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Owner-Requested Euthanasia

Deciding to put a pet to sleep can be an emotionally-challenging decision. It can also pose a financial burden. The Maryland SPCA offers low-cost owner-requested euthanasia for pets that are suffering from serious illness or injury and are at the end of their life. We will not euthanize healthy or adoptable pets. For people that meet our PAW program income requirements, the price for a pet under 30 lbs is $60, for a pet 30-60lbs is $80, and for a pet over 60lbs is $100. This fee covers the humane euthanasia service as well as cremation. In order to qualify for the income based PAW program offered by the Maryland SPCA, you must be a cat or dog owner earning less than $25,000 annually or a household earning less than $42,000 a year. Proof of income is required and can be based on last year's income tax form, Social Security Disability, all W-2 forms for the family, Section 8, Free Lunch, Food Stamps, VA Disability, AFDC, WIC or Pay Stub.

For procedures done at the Maryland SPCA shelter location, owners may not be present in the room during euthanasia.

If your pet has been diagnosed with an illness but appears physically healthy, vet records may be requested. If you find you are in need of our euthanasia service, please call 410-235-8826 for more information.

Service hours for humane euthanasia:

Monday and Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m.
Wednesday through Friday: 10:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

Private Cremation

The Maryland SPCA offers private pet cremation services to the public. If you need to have a pet cremated, please visit the MD SPCA during the hours posted above. The fees for cremation are based on the weight of the animal. For more information, call 410-235-8826.

Pet Cremation Fees

(including humane euthanasia service cost of $30)

0 – 30 lbs: $120
31 – 60 lbs: $170
61 – 100 lbs:  $180

Please note: The Maryland SPCA does not accept personal checks for owner-requested euthanasia or private pet cremation.