Stop Gas Chamber Euthanasia for Shelter Animals


Target: Union/Rowan/Randolph County Animal Shelters in NC

Goal: Stop euthanizing shelter animals using gas chambers

Community members in North Carolina are adamantly protesting the use of gas chambers in local shelters. Shelter gas chambers are now banned in many states, but unfortunately this is not the case in North Carolina. For this reason, the public must persuade individual county shelters that are still gassing to stop immediately.

It may take several minutes for animals to lose consciousness in a gas chamber, and this is for the “lucky” ones. They may fight with other animals, become sick, or panic. If the chamber is over-packed, some animals may survive the entire process. Daniel, the famous little beagle who walked out of an Alabama gas chamber, proved without question that gassing is not a quick and painless method for euthanizing animals, and is sometimes not even effective.

The US Humane Society provided a large grant to help Martin County Animal Shelter in Williamston, N.C. transition to a new euthanizing method. Thus, lack of funding is not a valid excuse for these NC shelters to continue using gas chambers, as there are often organizations willing to help.

Most animal advocates recommend Sodium Pentobarbital via injection when euthanizing is unavoidable. This is a humane and cost effective method involving little discomfort.

Please sign this petition to support the urgent plea to stop using gas chambers in North Carolina and throughout the United States. Tell North Carolina that gassing animals is no longer an option.


Dear Union/Rowan/Randolph County Animal Shelters,

The use of gas chambers at your facilities undermines the purpose of animal shelters, which is to provide a safe haven for stray and neglected animals. Animals arrive at shelters in desperate need of soothing, and are instead met with an even worse fate: dying slowly in a gas chamber, confused and terrified.

By continuing to use gas chambers at your facility, you are punishing animals just for being alive. Although not intentionally, you are fostering an environment that may be worse than the animal’s previous environment outside of the shelter.

Aside from this, gas chambers are also a potential health hazard to staff members who operate the dangerous machinery. Studies have shown that gas chambers are actually more expensive than other euthanizing methods, like injection.

While we understand that overcrowding is a major problem in many shelters, resorting to such violent acts as gassing  simply cannot be an option. By transitioning to injection you can better serve the animal population in your county. Many US shelters now use alternative and humane methods that limit pain, suffering, and fear. Please join them by removing the gas chambers at your shelter.


[Your Name Here]

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