Burial is a very personal decision and only one you can make. As you consider this option, please know that the majority of pets in our society are cremated for the following reasons:
1) In many urban communities, laws and ordinances make it illegal for owners to bury their pets in the backyard.
2) If you do choose burial, it would more than likely require you to bury your pet in a designated pet cemetery or purchase a grave in a Municipal Cemetery which now allows pet burials as a result of New York’s new law; this option tends to be more expensive than cremation.
3) Cremation is an affordable and simple option that often did not exist in the past and our society becoming so much more mobile, choosing cremation gives you the ability to take your pet’s cremated remains with you if you move to another home.
Yes. People typically choose their veterinarians for their heroic life-prolonging or sustaining capabilities. Though many veterinarians have some knowledge of the cremation process, this is not their specialty. However, by using our funeral home to handle your pet’s cremation, you can rest assured that you are getting a professional who has been highly trained and has extensive experience when it comes to cremation. Though your veterinarian has been a trusted advisor to you when it comes to your pet’s health, it only makes sense to seek out a death care professional when it comes to a pet’s death care needs.
No. Most states do not regulate pet crematories. Thus, the quality of their facilities, services and staff can vary widely. What most pet owners don’t realize is that the majority of pet cremation providers are not even located in their community.
- A “Private” cremation is a cremation procedure during which only one animal’s body is present in the cremation chamber during the cremation process and the cremated remains of the pet are to be returned to its owner.
- A “Semi-Private” or also referred to as “Individual” or “Partitioned” is a cremation procedure during which more than one animal’s body is present in the cremation chamber and the cremated remains of specific pets are to be returned to the owner. Each pet will have its own private segregated section within the cremation chamber during the cremation process. This type of cremation procedure is what most pet crematories call a Private Cremation. Please note: Due to a number of factors and by virtue of multiple pets being cremated within the same chamber, active commingling of cremated remains can occur.
- A “Communal or Batch” is a cremation procedure where multiple pets are cremated together without any form of separation. These commingled cremated remains are not returned to the owners.
Because of the lack of regulation, it is important for you to ask your pet cremation provider what they mean when they use the terms like “private cremation” or “individual cremation”.
Most pet cremation providers do nothing to answer this often-asked question and in many cases your veterinarian can not answer this question with confidence either. However, Pets in Peaceful Rest uses an accurate and effective pet identification, tracking and chain of custody procedure and can provide you with absolute proof that you are receiving back your pet’s cremated remains.
if you desire, we can facilitate arrangements for you to be present at your pet’s cremation for the ultimate peace of mind.
No. Often family members will wrap their pet in a favorite blanket or some other personal article of meaning to the pet or family members.
By using Pets in Peaceful Rest, you receive a much quicker response when your pet dies either at your home or vet’s clinic. We are trained to respond immediately and will transfer your pet into our care right away. This means you can have your pet’s cremated remains available for return usually within 72 hours of us receiving your pet. This is not the same timeline for other pet cremation providers in our area. Usually, your veterinarian will have to hold your pet in a freezer at their facilities for upwards of a week until the the cremation provider they use makes its next scheduled visit to their hospital. Then, it may be another week before the urn is ready for you to pick up.
Pets in Peaceful Rest generally has professional staff “on call” 24 hours a day. We realize that death comes at all hours on any given day. Thus, they are ready to respond immediately to take your pet into their care whenever you may need their services.
Just as cremation has gained in popularity over the last two decades, the preference has changed here as well. Fifteen years ago, only about 1 in 4 pet families chose “private cremation” – as most chose not to receive back their pet’s cremated remains. Today, that ratio has flipped, as research indicates that today more than 70% of all pet families choosing cremation want their pet’s cremated remains back.
Pricing varies depending on your preferred type of cremation and the size of your pet. Please call Pets in Peaceful Rest at 716-433-4333 or visit the “Our Services” page of this website.
Many pet cremation providers return your pet’s cremated remains in a temporary container, often a tin can or cardboard box. However, Pets in Peaceful Rest understands the dignity and respect your pet’s cremated remains deserve. Accordingly, we provide a very simple, yet dignified wooden urn in all of our cremation offerings. Although, many families still choose to upgrade to an urn that speaks of their pet’s life.
This is a process where a pet is placed in a cremation chamber by crematory staff, and using a suitable fuel that will create intense heat and flame (1400 – 1800 degrees Fahrenheit) the body of the pet is reduced to basic compounds (calcium compounds). During the cremation process, it may be necessary to open the cremation chamber and reposition the remains of the animal in order to facilitate a complete and thorough cremation. Upon completion of the cremation, all substances are consumed or driven off, except bone fragments (calcium compounds) and metal other non-combustible materials, as the temperature is not sufficient to consume them. Due to the nature of the cremation process, any possessions or materials, such as collars or tags that are left with the animal and not removed prior to cremation may be destroyed or if not destroyed, will be disposed of by the Crematory in a non-recoverable manner.
Following a cooling period, the cremated remains shall be recovered by manual means, such as brushing, and industry-specific mechanical means, such as vacuuming, in order to retrieve the cremated remains from the cremation chamber. Although the Crematory will make a reasonable and prudent effort to remove all of the cremated remains from the cremation chamber, some dust and other residue from the process will be left behind. Depending on the cremation option, there may or may not be more comingling/mixing of cremated remains. Active commingling can occur between animals during the cremation and/or retrieval process when multiple animals are cremated together in the same chamber. This type of commingling can be minimized with effective partioning but it is impossible to assert that it can be eliminated entirely. Active commingling cannot, by definition, occur with a private cremation. However, while every effort will be made to avoid commingling, inadvertent or incidental commingling of minute particles of cremated remains from the residues of previous cremations is possible no matter what type of cremation option selected.
After the cremated remains are removed from the cremation chamber, the skeletal remains often will contain recognizable bone fragments. Unless otherwise specified, after the bone fragments have been separated from the other non-combustible material, they will be mechanically processed, pulverized. The process of crushing or grinding may cause incidental commingling of the remains with the residue from the processing of previously cremated remains. These granulated particles of unidentifiable dimensions, which are virtually unrecognizable as animal remains, will then be placed into a designated container based on the type of cremation identified above (Private, Semi-Private or Communal).
Your Kindness Will Never Be ForgottenRoger & Bonnie Senf
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Thank You For Your Kind HeartsRoger & Rebecca Gunner
I work for the Niagara County SPCA. Unfortunately, this past Sunday I had to put my cat Lyric to sleep at 7 years old due to Cancer. He has been with me through some of the hardest times in my life. I couldn’t be happier with how fast the service was completed and how beautiful the return was. All week since I had him put to sleep I have cried at night because I forgot to get a piece of his fur. When I got his remains back, along with a *surprise* heart filled with his fur I cried immediately. Thank you so much for your kind hearts.