Animal Services

Guiding Principles on Animal Euthanasia

At its October 8, 2013 meeting, Toronto City Council adopted the following guiding principles regarding animal euthanasia.

Toronto Animal Services:

  • strives to be a leader in animal welfare
  • will work to save the lives of all healthy, treatable or manageable companion animals
  • will not euthanize healthy, treatable or manageable companion animals
  • will work with organizations, rescue groups and coalitions for the purpose of saving the lives of all healthy, treatable or manageable companion animals
  • will work with organizations, rescue groups and coalitions for the purpose of saving the lives of animals requiring medical intervention, long-term care, foster care and other treatment that may be required to rehabilitate sick and injured animals.
  • will do everything humanly possible to minimize pain and distress for the animal, prior to and during the procedure if an animal must be euthanized

Definitions

Healthy  - all dogs and cats, eight weeks of age or older, that have no sign of a disease, injury or behaviour that could pose a health or safety risk, or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet.

Treatable  - all dogs and cats who are not healthy, but who are likely to become healthy, if given medical, foster, behavioural, or other care equivalent to the care typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners.

Manageable - all dogs and cats who are not healthy and who are not likely to become healthy, but who would likely maintain a satisfactory quality of life, if given medical, foster, behaviour, or other care, equivalent to the care typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring owners

Unhealthy and untreatable refers to all dogs and cats who:

  1. have a behavioural or temperamental characteristic that poses a health or safety risk and are not likely to become healthy or treatable even if provided the care typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners.
  2. are suffering from a disease, injury, or congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the animal's health and are not likely to become healthy or treatable even if provided the care typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners.

 


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