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When an animal comes into our care, their health and wellbeing becomes our responsibility, and providing them with a second chance is our mission. Unfortunately, it is sometimes the case that a dog or cat, or other animal, has been neglected, injured or mistreated before coming to MHS, creating a situation where euthanasia must be considered as a compassionate way forward.

It is our policy to euthanize only if an animal is too sick to be given a decent quality of life, or it is too aggressive to be safe for our staff and volunteers, the other animals in our care, or for the community.

Medical euthanasia decisions are made by our veterinary team after assessment of the pain or suffering that the animal may be experiencing, as well as viable treatment options.

In the event that an animal poses a dangerous behavioral risk, behavior euthanasia recommendations are assessed very carefully by our Behavior Committee. This committee is comprised of the Shelter Manager, Veterinary Technician, Behavior Coordinator, Lead Kennel Tech and Assistant Lead Kennel Tech, as well as three volunteers nominated by their peers. This allows a group of people who interact with the animals in different ways to provide a fuller picture of the animal and its potential for healing or rehabilitation. We try never to make the decision to euthanize in the first few days that an animal is with us; we know that sometimes fear aggression will abate as the pet becomes used to our surroundings.

When euthanasia is performed, it is done with respect and a gentle hand. No animal is allowed to suffer.

In 2023 the Michiana Humane Society had a live release rate of 97% according to the Asilomar Accords formula. As much pride as the staff and volunteers take in providing second chances to the hundreds of animals in our care every year, we also grieve for those that we’ve lost.

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