Colorado Animal Welfare Conference Session

Best Practices that Support Productive Conversations Around Humane Euthanasia


10:45am – 12:15pm • Day 3 – September 17, 2021

Summit Ballroom

Shelter Operations

Making euthanasia decisions is a hard part of working in animal welfare. Nothing prepares staff members or even some organizations to do this task well. Striving to make the best outcome decisions based on the individual animal can be very hard as these decisions are not black and white. Join Marissa Martino as she shares the key ingredients necessary for productive conversations regarding euthanasia. This presentation will offer proactive ideas to prepare staff for this difficult part of animal welfare, offer alternative ways to discuss outcome decisions through curious and intentional dialogue, and suggest practices and tools that can increase the clarity and expectations of the staff.

Marissa Martino

Marissa Martino

Marissa Martino has had the pleasure of working for three different animal shelters directing their behavior departments in California and Colorado. Currently, Martino is the community liaison at Dumb Friends League which offers animal shelters and rural Colorado communities the education and resources needed to expand their animal welfare impact.