End-of-life services

Animal Humane Society is here to support you through all the stages of your animal’s life, even the tough ones. End-of-life care for your pet brings about both difficult and emotional decisions. 

We provide a variety of compassionate services to help you through this process.

Pet Loss Support Group

We know pets are family members, too. When it's time say goodbye, the resulting sense of loss and grief is as real and sometimes as overwhelming as when we lose a relative or human friend. At our Pet Loss Support Group, you can share your feelings with others who are going through a similar experience, which can aid in the healing process.

End-of-life admission services

Animal Humane Society provides euthanasia services for pet owners at a reduced cost. Please note that pet owners cannot be in the room with their pet as this service is provided, but they may visit their pet afterward. A special sympathy card that includes the animal's paw print will be mailed to families shortly after their appointment. 

Pet owners who utilize end-of-life euthanasia services may elect to donate their pet’s body for veterinary student training at the University of Minnesota through our Willed Body Donation Program. Cremation services are also available, or owners may reclaim the body.

When the time comes, please call our Pet Helpline at 952-HELP-PET (952-435-7738) to discuss your needs.

Private cremation

We provide private cremation service for families who wish to keep the remains of their pet. Your pet will receive an individual cremation with its remains carefully packaged and returned to you in a standard container. The animal remains will be available for pick-up 7 to 10 business days after your pet is brought to our facilties. Urns are available for purchase and range in price from $50 to $150.

Communal cremation

For those who do not wish to keep the remains of their pet, communal cremation services are available.

Fees

Fees for all services are due at the time your pet is brought to AHS. If you have questions or need additional information, please call our Pet Helpline at 952-HELP-PET (952-435-7738).

Cats
  • End-of-life admission services: $60
  • Communal cremation: $25
  • Private cremation: $80
Dogs

End-of-life admission services:

  • For dogs less than 50 lbs: $60
  • For dogs more than 50 lbs: $65

Communal cremation: $25

Private cremation:

  • For dogs less than 50 lbs: $80
  • For dogs more than 50 lbs: $90
Chinchillas, ferrets, and hedgehogs
  • End-of-life admission services: $30
  • Communal cremation: $15
  • Private cremation: $80
Guinea pigs, rodents, and birds
  • End-of-life admission services: $15
  • Communal cremation: $15
  • Private cremation: $80
Pot-bellied pigs
  • End-of-life admission services: $90
  • Communal cremation: $25
  • Private cremation: $90
Rabbits
  • End-of-life admission services: $60
  • Communal cremation: $15
  • Private cremation: $80
Reptiles
  • End-of-life admission services: $45
  • Communal cremation: $15
  • Private cremation: $80

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline