I was fourteen years old when our family had to make our first agonizing decision about whether or not to euthanize our cherished animal friend, Chloe. Our 10 month old puppy was hit by a car, whisked to a veterinary emergency clinic and diagnosed with life threatening injuries. It was all too clear that her little body would not survive the trauma. We held the key to ensure that she would experience a pain-free passage from her body. Helplessness, rage, fear and sadness filled my heart. That was the very moment that I decided to become a veterinarian. I wanted to help suffering animals and their people.
Following my 2001 graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, I completed an internship dedicated to Emergency and Critical Care. Working as an emergency veterinarian throughout the years has allowed me to gain a tremendous amount of experience helping families make end-of-life decisions about their beloved pets.
Our team of veterinarians is hand-picked for their compassionate and empathetic abilities. They not only have a passion for animals…but they also have a passion for helping the families of those animals. They respect and support your unit as a family. We don’t stop there. We also hand-pick our crematory partners. All of the crematories that we work with have been toured and interviewed by us. They have the highest standards in the industry. We do the background work so that you can focus on this very sensitive time in your companion animal’s life.
Making the decision to euthanize another living being is never an easy one. Uncertainties abound. You are being very brave to even consider euthanasia. We can work together to help ensure that our animal friends will pass over quickly, with dignity and grace.
Alicia Harris, DVM
Founder of Compassionate Heart
“setting them free thru your compassion”