Mission and History

The mission of Utah Animal Adoption Center is to eliminate euthanasia of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats through rescue, spaying, neutering, education and adoption

Utah Animal Adoption Center (UAAC) is a non-euthanizing animal adoption center, rescuing an average of 1,000 dogs and cats each year and placing them in loving homes.

UAAC has been dedicated to reducing the tragedies of pet overpopulation, the euthanasia of healthy adoptable pets and animal suffering since 1983.

UAAC is funded entirely by individual donations and some private foundation grants. Your donation to UAAC saves lives by supporting animal rescue, ongoing loving care, medical attention for pets in need and humane education.

UAAC is vastly different from most traditional animal shelters. We pride ourselves on providing the most comfortable and homelike environment possible for the animals in our care. Our adoption center is located on a beautiful 3.5 acre sanctuary located next to the Jordan River Parkway Trail.

Our dogs enjoy indoor/outdoor kennels and three large fenced areas where they can safely socialize and play. Our feline friends live communally in a large room where they can interact and relax on abundant cat tress and towers. During the warm months they venture out into an amazing outdoor cat enclosure to lounge in the sun and fresh air.

We provide lots of toys, playtime and human interaction, with the added benefit of walks for the dogs along the Jordan River Parkway Trail. We are also unique in that we offer a lifetime guarantee for our adopted animals. If their person ever decides they can no longer care for the pet we placed with them, we will accept it back into our program, giving it another chance with a new family. The most important distinction is that we do not ever euthanize any healthy, adoptable pets.

UAAC is a Utah 501(c) organization rescuing Utah pets in need.

The majority of our cats and dogs come from local and regional shelters that sadly have to euthanize thousands of animals annually. We partner with these shelters, rescuing pets from their euthanasia lists. We receive purebred and mixed breed dogs and cats of all ages and sizes. All of our cats and dogs are spayed or neutered, current on their vaccinations and microchipped.