Humane Society of Utah

Change Their World

aka HSU   |   Murray, UT   |  www.utahhumane.org

Mission

Since 1960, the Humane Society of Utah (HSU) has been dedicated to the elimination of pain, fear and suffering in all animals. Our goal is to keep pets and people together, bring them together, and help move each animal to their most appropriate outcome as quickly as possible. HSU is the largest open-admission animal welfare organization in Utah. We do not euthanize any healthy or treatable pets, and in 2019 our save-rate was 97%.

Ruling year info

1961

Executive Director

Mr. Vaughn Maurice

Main address

4242 S. 300 W.

Murray, UT 84107 USA

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EIN

87-0256350

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Other Services (D60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Founded in 1960, the Humane Society of Utah is dedicated to the elimination of pain, fear, and suffering in all animals. Our goal is to keep pets and people together, bring them together, and help move each animal to their most appropriate outcome as quickly as possible. The following lifesaving programs and services are offered through the Humane Society of Utah: Community Clinic, Adoption, Foster Care, Behavior and Training, Transfer program, Development, Enrichment, Volunteer, Pet Retention and Shelter Diversion, Admissions, Advocacy, and Humane Education.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Foster Care

Volunteers open their homes to animals that meet the following criteria: too young to survive on their own, mamas with litters of babies, animals needing socialization in a non-shelter environment, and animals with medical conditions. Foster care homes are used for as long as necessary to ready pets for adoption.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The animal advocacy program is working on an initiative to address how to make Utah a more pet-friendly state through housing, transportation, access to green spaces, and more pet-friendly businesses. The program also serves to spread awareness about animal cruelty and mandatory reporting.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Humane Society of Utah provides colorful, informative and thought-provoking programs for grades preschool through senior high, covering topics from basic pet care to complex ethical and moral issues. These pet education services are in constant demand throughout the Wasatch Front as well as in areas beyond.

During an onsite pet education visit, our staff will typically bring a dog to meet the children. A highlight of a presentation conducted at the Humane Society of Utah is that many types of pets will be shown to the children, giving them firsthand knowledge of the special needs and characteristics of domestic pets.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Humane Society of Utah is a private open-admissions shelter, meaning that our doors are always open for any animal that we can legally accept. We work hard to ensure that every healthy and treatable pet that enters our facility will be placed into a loving home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Humane Society of Utah Clinic ensures that 100% of our adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits are sterilized prior to being placed for adoption. Although we are not a full-service veterinary clinic for the community, we are for homeless pets. Hundreds of surgeries are performed every year on animals to make them ready for adoption.

Our Clinic also offers affordable sterilization and vaccination services for the community. Microchipping is another service that we offer to keeps pets safe in their homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals euthanized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Animal Adoption

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Our euthanasia rate is determined using the Live-Release Data Matrix, as calculated by the National Federation of Humane Societies.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Animal Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We rescue pets at risk of euthanasia from shelters across Utah and other Western states. We often rescue pets with medical and behavioral problems that are too costly for the other shelters to treat.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Animal Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, the number of animals we adopted dropped primarily due to the pandemic and limitations on human interactions.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Spay/Neuter & Vaccination Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 totals included services performed in our new St. George Utah clinic, opened in the second half of 2020.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020* totals include adoptions, foster &animals kept in home through shelter diversion program. *The global pandemic 2020, severely limited human interactions, thus limiting metrics.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are committed to achieving the following goals for the welfare of animals throughout Utah:

Maintain high adoption rates, and place over 11,000 animals annually into positive outcomes.
Continue to spay/neuter more companion animals than any other organization in Utah, and consistently perform more than 11,000 of these procedures per year.
Advocate for animal-friendly legislation and ordinances in Utah.
Continue to expand our humane education efforts for school-aged children.
Expand our transfer and rescue network, which saves the lives of pets at risk of euthanasia, beyond the 320 rescue groups and shelters that we already partner with to save lives.

Through our public relations and social media, we continually broaden our reach throughout the state. By transferring and rescuing more animals from shelters all over Utah and from surrounding states, we will expand our ability to save lives and spread our mission to other organizations.

Our revenue growth through fundraising efforts has grown each year to cover the many life-saving programs of the HSU. We will continue to save more lives as long as our diversified development strategies continue to support expenses. In 2020, facing a world-wide pandemic and the economic impact of that, we were able to not only sustain our fundraising, but actually grow it to a higher level than even our pre-pandemic goals.

Even though we faced one of the most difficult years not just locally, but globally due to the pandemic, we were able to continue the life-saving services of our mission, adapt our education program to a virtual format, grow our pet retention program so animal never need to enter a shelter due to economic hardships, and open a low cost veterinary clinic in southwestern Utah, (St. George, Washington County), in a community with great need. Other 2020 highlights include: 339 pets rehomes through pet retention and shelter diversion, 5,361 homeless animals adopted, 2,025 animals fostered until they could be placed in loving homes, 106,398 vaccinations provided in two locations (Murray and St. George UT), 8,052 spays/neuters in two locations (Murray and St. George UT), 2,675 animals received via transfers from high kill shelters, and 6,778 children provided with humane education lessons.

In 2021 we hope to grow all of the programs listed above to pre-pandemic levels, and begin a multi-year capital campaign to build a full service shelter and clinic in St. George, Utah.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Humane Society of Utah

Board of directors
as of 03/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Craig Cook

Self-employed

Term: 1976 -

Tim Williams

Ignition Consulting Group

Randy John

Bank of the West

Craig Cook

Attorney, Private Practice

Susan Wood

Utah League of City and Towns

Timothy Pack

Clyde, Snow & Sessions Law Firm

Christina Sears

Connexion Point

John Ziegler

Premiere Healthcare Partners

Cathy Nelson

Professor, University of Utah

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data