Best Friends Animal Society, Utah Pride Center to host National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day this weekend

Best Friends Animal Society and local animal shelters will bring nearly 60 adoptable cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies to the Utah Pride Center for a weekend adoption event to celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day and Mental Health Awareness Month.

The event is free, and all adoption fees will be covered by Best Friends, making it even easier for members of the LGBTQ+ community to find their purrfect match. The adoption process will be made as simple as possible, and all available pets will be fully vaccinated and spayed/neutered.

Salt Lake County Animal Services, West Valley City Animal Services, South Utah Valley Animal Services, South Salt Lake Animal Services, and Weber County Animal Services are participating in the event.

The Center sees this adoption event as a great lead-up to Mental Health Awareness Month in May

“LGBTQ+ mental health is a top priority of the work we do at the Center,” said Jackson Carter, UPC’s community engagement manager. “Queer people often deal with higher rates of anxiety, depression, and isolation. Pets provide unconditional love, connection, and support. Pet ownership has been shown to help alleviate symptoms of these illnesses. The fact that we can help find homes for vulnerable pets in our neighborhood is icing on the cake.”

The event will take place Saturday, April 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More information on the Utah Pride Center can be found on their newly updated website, utahpridecenter.org. Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 355,000. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.

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