Saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be a difficult emotional journey, but it can also be expensive. There aren’t any no-cost pet euthanasia places but thankfully there are many charities and organizations offering help with low-cost pet euthanasia and related services.
Low-cost pet euthanasia
Deciding to put a beloved pet down is never easy. If you have tried everything you can to save your pet from pain or illness, but finances are a concern, here are some options available that might help.
1. Animal Humane Society
The Animal Humane Society offers a variety of services, including end-of-life euthanasia, private or communal cremation, and links to supportive services.
Prices for euthanasia start from $20 for rodents, guinea pigs, and birds. Euthanasia for dogs and cats is $85 and they even offer services for pigs.
2. Animal Care Centers of NYC
Animal Care Centers of New York offer low-cost euthanasia for pet owners who cannot afford conventional vet clinic fees.
The whole process is undertaken by certified euthanasia technicians so you can be assured that your pet is in good hands.
All they need are your pet’s prescribed medication and any available medical records.
They have daily office hours and can be reached by telephone. A pet loss support group is also available.
3. THRIVE Affordable Vet Care
Thrive is a veterinary service offering treatment at affordable prices to ensure all pets can access medical help.
They offer an end-of-live service, which includes euthanasia and private or communal cremation. A euthanasia information pack is available as a free download from their website and they even offer advice on how to approach the idea of grief with children.
4. Furry Friends
Furry Friends is a mobile veterinary service making medical treatment more accessible for pet owners.
They have 3 packages for in-home euthanasia:
- Euthanasia and at-home burial
- Euthanasia with group cremation
- Euthanasia with private cremation
Furry Friends also offers memorial gifts such as clay paw prints, patio pavers, and photo urns.
How much does it cost to euthanize your pet?
Pricing depends on the type of service you choose and whether you go with a veterinary clinic or a mobile service.
Euthanasia starts from $20 for small pets like birds and mice, with prices increasing for larger animals. Packages may be more expensive if you choose to include cremation.
Euthanasia and private cremation for a medium-sized dog can cost anywhere from $250 to $450.
How much does PetSmart charge for euthanasia?
Typically, pet owners will opt to have their dog euthanized at a veterinary surgery, but you can also have your dog put to sleep at Banfield Hospitals for PetSmart. They charge between $50 and $100 for the procedure, depending on the breed.
Additional costs should be expected, such as cremation or burial services and any memorial services you may decide to purchase.
What to do if you can’t afford to euthanize your pet?
When a family experiences the loss of income and faces the possibility of having their pet euthanized due to lack of finances, how do they go about getting free or reduced-cost services? This list will give you an idea of what to do next if you find yourself in this situation.
- Start a GoFundMe page.
- Check your local’s low-cost pet clinics.
- Contact local animal rescues for help.
- Look into charities that support low-cost pet euthanasia.
- Look at nearby shelters that might be able to help.
- Pay in installments.
- Speak to vets and find out what to expect.
Grieving the loss of a pet after euthanasia
There is no manual on how to grieve for the loss of a pet. Sometimes, the hardest part is dealing with the decision to euthanize your family member. There can be a lot of guilt associated with this and it can be difficult to overcome.
It is a good idea to let at least one other person know your plans ahead of time. This way, they can let others know that you will need support and comfort.
Talk to your pet’s veterinarian so you understand the process and know what to expect. They will often suggest you take some time to say goodbye to your pet.
You can memorialize your pet by planting a tree, laying a photo patio slab in your garden or having clay paw prints made of their feet. Having some time to remember your pet can make the grieving process easier.
Most importantly, talk to someone. It doesn’t matter whether it is a family member, a friend or a grief support group. Discussing your feelings of loss will go a long way towards helping you heal.
Can you legally euthanize your own pet?
Euthanasia must be carried out by a trained and licensed practitioner. You cannot put your dog down yourself, as this would be considered animal cruelty by law.
There are plenty of places you can find advice such as your vet’s surgery, local council or government services and online support groups.
Should you be there when your dog is euthanized?
Some owners do not want to be in the room during euthanasia as it is too upsetting. If you feel comfortable to be with your dog, it is a good idea to do so. Not only does it give you a chance to say goodbye, but your presence will help to keep your dog calm as they fall asleep.
Once the anesthetic takes effect, the dog will no longer be aware of their surroundings and the whole process is over quite quickly.