When it's Time to Say "Goodbye"

At Ruidoso Animal Clinic, we understand that making end of life decisions can be difficult for each family member. Quality of life awareness for your beloved companion is our primary criteria for helping you through this time.

Once the decision is made, what's next? At Ruidoso Animal Clinic we offer several options. An appointment for the procedure should be scheduled. A home visit is available upon request. Owners should decide ahead of time what they would like to do with the body of their pet after euthanasia. Some owners prefer a private burial at home. Others prefer that we care for the remains either by communal burial or cremation.

Cremation services are available either as a communal cremation, where ashes of the individual animal are not returned to the owner, or as a private cremation, where ashes are returned to the owner in an appropriate container.

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt and maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks in the distance. His bright eyes are intent, his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.