I was at ASG today and witnessed something so disturbing I had to write about it. A man came in and requested a gurney to help bring in his dying dog. The dog was wheeled to the back while the man filled in the paperwork. I was sitting next to him and could see that he was very upset and doing his best to hold it together. A few minutes went by and the man was summoned to the back, for what I assumed was to be his last few minutes with his dog. Fast forward 15 - 20 minutes later and the man came out again demanding to see his dog. He was terribly upset and was yelling and threatening - which is something I normally recoil from. However, when I found out why, I too was upset. Apparently, this man had been kept in the back, apart from his dog for all this time. I know from experience, that on a pet's last day, every hour, every minute, every second, every millisecond counts. Finally this man just scooped up his dying dog and left - it was tragic. The office staff seemed so blank and desensitized it was spooky. When they resumed their conversation it was (seriously) about skinny lattés instead of "how can we be more sensitive to future end of life situations?"
Whatever reason this clinic has for keeping pets and owners apart for pre-euthanasia should be seriously reconsidered. Come on ASG - this is Compassion 101.