We have a responsibility to evaluate every animal we make available for adoption. Every effort will be made to solve behavior problems or look for placement through other shelters or rescue groups before the decision to euthanize is made. Some of the factors used when considering an animal for euthanasia may include:
Surrender information, such as a history of aggression, or significant behavior problems
Breed, as it relates to any other issues, such as aggression
Temperament test results and behavior history while at the shelter
Length of time at the shelter, as it relates to deterioration of the animals mental health and behavior problems
Significant or severe aggression toward other animals
Illnesses or diseases that jeopardize the health of the rest of the population health or condition, when the advice of a veterinarian determines euthanasia is best, or when the cost of care exceeds current available resources
In cases of known or suspected rabies exposure, the animal will be handled in accordance with state law
Orphaned puppies or kittens unable to survive without a nursing mother, when no same- species foster mother is available
Animals determined to be vicious or dangerous under state and local laws will be euthanized
Cats testing positive for FeLV or FIV may be euthanized. Cats suspected of having FIP may be euthanized under the advice of a veterinarian.
Feral cats may be euthanized, unless an acceptable TNR program is in place.
A committee including any staff members and the shelter manager, and/or a veterinarian as necessary, will make euthanasia decisions. A veterinarian will be consulted on matters of physical health for the determination of feasible treatment. The committee will meet as needed to maintain a physically and mentally healthy population.
Policy effective April 1, 2005 and reviewed February 1, 2016.