About Us

Our Mission

Our pets are not only our companions, they are part of our families. We care for each other, each offering what only we can provide. Our pets know us inside and out. They are joyfully at our sides when we are happy, and they remain steadfast companions when we are troubled. We share every moment of life, and they place their ultimate trust in us. Our beloved animals rely on us to do the right thing. To do the very best we can for as long as we can.

And they trust that we’ll take good care of them when it’s time to part.

Saying goodbye is the hardest part. When is it the right time? Can you help alleviate any pain? How do the mechanics of euthanasia work? Can I bury my pet? Is there a place I can visit to remember?

We’re here to answer all of your questions. We’ve been here for more than 26 years, and our goal is to treat each and every family with compassion. We can help guide you through the euthanasia process at home, or here at our facility. We offer both cremation and burial services, all right here in south central Pennsylvania on our 25-acre campus in Mechanicsburg, and your beloved pet will be treated with respect and never be turned over to a third party broker. We’re your neighbors, and we treat you as such.

Afterward, many of our families find comfort by visiting the Pennsylvania State Pet Memorial. Located on the grounds of Golden Lake, it is peaceful, quiet and a fitting tribute to pets we have loved, lost but never forgotten over the years.

We encourage you to call us at 717-691-9214. Peaceful Pet Passage can help you when it’s time to provide the final act of love and kindness we can offer our best friends.

Staff Bios

Dr. Mary Riordan

Dr. Riordan appreciates the time she spends with pet owners and their beloved companions in their final moments together at home. She feels that relieving pain and providing peace is one of the kindest things we can do for our pets when the time comes.

Mary Riordan grew up in Western Massachusetts riding horses and as an active Girl Scout. GraduatING from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Animal Science, she went on to attend veterinary school at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

Following veterinary school, she completed a large animal internship at Tuskegee University in Alabama and became a clinical instructor before moving on to mixed large and small animal private practice north of Atlanta. She later moved to Pennsylvania and worked with horses for several years before coming to Peaceful Pet Passage. She has experience with dogs, cats, many types of farm animals and exotic pets.


Rob Lauver

Rob’s been surrounded by animals virtually his entire life. A Pennsylvania native, he was born in Millersburg, and raised in Camp Hill. He has called Mechanicsburg home for the past 30 years, living on the grounds of Golden Lake, a 25-acre campus tucked away on Andersontown Road. A graduate of West Virginia Canine College, Rob ran the area’s premiere boarding facility, Golden Lake Recreational Pet Camp. In addition to his beautiful dogs, clients would often find Rob with a pet skunk peeking out of his jacket, acting as a goodwill ambassador and educating anyone who was interested in learning more. His life creed is simple: always do the right thing and act with integrity.

Over the years, Rob’s respect for his own animals, as well as those of his clients, led him to create Companion Animal Cremation Service. Today the grounds at Golden Lake serve as the final resting place for many of the animals that spent countless happy hours at the pet camp, as well as new clients captivated by the serene location and the beautiful granite monument designed to honor our companion animals.

That same respect and integrity led to the creation of Peaceful Pet Passage and Pennsylvania State Pet Memorial, and most recently, the Pennsylvania State Working Animal Foundation, the only tribute of its kind in the United States. “Every animal deserves the respect, dignity and comfort of a peaceful passage. They are, after all, our family. Our goal is to ease the struggle, and comfort both pets and their owners. We are here to honor them.”


Amy Sue Lauver

Amy keeps Golden Lake running smoothly. A Dillsburg native, she spent long hours working with, and becoming fond of the clients at Golden Lake Recreational Dog Camp. Serving first as Camp Secretary and later as client advocate, it was only natural that Amy would move into her current position as Emergency Call Service Receptionist. Her comforting voice is there to help guide our client families through difficult times.




John Keen

John has been helping families here at Golden Lake since 1992. Born and raised in NJ, John is a Cumberland Valley graduate who went on to obtain his Associate’s Degree from Harrisburg Area Community College. He currently serves at the helm as office manager for Peaceful Pet Passage, the Companion Animal Cremation Service and the Pennsylvania State Pet Memorial. John’s calm demeanor serves our clients well as he handles the scheduling of in-home euthanasia, and answers questions about cremation and burial options personally. Working together with Laurie Plank and Kim Stough, John does his best to help our families by attending to all the details.


Laurie Plank

Laurie has a keen understanding of how we connect with nature. With degrees in biology and ecopsychology, the study of the interrelationship we humans share with the earth, Laurie understands the science of how and why.

Losing her faithful companion, sweet golden retriever Topaz in 2015, and sibling Beau a few years later, gave her the personal insight, and desire, to join our team and help others, offering the same compassion she received.

Laurie works with John to talk with our clients and schedule euthanasia appointments, assisting families to peacefully help their beloved pets over the Rainbow Bridge.