- Where is the crematory located? Most families are shocked to learn that their pet is going to be transported several hundred miles away.
- May I inspect the facility where my pet's cremation will take place?
- How will my pet be transported to the crematory?
- How and where is my pet kept until cremation?
- When will my pet be cremated and returned to me? Many are shocked to learn that their beloved pet is going to be held in a freezer at the Vet's facility for several days if not a week or more before they are picked up by a standard cremation provider. Then, it is going to be another week before their pet's cremated remains are ready for pickup.
- 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 specfic pets are to be returned to the owner. Each pet will have its own private segrated 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 Group" 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".
Our Secure Passages is most accurate and effective tracking procedure available anywhere and by using this system, Pets at Peace can provide you with absolute proof that you are receiving back your pet's cremated remains. Furthermore, if you desire, we can facilitate arrangements for you to be present at your pet's cremation for the ultimate peace of mind.
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.
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 commingling/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).