The welfare basis for euthanasia of dogs and cats and policy development

The welfare basis for euthanasia of dogs and cats and policy development

IFAW works from the concept of ‘adequate guardianship’, which requires that an animal’s basic needs are met. The algorithm is based on this concept and its criteria, and provides a simplified structure to help local veterinarians and dog/cat shelter staff to think through a decision about euthanasia as objectively as possible. The notes below are meant only to help clarify some of the terminology in the algorithm, and to provide real-life examples to illustrate implementation of euthanasia criteria and the algorithm.

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Experts

Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Gail A'Brunzo, Manager, Wildlife Rescue
Manager, Wildlife Rescue
Jan Hannah, Campaign Manager, Northern Dogs Project
Campaign Manager, Northern Dogs Project
Kate Nattrass Atema, Program Director, Community Animal Welfare
Program Director, Community Animal Welfare
Veterinarian, DVM, PhD
Veterinarian, DVM, PhD
Shannon Walajtys
Manager, Animal Rescue-Disasters