South Utah Valley Animal Shelter holding adoption event in light of overcrowding

Like many animal shelters across the state and country, the South Utah Valley Animal Shelter is bursting at the seams with pets. In order to remedy the problem, the shelter is holding an adoption event on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its location on 582 W 3000 N St. in Spanish Fork. 

Licensing specialist Carrie Ward said that the shelter is full, and in need of people willing to adopt.

“Our daily animal count has been over 100 dogs and over 230 cats,” she said. “We are maxed out and we need the community to be aware that these animals need homes. Our annual intake of pets is usually between 4,000 to 45,00 animals. With the lack of low cost spay/neuter, inflation and COVID related issues in our community, we have a very large population of pets right now. Adoptions have gone down to a trickle, and people are not claiming their lost pets.”

The South Utah Valley Animal Shelter is a nonprofit governmental organization that serves all of south Utah County from Provo to Santaquin. It organizes 13 to 15 low cost pet vaccination clinics for the communities throughout its district, and has many foster and adoption programs available to alleviate the daily population inside the Shelter. 

“We desperately need this issue shouted from the rooftops,” Ward said. “This is  a nationwide problem right now. Shelters are full, rescues are full and fosters are full. We need the public’s help right now.

For more information on the South Utah Valley Animal Shelter, go to

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