Compassionate Pet Euthanasia

In-Home Euthanasia provides the most optimal experience for both the family and the pet, offering a comfortable, familiar environment for the pet to pass peacefully away in.  Dr. Cornelius or a member of her team will make sure you are prepared for her visit ahead of time during the scheduling process. She gives each family as much time as is needed for the process, most visits last around 45 minutes to an hour.  After the visit, the family has the option of allowing Dr. Cornelius to take your deceased pet with her to provide transportation for the process of cremation.  Ashes can then either be picked up at the cremation facility, be mailed directly to the family, or can be returned to Dr. Cornelius for her to then make arrangements with the family for the safe  return of the family’s beloved pet’s ashes.


“There’s a wondrous Golden Harbour, far beyond the setting sun, where a gallant ship may anchor when her fighting days are done”

– Captain Ronald A. Hopwood

The Euthanasia Procedure

Dr. Cornelius will begin by gently administering a combination of medications designed to eliminate your pet’s pain first, then cause deep relaxation into sedation, and finally a transition into anesthesia after a period of 10-15 minutes.

After anesthesia achieved in your pet, they will no longer feel any pain nor are they conscious of their surroundings. For many families, this is the first time in awhile that they’ve experienced their pet in such a relaxed, peaceful state, free from all mental and physical distress.

Why choose In-Home Euthanasia

Once you are comfortable with moving forward, Dr. Cornelius will then administer a medication that depresses the function of the brain and respiratory system enough to cause respirations to stop; the lack of oxygen to tissue that requires it to function causes organs to stop working, including the heart, which stops naturally on its own shortly after respirations cease. Your pet passes peacefully in their sleep, often the goal for families at the end of their companion’s life. 

In-home Pet Euthanasia (Veterinarian-Assisted): $425

  • Available for families who reside in and around Galveston County
  • Some locations require an additional travel fee of $100-150

Pet Aftercare (Cremation): $150-325

  • Available for families wishing assistance from Fair Winds in providing transportation for cremation after a scheduled euthanasia appointment.

The Ship of Life

Along the shore I spy a ship
As she sets out to sea;
She spreads her sails and sniffs the breeze
And slips away from me.

I watch her fading image shrink,
As she moves on and on,
Until at last she’s but a speck,
Then someone says, “She’s gone.”

Gone where? Gone only from our sight
And from our farewell cries;
That ship will somewhere reappear
To other eager eyes.

Beyond the dim horizon’s rim
Resound the welcome drums,
And while we’re crying, “There she goes!”
They’re shouting, “Here she comes!”

We’re built to cruise for but a while
Upon this trackless sea
Until one day we sail away
Into infinity.

– John T. Baker