Devoted pet owners do everything they can to ensure their pet receives the same level of quality care at the end of their life as they had been given during their lifetime. And many times this commitment means they turn to us for pet cremation. If you are currently faced with the imminent death of a beloved pet, or you're simply preparing for the future; we invite you to learn more about our animal cremation services.
The Responsibility is Yours
On January 30th, 2014, The Humane Society of the United States published "Pets by the Numbers", an online article detailing pet ownership survey results. "Pet ownership in the U.S. has more than tripled from the 1970s. In other words, in 2012, 62 percent of American households included at least one pet." Certainly, if yours is among that number, you're well aware of the joys of sharing your life with animal companions. And chances are; you're also aware of the responsibility you have to provide them with quality end-of-life care. When it comes time to say "goodbye" to your pet, you'll be responsible for making the decision between pet burial and pet cremation. And knowing what's involved in animal cremation will help you to make this decision.
The Pet Cremation Process
From the moment your pet comes into our care, we become responsible for ensuring their physical remains–as well as your grieving family–are treated with respect. This means we not only safeguard their body once it is entrusted to us; it means we follow a strict identity verification process (involving the use of a steel identification tag and visual identity verification by our crematory technicians), so that you can be confident the cremated remains returned to you are indeed those of your beloved pet.
If the pet cremation process is delayed for any reason (perhaps your family wishes to have some time with your pet prior to the cremation and it will take you time to assemble in our facility); our crematory technicians will secure your pet safely in a refrigerated unit until it is time for the cremation.
At the appropriate time, your pet’s body will be respectfully placed in our cremation unit. The high temperature of the unit (1,400-1,800 degrees Fahrenheit/760-982 degrees Celsius) will consume the organic matter and reduce it to dust and bone fragments. These cremated remains are then processed into what looks like coarse sand. These "ashes" are placed in a plastic bag (along with the steel identity verification tag), packaged in a cardboard or plastic box, and returned to your family.
One of the biggest decisions a grieving pet owner will need to make involves the selection of the type of animal cremation desired. We offer families a choice of three types of pet cremation services, including:
Communal Cremation: Your pet will be cremated in the same cremation unit with other pets. Their ashes will not be returned to you; instead they will be scattered in a dedicated space by one of our pet loss professionals.
Private Cremation: Here, your pet is cremated alone. This option ensures the safe return of your pet's cremated remains to your family.
Witness Cremation: This service is intended for those who wish to witness the initial stages of their pet's private cremation.
Let's Share the Responsibility
Anyone who shares their life with an animal companion knows just how it feels when a pet dies. Yes, your heart is broken and it feels as if you'll never be the same again; but there's also a keenly felt sense of obligation. You know it's time to do the right thing for them, one last time. It can be difficult to know exactly what that "right thing" should be, and that's where we come in. In short, we're here to help you shoulder this responsibility. Simply call us at 916-348-4000. We would be privileged to advise you about pet cremation.