Euthanasia and Disposal Services
We understand euthanasia is a difficult decision and we are here to help.
The City of St. John's Humane Services Division offers euthanasia and disposal services for pets of City residents only. Proof of residency must be provided.
These services are normally provided at the Animal Care and Adoption Centre at 81 Higgins Line between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., every Tuesday (except on holidays). Please call Access St. John's at 311 or 754-CITY (2489) in the morning to confirm that these services are available on the day you plan to bring your pet to the Centre.
Fees for these services:
Euthanasia (including disposal)
Residents who are unable to afford these services due to low income can apply to have the fees waived by filling in the Waiver of Euthanasia/Surrender Fee Application Form.
Referrals are available for private crematory services.
Pet Loss Support
The Atlantic Veterinary College Pet Loss Support Line is staffed by a group of volunteer veterinary students, specially trained by a counselor in the area of pet loss and grief. They offer a nonjudgmental outlet for people to express their feelings when faced with the loss of a beloved and cherished pet.
Is it okay to be upset about a pet passing on?
- What is Quality of Life?
- Should I get another pet?
- What should I consider when getting a new pet?
- Where can I turn for help?
Messages left outside these hours will be returned during our next support line hours.
Please take note: While we are affiliated with the Atlantic Veterinary College, they are not authorized to provide medical advice via telephone or the internet.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
For additional information please visit Access St. John's
Where 311 is unavailable, call 709-754-CITY (2489)
Call Humane Services 576-6126
Monday-Friday Noon – 4 PM, Sat-Sun 3-5 PM
For additional help, contact information or to submit a request visit Access 311.