End of Life Services
Being a pet owner is an amazing experience and the bond you share with your four-legged friend is life changing. As pet owners, you also bear the burden of making emotional decisions regarding the quality of life of your animal, this includes accepting that they have reached the end of their life. Whether they are deathly sick, severely injured or just very old and struggle to make it through a day, as their guardians we owe it to them to end their suffering in a dignified manner.

Animal Care Centers of NYC offers a low-cost humane euthanasia services for clients whose income prevents using a private veterinarian. Our Certified Euthanasia Technicians ensure that this process is carried out in dignified manner striving to provide a stress-free experience. We are not, however, able to accommodate any request for you to be present during this time. If you wish to accompany your animal during the euthanasia process, you will need to make an appointment with your veterinarian. We do not provide any private burial or cremations options.

If your pet is suffering from a medical condition that you believe warrants these end of life services we ask that you:

1. Bring any medical records available

2. Bring any medication the pet has been prescribed

These services provided during the following hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday/Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Please call 212-788-4000 (extension #9) to schedule an appointment so that we can ensure that we attend to the needs of both you and your animal in the most expedient manner possible.

Pet Loss Support Group
After everything is over, you may feel sad and lonely, which is understandable after losing a good friend. The Animal Medical Center of NYC has a Pet Loss Support Group which provides a comforting place to share experiences and feelings in a supportive and compassionate environment. To find out more information about this group click here.

Additional Resources

1. Online Support: 

*Animal Health Foundation, Pet Loss and Bereavement
* Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement
* Help With Pet Loss
*Pet Loss Help

2. Grief Counseling Hotlines:

* ASPCA Pet Loss Hotline | 877-GRIEF-10
12:00pm-12:00am (ET)
7 days a week
* Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline | 607-253-3932
6:00pm-9:00pm (ET)
Tuesdays and Thursdays
* Washington State University Pet Loss Hotline | 509-335-5704
Monday-Thursday, 7:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday 1:00pm-3:00pm (PT)
Phone messages can be left 24 hours a day

3. Support for Children:
* Care.com
* Chance's Spot
* The Pet Loss Support Page