End of Life and Pet Memorial Services
Oregon Humane Society Salem Campus offers several options for end-of-life services and a final resting place for your pet.
When it is time to have your pet euthanized, we suggest you use your regular veterinarian. However, if you do choose OHS’ euthanasia service, our licensed technicians use the same painless procedure as a veterinarian. Please note, OHS does not offer owner present euthanasia. Fees range from $14 to $231. For more information, call (503) 585-5900 x300.
Euthanasia requests for medical reasons are subject to approval by staff. There may be times when we do not have enough information to approve euthanasia and will require current medical records to review prior to making a decision. We recommend that you have those available upon request. Medical euthanasia is offered by appointment, but urgent needs are given top priority.
All euthanasia requests due to, or involving behavioral concerns go through a review process prior to any services being offered. The first step in requesting behavioral euthanasia is to fill out a pet profile in order to provide background information on your pet. Links to these profiles are below:
We provide private cremation services for families who wish to keep the remains of their pet. Fees are determined by the pet’s weight category and range from $100 to $350. A cedar urn is included as part of this service.
For those who do not wish to keep the remains of their pet, general cremation services are available. Fees range from $7 to $140. Additional services such as ink or clay paw print keepsakes are available for additional fees ranging from $25 to $30. For more information, call (503) 585-5900 x300.
All pet cremations are done through our service provider, Dignified Pet Services. OHS coordinates directly with DPS to arrange transportation of your beloved pet from OHS into their care. Visit their website to learn about additional memorial needs available to honor your pet.
The Lila Kay Memorial Garden
Oregon Humane Society Salem Campus 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 – 10||HUNGER – Is the pet eating enough? Does hand feeding help? Does the patient require a feeding tube?|
|H: 0 – 10||HYDRATION – Is the patient dehydrated? For patients not drinking enough, use subcutaneous fluids once or twice daily to supplement fluid intake.|
|H: 0 – 10||HYGIENE – The patient should be brushed and cleaned, particularly after elimination. Avoid pressure sores and keep all wounds clean.|
|H: 0 – 10||HAPPINESS – 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 – 10||MOBILITY – 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 – 10||MORE 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.|