End-of-Life Care

Willamette Humane Society strives to be a resource for animal owners through their pet’s life. This includes offering affordable access to peaceful and humane end-of-life services when an animal’s quality of life has severely declined.

Our services are performed by caring, trained, and experienced technicians in a staff only location. You will need a private veterinary clinic if you wish to be with your animal for their end-of-life care.

In addition, Willamette Humane Society offers affordable and respectful cremation services, as well as burial options in the Lila Kay Columbarium and Peace Garden, located on the WHS shelter campus. Additional information on these services is available below.

For more information on scheduling an appointment, please call 503-585-5900 or email info@whs4pets.org. A member of our team will get back to you soon to discuss options.

Euthanasia and Cremation

General cremation includes cost of disposal. Should you select private cremation, your animal’s remains will be returned to you in an included urn. Cremation services are priced by the animal’s weight. See the chart below for our current pricing.

WeightEuthanasia + General CremationEuthanasia + Private Cremation
0 – 25 lbs$55.00$140.00
26 – 50 lbs$70.00$170.00
51 – 75 lbs$95.00$205.00
76 – 100 lbs$110.00$230.00
Over 100 lbs$150.00$275.00
Small Animals$10.00$40.00

Cremation Only

WeightGeneral Cremation onlyPrivate Cremation only
0 – 25 lbs$25.00$110.00
26 – 50 lbs$40.00$140.00
51 – 75 lbs$55.00$165.00
76 – 100 lbs$70.00$190.00
Over 100 lbs$95.00$220.00
Small Animals$5.00$35.00

Euthanasia Only

WeightEuthanasia only
0 – 50 lbs$30.00
51 – 100 lbs$40.00
Over 100 lbs$55.00
Small Animals$5.00

Wood box Urns


The Lila Kay Memorial Garden

Willamette Humane Society is pleased to offer personal burial options at The Lila Kay Memorial Garden, located onsite at the shelter’s Turner Road campus. When you purchase a columbarium niche in the Lila Kay Memorial Garden (currently priced at $300), you are making a lifetime purchase for you and your family.  Each niche measures 12 wide x 12 deep x 12 high.  The niche purchase comes with one engraved plaque; additional plaques are available upon request for $30. Each niche holds up to six plaques.

Quality of Life Scale

For help determining if it’s the right time to say goodbye to an ailing or elderly pet, some owners find the below Quality of Life scale helpful, created by veterinarian Dr. Alice Villabos. Score patients using a scale of 0 to 10, ranging from 0 that is associated with a poor quality of life, and ranging to 10 that is associated with an excellent quality of life.

H: 0 -10 HURT – Adequate pain control, including breathing ability, is first and foremost on the scale. Is the pet’s pain successfully managed? Is oxygen necessary?
H: 0 – 10HUNGER – Is the pet eating enough? Does hand feeding help? Does the patient require a feeding tube?
H: 0 – 10HYDRATION – Is the patient dehydrated? For patients not drinking enough, use subcutaneous fluids once or twice daily to supplement fluid intake.
H: 0 – 10HYGIENE – The patient should be brushed and cleaned, particularly after elimination. Avoid pressure sores and keep all wounds clean.
H: 0 – 10HAPPINESS – Does the pet express joy and interest? Is the pet responsive to things around him or her (family, toys, etc.)? Is the pet depressed, lonely, anxious, bored or afraid? Can the pet’s bed be close to the family activities and not be isolated?
H: 0 – 10MOBILITY – Can the patient get up without assistance? Does the pet need human or mechanical help (e.g. a cart)? Does the pet feel like going for a walk?  Is the pet having seizures or stumbling?  (Some caregivers feel euthanasia is preferable to amputation, yet an animal who has limited mobility but is still alert and responsive can have a good quality of life as long as caregivers are committed to helping the pet.)
H: 0 – 10MORE GOOD DAYS THAN BAD – When bad days outnumber good days, quality of life might be compromised. When a healthy human-animal bond is no longer possible, the caregiver must be made aware the end is near. The decision needs to be made if the pet is suffering. If death comes peacefully and painlessly, that is okay.
*TOTAL=*A total >35 points is an indicator of acceptable quality of life in most instances.  Please consult with your veterinarian for a professional opinion.