Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
WEST VALLEY CITY — West Valley City and Taylorsville, the two cities served by West Valley Animal Services, in 2012 achieved three months where 90 percent or more of the dogs and cats going into the shelter were saved.
According to Kanab-based Best Friends Animal Society, a 90 percent or more save rate is recognized as the most significant landmark toward the goal of saving all adoptable and treatable dogs and cats. The remaining 10 percent may not survive for a variety of reasons, including serious health problems or severe behavioral issues.
In June, the two cities and Best Friends signed a two-year memorandum of understanding that the shelter would become "no-kill" through increased animal adoptions, lower numbers of animals entering the shelter because of a targeted spay/neuter program, and aggressive trap-neuter-return programs for free-roaming, unowned cats.
The three months with save rates above 90 percent were August, 90.8 percent; September, 92.3 percent; and December, 93.9 percent. Other top save rate months were July, October and November, ranging from 84.3 to 88.4 percent.
- Living on the edge: North Salt Lake residents...
- Women innovators leading by example
- One man dead after attempted carjacking in Orem
- LDS artist J. Kirk Richards says leaps of...
- Pleasant Grove homeowner shoot, kills man in...
- Who should pay? City, developer, residents at...
- Lutheran, LDS leaders forge common ground...
- Hiker pulled from Bell Canyon after fall
- One man dead after attempted carjacking... 38
- Herbert, legislative leaders starting... 29
- Mitt Romney tells UVU grads to 'live a... 22
- Poll: Majority of Salt Lake City... 15
- Governor, legislators leave 'baggage'... 13
- Jury convicts San Juan County... 12
- Attorney: Woman on trial in deputy's... 10
- Who should pay? City, developer,... 10