Euthanasia Policy

As per the City of New Westminster’s guidelines, animals will only be euthanized for the following reasons:

 1. The animal is terminally ill or severely injured as per the opinion of a veterinarian.

 2. The animal is not adoptable in the opinion of a qualified or certified animal behaviourist.

 3. Animal Services is in possession of a Provincial Court Order directing the staff to euthanize the animal and the 30 day appeal period has passed.

Once the animal meets one of the above criteria, an Animal Services Officer will transport the animal to a veterinarian in the area and have the veterinarian perform the euthanasia. Animal Services Staff may authorize an animal to be euthanized only when it is deemed to be the property of the City of New Westminster, except where extenuating circumstances exist.