Ban Gas Chamber Euthanasia for Shelter Pets in Rowan County, NC
  • Petitioning Rowan County Animal Control Shelter

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Rowan County Animal Control Shelter

Ban Gas Chamber Euthanasia for Shelter Pets in Rowan County, NC

    1. Melissa Connolly
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Connolly

      Salisbury, NC

Euthanasia by gas chamber is inhumane to all animals and the residents of rowan county are funding it with our own taxes. This outdated and cruel practice is happening every day at the Rowan County, NC Animal Control Shelter and it's time we finally put an end to it.

The Humane Society of the United States, American Humane, American Veterinary Medical Association, National Animal Control Association, the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights all advocate lethal injection of sodium pentobarbitol. It is considered the most humane, safest, and least stressful choice for euthanasia.

We consider euthanasia by injection (EBI) to be the only acceptable and humane means of euthanasia for all shelter animals. Please help us by signing this petition to bring in front of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners. Stand up for the rights of our shelter pets, they need us!

 UPDATE: puppies/kittens, nursing moms and some "friendly" animals are being euthanized by injection. We want to be as clear and accurate as possible and our intention is not to provide misinformaiton. In addition, the gas chamber at Rowan County does have segmented kennels where each animal is placed, so they do not have contact with each other. 

For more information please download the American Humane Association's fact sheet comparing the gas chamber to EBI

And also, please please please consider adopting a shelter pet from the Rowan County Animal Shelter

Thank you for your support.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. 7500 and counting!!!

      Melissa Connolly
      Petition organiser

      We have surpassed 7500 signatures!! That is truly amazing! We have a rally scheduled for Nov 18th in Salisbury. Come out and show your support to end the gas chamber in Rowan County.

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    3. Reached 7,000 signatures
    4. Need 1600 more signatures!

      Melissa Connolly
      Petition organiser

      Hi everyone. We can not thank you enough for your support. We are still needing a little over 1600 more signatures so please share the link to our petition via facebook/twitter or email. Thank you so much!

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Thank you all for your support!

      Melissa Connolly
      Petition organiser

      We are slowly but surely getting to our goal. Thank you all for sharing and inviting people to sign. We continue to NEED YOUR HELP! The animals at the shelter deserve so much better.

      Please continue to share this petition on facebook and twitter. You can also find updates at FixRowan

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    Reasons for signing

    • Katherine Gibson BAUXITE, AR
      • 7 days ago

      Its a sad day here in America when one has to sign petitions all the time to get you people that have the power to do the right thing to act. It's no wonder Obama is acting without you, you don't do your job and if you do decide to get off your asses, it takes you forever in a day to make that decision. STOP GASSING THE ANIMALS.

    • Ramona Rupe MOUNT HOPE, WV
      • 8 days ago

      I love animals.

    • Amanda Lee ENCINITAS, CA
      • 11 days ago

      There are much more humane methods.

    • karen Adams BONSALL, CA
      • 14 days ago


    • JoAnne Callaway WINDSOR ON, CANADA
      • 27 days ago

      THIS IS JUST PLAIN SICK AND CRUEL...C'MON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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