Deciding that the time has come to Euthanize a dearly beloved pet is very difficult. Most agree that at some point this is the most humane decision and best option for a pet that is suffering from old age, injury, or chronic illness.
Pinellas County Animal Services offers pet euthanasia as a service to citizens. Citizens must bring proof of ownership to have their pet euthanized. This service is offered by appointment only. Please call 727-582-2600 ext 9 to make an appointment.
We do not allow owners to be present during the euthanasia process, nor do we return ashes of cremated pets. Owners have the right to have the pet’s body returned to them after the procedure has been completed. Owners can then have their pet cremated at another facility or bury the remains on their own property. According to Florida State Statute (FSS 823.041) the remains may be buried in the ground as long as the grave is a minimum of 2 feet deep.
Cremation is available for previously deceased pets. Ashes are not returned.
This is a difficult topic to discuss, as there is a great deal of emotion involved in the process. Our veterinary staff gives each animal a thorough physical exam and evaluation when they come to Animal Services.
Should a pet be too injured or sick to live a full, happy life or its aggressive temperament poses a threat to other animals or people, they are humanely euthanized with a lethal injection (sodium pentobarbital).
This process is a last resort, not a way to manage shelter populations. We strongly believe prevention and education are critical. That’s why all of our adoptable pets have been spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted litters, and they all come with their immunizations to reduce the likelihood of them contracting debilitating diseases.
We are also firmly committed to educating the public about responsible pet care for their pets regardless of where they may have been adopted.