Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I take my pet if I want to donate his/her organs? Currently, there are two locations in Kansas City that accept your pet’s organs; State Line Animal Hospital and Wayside Waifs. They are available to meet with you to schedule the procedure, answer any questions you may have and harvest your pet’s organs.
How will my pet’s organs be used? Likarda uses donated pancreata to provide a better way to manage diabetes in dogs and cats. You may take comfort in knowing your pet will leave a lasting legacy by contributing to the future of renewed health for other dogs and cats.
What organs are harvested? Any viable organs that are needed for further research will be harvested from your pet.  Take comfort knowing your pet’s organs will benefit scientific research and providing renewed health for other dogs and cats.
I trust my vet. Can he/she harvest the organs? At this time, there are only two locations in Kansas City that handle the harvesting of your pet’s organs: State Line Animal Hospital and Wayside Waifs. They are available to meet with you to answer any questions you might have, schedule the procedure and harvest your pet’s organs.  If your vet is interested in learning more or participating in the organ network, please have them contact Likarda.
Will my pet be in any pain? No. Your pet will have passed away before any organs are harvested. If your pet is euthanized, you can take comfort in knowing the process is completely pain free for your pet – similar to falling asleep. If you have additional questions about euthanasia, please consult your veterinarian.
Will I be able to say goodbye to my pet? Yes. You may stay in the room with your pet through the euthanasia. We understand this is a difficult time and you can take as much time as you need to say your final goodbye.
Can I hold my pet as they depart? Yes. You may be in the room with your pet and they can lie on a table with a soft blanket or in your arms.
My pet is very old. Can you still use the organs?  This can be determined on a case-by-case basis. Ideal donors tend be young to middle age and possess an average body weight of 40 pounds for dogs and four pounds for cats. If you are unsure, please ask your pet’s veterinarian, State Line Animal Hospital or Wayside Waifs to determine if your pet is a viable donor.
My pet has cancer. Can you still use his/her organs? Depending on the type of cancer your pet has, some of his/her organs may still be usable. Consult your pet’s veterinarian, State Line Animal Hospital or Wayside Waifs to determine if this option is available to you.
Is my pet still alive when his/her organs are harvested? No. Your pet will be painlessly euthanized (put to sleep) by a trained veterinarian before they remove his/her organs.
How much does organ donation cost? There is no cost to the pet owner when you choose to donate a pet’s organs. The only charge you would be responsible for is the cost for euthanasia, cremation and/or burial.
Can I get my pet’s ashes or body back after the organs are harvested? Yes. When you pay for the euthanasia cost, you may also pay for either cremation or burial for your pet. Your pet will be handled with great care during the harvesting process. Once complete, your pet’s remains will be cremated or prepared for burial then returned to you.
Can I meet the pet/owner who benefits from my pet’s donation? Unfortunately, this option is not available at this time. Processes are currently being put in place to track a donor organ from the time it’s donated through the entire research process. We hope to be able to make those connections in the future, but until then, you can take comfort in knowing your pet will leave a lasting legacy by contributing to the future of renewed health for other dogs and cats.