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Here’s the latest news and developments in HSUS’ campaign to eliminate gas chambers from shelters throughout the United States:

  • August 31, 2015

    West Virginia, Michigan to Shutter Last Gas Chambers

    It was a standout week in our campaign to ensure that no pet ever faces death in a carbon monoxide gas chamber. Last week, West Virginia closed its last remaining chamber, thanks to a grant from The HSUS and the persistence of our West Virginia state director, Heather Severt. Two shelters in the state had continued to operate their chambers ... Read more

  • December 30, 2014

    Gains for Dogs and Cats (and Humanity) in 2014

    Our relationship with animals, as a society, is full of contradictions. We say we love animals and we have laws forbidding cruelty, but there’s so much abuse that goes on every day. That’s true in looking at the wide range of relationships we humans have with both wild ... Read more

  • December 9, 2014

    North Carolina to End Use of Gas Chambers for Euthanasia

    Not long ago, shelters in dozens of North Carolina's counties killed homeless animals in carbon monoxide gas chambers. Starting February 2015, that will end. Last week the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a new policy statement... Read more

  • August 25, 2014

    Eureka pound pulls plug on gas chamber

    The days of euthanizing animals with a gas chamber have come to an end in one south-central Kansas town. The city of Eureka unplugged the gas chamber just a few days after The Topeka Capital-Journal published a story Aug. 4 about the ongoing practice in the state. Read more

  • August 5, 2014

    Use of animal gas chambers dwindling in Kansas

    Leaders in four Kansas communities that still have operable gas chambers for euthanizing animals are looking for affordable alternatives as stricter guidelines will likely make the chambers impossible to continue using. Read more

  • May 29, 2014

    Gas chamber no longer used at local animal shelter

    WILLIAMSTON, MARTIN COUNTY - The Martin County Animal Shelter is saying goodbye to one form of euthanization. The shelter removed its gas chamber Thursday morning and will only be putting down animals through injections now. Read more

  • May 2, 2014

    Cleveland County shelter to stop using gas chamber

    SHELBY, N.C. - Cleveland County will stop using a gas chamber for euthanasia of unwanted animals. Officials say they plan to stop using the gas chamber by the end of June. The change comes after public complaints about the gas chamber. Read more

  • April 27, 2014

    City of West Plains Animal Control does away with gas chamber for euthanasia

    A small town animal control in Missouri has been making a lot of changes in the past few years, and most of those changes are good. This weekend, the City of West Plains Animal Control posted on their Facebook page that they have done away with the gas chamber that in the past was used for euthanizing pets. Read more

  • April 16, 2014

    Cushing pledges to stop gas euthanasia of animals

    STILLWATER, Okla. — Cushing Animal Control is on its way to eliminating gas chamber euthanasia for animals. Officials said the chamber is still being used until money from the state chapter of the U.S. Humane Society arrives. Read more

  • March 4, 2014

    Rowan to stop using gas chamber at animal shelter

    SALISBURY Rowan County commissioners voted Monday night to become the latest in a series of Charlotte-area counties to phase out the use of the gas chamber as a way to euthanize animals at county-operated shelters. Read more

  • January 30, 2014

    Medina County's gas chamber will be destroyed: Animals in the News

    The Medina County commissioners, reacting to public outcry, decided Tuesday to sell the county animal shelter's gas chamber to the local humane society rather than offer it on an Internet auction. Read more

  • January 9, 2014

    Randolph County Urged to Reconsider Reversal on Gas Chamber Ban

    The following is a statement from Kimberley Alboum, North Carolina state director for The Humane Society of the United States, calling on Randolph County officials to reconsider their decision to continue the use of gas chambers... Read more

  • November 6, 2013

    Humane Society working to eliminate gas chambers in NC shelters

    RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina is one of six states in the country that still uses gas chambers to euthanize animals. The Humane Society has been working to phase them out for years, but gas chambers still exist in some animal shelters. Read more

  • October 16, 2013

    Bennettsville Receives Grant to End Use of Animal Gas Chamber

    The city of Bennettsville, S.C., received a $5,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to eliminate gas chamber use at the city’s animal shelter. The funds will be used for training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies... Read more

  • October 11, 2013

    Alexander County Ends Use of Gas Chamber for Animals

    Alexander County officials say they have stopped using a gas chamber to euthanize dogs and cats at the county animal shelter. A $10,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States has enabled... Read more

  • October 11, 2013

    Alexander County Animal Shelter Receives Grant to Improve Lives of Animals

    North Carolina's Alexander County Animal Shelter received a $10,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to fund animal shelter repairs and improvements, enrichment for shelter animals, elimination of gas chamber euthanasia and other much needed supplies and equipment... Read more

  • August 21, 2013

    Burlington Animal Shelter Receives Grant to Improve Lives of the Animals in Alamance County

    The Burlington Animal Shelter in Burlington, N.C., received a grant from The Humane Society of the United States for shelter repair and improvements, enrichment for shelter animals, elimination...  Read more

  • August 13, 2013

    Grant Helps Raleigh County Humane Society Get Rid of Gas Chamber

    The last thing many an unwanted mutt ever saw in this world was the inside of a gas chamber. Now, the practice of putting an animal down with the use of gas is almost history in West Virginia, thanks to a $3,000... Read more

  • August 8, 2013

    Out of Gas

    Let’s talk about progress, and how to get there. It goes without saying that we all want to see the day when there’s no more euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets. Few things stir greater passions—there’s so... Read more

  • April 26, 2013

    Putting An End to Shelter Gas Chambers

    A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the closing of the last Mississippi carbon monoxide gas chamber, thanks in large part to the determined efforts of HSUS state director Lydia Sattler. This week we are excited to pass along other success stories - this time the closing of... Read more

  • April 4, 2013

    Mississippi to Seal Last Shelter Gas Chamber

    As a movement, we are getting closer to the day when no healthy or treatable animals are euthanized in public and private shelters for lack of homes. We are making tremendous progress – with spay/neuter rates now close to 80 percent for owned pets, with adoption rates inching up as more people realize they can get a great animal... Read more

  • October 2, 2012

    The HSUS Applauds Pennsylvania House Vote to Ban Gas Chambers at Animal Shelters

    The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Pennsylvania House for voting to pass House Bill 2630, which would ban the use of carbon monoxide chambers at animal shelters, and allow shelter personnel to procure the drugs necessary to euthanize animals... Read more

  • July 25, 2012

    Rep. Moran Applauded for Animal Shelter Initiative Aimed at Eliminating Inhumane Euthanasia Method

    The Humane Society of the United States thanks U.S Rep. Jim Moran, D-VA, co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, for introducing a resolution condemning the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers for euthanasia of shelter animals. Read more

  • November 8, 2007

    Setting Aside Semantics: Not Killing Pets Must Be Our Goal

    If you discern a difference between the words, 'no kill,' and the words, "No-Kill," you understand that I'm about to wade into a quarrel.If, on the other hand, you don't see much difference except for capital letters and a hyphen, well good for you. You're on the right track. Read more

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