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The Responsibilities of Socially Conscious Shelters

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Ensure every unwanted or homeless pet has a safe place to go for shelter and care. DCACC is committed to accepting every pet from within our jurisdiction and providing the appropriate level of care for each animal’s individual needs.


Making every healthy and safe animal available for adoption.
DCACC will not offer for adoption animals that are dangerous to the community and will seek to ensure every pet available for adoption is medically sound.


Assess the medical and behavioral needs of homeless animals and ensure these needs are thoughtfully addressed.
DCACC, through our medical team, along with a robust team of volunteers will work to ensure enrichment and provide an all-encompassing approach to ensuring the physical, emotional and behavioral needs of our homeless pets are met.



Align Davis County Animal Care and Control Policy with the needs of the Community
DCACC will continue to act as a community partner promoting public safety and responsible pet ownership through events, appearances, and humane education programs.


Alleviate suffering and make appropriate euthanasia decisions.
DCACC accepts all animals brought to it from Davis County regardless of condition; some animals are beyond remediation from health ailments, behavior issues, or long-term suffering. Sometimes, in these situations and after thoughtful consideration, the most humane option to relieve the animals’ suffering is through compassionate euthanasia.


Consider the health and wellness of animals for each community when transferring animals.
DCACC works with several shelters throughout Utah. Transfer programs save the lives of pets that might otherwise not get a chance at a home. Each individual case is considered thoughtfully and with the Davis County citizens, and animals’ best interests in mind.


Enhance the human-animal bond through thoughtful placements and post-adoption support.
DCACC is committed to providing families with a new furry family member for life. As we hone our skills and adoption program DCACC will work towards matching the appropriate pet with the right home. DCACC will continue to improve post-adoption programs and outreach to those who adopt.


Foster a culture of transparency, ethical decision making, mutual respect, continual learning, and collaboration.
DCACC remains committed to the highest ethical standards in meeting its mission to protect people and animals.

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