Many pet owners choose cremation because it is an affordable option that allows them to keep the remains or scatter them in a chosen location. Burial at a pet cemetery is more expensive, and some local governments have laws against burying a pet on private property.
Pet cremation typically costs between $55 and $100 for small animals such as birds, rabbits and ferrets -- as well as puppies and kittens.
Pet cremation typically costs between $100 and $150 for cats, as well as dogs up to 50 pounds, with toy and miniature dogs falling at the lower end of the range and mid-sized dogs at the higher end.
Pet cremation typically costs between $150 and $350 for dogs between 50 and 120 pounds and up, with very large dogs falling at the high end.
Pet cremation services often have someone on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
After you call, the company often will pick up the pet from the home or veterinary clinic and deliver it to the facility. A staff member then tags the pet with an identification number, and cremates the animal in a special furnace that reduces the body to sand-like particles.
The facility places the ashes either in a sealed bag or a tin or cardboard box, then either holds them for pick-up or delivers them to the owner.
Some pet cemeteries that also do cremation offer free pet bereavement support groups.
Some crematories charge an added fee of about $45 to pick-up the body after hours and on weekends.
Some crematories allow the pet owner to view the cremation, sometimes for an added fee of about $25 or more.
Urns to hold the ashes typically cost $50 to $150 for a classic bronze, brass or enamel vase, depending on size, but can run as high as $1,000 for a large wax-cast urn in an elaborate shape. Experts recommend choosing urn size based on the pet's pre-cremation body weight, with one cubic inch of space per pound. AngelAshes.com offers urns, as does PerfectMemorials.com .
An engraved nameplate for the urn can cost about $10 to $25.
Some crematories offer discounts of more than 50 percent for pet owners who choose a communal cremation where the pet is cremated with other animals and the ashes sometimes are scattered on the facility grounds by staff.
Shopping for pet cremation:
To find a pet cremation facility, ask your veterinarian or your local animal shelter, both of which might have relationships with reputable facilities. Or, The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement has a list of pet crematories and cemeteries by state.
Tip: When you find a cremation facility, ask whether they do mass or individual cremations. Some facilities that do mass cremations divvy up the ashes, so each owner gets a mixture of ashes from all of the animals. And, if the facility does mass cremations and does not return the ashes, ask how they dispose of them, since some facilities send remains to landfills.
Tip: Ask whether you can take a tour of the facility, and whether the facility will guarantee its service policies in writing.
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My little puppy Leo passed after having him for a few months. I was heart broken. NYC Pet funeral & aquamation service did a beautiful job at returning Leo’s remains in a beautiful urn with a paw print. www.nypetscremation.com 800-607-1582
I lost my beloved 13yr old girl Angel after she had a bad fall that broke her thigh bone in 3 pieces. It was initially just going to be an amputation since healing would've been faster than major surgery to pin the bones back into place. Well, after the ortho vet did more xrays he saw pelvic and vertebrae damage as well. I couldn't put her through all that recovery and pain. And because of her age and history of seizures the vet said she might not even make it off the table due to the extent of the lengthy operation. So I made the call to let my baby girl go... I found Angel Paws in a Google search for pet crematory places near me. The owner is just the sweetest guy and very sympathetic. He explained the procedure and showed me the "extras" I could get;such as the different urns, inscription plates, and tin that contained her paw print in plaster. I got the mid priced package - just her ashes,wooden urn w/her name&bday and death day, and the plaster paw print. I got all that for $170
Frost, my companion of 9 years, had congestive heart failure and died in my arms as I was trying to take him to the vet again to have the fluids drained. Paws in Paradise staff came and picked him up from my home, did the cremation and I received a wonderful urn with his pictures a little over a week later. They were so helpful during my time of grief.
I had (2) 14 yr old yellow labs that were the love of my life and today I pick up their ashes. The silence is here is deafening now that they are gone. I asked to have them cremated together as they were brother and sister, my vet said this was not an option, it could be done as a mass group (communal) or private (individually) their ashes were returned in a nice memorial box, but this seems extreme on the price. The vet did come to my house. I had their mother cremated 2 years ago, she was also euthanized, the break down was $50 house call, $100 euthanasia, $168 private cremation, total $318.
