of care for our animals has increased dramatically. Patients under anesthesia for extended periods of time will be more closely monitored and provided constant heat support – vital to their well-being. The team also took special care in monitoring the weights of our resident felines. We worked with our cat feeding volunteers to ensure their food intake was managed appropriately to keep them at a healthy weight. New protocols were put in place. As a result, many of our felines are looking more svelte therefore keeping them healthier and more active in our care.
Evaluation Committee The Evaluation Committee is comprised of a diverse group of staff that have been designated to evaluate and seek solutions for medical and behavioral concerns to ensure overall animal wellness. The primary mission of the committee is to provide multidisciplinary oversight and direction for animals with challenging or unique needs, backgrounds and conditions. The committee also makes euthanasia recommendations only after all reasonable options have been exhausted by conducting a thorough review of each case within the context of Animal Friends’ no-kill tradition – specifically with regard to quality-of-life medical conditions and behavior that threatens public safety.
After tireless solution-seeking and careful consideration, Animal Friends’ Evaluation Committee agreed to humanely euthanize 75 animals at Animal Friends in 2017 for severe behavioral or quality-of-life issues. While these animals found an ending that is not typical of the majority of the animals at Animal Friends, it certainly does not mean that they were any less fortunate or any less loved. These few were blessed with a compassionate and humane release from their troubled or ailing bodies.
Animal Friends' 2017 Annual Report