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Four Paws Rescue
P.O. Box 422
Millville, UT 84326

Lisa Shaw

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Four Paws Rescue?

Four Paws Rescue is a private, non-profit, volunteer-run organization that is dedicated to helping homeless dogs and cats. Four Paws has been rescuing dogs and cats since 2000. We rescue stray and abandoned cats, dogs, puppies and kittens from high-kill shelters, place them in caring foster homes (if available) and then adopt them into loving, life-long home.

Where do the dogs and cats come from?

Most pets we rescue are from pounds in Utah and Idaho. It is these pounds who bear the responsibility of taking in, caring for (and then often euthanizing), the thousands of abandoned dogs, and surplus cats, that irresponsible pet owners create. We bring these deserving pets into our care to find them homes.

What types of dogs/cats are available through Four Paws Rescue?

We rescue many varieties of small to large breed dogs and cats, mostly mixed and some purebred. Keep checking this site for available pets to get a better idea of the types of pets we rescue.

Are the dogs/cats spayed and neutered?

YES. The reason dogs and cats have to be rescued in the first place is that there are too many of them, and not enough homes! Most pounds and shelters are completely full 100% of the time and must make room for new intakes by euthanizing the ones already there. The best way to attack the overpopulation problem is to attack the root of the problem, and prevent more puppies and kittens from being born. Every dog and cat that Four Paws rescues is spayed or neutered before being adopted.

Why don't you have a shelter or facility where I/we can see the dogs?

There is a shelter but we do not have the funding pay for staff and to operate during business hours. We show dogs at Layton PetsMart adoption Saturdays or by appointment. Cats can be seen at the Logan PetsMart cat room or by appointment.

How does the adoption process work?

An adoption leader conducts an Informal Adoption Counseling session with the potential family or owner. The process can being with an email, a phone call, or during an adoption event at PetsMart. If session began by phone or email, we often conduct an in-person interview so we can get to know you better. We determine the type of pet the potential adopter is looking for and try to find a suitable match.

Once we feel the potential adopter has been the rescue's criteria and the pet could be a good match, the adoption can occur. The animal can be adopted on the same day. We also allow for the adopter to try the pet in their home for a week to see if things work out. If the pet is too young for a spay/neuter surgery, arrangements will be made before leaving for the surgery or any booster vaccinations.

Our interviewers do a great job of matchmaking. Most interviews and adoptions do take place at adoption events at PetsMart, where we can get to know you better, and where you can see many different dogs and spend some quality time with ones you are interested in. We work hard to make successful "mutt-matches", so we help guide you to the dogs/puppies that we think are a good fit for you/your family.

How often do adoption events take place?

Nearly every Saturday, we have adoption counselors and assistants at the Layton PetsMart with adoptable dogs. Please check out Events link for up coming adoption events.

How much are the adoption fees?

Adoption fees range from $75.00 to $200.00. This fee is used to help us pay for costs associated with the rescue and care of your new dog/cat. It towards items such as: spay/neuter, vaccinations, any medical care, and food. The adoption fees don't even begin to cover all our costs, but it certainly helps!

How does foster care work?

Foster homes are always needed! Four Paws provides vet care, guidance, and other essentials (crate, collar, ID tag), and we are responsible for finding the adoptive home. If you're interested in providing a temporary home for a dog, or even a litter of puppies or kittens, please read about Foster Care on the site. If you need more information before you complete a foster care application, you can call 435-752-3534 and leave us a message or email us at