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Humane Euthanasia

We all share the goal of ending euthanasia, and The HSUS works tirelessly to prevent pet homelessness, promote spay/neuter education, and encourage adoption from shelters and rescue groups. When the decision is made by a shelter to perform euthanasia, it must be performed with the same skill and compassion that we would expect to see if we brought our own suffering animal into that facility or to a veterinarian for a final act of mercy.

When the decision is made that euthanasia is the only option, it is critical to ensure it is performed as humanely as possible. Direct injection of sodium pentobarbital (referred to as euthanasia by injection, or EBI) is the most humane method available because it causes rapid loss of consciousness and an immediate inability to feel pain. Other methods—such as carbon monoxide gas chambers—that cause distress, fear, or pain in the animal, are not acceptable. Learn where the HSUS stands on euthanasia.

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  • HSUS Program

    HSUS Statement on Gas Chambers

    Photo by Jim Urquhart/AP Images for The HSUS

    When shelters find themselves in the position of having to euthanize an animal, it is incumbent upon them to ensure that the death is as humane as possible. The Humane Society of the United States, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, the National Animal Control Association, and all other national animal welfare organizations agree that direct injection of approved euthanasia drugs (referred to as Euthanasia by Injection, or EBI), by which the animal quickly loses consciousness without experiencing pain or distress, is the most humane method of euthanasia currently available. Lesser alternatives like carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide gas chambers (gas chambers), which can virtually never provide a stress and pain free death, must therefore never be used in shelter settings.

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  • Training/Event

    Euthanasia By Injection Certification Course

    Wyandot County Humane Society, Inc

    State required certification course. Each course is tailored to the needs of the participants with emphasis on dogs and cats.

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  • Training/Event

    Euthanasia By Injection Certification Course

    Wyandot County Humane Society, Inc

    State required certification course. Each course is tailored to the needs of the participants with emphasis on dogs and cats. Presenter Dave Balz has over 30 years of experience with most commonly encountered species including wildlife and livestock.

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  • Training/Event

    Euthanasia By Injection Certification Course

    Wyandot County Humane Society, Inc

    State required certification course. Each course is tailored to the needs of the participants with emphasis on dogs and cats.

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  • Training/Event

    Euthanasia By Injection Training

    Lexington Humane Society

    Euthanasia training course.

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  • Training/Event

    Euthanasia By Injection Training

    Lexington Humane Society

    Euthanasia Training Course.

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