Services

End-of-life services

End-of-life servicesEuthanasia for those that are suffering

We understand the grief involved when the time comes to say goodbye. We offer compassionate care to support you through this difficult process. We will take your pet to a warm and quiet room, and perform without delay the most humane euthanasia, which is by injection. It is a painless procedure that will be carried out with kindness and respect. Although we are not set up to permit you to be present at the euthanasia, you may view your pet afterwards, if you wish.

End-of-life services are initiated through the Pet Intake area of our shelters. We accept appointments at the Quebec Street Shelter in Denver between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m by calling (303) 751-5772.  You may also bring your pet to us without appointment at any time during business hours. We will accommodate you as quickly as we can, but without an appointment, there may be a wait. 

The cost of euthanasia is $50. 

Cremation services

Cost of cremation is included in your $50 euthanasia fee. If your pet dies at home, the cremation fee is $20.

We also offer individual cremation through an outside provider; the cost for this service ranges from $100 to $230, depending on the weight of your pet. In this case, you may have your pet's ashes returned to you. For more information about cremation services, please call (303) 751-5772.

Pet Burial Services

Pet burial services

The Sheilagh R. Malo Pet Memorial Garden at the Quebec Street Shelter in Denver is available for your pet’s final resting place. Your pet’s cremated ashes will be placed in a stainless-steel urn and interred in a space of your choosing in the garden. The entry will be capped with a granite plaque inscribed according to your wishes.

You may hold a graveside service at the time of interment, provided that you bring who and what is needed to conduct a service that is suitable for you and your loved ones. You are also welcome to visit the memorial garden any time during our regular business hours.

Pet memorial garden burial is available for a donation of $500. This includes the urn, burial space and granite plaque, as well as euthanasia and cremation, if desired. You can reserve a spot in advance for your pet with a $250 deposit. The remainder will be due at the time of interment.

All revenue from these services goes toward caring for the homeless pets at our shelters. We hope you will find comfort in knowing that your pet, even in death, is helping the homeless animals in our care.

For more information, please contact Joan Thielen at  (303) 751-5772 ext. 7307 or jthielen@ddfl.org.