Better Business Bureau Report for
Humane Society of Utah

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2018
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2019

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Humane Society of Utah
Address: 4242 South 300 West
  Murray, UT 84107
Phone: 801-261-2919
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1961, Utah
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: "Dedicated to the elimination of pain, fear, and suffering in all animals."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Humane Society of Utah (HSU) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The HSU, founded in 1960, has always fostered an atmosphere of love and respect for animals in Utah. Its many programs, include: low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services to the community; transfer and rescue of at-risk pets from other shelters around the state; receiving of owner-surrendered pets that can no longer be a part of their family; behavior department providing assessments and enrichment activities for the pets to stay happy and well-balanced while in its care; shelter and adoption of homeless pets into new loving homes; education of school-aged children and teens across the Wasatch Front about the humane treatment of animals and the homeless pet population; cruelty investigations of animal abuse and neglect around the state; and the promotion of legislation and ordinances that will enhance Utah’s standing in the country.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, HSU's program expenses were:

Shelter 1,932,871
Clinic 1,698,860
Foster 204,648
Investigations 91,346
Education 88,697
Outreach Adoptions 82,915
Total Program Expenses: $4,099,337
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Chief Executive : Gene Baierschmidt, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Craig S Cook
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney

Board Size: 8

Paid Staff Size: 79

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing, membership
Fund raising costs were 31% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,926,965, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on HSU's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Clinic Fees 1,998,686
Contributions 1,807,283
Adoption Fees 1,119,682
Other 556,184
Interest and dividends 22,670
Net Realized and Unrealized Gain in Investments 12,643
Total Income $5,517,148


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 17%  Administrative: 6% 

Total income $5,517,148
Program expenses $4,099,337
Fund raising expenses 896,407
Administrative expenses 331,039
Total expenses $5,326,783
Income in Excess of Expenses 190,365
Beginning net assets 6,059,541
Ending net assets 8,054,237
Total liabilities 1,160,845
Total assets $9,215,082

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