In 2014 my fiance and I were forced to put down Will, her 14 year old golden. Our vet put us in touch with a company called Allied Veterinary Cremations. We were all set to go ahead with a private cremation when I decided to do a little digging for my own piece of mind. I came to find out that at that particular company "private" only means separated inside the crematory. After that we had a friend of ours suggest Peaceful Pet Passage. When we went to see the facility we were met with understand and total integrity. The staff had heard of these sorts of malpractices before and went far out of their way to assuage our concerns. They toured the facility with us and explained every process in depth if we asked them too. I was blown away by the transparency and ethics of it. They even make a dvd of the process so you're 100% sure it is your pet. They also preform in-home euthanasias so Will was allowed to go for his eternal rest on his doggy bed. He was treated with the respect he deserved
What a mess. My dog was taken by a coyote. We found him the next day (just dead & not tore apart at all) & buried him. We unburied him a few days later & even tho they say they'll pick up, I had to take him for the cremation 30 min away. He wasn't decomposed at all. So, I wanted "big package". I was supposed to get for $190, fur clipping, paw print, urn w/engraving, & the cremation. Later, they said the dog was too far gone for a print even though he had barely started decomposing. They were going to charge me $15 for engraving when they originally told me that it was included for free. The man that "took my order" was nonchalant & really didn't listen to me, just uh huh & sure... On the phone when they were bringing my "package" to the vet, they told me they were only going to charge me $185 cuz no paw print & I paid by credit card over the phone but the receipt on the bag says $205. Waiting to see what shows on my card. NOT going to take my other baby there when the time comes.
Tyler was my loving companion, he was more then a dog, he was a family member, After 16 years, I had to decide to put him to sleep since his heart failed and seizures were occurring.The special care, transport of my dog in a respectful manner, and identification certificate from the crematory as well as reasonable price from Pet Funeral & Cremation Service of NYC helped through this painful time. They were so caring, & understanding!
This is the first pet that I have ever had to do this with. It is a learning experience. This is the cost without a urn yet. The urn is a separate cost. They only provide private cremation which is great. The pick up cost is depending on the location but for me it was an additional $35. They are super nice and seem to do a great job. Koda was 11 years old and was always so happy. She was diagnosed with Congestive heart failure 10 months ago. Its been a very painful year for me because she is like a child to me and seeing her the last 24 hrs was the hardest thing i had to deal with. Making the decision to take her to the angel's was so hard and is still hard. I love you Koda Bear forever and always.
Pet Angels did our Corgi's cremation in South Florida. It was a guarenteed private cremation. Riley was returned to us in a Mahogany Box. It contained a velvet bag with Pet Angel embroided on it in gold letters. His ashes were in a sealed plastic bag, within the velvet bag. We were very satisfied the way they handled everything.
These guys were so professional and courteous I felt right at home. My pet although at that moment weighed less than normal was about 65 pounds and they came to pick him up in a Mercedes Van which was really nice. On the 27th we had him cremation while we watch and he was handled with a lot of dignity, which really meant a lot to me after loosing a friend so dear to me at my age of 73 years old. The guys at Colonial Pet Cremation are wonderful!
My darling Ashka was a big piece of my heart. I found her on Craigslist She was obviously abused and was missing patches of fur all over her body, and her half of the fur on her tail was gone, it even looked like it had broken and healed wrong. But I wanted her none the less and paid a mere 14$ in gas money, that they wanted to drive her to me. I spent only 3 1/2 years with her. Slowly watching her health diminish. Her eyesight went first, then her mobility. But she had such a huge appetite. Until she stopped moving almost completely only to lift her head to eat and drink. And a few days later there was an open sore. So big and deep muscle was showing. Which the drs didn't know what caused it. It was the middle of the night. About midnight-1 and they were so nice. They euthanized her in front of me. A week later I went to pick her up. She came back to me in a little wooden box. With a casting of her paw print. And they even sent me a card with condolences. They were good people.
The general cremation prices listed for various sizes of pets seem low on this site. In NYC area, a well known pet cemetery charges $450 for cremating a 10 pound dog, and mailing cremains back.Other companies may quote lower price, but service was poor, and it took a long time to get cremains back. I finally found a pet funeral & cremation service in NYC that charged a reasonable rate for good service, and returned cremains in short time. Read reviews on the web,and check out companies before you use them.
Posted by: Feeling heartbroken and cheated in WI in West Bend, WI.
Posted: November 12th, 2014 10:11AM
Type of Pet: 6# cat
Breed: Calico DSH
We were not in our right minds, and did not think to ask the cost when our vet asked us what we wanted to do. Our dogs cost $100 ea to cremate at a different vet's office, so we just agreed. Um, $260? Really? I would never use them again, when just down the highway I can get the same service for $125.
