Get yourself a pet and your mood – and your life in general – will improve drastically. The same is true for our furry friends. Their happiness is all about having a home and a loving family. It’s a win-win. We have created a short directory of pet adoption centers in Southern Utah for easier reference. You can go to their website to know more about what they’re doing, the adoption process, as well as how to volunteer if your heart is into it! We recommend that you pay them a visit so you can check the centers out yourself or read reviews online to help you decide which one’s best for you. One thing’s for sure though, somewhere out there, someone’s waiting for love, compassion, and companionship.
RSQ DOGS+ is a non-profit, 100% volunteer, animal rescue organization founded by Kelli Stokes who has always been active in rescue groups and shelters. Their mission is “to be a voice for the voiceless; bettering the lives of the forgotten, abandoned, and abused animals in rural Utah while inspiring the community to get involved”. Their funds come entirely from donations. You can help by volunteering, becoming a foster family, making a donation, and/or partnering with them.
Contact details: https://www.rsqdogsutah.org/contact-us
St. George Animal Shelter
St. George Animal Shelter is fully owned and operated by the city of St. George, hence, the staff is made up of city employees and part of the St. George Police Department. They help by finding homes for animals that are brought into the shelter.
Contact details: https://www.facebook.com/stgeorgeanimalshelter/about
St. George PAWS
PAWS (Providing Animals with Support) is a non-profit, volunteer, no-kill, rescue organization that relies entirely on donations and volunteerism. It was founded by 5 women in St. Geroge in 2003. They rescue and rehome animals who are about to be euthanized due to a lack of space at shelters. The animals are initially placed into foster homes and eventually into permanent homes. They have already rescued over 17,000 cats and dogs since the organization was established. You can help by participating in fundraising events, volunteering, becoming a foster family, donating, purchasing from the thrift store, and of course, adopting. PAWS’ mission? “To decrease euthanasia rates at regional shelters, help less fortunate animals of sound temperament find quality, “forever” homes and educate the public about the humane care of animals with the overall goal of reducing animal overpopulation and animal cruelty”.
Contact details: https://stgeorgepaws.org/locations/
Best Friends is a sanctuary for homeless and special-needs animals. It was founded way back in 1984 by a group of friends who believed that every animal deserves a chance. Aside from dogs and cats, they have a variety of animals under their care including bunnies, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, donkeys, parrots, and other wildlife. They have a state-of-the-art clinic. As a no-kill organization, they are firm on their position to not euthanize animals based solely on aggressive behavior or any other reason except if a veterinarian advises that the animal is suffering from a condition from which there is no chance of recovery and living an acceptable quality of life. They “work to find or create an environment and management protocol that will protect the animal and his or her human handlers while offering that animal a reasonable quality of life”. Read more about their interesting story on the website.
Contact details: https://bestfriends.org/contact-us
Because Animals Matter (BAM)
Funded by donations, wills, and bequests and served by volunteers, BAM is an animal welfare organization that operates as a network of foster homes for adoptable pets. They also serve as a resource so as to help build strong relationships between people and their pets. The organization was founded in March 2006 by J Schilling. Their efforts are focused on “reducing animal abuse and neglect through education”. Adopt, donate, volunteer, host a fundraiser, shop in the thrift store, or be a foster parent, sponsor or partner- these are just a number of ways you can help.
Contact details: https://www.becauseanimalsmatter.com/contact
We hope you found this resource helpful. There are a lot of other organizations, large and small, providing support to animals. They may not be included in this list but we are sure we all have the same intention of changing their lives, one animal at a time. Happy adopting, donating and/or volunteering from the Sycamore Lane Realty Co. team!
“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi