A “Private” cremation is a cremation procedure during which only one animal’s body is present in the cremation chamber during the cremation process and the cremated ashes of the pet are to be returned to its owner.
An “Individual” or “Partitioned” Cremation is a cremation procedure during which more than one animal’s body is present in the cremation chamber and the cremated remains of specific pets are to be returned to the owner. Each pet will have its own private segregated section within the cremation chamber during the cremation process. This type of cremation procedure is what most pet crematories call a Private Cremation. Please note: Due to a number of factors and by virtue of multiple pets being cremated within the same chamber, active commingling of cremated remains can occur.
A “Communal or Batch” is a cremation procedure where multiple pets are cremated together without any form of separation. These commingled cremated remains are not returned to the owners.
Because of the lack of regulation, it is important for you to ask your pet cremation provider what they mean when they use the terms like “private cremation” or “individual cremation”.
Upon completion of the cremation, all substances are consumed or driven off, except bone fragments and metal other non-combustible materials, as the temperature is not sufficient to consume them. Due to the nature of the cremation process, any possessions or materials, such as collars or tags that are left with the animal and not removed prior to cremation may be destroyed or if not destroyed, will be disposed of by the Crematory in a non-recoverable manner.
Following a cooling period, the cremated remains shall be recovered from the chamber and placed in an Urn with proper identification.
Depending on the cremation option, there may or may not be more commingling/mixing of cremated remains. Active commingling can occur between animals during the cremation and/or retrieval process when multiple animals are cremated together in the same chamber.
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Where is the crematory located?
May I inspect the facility where my pet’s cremation will take place? Whether you choose to visit the facility directly is beside the point. You want comfort knowing the option is there, should you need it.
How will my pet be transported to the crematory?
How and where is my pet kept until cremation?
We recommend that families ask their Vet exactly what options they have, such as bringing the pet home in a pet casket or container for at home burial — or how the pet cremation process will occur.
The worst option is not having your questions answered. Some people have learned much later that when they ‘left’ their pet with a Vet to be euthanized, their pet was disposed of in a manner that might have been unacceptable to a family. We recommend that people take charge of their pet’s remains at the end of their life, and demand the fitting tribute / pet memorial the family desires. Your pet was too important to leave to chance at the end of their life.