Euthanasia of Specimens for Rabies Testing

All specimens for rabies testing must be deceased before a specimen collection is requested. In an effort to help direct PHUs to the proper resources to provide euthanasia the following information was compiled.

Domestic Animals & Livestock

If livestock/domestic animals require euthanasia the animal owner should be advised to contact their regular veterinarian to arrange for euthanasia. If the animal owner does not have a regular veterinarian they can be referred to visit The College of Veterinarians of Ontario online to search for a local Veterinarian or call 1 (800) 424-2856.

Wildlife

If a wild animal requires euthanasia the property owner should be advised to contact the following:

  • Local Municipal Animal Control Service This can be found by contacting your local City /Town Hall offices.
  • Local SPCA Branch by phone 1-888-668-7722 or online at http://www.ontariospca.ca/
  • Private Licensed Wildlife Control Company They can be found by searching the yellow pages of your telephone book under “Animal Control” or “Wildlife Control” or by calling the Ontario Fur Managers Federation at (705) 254-3338 or online at http://www.furmanagers.com
  • Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator These can be found online by visiting  Ontario Wildlife Rescue
If none of the services are available in your area please contact your regional police or OPP for assistance for terrestrial animals.

Special Notes:

The OAVT Public Health Rabies Response Program is ethically obliged to report all cases of animal cruelty to the Ontario Office of the Solicitor General. This includes cases reported that indicate a method of euthanasia that causes undue suffering (e.g. drowning animals, freezing bats etc.). For more information regarding animal cruelty and abuse laws in Ontario please visit here.

For those property owners considering euthanizing an animal by their own means they should be advised to contact the following organizations who oversee the humane treatment of animals to ensure their method of euthanasia is legal.

Domestic Animals & Livestock - SPCA  by phone 1-888-668-7722 or online at http://www.ontariospca.ca/ or Office of the Solicitor General by phone at 1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625) or online at https://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/AnimalWelfare/paws.html

Wildlife – Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry by phone 1-800-667-1940 or online at http://www.ontario.ca/ministry-natural-resources-and-forestry

Questions or concerns? Please call us at 1-844-872-2437 or email rrp@oavt.org