New Saturday hours part of effort to increase West Valley shelter adoptions

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An effort to make the West Valley-Taylorsville Animal Shelter a no-kill facility is moving along.

The shelter, at 4522 W. 3500 South, now opens on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And Hearts 4 Paws, West Valley, an animal welfare organization, has begun listing its homeless animals on, an online database of adoptable pets.

Shelter operations director Kelly Davis said the Saturday opening gives more people the opportunity to visit the facility.

"Connecting adoptable animals to potential forever homes during these extended hours is an important step to reaching our no-kill goal," Davis said in a written statement.

To achieve a goal of having a no-kill animal shelter, West Valley City administrators teamed up this summer with Best Friends Animal Society/No More Homeless Pets in Utah to increase adoptions, provide spay and neuter assistance and implement a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for stray cats.

No-kill actually means low-kill because just about all shelters put down animals that are dangerous, gravely injured or too sick to recover. Organizations have different definitions of the term: The West Valley goal is to achieve an 80 percent save rate of dogs and cats.

Petfinder has more than 359,000 animals on its list of available pets, with about 13,700 groups posting. Potential adopters enter details of the kind of pet they want and their ZIP code to be matched with a local placement organization.

Visit this site and scroll down the left column to "find Animal Welfare Groups" for a list of shelter and rescue groups in your area. Hearts 4 Paws pets are listed here. For more information about pet adoption and the West Valley City-Taylorsville Animal Services, click here.

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