WHY WE ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN "THE POUND"
HOW DID WE BEGIN?
Cache Humane Society, has been helping animals in Cache Valley for almost 40 years!
Established in 1976 as Cache Animal Protection League, this non profit, was set up by a caring group of local individuals who fostered animals in their own homes, barns and garages.
The named changed to Cache Humane Society in 1991. We remain a non profit organization not maintained or supported by the government or city through taxes. All shelter operations can only continue through generous support and donations of local individuals and businesses.
Cache Humane Society, although expanded, is still made up of a group of caring individuals. It is a totally independant local organization, NOT financially affiliated to the Humane Sociey of the United States or the Humane Society of Utah.
THE SHELTER AND OUR SERVICES
The people who founded Cache Humane Society, were determined to expand it's activities, and save more lives. After much fundraising, hard work and community support, the shelter was built and opened in 2008. Since then, we at Cache Humane Society have grown our services, to include a low cost spay, neuter and vaccination clinic for the local community and we have become the main location for animals picked up by Animal Control agents in Cache Valley. We offer education programs, presentations, tours, community outreach and service opportunities.
Above all this, Cache Humane Society's main service is, and will always be, simple. We are an animal shelter.
We are the only animal shelter in the valley. We welcome unwanted animals through our doors, and give them a safe, warm, loving place to stay, until we can find them a new forever home. Many animals would not survive without the service Cache Humane Society gives to the local community. To continue this service, and everything else we do, we need donations and strong community support from people just like you.
WHAT DO WE STILL WANT TO ACHIEVE?
Cache Humane Society is operated by a dedicated and determined Director and a caring and passionate group of staff and volunteers. Many of the individuals who established the organization 40 years ago, are still connected to the work which we do.
In 2014, Cache Humane Society became one of more than 50 partners in the No Kill Utah (NKUT) coalition. Thie is a Best Friends Animal Society Initiatve to make Utah a No Kill state by 2019.
Cache Humane Society is a no-kill shelter
In 2015, Cache Humane Society’s staff and board of directors made the commitment to go no-kill. What does no-kill mean? Every animal at CHS will receive the care necessary until it finds a forever home, no matter how long it takes. CHS will provide love, food, shelter, basic veterinary care, and spay or neuter for every animal that enters the door. This commitment means that sometimes we will temporarily not be able to take in more animals due to lack of space.
We know that a small percentage of animals entering the shelter system may have behavioral issues so severe that safe adoption is not possible. Rarely, an animal may be so sick or injured that euthanasia may be the most humane option. But CHS believes that no adoptable animal should die in our care simply for lack of space. To be considered no-kill, a shelter must have a live release rate (adoption, return-to-owner, or transfer to another rescue group) of 90% or more. In 2016, the save rate for CHS was 97% for dogs and 91% for cats. CHS helped save over 1800 cats and dogs in 2017!
If, due to limited resources, an animal’s needs cannot be met by CHS, we partner with other no-kill organizations that can provide the necessary care, be it medical care for significant health issues, or specialized training for behavioral problems. CHS also helps save lives by bringing in dogs from overcrowded shelters in Utah and beyond; these are adoptable animals at risk for euthanasia simply because they ended up in shelter with limited space.
CHS partners with nearly 60 other animal welfare organizations across the state of Utah in the Best Friends Animal Society-led NKUT Coalition. The NKUT Coalition is committed to transforming Utah into a no-kill state by 2019.
You can help!
Adopt, don’t shop. Shelter animals make great pets. Even pure bred animals sometimes make their way into shelters. Find your next furry family member in a shelter that supports the no-kill philosophy.
Spay/neuter your pet. Unwanted litters contribute to pet overpopulation and overly full shelters. A fertile cat can easily give birth to over 100 kittens in her lifetime. Be a responsible pet owner and get your pet fixed.
Support your local shelter or rescue groups that believe that no-kill is the only humane way to address pet overpopulation. Show your support through donation, volunteer work, or adoption.
Spread the word! Ask your friends and family to make adoption the first option, and encourage them to spay/neuter their pets.
GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW WE OPERATE?
The Board, Director and Staff of Cache Humane Society values the positive community support we receive. We need this, to help us save animals lives. We know that Cache Valley is full of animal lovers. We receive donations and support and have a high adoption rate because we have a valley of animal lovers.
We understand that there are many misconceptions about animal shelters, and know about common urban myths and social media rumors about the work which we do, and how we do it. We want to show you that we are not "The Pound" This is now an outdated and incorrect term for the way we operate. Our staff are more than happy to show you around our facilities, chat with you and answer any questions you might have about the work we do. We want you to be on our side, we need your support, so that we can save the lives of more animals and help this state in which we live, become No Kill.
The Original Board Statements
When Cache Humane Society was founded, it was established with the following in mind. We continue to stand by these statements.
"Young or Old, Big or Small, Injured or Healthy we help them all"
The Cache Humane Society will be the center of animal welfare, recovery, and adoption activity within Cache Valley. We will strive to educate the citizens of Cache Valley on the full extent of their stewardship responsibilities so that they act to fulfill those obligations. It is our hope that through our many programs and services, we will be able to eliminate pain, fear, suffering, and homelessness for companion animals. We intend to accomplish this by working with local governments, municipalities, veterinarians and animal health care providers, other rescue organizations, and citizens to efficiently and effectively accomplish our mission.
We will work until homelessness and abuse are no longer issues within our community and our adoption services are no longer needed. Through our example and work, we will affect and influence similar activity throughout Utah and the region.
We strongly believe companion animals deserve a high quality of life, which requires love and quality basic care. At our shelter we will provide a clean and safe environment, healthy and nutritious food, clean water, and plenty of love and attention. We will provide professional and thoughtful service to those individuals adopting or relinquishing animals. We appreciate the sacrifice and service of the many volunteers who contribute to the work of the shelter and recognize the efforts and diligence of staff in ensuring the shelter remains a place of respect, dignity, and caring.