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 2020. 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®.

What is No Kill Utah?
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What is No Kill Utah part 2
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Utah County

Utah County has the highest lifesaving gap in the state of Utah. Click below for more information.

No-Kill Utah scorecard
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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. 



Temma Martin 

PR Specialist, Salt Lake City 


Our Coalition

Partners (78 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.


A New Beginning Animal Rescue, Inc.
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.
Animal Care of Davis County
Provide great service to residents and compassionate care to animals, working tirelessly to support public safety.
Arctic Breeds Rescue LLC
artic rescue Our goals are to rescue sledding dog breeds and educate the public on those breeds.
Ashley Valley Community Cats
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.
Beaver County Animal Control
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.
Because Animals Matter
Because Animals Matter (BAM) is dedicated to assisting pets in need through fostering, adoption, and community outreach. BAM operates a small adoption and community outreach center in addition to a network of foster homes to assist pets in need of finding adoptive homes. BAM functions as a network of volunteers supporting community programs that focus on building strong humane relationships between people and their pets.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
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.
Best Friends Animal Society–Utah
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.
Bottle Pups and Mama Dog Rescue
Bottle Pups and Mama Dog rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Moab, Utah. Working with foster homes we specialize in the rescue of orphaned puppies and pregnant dogs. We provide vet care, spay/neuter, proper vaccinations and microchips to all of the dogs in our care. Our thorough adoption process places dogs into loving forever homes when they are healthy and old enough.
Bulldog Club of Utah Rescue
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.
Canines With a Cause
“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.
Carbon Cat Rescue
Our mission is to give the stray and unwanted cats in the Carbon area a safe place to stay until we find them loving homes. All of our cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed, and microchipped prior to adoption. We also trap, neuter and return (TNR) community cats in our area.
Carbon County Animal Shelter
Helping the animals of Carbon County, Providing animal control and animal shelter needs.
Cavalier Crazy Rescue
We are dedicated to helping Cavaliers in need in Utah. All of our dogs live in foster homes, we do not have a shelter. We have our dogs health checked for heart and knee problems, they are spayed or neutered and are up to date on shots, have microchips and dentals are given when needed before they go to their new homes.
Cedar City Animal Adoption Shelter
Our mission is to find homes for as many adoptable animals as possible while also addressing the animal control needs of the community.
Central Utah 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.
Color-Country Animal Welfare
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.
Community Animal Welfare Society
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.
Cottonwood Heights Animal Control
Our goal is to change the ways animals are treated through rescue, education, and care. We focus on farm animals, exotic, animals, and barn cats.
Cuddles Rescue and Lounge
We rescue cats from local shelters and give them a safe space at our cat cafe! The community can come to enjoy coffee and interact with the adoptable cats.
Dog Days Helping Paws
A voice for those who cannot speak. An all volunteer organization dedicated to finding forever homes for homeless pets. We are dedicated to helping our community as a resource for reuniting lost pets and micro-chipping local pets. Our available pets can be found on our Facebook page, Petfinder.com and Rescueme.org We host adoption events at our facility and spay and neuter and provide medical care for our animals.
For the Love of Paws, Inc.
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.
Friends of Community-Cats Rescue
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.
Furever Buddys Rescue
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.
Grantsville City Animal Shelter
Grantsville City Animal Shelter is a no kill shelter. We strive to provide a safe environment for animals in need. We are committed to finding the best homes for all animals in our shelter.
Greyhound Gang
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.
Hearts 4 Paws
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
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.
Herding Haven
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.
Herriman City Animal Services
At the Herriman City Animal Services, our goal is to promote responsible pet ownership through education and enforcement. We are dedicated to providing consistent, reliable, and professional solutions for animal related issues.
Humane Society of Moab Valley
"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."
Humane Society of Northern Utah
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.
In Service K9 Inc.
At In Service K9, we believe in saving animals through rescue and training. A well behaved dog is less likely to be surrendered than a dog who is not. We aim to prevent surrender and save more animals by making sure they don't make it to shelters in the first place.
INKAS (Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters)
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.
Iron County Animal Shelter
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.
Ivins Animal Shelter Adoption Center
The Ivins Animal Shelter & Adoption Center is a "no-kill" municipal shelter by ordinance.
Jackson Day Foundation
Jackson Day Foundation seeks to enhance the lives of shelter/rescue animals and others through adoption, medical services and community involvement.
Kitty CrusAIDe
Our goal is to reduce the homeless pet population through “full-circle Trap Neuter Return Maintain” services by pulling socializable cats and kittens from the colonies into foster homes for future adoption, giving the animals in our care all required medical attention, socialization, and love; and helping colony caretakers provide continued care for the remaining cats.
La Verkin City Animal Control
We serve as animal control for La Verkin City and Toquerville City.
Lorelei's Legacy
The mission of Lorelei’s Legacy is to provide medical assistance through veterinary care and rehabilitation for sick or injured animals from shelters in need. When the animals are healthy, we work in cooperation with no-kill rescue groups to rehome the animals.
