Pet Owner Alert

There are so many choices for after-life care, it’s difficult to know how to choose the best option. We want you to have all the information up front before you make your decision. Our goal is to be completely transparent and honest; it’s how we’ve conducted business for close to 30 years.

Euthanasia and cremation aren’t easy subjects. None of want to imagine life without our beloved companion animals, but bringing this information to light is meant to educate. Ultimately, you will need to make decisions regarding your pet’s welfare. Please use the following information to make an informed decision. To ask questions. To get what you actually expect. You are your pet’s advocate, from beginning to end. Forewarned is forearmed.

Brokered Cremation

In the heat of the moment, we can’t think. The pain and anguish are too fresh and raw. When your companion animal passes, via euthanasia at a veterinary hospital, or quietly at home, most of us turn to our veterinary practice to handle the cremation details.

Cremations through veterinary hospitals are handled by third-party brokers. Your veterinary practice is staffed by folks doing everything they can to keep your pet healthy and maintain a good quality of life, but they aren’t in the business of cremation.

It’s the same for people, though we don’t tend to realize it. Your doctor is there to manage your health, not to handle post-life details such as funerals and cremations. And we wouldn’t expect them to do so.

But we don’t think twice when the unthinkable happens and we leave the office, distraught over the loss of our faithful friend. We should.

Third-party brokers gather deceased animals from a set geographic area and transport to out-of-town facilities for cremation. There is no oversight. No regulation. There are no laws or legal requirements in the state of Pennsylvania pertaining to pet cremation or burial services. Nor are there any protections in place to shield the consumer from misleading practices. Animals are considered property, and are treated as such.

Why is Video Certified Cremation Important?

Without video certified cremation, there isn’t any proof.

Sadly, pet cremation has become a multi-million dollar business populated by folks that don’t always have your best interests in mind. It is an industry that relies on mass waste disposal facilities, incinerating both companion animals and medical waste. Video certified cremation guarantees your wishes will be honored.

Third-Party Brokers

Third party brokers offer cremation services to local veterinary hospitals. Deceased animals are frozen in plastic bags and, in many cases, transported across state lines in poorly marked vehicles. Little effort goes into treating your beloved pet with respect, and given the large numbers of animals that run through these facilities, it is unlikely that the cremains you receive are indeed those of your companion animal.

Poorly Regulated

Companion animal death care is completely unregulated in most states. Animals are classified as property and not subject to legal and civil penalties. As a pet owner, you have little recourse once a third party takes possession of the body.

What Can I Do?

Do your research. First, work with a local organization that offers you the opportunity to witness the cremation, should you choose to do so. Secondly, have the cremation video certified on DVD and given to you as proof that the service met your expectations.

How Does Video Certification Work?

There will be two cameras. One is placed directly in front of the crematory, displaying a clean and empty interior. The second camera will record the body being placed in the crematory. You will not see the cremation process inside the chamber.

The second camera records all activity in the room where the crematory is located.

There are two separate DVD recorders to ensure an accurate visual record of the process, and to provide a backup should a recorder malfunction.

There will be a long-running visual posting on the screen showing the cremation company, the time (hours, minutes, seconds) and the date the cremation is performed. The time stamp begins with visual check of the empty chamber and concludes when the cremains are removed from the crematorium. The DVD recording is finalized, which locks all information in place and prevents any alteration of the recorded information.

A copy of the DVD is provided to the family as proof of private cremation. A second copy remains on file in the offices of Peaceful Pet Passage.

More Questions?

We know this is a stressful time for you and your family. If you have more questions, or need clarification, please contact us and we’ll do our best to provide answers.