There are many reasons owners have their animals euthanized, including old age, illness, and serious behavior problems. Yakima Humane Society understands that this is one of the most difficult decisions a pet owner will have to make, and we are here to help you. You may contact us at (509) 457-6854 ext. 101 to discuss our end of life services or to schedule an appointment. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources available to allow you to be present during euthanasia.
Many pet owners have questions and concerns about the euthanasia process. We want you to know that we treat your animal compassionately during the entire procedure. Here is some basic information about it.
The staff members responsible for euthanasia are trained and caring. They know how to keep animals calm and they make the procedure as painless and anxiety-free as possible. All staff members performing euthanasia have received training and certification by a Licensed Veterinarian.
The animal is brought into a quiet room that is isolated from the rest of the shelter. There are no other animals present. The animal is comforted and soothed prior to the procedure. Our technicians talk to and pet the animal, offer treats, or do anything else that may be necessary to keep the animal calm and comfortable.
Euthanasia is by injection only. This is the method endorsed and approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the ASPCA, and the Humane Society of the United States. A lethal dosage of sodium pentobarbital is injected into a vein. The drug, which works quickly and effectively, is designed to first put the animal to sleep and then stop its heart. There is no discomfort or pain associated with the procedure.
Every animal that must be euthanized is given the compassion and respect it deserves. We believe every animal deserves the best possible end-of-life experience.