HOW IT ALL BEGAN
It was late spring of 2008 when Mike and Rick Harris, Jr. lost three of their best friends, Rottweiler's, Hannah and Luke, and Great Dane mix, Jessie. Devastated by the loss of their loving dogs, Mike and Rick, along with their family wanted to care for their deceased pets with the same love and respect they offered them in life - just as it would be for any one of their human family members.
Being concerned pet owners, as well as, Licensed Funeral Directors, the brothers felt they needed more information about the pet cremation process for pets. Because of their background as funeral directors they knew the right questions to ask at the Vet Hospital such as:
Who will pick our dog's up for cremation?
When will our dog's be picked up?
What type of identification was in place to guarantee we would we receive only our pet's cremated remains?
How long would it take to receive our pet’s cremated remains back?
To their surprise the pet loss care available within Monroe County was very poor, unprofessional & insensitive to their needs. This was not the care Mike and Rick were accustomed to providing to area families as Funeral Directors.
Something Needed To Be Done!
In 2009, applying the same values of integrity, compassionate care & professionalism their grandfather used to form Paul W. Harris Funeral Home Inc. in 1946, Mike and Rick opened Pets at Peace.
What makes us different
We are proud to say that we offer pet loss services with the higest integrity, care and transparency. When we opened in 2009, we changed the way pet loss was being handled in Rochester, NY. We are also recognized as a national leader in pet Loss. We belong to CANA (Cremation Association of North America) and to Pet Passages which has its own training facility called Pet Passages Academy, the only training center for all Pet Funeral Homes in the United States owned and operated by Licensed Funeral Directors.
The Pets at Peace Difference:
Caring for your Entire Family
Since 1946 many families have placed their trust in Paul W. Harris Funeral Home and now we are dedicated to serving the entire family. As animal lovers ourselves, we realize pets are important family members too. Pets are unconditionally loyal companions that profoundly touch our lives. Because pets bring us immeasurable happiness, love and joy, it can be devastating to lose such an adored friend. As the ONLY educated, trained and Licensed Funeral Professionals in Monroe County, we understand the overwhelming sorrow that results from the death of a loved one, especially the death of a companion pet. That's why we were the first to offer pet families Private pet cremations and customized pet funeral services to help you say goodbye to your pet in a loving and dignified manner. In addition, we also have a beautiful selection of pet urns, memorial products and grief support materials.