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How do you feel about the Humane Society? I have some food and a small carrier to donate but when I google rescues all of them are far enough away that I don't have the time or gas money to go to. I used to think of the Humane Society as a good thing but when I was young and poor I brought my dog and cat there to be euthanized when it was time. It was very traumatic for me and then a couple of years later they were accused of botching euthanasia. I will never forgive myself and have always had a vet do it now where I could be there. But now I don't have a good feel for the Humane Society here. Gosh just writing this has me bawling.
 

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Each Humane Society is a separate entity and not linked in any way. So my opinion of my local humane society has no value when it comes to other humane societies.
 

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I'm fine with the Humane Society. The shelter where I volunteer provides great care for the animals. I do cat socialization there for about two hours a day each weekday. I can't wait to get there in the morning. Especially on a Monday.

If you want a list of rescues, go to petfinder dot com and put in your zip code. Just look at where the cats or dogs are located.
 

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If by botching, you mean putting down animals that have nothing wrong with them other than something like treatable earmites... then yes, the SPCA has a large list of terrible things that they may frequently put animals to sleep over.

Otherwise, Doodlebug is correct... euthanaizing an animal comes down to calculating dosage. Unless they had a code that was implemented that frequently was on the lower side of dosing the animal, then it merely would come down to the person doing it, and possibly if they were inexperienced or trying to save every drop of the drug they could.
 

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Carmel, I realized it was human error but I will bear the guilt of what could have happened to my beloved friends. I didn't know better and had no money to do anything different at the time. Now I would sell furniture to bring them to a vet while I supervised to make it be the relaxing, loving end to life. This was 30 years ago, I guess it's silly for me to still hold on to it. Thank you.
 

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Cat owner, It's not silly at all...
I think there's a few of us, that are still haunted by the "What Ifs" of some beloved animals in our pasts...

The only thing that helps, is knowing we did our best at the time, with the knowledge we had then...

And we carry those lessons forward, to the animals we love and care for now...
HUGS
Sharon
 

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Cat owner, It's not silly at all...
I think there's a few of us, that are still haunted by the "What Ifs" of some beloved animals in our pasts...

The only thing that helps, is knowing we did our best at the time, with the knowledge we had then...

And we carry those lessons forward, to the animals we love and care for now...
HUGS
Sharon

And the "what ifs" can extend to many things in life... that's just part of being human.
 

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The Humane Society, the SPCA, PETA, even my own shelter I volunteer at all have their warts. I think for the most part there are caring people in each of them. I agree with 10c2d = there are always those regrets we have. For me it was a beautiful stray that I betrayed 20 years ago by giving her away only to find out she was surrendered and almost immediately euthanized by the very shelter I volunteer at now. Thankfully my shelter has progressed into a new state of the art facility and we do not do that any longer. Go ahead and donate your stuff. It is given in good faith by you.
 

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also, you might even put an ad on Craigslist for people that care for strays or ferals in your local neighborhood.
 
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