The Medicine Hat SPCA is pleased to report that we have adopted a new policy at our shelter!
We are making a commitment that we will not euthanize healthy or treatable animals even when the shelter is full. Some animals relinquished to our facility, however, may be too sick, injured or aggressive to be treated or rehabilitated, making humane euthanasia necessary to prevent prolonged suffering or to ensure the health & safety of the shelter population and/or the public.
There is a lot of history and context to understand behind this decision. This change in policy is now a possibility for us due to having a low cost spay/neuter program available to the public, having a robust adoption program, separating the delivery of our humane society programs from pound services, having committed volunteers that include dog behaviorists, partnering with other rescue groups & shelters, and managing our intake with wait lists or other measures when needed/possible.
Our Board of Directors and Staff have worked very hard to make it possible to implement this l policy, and we are thrilled to be able to do so!