For most of us, our companion animals are beloved members of our families. They give us so much love and, in return, they look to us to make the tough decisions for them when they are suffering due to advanced age or prolonged illness. The decision for euthanasia is never an easy one. We are faced with this agonizing decision when medicine can no longer alleviate the pain and suffering of our pet. It is a last act of friendship that requires both courage and love. There is a time when we know in our hearts that euthanasia is the only humane choice.
When that time comes and you and your family have reached the decision to provide for a peaceful ending to your companion’s life, you must then decide on a location. You want your friend to be without fear or anxiety. You want to preserve his or her dignity and comfort. Where can this take place?
A car ride when your pet is uncomfortable and in pain can be very stressful for everyone. If you have not traveled a lot with your pet, he or she may associate the ride with unpleasant experiences. Unfortunately, most pets go through stages of nervousness and fear in veterinary clinic settings even though your veterinarian has provided excellent care over your pet’s lifetime. It is quite natural for your pet to have associated anxiety in a place where he or she has received multiple injections, surgeries, and examinations. Without a doubt, your friend is much more comfortable and relaxed at home.
Born and raised in Camp Hill, PA, Rob worked for/with his father since age 9. Rob graduated from East Pennsboro High School and continued to work with his father until he opened Golden Lake Recreational Pet Camp in August 1987. While owning/operating the Pet Camp, Rob attended and graduated from West Virginia Canine College. As he established a loyal clientele at the Pet Camp, clients would ask him if their pet could be buried at Golden Lake since they loved it there so much when they stayed at the Camp. This is what helped to create Companion Animal Cremation Service, the PA State Pet Memorial and now Peaceful Pet Passage.
Amy Sue Lauver
Having grown up in Dillsburg, PA, Amy graduated from Northern High School and had a secretarial career prior to her commitment to Golden Lake Recreational Pet Camp as Camp Secretary. Over the years as Camp Secretary, Amy became quite attached to her pet guardians as well as their pets. Amy, as softly as she can, recommends our pet funeral home services when seeing client’s pets with issues at Camp that the owners may be “second guessing” what they are seeing at home.
Amy helped out in the background of the pet funeral home for many years and has become the Emergency Call Service Receptionist for the Peaceful Pet Passage, Companion Animal Cremation Service, and PA State Pet Memorial in May 2012.
In her “spare” time, she loves going to the beach, and reading.
John was born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Cumberland Valley High School and continued his education at Harrisburg Area Community College where he acquired his Associates Degree.
Having been with the company since 1992, John is the Office Manager for the Peaceful Pet Passage, the Companion Animal Cremation Service, and the PA State Pet Memorial. John is typically the one that will take phone calls during the week and help clients through the process of setting up an in-home euthanasia appointment, and cremation or burial options. He, along with Amy, finalizes the veterinarian’s schedules in relation to in-home euthanasia.
John and his wife, Deborah, enjoy gardening in their back yard as well as relaxing with friends on their home’s deck.
Dr. Elizabeth Carney
Dr. Elizabeth (Garver) Carney grew up in the Seven Valleys and Spring Grove areas of York County, spending her childhood days on a dairy farm feeding calves and milking cows. After graduating from Spring Grove High School, she attended Penn State University and received a B.S. in Dairy and Animal Science. She then attended veterinary school at Iowa State University.
After graduating, she moved back to York County and practiced companion animal medicine at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital and Old Trail Animal Hospital. She also gained experience working with many kinds of animals, including livestock, rodents, rabbits, and zoo animals, while working as a veterinarian at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.
Dr. Carney feels called to provide in-home euthanasia services for pets. She believes it’s the very least we can do for these special animals who provide us with unconditional love and companionship. Her goal is to make the last moments of your pet’s life as peaceful and pain-free as she can. She knows how concerned and anxious you are feeling, and she wants you to know she will be there to help you and your pet through these difficult moments.
When she’s not driving around the countryside, Dr. Carney is blessed to be a mom and wife and enjoys reading and gardening. She blogs at www.yourpetsneedthis.com, offering common sense advice to pet parents.
Tom was born and raised in York. He graduated from York Catholic High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1970 and served his country for the next two years. Tom then spent 32 years as a mail carrier in the York area and retired from the Post Office in 2005. Tom has volunteered at the York County SPCA. He loves all animals, especially dogs. He loves to read and to take vacation in Las Vegas.
Tom utilized Peaceful Pet Passage’s euthanasia and cremation service for his own dog, Princess, in June of 2012. He was very appreciative of the caring attitude and quality of service he received. He decided to ask about an employment opportunity with the company and was hired in August 2012. Tom states that he lost his best friend but gained a new family.
Tom’s goal is to transport your pet with the dignity and respect they deserve and that you expect.