NFSCo (The National Fallen Stock Company, which facilitates the cost effective removal of fallen farm animals and horses) is providing a new service specifically to give horse owners access to information about end of life decision making, and the practicality of dealing with it.
Aptly called the Equine End of Life Service, the web based platform acts as an information source on euthanasia decision-making, and the options for removal and disposal of the body. It also offers access to experienced, skilled and sympathetic (non-veterinary) euthanasia and collection professionals by harnessing the network of independent and fully licenced collectors that NFSCo works with. They abide to the highest welfare standards, and bio-security levels are strictly upheld at all times. The website platform also acts as a postcode-based quote generating service, with NFSCo staff helping with the logistics and payment for the chosen service.
“End of life decision making for any horse or pet owner is an emotional and challenging one, and we hope that our simple and straightforward information service and facility will help,” says Michael Seals, NFSCo chairman.
“Our intention is to provide a smooth, sympathetic and stress-free service to horse owners and their vets at a most difficult and stressful time.”
Horse organisations and charities are fully behind the Equine End of Life Service, including the British Horse Society, Blue Cross, The Horse Trust, World Horse Welfare and The Donkey Sanctuary.
Sophie Cookson, Welfare Operations Manager at the British Horse Society said “We fully support the service that is being provided and this is a huge development for breaking the taboo of arranging euthanasia and collection of your horse, pony or donkey. The BHS Friends at the End team particularly appreciate that the site includes transparent costs when owners use the postcode search. Financial worries are often a barrier to owners arranging euthanasia, and this empathic service can help ease those worries.”
For more information on The Equine End of Life Service please visit www.equine-endoflife.co.uk
Owners can access support through Friends at the End by calling or emailing the BHS Welfare Department. They will then receive confidential advice and support via phone, email or face to face if they wish. Find out more about our Friends at the End scheme.