Euthanasia is a sad reality within a shelter, and when faced with the tough decision about an animal’s future, the Kansas Humane Society uses a “Safety Net Committee.”

The committee is made up of members from all different departments in the shelter and together they observe every animal's progress on a daily basis.

Before any animal is put down, the Safety Net Committee reviews the euthanasia recommendation from the staff and evaluates the animal.

“They go through and check everyone every day,” says Melissa Houston of the Kansas Humane Society, “and then makes a decision based on - are they healthy, are they behaviorally handling it, and how much space do we have, we don't have time limits here so it really depends on how they're doing.”

During the review process, the committee also explores all possible alternatives for the animals, including a second evaluation, foster care or a rescue group.