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Animal shelter workers provide 26 coping strategies for those dealing with euthanasia — 5 Comments

  1. My 34 year old horse was put down in 2007 because of impaction colic. He was shot by the zoo vet because his meat was going to be donated for large carnivore food. It was instantaneous. Red never felt a thing, except the relief from the immense pain the colic was giving him. The vet was professional, and was compassionate to me and my horse. I was heartbroken, of course, but there was nothing to be done to get Red well again, and his death meant that others would live. I had owned Red for 32 years, and he was like a son to me.

  2. I know these are the views of shelter workers at the coal face, but to me they read as a creed for kill apologists. You can rationalise any event, or deed. How did those who operated gas chambers or state executioners justify their work?

    We should be encouraging these people to change the ethos of the kill community, not making it easier for them to assuage their guilt and misery.

    Sorry if this is too much for people, but I am not going to pretend I approve of anything that encourages no emotional or very serious reflection on the terrible state of affairs for cats in the world.

    Amuses me, they say to vent. Just who to? Other shelter workers who are as frustrated, hurt as they are? An unempathic shelter manager who is only keen on box ticking and targets? Their family who may well be hugely distressed/torn apart and damaged by the work that they see is destroying their family member who is a shelter worker?

    The 12 Steps… https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/fms/Animal%20Ethics/Documents/Animal-Euthanasia-Support-Guidelines.pdf

    • I agree with you Jane. I just saw to the euthanizing of my 17 year companion Einstein yesterday. I made no effort to make it easier, and I made my views and feelings known to the vet who did it. Einstein was my loyal friend through all those years, and all things considered, there was no room for rationalizing. If Einstein knew what we knew going in, and I’m not sure he didn’t, he would have been horrified, terrified and heart-broken as I was. The vets and techs need to get through their day’s work, but it was the end of my friend’s life and that’s what I honored and cared about. I wasn’t rude but I do resent their effort to make us part of their job training. I don’t need to agree with them or make them feel better or nothing about it, and they need to respect my friend and feelings, period. Sorry but’s just not about them at that time.

      • Albert, I am so sorry that Einstein has gone. I know you will have provided more love, care and friendship to him than any one could imagine. I am sending you much love

        I agree with you about how nursing/support staff can be a crass intrusion at such an inimate, personal time for you both. These people need to be 100% professional, yes they have to learn, but not at such a devastating, sensitive time for the feline and human friends. I’ve refused their presence before now.

        I bet Einstein was a wonderful friend to you. He will live on in your heart.

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