Euthanasia Policy General Overview
Committed to ending the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable animals in San Diego County, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA takes the decision to euthanize any animal very seriously.
Our commitment to the healthy and treatable animals in our care means that we are willing to pursue all reasonable efforts in order to provide for their well-being.
Euthanasia is not considered for adoptable animals (full definition included in policy) that have been relinquished to SDHS or accepted by SDHS from partnering agencies.
Euthanasia because of lack of space is not an option.
Animals that are deemed to pose an unacceptable danger to other animals, themselves or the public are candidates for euthanasia. Animals that are suffering mentally, emotionally or physically may be candidates for euthanasia.
The approval process for any euthanasia at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA incorporates the expert opinion and authorization of four trained, professional and top administrative staff, including our director of animal care and the president of the organization.*
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Please note: In the event of a medical emergency and/or to alleviate severe suffering, euthanasia may be performed prior to obtaining all signatures at the request, or under the guidance of a veterinarian.