My Funny Valentine
We are an intake prevention organization building bridges to the heart, mobilizing community resources for sanctuaries and families to keep beloved pets harbored in spaces of love, and reimagining the Hero’s Journey through the lens of the animals we love.
New Start K9
At New Start K9, our mission is to care, protect, and advocate for dogs in need while promoting community education and compassion.
North Utah Valley Animal Services
We are a government agency, open admission animal shelter/control serving the citizens and animals of northern Utah County. We provide compassionate animal welfare, courteous customer service, and professional public safety.
Nuzzles & Co., Pet Rescue and Adoption
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.
One More Chance Companion Animal Tender
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.
Outreach Pawsibilities Inc.
Outreach Pawsabilities Inc. a local nonprofit that provides service dogs for children with disabilities, and life threatening illness and Military Veterans. We also rescue dogs that might otherwise be put down due to an illness or aggressive behavior.
Paws for Life
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.
PAWS Providing Animals With Support
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Pet Samaritan Fund
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 Pawprints
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.
Rescue Rovers
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.
Rocky Mountain Dachshund Rescue
Helping dachshunds needing a new home get the care they require and find loving forever families.
Roosevelt Animal Shelter
The Roosevelt Animal Shelter works to reunite wayward pets with owners and find forever homes for those up for adoption. Animals found wandering are brought to the shelter to wait for their owners. If you have an animal you can no longer care for, you can bring it to the shelter.
Our mission is to be a voice of the voiceless and to better the lives of the forgotten, abandoned, and abused animals in rural Utah, while inspiring the community to get involved.
Ruff Haven Criss Sheltering
Our mission is to provide a temporary safe haven for companion animals in order to keep people and their pets together in times of crisis, to increase pet retention, and to decrease the number of animals entering the shelter system.
Ruff Patch Rescue
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.
Salt Lake County Animal Services
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.
Save Our Local Pets Utah
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.
Second Chance for Homeless Pets
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.
Sevier County Animal Shelter
It is our mission and our duty as a member of the Sevier County Sheriff's Office to serve the county with integrity, courage, dedication, pride, and showing compassion when appropriate. As a team we will protect the rights and welfare of the citizens of our county. We will be professional as we serve with honor and sacrificing our time and resources to improve the quality of life for the public we serve and the county we live in.
Sheltie Rescue of Utah
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.
South Salt Lake Animal Services
At SSL Animal Services, we aim to promote responsible pet ownership through education and enforcement. We seek to find good homes for great pets through intelligent and careful adoption programs. In addition to our full-service shelter and adoption center, we provide animal services and animal law enforcement for the City of South Salt Lake
South Utah Valley Animal Services Special Service District
South Utah Valley Animal Services is dedicated to serving the community and animals of Southern Utah County.
St. George Animal Services
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.
Street Dawg Crew of Utah
To serve the pets and pet owners of the homeless community and other vulnerable and low-income populations by providing pet food, supplies, and medical care; to promote positive and responsible pet ownership (including spay and neuter); to identify and provide pet owners useful and low-cost information on pet resources.
Tiny Paws Rescue, Inc.
Tiny Paws Rescue located in Garland is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Rescue dedicated to helping Cats, kittens, small dogs and other critters in need! We are NO KILL!! All come fixed and vaccinated!
Tooele City Animal Shelter
Promoting responsible pet ownership and adoptions.
Underdog Animal Rescue and Rehab
Our mission is to enhance the lives and well-being of animals in the Four Corners region through rescue and rehabilitation. We work with the under-served communities of San Juan County, Utah as well as the western portions of the Ute reservation and northern parts of the Navajo reservation to reduce overpopulation and suffering through rescue, vet care, spay and neuter opportunities and increased communications and education for these populations.
Utah Animal Adoption Center
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.
Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation
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 Friends of Basset Hounds
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.
Utah Valley Animal Clinic
Utah Valley Animal Clinic will be a low-cost vaccination clinic in Utah County. We strive to help those in our community to protect their pets. We are currently raising money for the staff, building, and supplies necessary to open our clinic.
Utah Valley Animal Rescue, Inc.
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.
Wasatch Wanderers
Our goal is to change the ways animals are treated through rescue, education, and care. We focus on farm animals, exotic, animals, and barn cats.
Weber County Animal Services
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.
West Jordan Animal Services
Each year the Animal Shelter cares for thousands of lost, abandoned or stray animals. While most are relocated back home, many are not. Animals impounded off the street or brought to the shelter are held for a minimum of five business days. During this time, they may be observed by a potential adoptee. If the animal is not claimed at the end of three days (five days if the animal has a form of identification), it will be made available for adoption. Adoptions are on a first come first serve basis. If nobody has shown interest in the animal after a five business day stay at the shelter, the animal will be kept as long as we have room and feel it has a potential for adoption.
West Valley City Animal Shelter
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.
We are a foster based rescue program. Our goal is to minimize the euthanasia of high-risk pets in Utah. We have defined three actions our organization focuses to achieve our goal: 1) Reducing the number of unwanted pets through spay and neuter programs, 2) Keeping pets in homes by providing education and resources, and 3) Rescuing and adopting out pets from shelter partners.