There are several options for aftercare of your pet’s remains.  If time allows, we encourage you to consider them prior to the euthanasia visit, when decision making will be clearer.  This is a very personal decision that may have practical, spiritual, or financial considerations.  You should choose the option that you feel best preserves the memory of your pet.  Just remember that there is no right or wrong choice, only what feels best for you.

1) Cremation

There is individual or communal cremation.  With individual cremation, your pet is cremated alone and ashes are returned to you in an urn.  With communal cremation, your pet is cremated with other pets and ashes are scattered in a memorial garden.

Our individual cremations undergo a process called Aquamation, or Alkaline Hydrolysis.  It is the combination of gentle water flow and alkalinity to accelerate the natural process of tissue breakdown that would occur if you buried your pet. The only solid remains (~20% more retained than with fire cremation) are the mineral ash of the bones which are softer and lighter in color, similar in appearance to a fine grain sand. Aquamation uses a fraction of the energy and cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 90%. The remaining liquid is a sterile, EPA neutral solution of amino acids, peptides, and sugars that is also suitable for use as fertilizer.

If you select cremation, we will transport your pet after they pass.  For pets over 40 pounds of weight, we will need assistance in carrying your pet to our vehicle.  If you are not physically or emotionally able to assist, please let us know when scheduling the appointment so we can arrange an assistant to be present.

It takes approximately 2-3 weeks for your pet’s ashes to be ready to return home.  We will contact you to arrange a day and time to receive them.

We offer various Urns and Keepsakes

If there is an aftercare company that you would prefer to use, we can assist with coordinating pick-up of your pet or you are welcome to transport your pet yourself.

2) Burial

If you choose to bury your pet at home, it is important to check the local regulations in your area.  We do not assist with home burial preparations.

The two pet cemeteries in Los Angeles are Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas and Pet Haven Cemetery and Crematory in Gardena.  A formal cemetery burial can be a lovely tribute and comforting way to memorialize your pet.  Arrangements can be simple to elaborate, with a funeral and memorial service.  You will want to contact the cemetery ahead of time to discuss the details.  You can arrange for pick-up of your pet from home or transport your pet directly to the cemetery.  Prices typically start at $1000-1500.

3) Disposal

If you wish to simply have your pet’s body removed from your home, please contact the City of Los Angeles at 1-800-773-2489 or fill out a Service Request Form online.  Pickup will happen within 24 hours of your request.