Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 11,731
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

More and more cases of "convenience euthanasia" are being brought to veterinarians across the country. These animals are fit, and in no danger, but their families are asking for them to be put down.

The reasons people ask for convenience euthanasia range from "he got too big," to "she sheds too much," or even, "we just don’t enjoy them as much as we used to." People also cite the high cost of veterinary care as a reason to put an animal down, or the difficulty of finding it a new home. What is most shocking is that there is no law or regulation that prevents vets from euthanizing a healthy pet simply at the owner's request.

Some vets refuse to perform convenience euthanasia, but many are willing to euthanize by request, and that is something that can be stopped. Like all medical doctors, veterinarians are required to obtain certification from their state to practice. By encouraging states to refuse licenses to vets that willingly euthanize healthy animals, we can save countless lives!

Let's make convenience euthanasia a thing of the past by asking the American Association of Veterinary State Boards to help change state policies for licensing veterinarians. Sign below to help make sure pets are protected!

Sign Here

To President-Elect of the AAVSB, Vito DelVento, DVM,

More and more people are visiting their veterinarian to have their healthy animal put down for no other reason than their own convenience. The reasons range from complaints about the costs of having a pet, the pet shedding more than they like, or even the difficulties that arise when moving with a pet.

The practice of "convenience euthanasia" is not only abhorrent, but it goes against every value that the AAVSB stands for. A pet is not a piece of furniture, or a conversation piece - something to be discarded when they no longer fill a void. Allowing families to bring in a healthy pet to be put down simply because they are tired of it, or don’t want to take care of it anymore is horrifying, and any veterinarian dedicated to helping animals should be equally appalled at the idea. Yet, because there's nothing saying that a veterinarian cannot, or should not, perform convenience euthanasia, pets continue to be treated as such.

The AAVSB is in a unique position to help shape how states view veterinary medicine, and what criteria they use to certify their vets. As the primary source for the veterinary regulatory community, your voice resonates into every veterinary office. By joining in the fight against this barbaric and unnecessary procedure, thousands of animals can be saved.

By standing up and decrying this practice, and encouraging veterinary boards around the country to raise their standards, you will make a difference to all of us, animals and humans alike.


Petition Signatures

Feb 24, 2018 Nancy Williams
Feb 24, 2018 Lynne Minore
Feb 23, 2018 Carol Brazee
Feb 23, 2018 Janice Taylor
Feb 23, 2018 Cynthia Marzett
Feb 23, 2018 Amie Harrison
Feb 23, 2018 Gloria Trinka
Feb 23, 2018 Irene Yoshida
Feb 23, 2018 Debbie Coggins
Feb 22, 2018 Dorothy Dagnall
Feb 21, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Feb 21, 2018 Beverley Holmes
Feb 20, 2018 Terri Robb
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 gillard claudine
Feb 20, 2018 PJ Chambers
Feb 20, 2018 Melanie Blackburn
Feb 20, 2018 Christine Hewitt
Feb 20, 2018 Debra Huntley My dog has seizures and takes five meds a day. Yes it's hard but never would I imagine or think to put her down because it's hard! It's a challenge but I will make it work.
Feb 19, 2018 Rebecca Dunne
Feb 19, 2018 Kerstin Murr
Feb 19, 2018 Mireille Baré
Feb 19, 2018 Dawn Sare
Feb 19, 2018 Brandy Thompson I think it so very wrong
Feb 19, 2018 Mellisa Elrick
Feb 19, 2018 Christine Geise
Feb 19, 2018 Richard Rheder
Feb 19, 2018 Cynthia Solomon
Feb 18, 2018 shelley Stierli
Feb 18, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 18, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Feb 17, 2018 Linda Dankmeyer
Feb 17, 2018 Claudia Jarrett
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Potter
Feb 16, 2018 ANA ALEMAN
Feb 16, 2018 Connie Hope-Bly
Feb 16, 2018 Dana Norton
Feb 16, 2018 Virginia Cassidy
Feb 15, 2018 Nicole Lee-Faith
Feb 14, 2018 dawn mckinney
Feb 14, 2018 Tara Schuneman
Feb 14, 2018 Joe Zavis
Feb 14, 2018 maria lopez
Feb 14, 2018 William LAURENCIN
Feb 14, 2018 Jane Chin
Feb 14, 2018 Rebecca Hoskins
Feb 13, 2018 Anne Prost
Feb 13, 2018 Gina Lippa
Feb 13, 2018 Evelyn Chapple
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)

back to top

Beware of Dog Kisses Indoor/Outdoor Mat
Share this page and help fund food & care: