Fall Pet Events

Given the stumbling economy and the spate of home foreclosures across the state, animal shelters and rescues are overflowing with adoptable animals in need of your care and love. Although the best way to end pet homelessness and suffering is to adopt pets from such organizations as No More Homeless Pets in Utah, the Utah Humane Society, or any city or county animal shelter, here is a guide to upcoming adoption and animal rescue events throughout the Salt Lake Valley. There has never been a better time to help animals in need or bring home a new friend!

Save a Stray Soiree

On Oct. 3, No More Homeless Pets in Utah will host Save a Stray Soiree, a gala dinner at chic canyon restaurant La Caille. The event will include a dinner, a live and a silent auction and a number of activities for pets and humans alike. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome to the event. Tickets are $125 in advance or $150 at the door, and the event lasts from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit utahpets.org or call (801) 364-0370, ex. 10.

National Feral Cat Day

Feral cats are untamed house cats that frequently live and reproduce in packs — called colonies — in cities and suburbs. Each year, animal organizations across the country observe National Feral Cat Day, which No More Homeless Pets will be honoring in October. The organization hosts a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats year round, in which volunteers neuter or spay feral felines and return them to their colonies. Because a new feral colony regularly takes the place of a removed colony, trap-neuter-spay is the method preferred by many animal organizations to keep feral cats healthy and their populations controlled.

To honor the day and to continue supporting feral cats year round, No More Homeless Pets in Utah has created a “Crazy” Cat “Lady” Club, for cat lovers to join (members may be any sex). To join, print off the certificate on the group’s Web site, attach your photograph and send it to Brian@Utahpets.org by Oct. 6. Participants will be entered into a drawing for prizes such as “Crazy Cat Lady” action figures, board games and gift certificates to PetSmart. Winners will be announced Oct. 19.

Salt Lake City residents interested in learning more about feral cats in the city, or in assisting No More Homeless Pets’ Feral Fix program, should contact the organization at feralfix@utahpets.org or 1-866-PETS-FIX. Additional information, including how to make winter shelters for feral cats, how to keep them warm in winter, and how to safely and humanely trap them for neuter and release can be found on the organization’s Web site under the heading Feral Cat Resources.

The Big Fix

Each month, No More Homeless Pets in Utah holds spay and neuter clinics at a number of locations outside the Salt Lake Valley, including Layton, Cedar City, Ivins, Tooele and Roy. Prices for cats and dogs vary, and family plans are available for mother cats and their litters (recommended for kittens at least 18 months old but less than five months old) for $100.  Other services such vaccinations for dog and cat rabies and cat leukemia, and microchips for dogs and cats are also available.

Appointments are not available unless indicated on the schedule. Intake begins at 8:00 a.m. and lasts until the clinic is full. For a full schedule visit the organization’s Web site’s spay/neuter link.

Humane Society of Utah Chillis Night

On the second Tuesday of every month the Chillis Restaurant on 3403 Decker Lake Blvd. in West Valley City sponsors Humane Society of Utah Night. Patrons who bring in a flier for the evening (which is available on the Humane Society’s Web site, utahhumane.org) will have ten percent of the proceeds from their order donated to the society. The next night will be Oct. 6 from 4:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Pet Fostering

Given the influx of homeless and given up pets, the Utah Humane Society is in great need of foster homes for cats and dogs, particularly for kittens and puppies and their mothers, and for adult dogs in need of socializing. Candidates for foster homes who have animals must have pets’ vaccinations up to date (including bordatella for dogs to prevent kennel cough). Homes are needed from a period of approximately 10 days to two months, but could be shorter or longer. For more information or to express interest, contact Barbara or Lisa at (801) 261-2919, ext. 215 or bconrad@utahhumane.org.

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