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What do you think about people that want their pets euthanized when they die?

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  • I feel this is not a black and white decision. It all depends on the age, health and personality of the animal, availability of friends or relatives to step in and take responsibility for the animal to either take them as their pet or to make sure the pet is responsibly placed in a good home. Sometimes there is no one that can take on that responsibility. I would rather see the pet euthanized than left to be mistreated - traumatized by being sent to a shelter to wait for "maybe" a new home. Unfortunately there are too many unhappy endings with the over population of pets that have been abandoned. Posted by Marlyn Chadderton

  • My Rottwieller is almost 11 yrs old,is on medication for epilepsy,had is back leg smashed in 3 places and has nerve damage to a front leg so is on Power Meg to keep him mobile as long as possible. Now if i were to die before him i would want him euthanized to be cremated with me as i have no one that would take him and would not let him go to a shelter,as i am on the board of a nokill shelter and know that an older dog with health problems would not get adopted easily if ever. Posted by wanda

  • I think it is wrong if the pet is healthy and happy with no issues, like health issues, advanced age or aggressive issues. Advanced age is okay if someone in the family is willing to take care of the pet for the rest of its days. However, to euthanize a healthy pet because you are dying or have died is selfish. Its selfish to think that only YOU can bond with this pet. I've rehomed many pets over the years and yes while the pet goes through a few days to a week of missing their old life, if they have a new owner who cares for them the pet will bond with that person also. So give the pets a chance at life. They deserve it. Posted by Melainie

  • In the case of the relatives throwing the cat out, I think the ideal solution would have been to euthanize the relatives.
    Posted by Chris


  • I volunteer for the Cats Protection here in the UK and a large proportion of the cats brought into the shelter are old or ill. They are usually abandoned on the pretext of a change of living accommodation or other weak excuses. Some of these cats do take a long time to settle down, sometimes we're talking months not weeks, but I'm pleased to say that we ALWAYS home the cats and never euthanize, there is always a kind person out there somewhere to give these cats a loving home. Of course all pet owners should make arrangements for their pets in their wills and the RSPCA and other charities in the UK will contract with you to take your pet if it outlives you. I appreciate in rare cases an animal can be so devastated by an owners death it doesn't survive but I think they all deserve the chance to live out their lives. If you really love your pet surely you would want it to live. Posted by Elaine

  • I feel that it all depends on the situation. If the animal is young and healthy, they would probably adjust to living with someone else. However, if the animal is elderly and does not adjust to change very well, I don't have a problem with having them euthanized. That way, the human and the pet can go to the Rainbow Bridge together!!! Frankly, the big male cat that I currently share my life with is very, very spoiled and I really don't think anyone could handle him but me. He would be miserable. Posted by millie

  • I want my Pets to live a long and healthy life. I think they should be given this opportunity. Another way to look at this would be-- if your pets dies, would you like to be Euthanized so you can be buried with them?
I have cats and if I die I want my Friends and Family to take care of them. I am providing for this. Posted by Val

  • I believe my little chihuahua, Tico, could not survive without me. They say chihuahuas are one person dogs, and she is definitely mine. She is okay with certain people only if I am home and in the same room. I was gone for 4 days and my niece, who Tico knows well, barked constantly, growled, and would not come out of the bedroom, even for her stepdaughter, 7, who Tico really likes. I do not want her to have to live without me; it would be too traumatic for her and the people watching her. Posted by Jeanie

  • I think if the pet is healthy it would be a crime to have him/her needlessly euthanized. I have seven dogs and oh what a crowed grave it would be since the smallest one is 50#. I know many years (60+) ago it used to be the practice for the elderly to have their pet put to sleep and then placed in their arms in the casket but fortunately this went by the wayside. In the end, no matter what my opinion is, people will do what they "feel is right". Posted by Charlene

  • The only time the animal should be euthanized is if the animal is very elderly and ill. Otherwise, the animal should not have his/her life taken away because his owner dies. The responsible owner that loves the pet will make arrangements for care of the animal. My eldest dog is 10 yrs old, and is very bonded to me, but I would NOT want her to lose her life because I had the misfortune to die before she did. Posted by barbara

  • NO ONE, NO ONE, NO ONE, could or would do what we do for our dogs. Several times a day costly meds, weekly baths, thousands of dollars of surgery, vet rechecks every 6 weeks, they will only drink spring water, accidents in the house, not to mention the regular daily walks, cushy beds all over the house, special food and so on and so on. We can't even find a kennel that will treat them the way we do, never mind a permanent home.... If I was assured someone would do all this, I would leave them to their care, but truly, who would? Posted by norma

  • I feel that if there is no one to care for the pet, or if the pet gets extremely upset when seperated I think it is humane. If it is aimed at the person's desire then it is wrong... Posted by LOMA


  • If the animal is healthy then to euthanize it is to committ murder. plain and simple. You don't have the right to take another creature's life away from it especially one that trusted and loved you. Posted by Jenifer on March 24th 2010, 5:59pm
  • Sorry, it's a selfish act to euthanize a pet that still has life to live and love to give. Yes, they will miss you, but like all of us, they can go on living. Are you going to be "euthanized" if your pet dies first? Didn't think so. Posted by Patti


  • I CANT BELIEVE THAT ANYONE WOULD BE SO HEARTLESS TO KILL YOUR PET FOR YOUR OWN SELFISH NEEDS. IT MAKES ME SICK TO THINK THAT ANY HUMANBEING COULD BE SO CRUEL. ARE THEY GOING TO EUTHANIZE THERE FAMILY (PARENTS, CHILDREN, SPOUSE) TOO WHEN THEY DIE, AND STICK THEM IN THE GROUND NEXT TO THEM. THEY WILL BE DEPRESSED AS MUCH AS YOUR PET. YOU SEE HOW STUPID IT SOUNDS. IT SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW. HOW COULD A VET DOC EVEN AGREE TO SUCH A THING. HOW CAN HE SLEEP AT NIGHT??? ITS MURDER Posted by ILENE


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