Euthanasia

Owner Requested Euthanasia

If your family pet's health is such that his quality of life has seriously deteriorated, you may decide it is time to give him a humane, caring end-of-life - also known as euthanasia.  Pueblo Animal Services offers low-cost pet euthanasia to our community's pet owners. Please note that we cannot allow you to be with your pet when it is put to sleep, so if you wish to be with him in his last moments, please contact your veterinarian.

You do not need an appointment to bring your pet in for euthanasia. You may bring your pet to the shelter between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.

Please rest assured that your pet will be treated with compassion and respect by our caring staff. For more information on requesting euthanasia, please call Pueblo Animal Services at 719.544.3005.

Shelter Euthanasia

Euthanasia means “gentle death,” and is often performed as a humane ending to a valued life. Lately, euthanasia has been given a negative connotation in connection with animal shelters. For some animals, it is the ultimate act of kindness, and for others, it is the world’s saddest action. But why is it necessary? How often does it happen? Why are some animals euthanized and not others?

At Pueblo Animal Services, we do everything in our power to prevent needless euthanasia. Education is the key to that prevention. Euthanasia is a community problem and a national problem; only by teaching people how to be responsible pet owners can we solve this problem.

Sometimes, the loving choice is the hardest choice.
For many years, PAS has provided low-cost euthanasia as a service to local pet owners who feel that it would be cruel to keep their pet alive any longer, usually for reasons of terminal illness or old age. We believe it is important for every pet owner, regardless of financial ability, to have the right to provide his pet with a humane and dignified end of life. Although these euthanasia cases significantly impact our organization’s “life and death” statistics, we continue to provide this service to support local pet owners who have to make a loving, but very difficult choice.