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We Feel Pain So Our Animals Don’t Have To

Written by Michelle Kretzer | April 19, 2012

It’s a common occurrence at PETA: We received an e-mail from a woman in Illinois who knew that her 18-year-old cat was suffering and needed to be euthanized, but she was unable to afford euthanasia at her veterinarian’s office. So she asked if PETA could help cover the cost.

The cat’s weight had dropped to an alarming 3 pounds. She had begun to stumble and fall when she tried to walk, and she cried often. Her guardian knew that ending the animal’s agony was the right thing to do, and so did we, so PETA quickly arranged for the cat to be euthanized.


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 Don’t let fear of your own pain cause a dear old friend to suffer

Saying “Goodbye” to an animal family member is one of the hardest things we will ever have to face. But after they have devoted their lives to us, we owe it to them not to make them suffer just because we can’t bring ourselves to say “Goodbye.”

If you know of an animal at the end of his or her life who is suffering because his or her guardian doesn’t want to say “Goodbye” or cannot afford the veterinary bill for euthanasia, contact PETA for help.

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  • Emily says:

    When animals are old and suffering, it can be hard to put them to “sleep.” I have never expierienced it but i know that i will have to do it some day. I am sorry for your loss. It must be hard but it was for the best. Your cat is not suffering anymore.:)

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