Cremation Services

Cremation is an increasingly popular choice and can be arranged through the individual that you have entrusted with your animal's life, your veterinarian. The veterinarian will then contact us on your behalf.

Two Types of Cremations

Individual Cremation

There are many reasons to choose individual cremation as a meaningful way to memorialize your pet. With individual cremation, your pet's cremated remains are returned to you as a lasting, cherished keepsake. When you choose individual cremation you can be assured that you are receiving your pet's cremains and only your pet's cremated remains for safe keeping. Your pet's ashes (or cremains) are returned to you in a plastic bag, inside a recycled cardboard box or a container selected from our product list.

If you wish to scatter the ashes in your garden or any other special place, you may feel free to do so. Some pet owners choose to keep the ashes indefinitely. Whatever you decide to do … if it feels right for you, then it is the right thing to do.

Depending on your geographical location and the day of your animal's passing, it may take up to a week for the ashes to be returned to you. Your veterinarian can advise you on the expected time frame and will call you when the ashes have been returned to them and are available for pick-up.

Communal Cremation

Communal cremation is when your pet is cremated with others. In this case, the ashes cannot be returned to you. Making this decision is no less respectful of the animal, and some people take comfort in knowing that their once fun-loving and sociable pet will not be 'alone' when it is cremated. Remember, with a communal cremation, although you do not get the ashes back, we still honor your pet by treating it with the same dignity and respect as all other bodies we cremate.

As a final act of caring and show of respect, all communal animal cremains from Honor Your Pet Aftercare Services are scattered on the six acres on which the facility is located. At Honor Your Pet Aftercare Services, we feel that spreading the ashes in this dignified manner completes the full cycle of life and provides a distinguished resting place for your beloved animal companion.

Please ask your veterinarian about the cost of individual and communal cremation.

Whether individual or communal cremation, Honor Your Pet Aftercare Services can accommodate all types of companion animals.

Under the Old Oak Tree?

Backyard Burial is something many pet owners think about, however, for environmental and public health reasons, is not generally recommended. Here's why:

While there are no bylaws or regulations directly related to pet burial in most communities serviced by Honor Your Pet Aftercare Services, bereaved pet parents should be aware that the burial of animal cadavers on privately-owned property in municipalities is not recommended and burial on public land, such as provincial parks, is forbidden.

Although unpleasant to think about, concerns about pet burial are very real and include (but are not limited to):

"It is great working with you. You have such respect for those you care for. Keep up the great service."
"Professional, Professional…from A to Z, right from the time you come to pick up and drop off"
"You are all very efficient and have a great system in place - thanks so much!"