HOW IT ALL BEGAN
It was late spring of 2008 when Mike and Rick Harris, Jr. lost three of their best friends, Rottweilers, Hannah and Luke, and Great Dane mix, Jessie. Devastated by the loss of their loving dogs, Mike and Rick, along with the entire Harris 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 loss process for pets. After asking several very important questions to the vet hospital such as,
Who’s going to pick our dogs up?
When will our dog be picked up?
What type of identification was in place to guarantee we would we receive only our pet's cremated reamins?
How long would it take to receive our pet’s cremated remains back?
They soon discovered that the level of pet loss care available in the Rochester area was quite poor compared to the care Mike and Rick were accustomed to providing to area families as Funeral Directors. Actually, to their surprise the care was poor and insentive to their needs.
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 opend 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 and have changed the way pet loss is handled in Rochester, NY. We are also recognized as a national leader and authority in pet Loss and have introduced Pet Passages Academy, the only training center for all Pet Funeral Homes in the United States. Since its formation Pet Passages has become the standard bearer of best-in-class pet funeral and cremation providers nationwide and continues to raise the bar for the pet loss profession.
The Pets at Peace Difference:
Caring for your Entire Family
Many families have placed their trust in the Paul W. Harris Funeral Home, Inc. since 1946 and so, we are dedicated to serving their entire family. As animal lovers ourselves, we realize companion 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 educated, trained and licensed funeral professionals, 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 offer 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 (please see Pet Urns & Memorial Products) to make this major life passage one of meaning and significance.