As 2020 and restrictions began covering Utah, many stories arose detailing rising pet adoptions—some good news amongst all the frightening COVID-19 reports. As more people found themselves staying at home and in search of companionship, many opened their hearts to our dogs and cats awaiting adoption or needing to be fostered at Paws for Life Utah. During the first half of the year, while PFLU was reimagining EVERYTHING we do from adoption to fostering to rescue in this new virtual environment, our adoptions grew by 22% percent over the prior year. Within the first 4 months alone of our modified operations during COVID-19, we sent 400 pets home with adopters!
Vulnerable animals in our local community and the Far West remain at risk despite the rising numbers of adoptions this year. While we celebrate these pets and their new loving families, we remain committed to continuing to invest in those programs that will help continue this lifesaving momentum.
Programs designed to keep pets in loving homes and out of shelters address the root causes of homelessness. At Paws for Life Utah, we have created and supported these programs for almost a decade. These services have included transport to free and low-cost spaying and neutering, free pet behavior and training support, free pet food assistance, pre-adoption microchipping and vaccines, Trap-Neuter-Return for community cats, and more. Your support of these crucial programs assures we can meet the growing needs that exist for pets and the people who love them.
Across Utah and the Far West region, our compassionate and caring friends have stepped up in important ways to help ensure COVID-19 did not create a simultaneous crisis for our animals. Help us continue to work towards our goal of achieving a No Kill nation by 2025. Your gift today, gives our pets hope for tomorrow.