What type of cremation are you getting? Be sure. 1. Private - only your pet is cremated in the crematory. Ashes returned 2. Semi-Private - other pets besides yours may be in the crematory with your pet but separated (by: fire brick, steel, in container or distance). Ashes returned. 3 Mass cremation - all pets together at same time in crematorium. can not return just your pets remains. Prices vary depending on which type of cremation. Be sure you are getting what type you want!
I had two cats cremated a month, to the day apart. Maggie, was totally expected, and Nadia totally unexpected in her death. I haven't received Nadia's remains yet, since it was only March 2nd, when she was euthanized. Maggie was returned to me, in a small pine box, with her name and year of birth and death on it. I expect the same for Nadia.
This company was beautiful, they came to me and picked up my bloody lil Pom that my neighbor's dog had attacked and killed. They brought her back to me. She was in a Baggie and then placed in a velvet draw stringed bag with a prayer embroidered on it and then placed in a paw printed lil square metal container plus a beautiful death certificate. I felt so much better. They had so much empathy an love. Very unique quality crematory for our beloved pets/family members! She was 4 years old 2004-2008
My dog was hit by car on Sunday, Oct 21st. Vet office called the Dixie Cremation Services next day here in Montgomery. The Dixie Cremation Services said they would come to get my dog, but he will not be cremated until Friday/Saturday. I asked vet why? They had no answer. Well it has been past Friday/Saturday and no calls from Dixie Cremation Services. I called my vet office on Monday, one week after my dog's death. Vet office said they havent heard from Dixie Services. I got upset all the week. Finally, Dixie dropped off my dog's ashes on Thursday, November 1st. That is 12 days later since my dog's death. Ashes was in cheap plastic bag, no urn, nothing ! That is insult to my dog's dignity. I am so bittered and angry. I am NOT sure if my dog ashes was all himself or he was cooked with other dogs. They first said dog will not be cremated until Fri/Saturday and still no word from them after that, so it came to my conclusion that they waited for more dogs to creamted at same time for their own profits. I am digusted with Dixie Cremation Services. I spoke with other pet cremation service in Birmingham, AL named Pets at Peace AL, and they said they would cremate on that day or next day and ashes come with hairlock, paw printed, and a wooden urn, what's more that they would charge only $200-225!! I have regrets not looking up website to find them because it happened so fast and my vet office recomended Dixie that cost me $240, almost two weeks, no urn and cheap plastic bag! I will use Pets at Peace AL in Birmingham for my other dogs in future. Oh by the way, Pets at Peace AL in Birmingham offered to send me a wooden urn as a gift for my hurting caused by Dixie Creamtion Servces.
It was time to put our beloved Fu to sleep at 21 years of age, she had cancer as it turned out and could not be saved. This tiny little tortoise shelled cat could not have have been more than 3.5lbs when we put her to slept.We decided to have her cremated ,and did ,but we were shocked when the bill was 275.00 ,are we wrong? Or is the vet out of line? Grieving over my pet, but confused by the price of cremation ?
Heartfelt Memories came to my home to pick my beloved Smokey. They were there in a half hour and were very kind. They gave me a paw print in clay and a beautiful redwood urn. I was able to use the stories and comments section of their website to tell everyone about about my Smokey. I will use Heartfelt Memories again and suggest them to all my friend and relatives.
My baby Minnie brought joy to my life everyday for 15 years. She had difficulties first with walking, then hearing and breathing. When the seizures started happening I made the difficult choice to euthanize. I had it done at the humane society, Gateway picked up my dog from there, took her for cremation and later called me to pick her up. Her remains placed in a beautiful wooden box engraved on top her name and her paw print, that brought need to tears when I saw it. I recommend Gateway to everyone
We recently lost Molly, our beloved toy poodle to a bout of cancer. She was 11 yrs old. We used a company by the name of Dignity For Pets. They came to our apartment to pick her up and personally returned her to us within 5 days. We couldn't believe we only had to pay $125 as we were quoted over $300 by two other cremation services here in New York, and those services did not offer to come to us for pickup & delivery. Thank you Dignity For Pets for helping us during this very difficult time. We love you & miss you Molly
I had to put my 8 yr old Smokey down on 12/18/10 I paid for a private cremation. After 3 1/2 weeks I went to pick up Smokey's remains and I was handed a hugh qallon size plastic bag with his ashes. I was very upset when I looked at the ashes and they were cyristal black and clear glass looking pieces. I did not take them as I said they could not be Smokey's ashes. He was only 19 lbs . I though ashes were gray or white ground small. There were black and not ground small. I am waiting on an anwser from the Animal Hospital in Corning to explain what happened. I let them know that I was truyly hurt by the way they handed the ashes to me. Very cruel
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