Performing humane euthanasia
When the difficult decision is made that euthanasia is the only option, it is critical to ensure it is performed as humanely as possible
As a movement, we are now, thankfully, closer than ever to the day when euthanasia will be reserved only for animals who are suffering and whose quality of life cannot be improved upon through veterinary and humane behavioral interventions, and those who are too aggressive to safely reside in our communities. Although the Humane Society of the United States does not provide direct euthanasia training, we do believe that when the difficult decision is made to euthanize an animal, it is critical to ensure it is performed as humanely as possible through euthanasia by injection (EBI) by trained personnel who utilize the most current recommended protocols and humane handling guidelines.
The HSUS Euthanasia Reference Manual is the definitive basic education tool for understanding the methods and techniques of performing humane euthanasia. You can download the digital manual in English or in Spanish for free below or purchase the print manual from Humane Pennsylvania (while supplies last).
You do not need permission from the HSUS to use this manual; however, use of this manual does not constitute an “HSUS training” unless that training is provided by a licensed HSUS trainer.