Rain Rescue operates under a policy of non-euthanasia for reasons of space or time. This means that the Charity never euthanises to make more room for other homeless animals or because an animal has been in the shelter for a long time. As long as the animal is rehomeable, the Charity makes a commitment to provide quality care until their forever home is found. Unfortunately, some animals do come to the shelter who have severe medical or behavioural issues.

The Charity has a responsibility to all of the animals in its care, as well as the public, to ensure their safety and quality of life, which means that euthanasia will continue to be an unavoidable responsibility on occasions.


  1. Each animal in the Charity’s care is evaluated as an individual. Many animals with medical needs receive treatment and are homed or sent to specific rescue groups. The decision to treat a medical condition is based on veterinary advice regarding a high probability for a cure or for good, long term quality of life. It is never based on treatment time or cost.

  2. Animals that have been treated or have a medical condition are rehomed with medical waivers.

  3. On occasions breed-specific rescue groups accept animals with medical conditions common to their breed, as they often have the necessary specific resources.

  4. A large number of general behavioural issues are able to be managed or trained, either in the shelter or with specific rehoming criteria. However, there are some animals who have a medical or behavioural problem with a high potential to endanger the public or other pets in the community. Therefore, we do humanely euthanise those animals who are a danger behaviourally or have severely compromising medical issues in order to protect the public and other animals in the community and in our care.



The Charity recognises that, whilst generally accepted as a means to end suffering, the subject of euthanasia is emotionally charged and, at times, difficult for any reasonable person to reflect upon. The Charity also recognises that the subject requires both reflection and open discussion in order to minimise its practice.

The consideration of euthanasia will usually be raised by the management team, however, before a decision is made to euthanise an animal it shall be discussed amongst those primarily responsible for the animal's in the charity's care and consulting professionals such as veterinarians and qualified behaviourists.

  • Given the sensitivity of the practice of euthanasia, the Charity aims to maintain transparency and objectivity, therefore, the euthanasia of any animal must be approved by:

    • ●  The CEO, Deputy Charity Manager and/or Wefare Manager

    • ●  A Veterinarian.

Euthanasia may occur at Rain Rescue due to the following:

  • a)  Deteriorating medical or behavioural condition that is causing suffering to an animal (including mental and emotional). If the Charity determines that an animal is suffering from medical conditions that are not able to be medically treated to maintain a comfortable and quality life, the Charity will consult with a Veterinarian to make a final determination on the animal’s state of health.

  • b)  Behaviours that are beyond reasonable management or training which pose an unacceptable risk to other animals, people or to itself. In these cases a certified behaviourist may be consulted in conjunction with recommendations from trained/experienced staff.

  • c)  If quality of life for the animal is compromised to an unacceptable degree, with no realistic prospect of improvement.

  • Dangerous Dogs Act In addition to the above Rain Rescue commits to abide by any law such as The Dangerous Dogs Act. Any dogs entering the rescues care which is believed to show characteristics of being ‘of type’ will be assessed by a qualified Dog Legislation officer and any actions notified to the rescue as a result of this assessment will be followed including euthanasia.

Euthanasia will only be carried out by a veterinary surgeon using an approved humane method and, where appropriate, using pre-euthanasia sedation. Intravenous injection is the recommended method. 

Rain Rescue is committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming the animals that enter it's care. 

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