End Of Life

Facing the death of a pet is never easy. If your pet is suffering or has a low quality of life, you and your veterinarian may decide it would be kindest to humanely euthanize your pet (put your pet to sleep). The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement offers a Quality of Life Scale to help pet owners begin assessing end of life decisions for their pets.

If you are considering euthanizing your pet because you do not have funding to treat their medical or behavioral issues or because you cannot keep your pet, please explore all options first, such as: getting help with veterinary bills, rehoming options and behavior resources that may address your unique concerns.

If euthanasia is determined to be medically necessary, most veterinarians will provide these services in their offices, and some will provide assistance in your home. 

Service Providers

If you do not have a veterinarian and are in need of hospice or medically-necessary euthanasia services, these providers may be able to assist. Many area shelters also provide euthanasia when medically necessary, but owners who wish to be with their pets should confirm in advance whether this is an option.

Houston SPCA may assist with no cost, owner-requested euthanasia. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 713-869-7722.

Lap of Love – Houston offers veterinary hospice* and in-home euthanasia services. Call 832-377-7503 or email houston@LapofLove.com for more information. *Hospice service has temporarily stopped due to COVID. 

Senior Paws offers in-home euthanasia and hospice services. Their Last Wishes fund may provide financial assistance to families who could not otherwise afford euthanasia. Call 713-452-0474 or email wecare@seniorpaws.vet for more information.

Support

Since most people think of pets as family, it is natural to experience grief when pets pass or are near death. There are many resources available to help you cope. 

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement offers a Chat Room for those looking for support. In addition, they offer a listing of many books for adults and children to help cope with loss.

Animal Love and Loss Network provides a place for those mourning the illness, injury or loss of a companion animal.

Losing Lulu is a online group that supports those that have had an animal euthanized or die because of behavioral reasons. 

Pet Loss Support Page offers a Texas Pet Loss Resources list with information on counselors, cemeteries, crematories and other services.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress or for those worried about a friend or loved one. Call 800-273-TALK (8255).

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