Policies

Policies of 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue

Policies

In order for our team to work seamlessly, we have implemented several policies.  These are listed below:

Non-Discrimination Policy

4 Paws 4 Life rescue (4P4L), does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, gender or sexual orientation, applicable to 4P4L’s paid and volunteer staff, applicable to membership on the governing board and applicable to persons served by 4 Paws 4 Life rescue.

Privacy Policy

4 Paws 4 Life rescue (4P4L), respects and values the privacy and holds in confidence any and all personal information given to the organization in the process of executing the daily activities of the organization.
Any information provided to 4P4L will be secured by standard administrative, physical, and technical measures to protect unauthorized access or use. 4P4L does not share names, addresses, phone numbers, contact information or other personal information with any outside sources, businesses, individuals or organizations, without the express permission of the person in question.
4P4L keeps a mailing list for the purposes of distributing information about 4P4L to patrons, supporters and clients, and to organizations, in order that information about the services 4P4L provides are widely known and current information is available about 4P4L dog foster/adoption  program. 4P4L may use your email to send you messages, updates or e-newsletters, but guarantees that your information will not be shared with or sold to any outside organization or third party.

4 Paws 4 Life Animal Rescue Euthanasia Policy

4 Paws 4 Life provides a lifetime commitment to all animals that come into our care by arranging for a foster home until they are adopted into their permanent home. While we do not euthanize any animal for time or space, unfortunately, there are some instances where euthanasia with the recommendation of a licensed veterinarian is the best or only humane option for an animal in our care.

Each animal is evaluated as an individual and assessed under the circumstances as a whole. Euthanasia is only considered after an appropriate investigation of other viable and reasonable options. The following outlines the circumstances in which we consider euthanasia for an animal in our care, how that decision is made and how it will be carried out.

4 Paws 4 Life only considers euthanasia as an option for animals that are suffering mentally, emotionally or physically and have a poor prognosis; are experience unremitting pain or mental suffering that cannot be reasonably alleviated; or pose danger to other animals, themselves or people. Euthanasia is not an option we take lightly and it will be done only when it we have determined that is the only humane option for the animal.

Medical Issues After consulting with a veterinarian and following her recommendations, we will consider euthanasia for an animal who has a poor prognosis, will have a long and painful rehabilitation process with little chance of a meaningful recovery, has an incurable debilitating illness or is not responding to the available treatment.

Behavioral Issues If an animal has a history of unprovoked biting and/or is exhibiting aggressive behaviors that pose unacceptable risk to other animals or people, we will consult with an ADPT certified trainer. If the behavior expert determines that the animal is unable to be rehabilitated and will continue to pose a threat to others, we will consult another behavior expert for a second opinion. If the second behavior expert agrees that the animal poses a danger to others and unable to be rehabilitated, we will euthanize the animal.

How we make the decision to euthanize For standard medical cases, we will defer to the judgment of our veterinarians in making euthanasia recommendations. For those rare, controversial medical cases where the animal’s quality of life may be unclear, the board of directors and executive director will convene to evaluate the data, consult other resources if necessary and make a determination by a simple majority vote. The foster provider for the animal in question will also be allowed to participate in the discussion and request a vote.

How the animal is euthanized The foster provider or another representative from 4 Paws 4 Life will be responsible for taking the animal to one of the organization’s partner veterinarians for euthanasia. Whenever possible and appropriate, the foster provider or other representative from 4 Paws 4 Life will remain with the animal during the entire process.

 

If you have any questions about the Policies of 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue, please contact us.