The following schemes and information available from World Horse Welfare, the BHS and Blue Cross ensure that horse owners are supported through every stage of equine euthanasia. From formulating a plan, to help with euthanasia and disposal options, support on the day and in the aftermath of saying goodbye. No horse owner has to go through this alone.
Just in Case is the name of our suite of materials designed to help guide owners through the process, providing a valuable resource and helping hand for anyone whether you are making the difficult decision now or simply preparing for all eventualities in the distant future.
Making a Plan for Euthanasia - Just in Case
Two leaflets are available, one to give you the facts, and the other to help you make a plan long before you will need it. ‘Just in Case: The Facts’ clearly and sensitively explains all aspects of the situation, such as the options available and what to expect, how to assess quality of life, insurance and legislation issues, and whether you should be there. ‘Just in Case: Owner’s Plan’ provides a clear form which can be completed in advance. You can also use this to be certain everyone knows what choices you would make even if you can’t be contacted in an emergency.
If you would like to talk to one of our compassionate, knowledgeable team about end of life planning call 01953 497238 during office hours or you can download these leaflets below:
British Horse Society 'Friends at the End’
'Friends at the End' is a BHS initiative designed to make sure that no horse owner has to face the loss of their equine companion alone. Friends at the End was launched in response to pleas from owners who felt isolated and unsupported during the time every horse lover dreads. Through this initiative, our BHS ‘Friends’ have helped many owners either before, during or after the loss of their beloved horse.
All of our Friends at the End team have received training from bereavement counsellors, so they have a genuine understanding of the loss and grief that come when a horse dies. They aren’t there to take the place of a counsellor or vet, but they can offer an extra source of support. At the hardest time in a horse owner’s journey, our Friends are available to make it as smooth and straightforward as possible.
If you feel that you might benefit from talking to someone through the Friends at the End scheme, contact BHS Welfare on 02476 840517* or firstname.lastname@example.org
*Calls may be recorded for monitoring purposes
Blue Cross Bereavement Services
Losing a horse or pony can often be equated to losing a member of the family. It is therefore very important not to underestimate the grieving process, and the strength of feelings that any owner or carer may feel once their horse has been put to sleep. It may be useful to talk to family members, or in some cases a trained counsellor who deals specifically with people suffering from grief.
The Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Support Service is a telephone helpline and email service that offers free and confidential support to bereaved pet owners, through a national network of trained volunteer befrienders.
We are available 365 days of the year to those who need us. We can be contacted on 0800 096 6606 (8.30am-8.30pm) or email email@example.com.