Today I’m adding 12 communities in Utah to the list of 90%+ communities in the right sidebar. I received 2012 statistics on the animal shelters in these communities courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society, which is located in Kanab, Utah, and has a program to improve save rates at Utah shelters. All of the shelters handle stray intake for their communities. I spoke to shelter officials in each community by telephone for information on their specific policies. Some of the shelters have a substantial rate of transfers, and I verified with each of these shelters that transfers are made only to approved organizations that have a live release rate of 90% or more. Most of these communities have small populations, which shows that even tiny jurisdictions can have successful shelters.
- Kanab and Kane County. Kanab is the county seat for Kane County, which is located on Utah’s southern border. Kanab has a population of 3600, and the county’s population is 6200. Kanab Animal Control, which also serves Kane County, had an intake of 67 animals in 2012, with a live release rate of 100%. The shelter accepts owner surrenders with a $75 fee. The shelter does not perform owner-requested euthanasia unless it is an emergency. Most of the shelter’s transfers go to Best Friends.
- Ephraim. The city of Ephraim has 6100 residents and is located in central Utah. Ephraim Animal Control had an intake of 50 animals in 2012, with a live release rate of 96%. Owner surrenders are routed directly to rescues by an informal arrangement, with most of them going to Wag-n-Train rescue.
- Iron County. Iron County is located in southwest Utah and has 43,500 residents. The Iron County Animal Shelter (which is under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s department) serves the unincorporated part of Iron County, including the townships of Kanarraville, Paragonah, Beryl, Modina, and Newcastle. The shelter had an intake of 126 animals in 2012 with a 99% live release rate. The shelter accepts owner surrenders from its jurisdiction with a $100 fee. The shelter does not perform owner-requested euthanasia. In the last two years all of the shelter’s transfers have gone to Best Friends except for one animal that went to a sanctuary.
- Enoch. The city of Enoch is located in southwest Utah in Iron County, and has 5800 residents. The Enoch Animal Shelter had an intake of 325 animals in 2012, with a live release rate of 96% (95% including animals who died in shelter care). The shelter accepts owner surrenders with a $100 fee, although the fee is waived for highly adoptable animals. The shelter does not do owner-requested euthanasia.
- Parowan. The city of Parowan is located in southwest Utah in Iron County, and has 2800 residents. The Parowan Animal Shelter is managed by a committee set up by the mayor called the Parowan Animal Assistance League. The shelter had an intake of 85 dogs in 2012 (it does not impound cats), with a live release rate of 98%. The shelter accepts owner-surrendered dogs from its jurisdiction. They refer owner requests for euthanasia to a local veterinarian.
- South Ogden and Riverdale. South Ogden and Riverdale are cities in northern Utah. South Ogden has a population of 14,400 people and Riverdale has 7700 people. South Ogden Animal Services serves both cities. The shelter had an intake of 555 animals in 2012, with a live release rate of 97%. The shelter accepts owner surrenders on a space available basis.
- Heber City, Midway, and Wasatch County. Heber City is the county seat for Wasatch County, which is located in north central Utah. Midway is a city in Wasatch County. Heber City has a population of 11,400, Midway’s population is 3800, and the county’s population is 25,300. The Heber Valley Animal Control Shelter, which serves the two cities and the county, had an intake of 728 animals in 2012. the shelter’s live release rate was 100% (98% including animals who died in shelter care). The shelter accepts owner surrenders from its jurisdiction. It refers owner requests for euthanasia to a veterinarian. The shelter is operated by Paws For Life, which has a transport program.
- Hurricane. The city of Hurricane is located near the southern border of Utah and has a population of 13,700 people. The Hurricane Animal Shelter had an intake of 525 animals in 2012, with a live release rate of 94%. The shelter accepts owner surrenders with a small fee. They treat owner requests for euthanasia as owner surrenders, and include them in their euthanasia total.