Cat Euthanized Because Owner Couldn’t Afford Vet Bill

Target: The Humane Society

Goal: Apologize for the death of Daniel Dockery’s cat and review the procedure regarding payment for veterinary services

Lovers of animals and compassionate people will feel sorrow and even outrage at the story of Daniel Dockery and the cat that saved him from addiction and despair.  After rushing Scruffy to the Humane Society’s Campus for Compassion in Arizona for treatment of non-life threatening wounds, Dockery discovered that because of his inability to pay in a timely manner, his beloved kitten had been euthanized.  This callous lack of compassion is unacceptable in any circumstance, but especially from an organization known for their compassion for animals.  Tell the Humane Society that they need to apologize for Scruffy’s death and review Dockery’s case to make sure something like this never happens again.

Daniel Dockery raised Scruffy since she was 4 years old.  He claims that through raising and caring for her, he was able to recover from his 20 year heroin addiction.  When he brought her to Humane Society’s clinic on December 8th, he was confronted with an inexplicable lack of compassion, understanding and common sense.  When Dockery presented them with his mother’s credit card, they refused it according to their “no credit card” policy.  He then asked for 24 hours to come up with the cash and was again refused.  Instead, they insisted he sign ownership over to them.  The Humane Society would later confirm that Scruffy was euthanized a few hours after being brought in because they were only able to treat two cats at their clinic.  The 49 year old Dockery is devastated, feeling like he has failed the cat that he loved so dearly.

Dockery received a massive outpouring of financial and emotional support from the people of Arizona.  We also stand with Dockery in asking the Humane Society of Arizona to issue a formal apology and to review their policies concerning payment for services.  No animal should be killed because their owner can’t pay, especially an animal that brought such joy into the life of someone who suffered for so long.


Dear The Humane Society of Arizona,

For an organization with such a proven record of compassion and unwavering support for animal rights, it is hard to understand what happened with the case of Scruffy, the nine month old kitten that you refused to treat.  Scruffy was more than just a pet; he served as the inspiration for her owner Daniel Dockery to break his heroin habit and end his life of crime.  According to your payment policy, you refused his offer to pay with a credit card and denied his request for 24 hours to come up with cash.  You then euthanized the kitten despite the fact that his wounds were not life-threatening.

The decisions that ultimately led to the death of Scruffy were in no way responsible, humane or compassionate.  Dockery has asked that people do not pull funding from the Humane Society and we agree, given the courageous work that your organization has come to be known for.  But we ask that you please issue a formal apology to Daniel Dockery for the death of Scruffy and review your policy on the payment for veterinary services.  An animal’s life should not be given a monetary value.


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  1. My heart goes out to Daniel Dockery, and of course to his little cat, Scruffy. R.I.P. little one.
    As for the so-called, ‘Humane’ Society’s lack of empathy and compassion, I have to admit not being surprised over their despicable act. Far too often animal organizations purportedly established to assist animals end up as their worst enemy. Probably the employees become jaded and administration is too distanced to care much. Just waiting for the paycheck and pension time.

  2. Why did the cat have to die?



  4. Solange Guimaraes says:

    É um verdadeiro absurdo uma entidade que se diz protetora de animais fazer isso.Na verdade voces não protegem os animais, voces estão atras de dinheiro. INACEITAVEL!!!!

  5. There was no need to take the life of the poor kitten, I would have donated to help her and I’m sure a lot of other people would have too. I’m just disgusted by the AZ Humane Society, I live in AZ and I am so embarassed by what they did. I will no longer be donating to them….

  6. Virginia Abreu de Paula says:

    The kitten was not euthanized. They killed the cat out of greed. Euthanasia is killing for compassion, when the animal is suffering too much and there is no other way to bring it relief. Hope this association will pay for this crime.

  7. Share your stories and pictures about these kind of disgusting greedy ass-wipes @

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