So in Part I (available for viewing), I offered to help the Humane Society dispose of unadopted animals by feeding them to my python. Here in Part II, I post their response and address their reservations:
Dear Mr. Henley,
Thank you for contacting the San Diego Humane Society &SPCA. Your concern regarding unadoptable pets and the stress of our staff is truly commendable and I appreciate your thought. We strive to offer all of the animals we work with as much dignity as possible, in life and after. Therefore, any deceased animals we have are transferred to an animal memorial park. The remains are then treated as the pet owner has requested, or they are cremated and buried at sea. Please also understand that sodium pentobarbital may have been give to some of these animals to hasten their passing, and this drug would not be safe for your snake to consume.
Thank you again for your care and concern.
Animal Receiving Manager
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
I applaud your efforts in treating your animals with as much dignity as possible. I would argue, however, that there can be no more dignified an end than perpetuating the grand circle of life; giving the energy and nutrition of your very body to sustain another fellow being. And as for the sodium pentobarbital, I have coincidentally been building my snake’s resistance to it for quite some time.