End of Life / Euthanasia Service for Pets

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photo of owner holding aged terminal pet dog

As our beloved pets age or become ill, there may come a time when their suffering outweighs their joy for life. If your pet can no longer live with dignity and without pain, you may consider euthanasia. Euthanasia is the humane act of allowing your pet to pass peacefully and painlessly.

Deciding when is the right time to humanely end your pet’s pain and suffering can feel like an impossible task. Discussing your pet’s health condition with your regular veterinarian, and using Quality of Life Score calculators may help with your process.

The euthanasia of a beloved pet is a difficult and solemn time for everyone involved. Berkeley Humane offers low-cost euthanasia with public cremation (no ashes returned to you) for the total cost of $150, for those unable to afford the procedure elsewhere. End of Life services at Berkeley Humane are performed in accordance with the American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines and is at the discretion of our veterinarian.

END OF LIFE SERVICE AT BERKELEY HUMANE

By appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
$150 includes euthanasia and public cremation (no ashes returned to you)

Please see your regular veterinarian to determine the health condition of your pet, and if euthanasia is right for your pet. If your pet is suffering and requires immediate assistance, please contact your nearest emergency veterinarian.



Our Pet Euthanasia Process

Making the Appointment

We are so sorry that your pet is not well. Please contact us to make an appointment. Services are by appointment only, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. As we are a non-profit organization with limited staff, we are not a full-service hospital and it may take several days for us to get back to you. Your appointment is confirmed once we respond to you and we mutually agree on a date and time. Thank you for your patience as we strive to care for our community’s dogs and cats.

During Your Appointment

We know how devastating it is to part with your beloved pet, and our goal is to make this process peaceful, painless, and comfortable for both you and your pet. You may decide if you want to be present during your pet’s procedure. We currently allow up to two people to be present. Masks are required.

When you arrive for your appointment, you will finalize the paperwork while our veterinarian takes your pet to place an IV catheter. Your pet will be brought back to you before receiving a sedative injection. Our staff will leave the room and you may hold your pet as they slowly fall asleep over the course of 5-10 minutes.

Once sedate, your pet is comfortable and will not feel any pain or suffering. The veterinarian will give a second injection that gently stops the heart. This usually happens very quickly, and you may hear a few breaths or see muscle twitching as a normal part of your pet’s peaceful passing. You can stay with your pet as long as you need to, to say your goodbyes.

After Your Appointment

When you’re ready, you may leave your pet with us, and we will take care of your pet’s body. We are only able to offer public cremation. No ashes will be returned to you, and you cannot take the body home with you.

Now the process of grieving begins. Grief is different for everyone, and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. Remember all the wonderful moments you shared, and know that your pet thanks you for relieving his or her suffering.

You may wish to attend our Pet Loss Support group, held on the third Tuesday of every month, 7-8:30pm. To learn more, please contact Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW at (510) 393-1359.