire community, we seek partnerships with the public, caregivers, rescue groups and municipalities to implement and promote non-lethal solutions to homeless cat management.
Orchard Animal Outreach is our the nonprofit 501(c)(3) division of Orchard Animal Clinic, which will allow us to continue to provide low or no cost spays and neuters, veterinary care for feral and community cats, as well as take in shelter animals facing euthanasia for time, space constraints, need for veterinary care or having received unfavorable behavior evaluations. Our plan for these cats is to provide interim housing, treat, evaluate and then place them with reputable adoption groups, foster homes or in some cases, hospice.We are also available to present educational seminars on a variety of animal related subjects, as we feel it is only through education will we be able to change the plight of these innocent animals. Our ultimate goal is to establish a homeless cat shelter and clinic, one large enough to accommodate cats from shelters state wide. We will be accepting donations of money, cat food, supplies such as litter, bedding, laundry detergent, etc. In addition to supplying our efforts, we try to stock a pet food bank for feral or community cat colony caretakers. All donations will be utilized locally.
Pack ‘N Pounce is dedicated to rescuing and re-homing adoptable pets. Our goal is to find each furbaby a loving furever home. We work with the public, other rescues and shelters to help find homes and prevent needless euthanasia. We work to educate the public about the importance of spay, neuter and vaccinations in our community and in the Spanish speaking community.
parowanAAL The Parowan shelter is a no-kill facility. Our mission is to care for the well being of the dogs at the shelter. Our goal is to find responsible homes for all dogs.
pfluB4 72 Paws for Life functions as an all volunteer organization dedicated to finding forever homes for the Heber City Animal Shelter animals. We publicize available animals weekly in the Wasatch Wave, our website, Petfinder and our Facebook page. We host adoption events at Petco and other local venues. We spay and neuter and provide medical care for our animals.
PetSamaritan Every penny we raise goes to caring for our animals and we never euthanizea healthy animal. We provide shelter for sick, injured, abused and abandoned animals. We provide loving homes for unwanted animals rescued from local animal shelters. We provide spaying and neutering assistance to the public and for stray animals.
Purrfect pawprings LOGO.JPG We would like to target all people with a realistic understanding of animal awareness and to make a difference in this world by creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all animals. We also focus on spaying and neutering.
RR Transport and Adoptions Rescue Rovers Dog Adoptions is a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Salt Lake City, Utah. With our sister organization, Rescue Rovers Transport, we transport dogs from high kill shelters and find loving homes for the next chapter of their lives.
RuffPatchLogo Ruff Patch Rescue runs primarily on the success of our foster network. Each new intake is approved and evaluated by the lead coordinator and placed into a foster home that best suits the dog and foster. After any medical or behavior issues have been addressed, including their spay/neuter if needed, the dog will attend an adoption Saturday until the appropriate forever home for the dog is found.
slcounty SLCoAS provides services to unincorporated Salt Lake County, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, & Salt Lake City. These services include animal control & sheltering services as well as low cost clinic services.
We are an all volunteer run 501(c)3 organization providing support to local shelters and rescues through donations of food and other supplies in an effort to bridge the gap between shelters/rescues and the community.
SecondChance We are dedicated to ending the homeless pet epidemic through adoptions, spay/neuter, and Education. At Second Chance our priority is finding the best match for each family. We act as an extension of local animal control programs, providing the extra time and resources needed in re-homing animals, therefore reducing the need for euthanasia.
sheltierescue The goal of Sheltie Rescue of Utah (SRU) is to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of any Shelties. To achieve this SRU provides medical and behavioral support in order to re-home, foster, or provide hospice care for Shetland Sheepdogs who are homeless. Such Shelties may be in shelters or be relinquished by owners who cannot or do not want to care for them. Every Sheltie we place is spayed or neutered and provided with a complete medical profile as well as a microchip implant. We are an all volunteer organization. We do not maintain a shelter-type facility but instead our rescued Shelties live in foster homes until the best match for a forever home is found. Sheltie Rescue of Utah was initially started in 1993.
We provide lost, abused and unwanted animals with compassion and proper care. We reunite lost pets with their owners and eliminate the need for euthanasia through adoptions and rescue to increase public awareness of appropriate pet ownership.
We are a city-owned and city-operated animal shelter in St. George, Utah and we try to find good homes for the animals that are brought into the shelters.
The Legacy Initiative of Utah's mission is to fight hunger, provide humanitarian aid, and educate people through community partnerships. For the pet outreach, our primary goal is to help homeless and low income pet owners and their pets stay together. To do this, we perform a weekly pet outreach, and are establishing partnerships that can help with donations and medical assistance.
UtahAnimalAdoptionCenter Utah Animal Adoption Center is a non-profit rescue organization serving all of Utah. We house last chance dogs and cats until they find their forever homes and never euthanize healthy, adoptable pets. We save over a thousand dogs and cats each year and prevent thousands more from entering the shelter system through our spay and neuter program.
UtahAnimalAdvocacy We specialize in the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of homeless animals. UAAF believes that every animal deserves a home regardless of age or disability. We specialize in the rescue and rehabilitation of 'special needs' animals including orphaned newborns, senior animals, animals with behavioral issues, injured animals, and animals with ongoing health problems.
Utah FACES is an all-volunteer, not- for-profit corporation organized to assist Salt Lake County Animal Services in its mission to better serve and protect the animals that come into its care. We strive to protect the safety and health of animals, promote the adoption of orphaned animals, improve the rescue of animals in situations of disaster or distress.
BassetHounds We are a basset hound rescue group who provides veterinary care, food, shelter and support to basset hounds needing assistance in Utah. We place basset hounds in our care into foster homes and permanent homes with consideration to personality, behavior, and special needs. We provide continuing support to adoptive families throughout the lifetime of the dogs.
UtahLostAndFoundPetsLogo We assist owners, finders and shelters reunite lost animals with their families. We also find homes for homeless pets providing foster homes and medical care while the pets are waiting for their new homes.
UVAR Logo v1 Utah Valley Animal Rescue provides funding assistance to the South Utah Valley Animal Shelter, for the proper care and treatment of animals in Utah County, State of Utah; provide animal care and treatment services to facilitate animals being put up for adoption, rescue and restore sick or under-nourished animals to health and assist the South Utah Valley Animal Shelter in providing care and essential services to restore animals to health and facilitate their eventual adoption by suitable families or individuals. Additionally we provide education to the public to promote and encourage the proper care and treatment of animals and to prevent cruelty to animals.
UPPLogo We work to reduce the number of pointing breeds and weims entering Utah's shelters by: 1. educating owners about options other than shelter relinquishment of their pets; 2. assisting owners with behavioral problems of their dogs; 3. accepting dogs from owners (as our space permits) before they're relinquished to the shelters; and 4. ensuring that our breeds are placed in knowledgeable homes that are equipped to deal with their needs.
Our mission: To provide public safety and protect the health and welfare of the animals in our communities. Our Vision: A responsible community where all animals are safe from abuse and neglect and are provided a quality life. Our values: We value each employee, volunteer and community partner who contributes to the humane treatment of animals. We operate in an atmosphere of open and honest communication.
WestValley The mission of The West Valley Animal Project is to raise funds and community awareness to enhance the care, support and adoption of the thousands of animals that come through the West Valley and Taylorsville City shelter each year.
WVCLogo The mission of West Valley City Animal Services is to diligently improve the quality of life in our community by providing safety to citizens and animals, preserving the health of citizens, and providing care for animals. Our mission is to provide these services in a professional manner being sensitive to the interests of the citizens, the welfare of the animals and the overall good of the community.