|Standards of Operation
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The Baltimore Humane Society is a no-kill facility.
BHS is committed to the preservation of life and to the objective use of approved methods of euthanasia, when appropriate, guided by medical standards and a reasonable interpretation of the definition of the purpose behind euthanasia. Factors contributing to the euthanasia of any animal include quality of life, and risk to the health and safety of other animals, including people. The Baltimore Humane Society resolutely affirms that it will not euthanize for reasons amounting to insufficient operational capacity such as space, manpower, and the like.
The staff and Board of Directors of the Baltimore Humane Society recognize that the subject of euthanasia is emotionally charged and, at times, difficult for any reasonable person to reflect upon. We also recognize that the subject is a ‘moving target’ and requires both reflection and open discussion in order to minimize its practice beyond just one facility and instead across our country.
Given the sensitivity of the practice of euthanasia and the organization’s requirement to maintain transparency and objectivity, the euthanasia of any animal for reasons other than owner requested euthanasia must be approved via signature by:
- The Executive Director
- The Medical Director
- The Shelter Program Director
- The Animal Care Director
The only time that Euthanasia will occur at the Baltimore Humane Society (BHS) are as follows:
- Pet owner authorized euthanasia. However, the BHS staff has the right to decline this service if the BHS staff determines that the animal still has quality life remaining and that the animal can live comfortably. In regard to behavior issues, the BHS Staff will coordinate with professional animal trainers or behaviorists to determine if the animal can be properly trained to reverse its behavior that is deemed unsafe.
- Deteriorating medical condition that is untreatable and causing suffering to an animal. If the BHS Staff determines that a pet is suffering from medical conditions that are not able to be medically treated to maintain a comfortable and quality life. Should outside opinions of the medical state of a pet be needed, the BHS Veterinary Medical Director will consult with other Veterinarians to make a final determination on the pet’s state of health. If the pet is treatable, BHS will do everything possible to properly treat the pet to reverse it’s medical condition to live a comfortable and safe life.
- Behaviors that are beyond correction that are deemed unsafe to other pets, people, and to itself. Any pet that is in this category will be closely monitored and will work with at least two professional trainers to attempt to reverse the pet’s unsafe behaviors to other pets, people and itself.