Your questions answered
Your questions answered
Cremation offers you the ability to give thought to your pet’s final resting place. Cremains may be buried, scattered in a favorite spot or kept at home in a decorative container. Pets in our care are placed in a pet bed or casket with soft blankets, and remain in them until they are cremated.
Your pet is never bagged or frozen and is always treated in a respectful and dignified manner.
In Indiana, there are no rules or standards for the handling of a deceased pet. For this reason we have implemented self imposed standards and guidelines that follow the ethics and dignity of caring for humans. We also follow the guidelines from the PLPA (Pet Loss Professional Association), and the International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association, of which we are members.
Some pet cremation operators keep their prices low because of volume and shared cremation, multiple pets in the cremation unit at the same time. Some are separated by space, bricks, or sometimes nothing and just the crematory operator’s memory of where the pets are located in the unit. The cost of operating the expensive equipment for just one pet may not be their first priority.
We will do our best to meet your request, however the availability is based on the day of the week your pet passes and the crematory staff’s hours. The process itself can take multiple hours, and the cooling and processing of the ashes adds several more. There is a $100 fee for this service.
An individual cremation will vary in time depending on the size of the pet. A small pet, for example a cat, would take approximately an hour, where a large dog may take two and a half to three hours. The amount of time it takes for cremation also depends on the weather outside. The cremation equipment has to reach a certain temperature before a pet can be placed inside. This is a process that cannot be hurried and may vary slightly. Your pet must then be cooled before they can be processed and ready to return to you. The identification tag we place on every pet, assures you are getting your pet’s ashes.
This service can be arranged. Seeing a loved one cremated is a very emotional experience and is one you should seriously consider before doing. We will need to make arrangements with our crematory operator for this to occur.
There are many horror stories of pet, and even human crematories, not doing the service they have been paid to do. We understand the importance of having your pet back with you, and return your pet to you within 2-3 business days. We cremate your pet as soon as possible, typically within 12 – 24 hours after it is in our care.
After your pet has passed, the vet staff places your pet in a plastic bag, sometimes just a trash bag, and then your pet is frozen until the clinic or hospitals’ next pick up from their crematory service occurs, typically once per week. Your pet then rides around in an unrefrigerated vehicle or truck until it arrives at the crematory location, usually hours away, to a facility your veterinarian has most likely never been to. Return time for some clinics to owners can take up to two weeks. Make sure you are asking questions of your vet clinic about the cremation services they offer so you are able to make a fully informed decision about your pet’s aftercare.
We specialize in only private individual pet cremations so that you are guaranteed the cremated remains (cremains) returned to you, are actually your pet.