Code of Ethics

As one of the few truly humane service providers in the United States, our methods are based on the principles and standards established by the Humane Wildlife Control Association (HWCA). 

As defined by the HWCA, humane strategies are those that are based on a species’ natural history; do not expose animals to sudden or extreme hazards; inflict minimal amount of stress or pain; do not separate mothers from dependent young; and do not involve moving an animal out of its home territory.

In conducting our professional services:

human safety will be a priority,

we will follow all laws and regulations related to our business and services,

we will treat our customers with respect, being courteous, honest and reliable,

and look out for our customer's property as if it were our own,

we will be clear about fees and fair in our pricing,

we will use humane and non-lethal methods whenever possible,

and treat every animal with compassion and respect,

and honor their intrinsic value, and their place in the ecosystem,

we will encourage compassion, kindness and tolerance for other living things, 

and advocate for greater understanding and appreciation of animals and the natural world,

we will provide educational programs on wildlife and co-existence,

we will lead the industry in humane and ethical practices,

and encourage others in our field to adopt similar principles.

Criteria for Lethal Control of Ground Squirrels

Humane Choice does not condone lethal control of native wildlife, however, we believe there are certain situations where lethal control of gophers and ground squirrels is acceptable, even necessary.

The following is our criteria for providing lethal control of ground squirrels, using carbon monoxide:

Use of carbon monoxide gas to reduce a population of ground squirrels will be considered when:

the ground squirrels or their burrows pose a risk to human health and safety


the health and safety of hoofstock - horses, donkeys or mules,


where ground squirrel burrows have caused or threaten to cause significant damage to structures,


when nonlethal methods have proven unsuccessful or would be unsuccessful,


where the land has been and shall continue to be altered by human occupation, 


where precautions have been taken to reduce risk to other species such as burrowing owls, reptiles and amphibians.