When Is It Time To Say Goodbye?
The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is never an easy one. For many people, dealing with the grief and sadness over the loss is more manageable than having to be the one to decide when the death will occur. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is here to help, counsel and support you as you wrestle with the painful decision about what is best for your pet. Here are some questions to help guide you:
- Is there a chance for a cure or treatment that is reasonable and affordable?
- Is there a way to keep your pet comfortable in their current state?
- If there is a possible cure or comfort measure, what will the quality of their life be should you choose to treat?
- How much additional time would that treatment offer?
- Are you able to manage long-term, medical treatment emotionally and financially?
- Will you have the ability and stamina to provide round-the-clock-care, special foods and difficult treatments such as shots for your pet?
- Is the anticipation of the loss of your pet causing your relationship to change in quality?
- How many of your pet’s usual activities is he/she able to accomplish and enjoy?
- Is your pet suffering physically, emotionally or mentally?
Perhaps one of the most important things to consider when faced with an ill or aging pet is their quality of life. Just because a pet can be kept alive doesn’t always mean it is the best thing for them. Animals are very sensitive beings who can suffer profoundly when their quality of life is compromised. It is important to understand that pets often mask their pain and suffering and are hurting more than you may realize; at times well-meaning owners overlook this because it is painful for them to accept. Some pet owners find it difficult to “see” that the time to say goodbye is near. Here are some guidelines to help you gauge your pet’s current quality of life:
- Is your pet acting irritable, restless or confused?
- Has your pet lost their appetite or do they drink excessively?
- Does your pet avoid activities he/she once loved?
- Are other pets in the home “picking on” your pet (this sometimes happens when a sick or aging animal is perceived as the weak pack member)?
- Does your pet hide or sleep in unusual places?
If after reading these questions it is still not clear what you should do, please don’t hesitate to contact our Animal Intake staff for guidance. Our staff can be reached at 813-876-7138 or firstname.lastname@example.org between 8:30 and 5:00pm, seven days a week.
What Is Euthanasia?
Euthanasia is a humane way of ending the life of an animal who is suffering from illness, unrepairable injury or old age. Euthanasia is not painful to pets but is simply a sensation of falling into a deep, restful sleep. While pets can pick up on your anxiety and sadness, they are not aware of what is going to happen. Our caring and certified euthanasia staff is here to help you, your pet and your family through the process.
We offer euthanasia services in a quiet, private room, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, seven days a week, at our Animal Intake Building: 3607 N. Armenia Avenue. No appointment is necessary.
Once you have decided to move forward with euthanasia, you’ll want to consider a few more things:
- Would you like for your children to be present? This is a personal decision but we welcome any family members who wish to participate.
- Would you like for your other pets to be able to sniff your pet after euthanasia? When pets are very close, it is often helpful for the living pets to sniff the body of their deceased friend to give them closure and understanding. We welcome other pets and will help to accommodate the process.
- How would you like to care for the remains? We offer cremation if home burial is not possible or preferred. If you would like your pet’s ashes returned to you, we offer several beautiful options for containment.
Euthanasia and Cremation Pricing
While we do charge for this service, no animal in need will be turned away if there is a qualified staff member available to help.
- Euthanasia only (no cremation) – $70
- Cremation only (no euthanasia, up to 40 lbs) – $75
- Cremation only (no euthanasia, 41-100 lbs) – $100
- Cremation only (no euthanasia, over 100 lbs) – $175
- Euthanasia & Private Cremation (up to 40 lbs) – $135
- Euthanasia & Private Cremation (41-100 lbs ) – $160
- Euthanasia & Private Cremation (over 100 lbs ) – $200
- DOA Disposal (no euthanasia) – $20
A Parting Comfort
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.