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euthanize

This page is about the euphemism euthanize

Meaning

to kill an unwanted animal

For example

  • We euthanize all the dogs and cats we pick up unless they're claimed or adopted.

  • If you get a homeless dog from an animal shelter, you'll save it from being euthanized.

Note:
Also "euthanise". Animals are usually euthanized with a poisonous gas or injection.

Quick Quiz

If a lost dog is being euthanized, it's being

a. given a home

b. put to death

c. given help

Contributor: Matt Errey