It’s a sad but inevitable fact that our pets will eventually reach the end of their lives. The already difficult process of making final plans for your pet can become even more challenging when finances are tight. The Connecticut Humane Society and its Fox Memorial Clinic offer euthanasia services, and cremation services via a partnership with Final Gift. Even if your pet has already passed away, you may bring him or her to CHS for cremation services.
If you believe your pet is sick or suffering from age-related changes, CHS recommends that you take your pet to a veterinarian for an exam. A veterinarian is best equipped to evaluate your pet’s medical history and current condition and can help you decide if it’s time or if there are treatment options. If you do not already have a regular veterinarian, you may wish to call to see if there is an appointment available at the Fox Memorial Clinic.
If it is determined that euthanasia is the most or only humane option for your pet, your veterinarian can likely help you in their office. If your veterinarian cannot accommodate your appointment, you may call us to see if you can have the service performed by CHS or Fox Memorial Clinic. CHS will request that you provide a letter from your veterinarian or send us the complete medical records to confirm the diagnosis and euthanasia recommendation. This letter is not required, but you should be aware that pets presented for euthanasia without this documentation may be refused if the pet does not appear to be in immediate need. Without documentation, CHS staff will perform a basic evaluation to determine whether we can reasonably honor the euthanasia request. This is not a physical examination, just a basic visual evaluation. Owners looking for an exam or medical advice need to schedule an exam at a veterinary hospital.
If you have a pet with behavioral problems that impact his or her quality of life or endanger the community, you may also require euthanasia services. Owners may wish to start by calling your veterinarian to see if they can assist. If your vet is unable to assist, you can also ask your local animal control agency, or CHS can assist owners requesting euthanasia for pets who have aggression and have bitten. You will be asked to provide a copy of the report from the local animal control agency that responded to the bite incident or any other records you have documenting your pet’s behavioral problem.
Things to Consider:
- Euthanasia services are by appointment only. Emergency requests are unable to be accommodated. CHS will do its best to help owners with reasonable requests for euthanasia, but may not be able to handle every inquiry.
- Fees for these services are dependent upon the weight of the pet at the time of the appointment.
- Clients who choose only euthanasia will need to take their pet home after the euthanasia and make their own burial arrangements. Make sure to check your city or town ordinances as many do not allow for burial on your property.
- Clients who utilize the euthanasia service at CHS may not accompany their pet for the procedure. If you wish to be with your pet when the procedure is performed, you must utilize your own veterinarian or the Fox Memorial Clinic. This is due to the availability of client-accessible space.
- Both individual and communal cremation options are available. All individual cremation fees include return of the pet’s ashes in a decorative urn.
- CHS reserves the right to refuse euthanasia of any pet.
**The fees below reflect end-of-life care for pets brought to the Connecticut Humane Society. Pet owners who choose to work directly with Final Gift for cremation services will be charged a different fee.**
Euthanasia and Cremation Price List
|Pet Weight||Euthanasia Only||Mass Cremation Only||Private Cremation Only||Euthanasia with Mass Cremation||Euthanasia with Private Cremation|
|150.1 lbs +||$40.00||$60.00||$350.00||$100.00||$390.00|
|Paws of Rememberance||$60.00|
|Brass Engraving Plate||$40.00|
|Ink Nose or Paw Print||$30.00|