Euthanasia Policy

ARE YOU A NO-KILL SHELTER?

 

WE FOLLOW A NO-KILL MODEL. WE DO NOT EUTHANIZE HEALTHY ANIMALS, AND WE ROUTINELY PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE AND TREATMENT FOR SICK AND INJURED ANIMALS LIKE A HOME WOULD DO. WE ROUTINELY TREAT A VARIETY OF ILLNESSES AND INJURIES FOR AS MANY ANIMALS AS POSSIBLE. ADDITIONALLY, THERE IS NOT SET LENGTH OF STAY AT OUR SHELTER.

 

SOMETIMES, JUST LIKE A HOME AND ALL LEGITIMATE NO-KILL SHELTERS, WE SEE ANIMALS WHO CANNOT BE REHABILITATED. WE FOLLOW VETERINARY GUIDANCE IN DETERMINING IF AN ANIMAL IS NONREHABILITATABLE AND WHEN EUTHANASIA IS RECOMMENDED. THIS INCLUDES ANIMALS WHO ARE BEHAVIORALLY UNHEALTHY AND TOO DANGEROUS FOR OUR STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS TO CARE FOR AND TOO DANGEROUS TO PLACE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

 

OCCASIONALLY, LIKE A HOME, WE HAVE TO MAKE THE DIFFICULT DECISION TO EUTHANIZE BECAUSE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR A SIGNIFICANTLY SICK OR INJURED ANIMAL MAY EXCEED THE IMMEDIATE RESOURCES NEEDED TO PROVIDE CARE FOR AN ANIMAL AT A GIVEN TIME. WHILE RARE, THIS MAY OCCUR WHEN WE ARE FACED WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF ANIMALS IN NEED OF SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL CARE ALL AT ONCE AND/OR WHEN SERIOUS COMMUNICABLE DISEASES ARE INVOLVED WHICH COULD JEOPARDIZE THE HEALTH OF OUR ENTIRE SHELTER POPULATION.