Pet Cremation

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What is “country burial”?

“Country burial” is a term used in the pet cremation and burial industry which refers to mass or communal burial of the bodies of deceased animals. Country burial may or may not involve cremation.

Can I ask to have my pet’s ashes be buried with me in the same grave?

In most states it is illegal to bury pets in human cemeteries. Florida is an exception to this law in allowing human and non-humans to be buried together. Notwithstanding, it is a fairly common practice for the pet owner to ask the funeral director to secretly place the urn of a deceased pet into the casket prior to its being sealed and placed in the burial vault.

Where may I lawfully scatter my pet’s ashes?

You have numerous options for scattering your pet’s ashes, including public lands, private property, aerial scattering, scattering gardens, etc. Depending on the location, there may be local or governmental restrictions that prohibit the scattering of ashes in populated areas, certain public areas, some national parks, and other areas. In some cases, a permit may be required.

If you are considering scattering the ashes of a pet on public lands, it is best to contact the agency which has jurisdiction over that area. This information can usually be found by conducting an online search. Also, if you are considering scattering the ashes on private property, be sure to obtain permission from the landowner first.

Can I scatter my pet’s cremated remains?

Yes. Many owners choose to scatter their pet’s ashes.

What does the crematory do with the ashes if you do not request them to be returned to you?

The crematory will take the ashes and scatter them in a designated area that is set aside for scattering.

What is “tracking” and what does it mean in regards to pet cremation?

“Tracking” is a process similar to the concept of “chain of custody,” a system used in legal proceedings to document the transfer of evidence from one person to another. Chain of custody is used to prove that the evidence has not been altered or tampered with in any way since it was obtained.

Tracking serves a similar purpose in pet cremation. A tracking system will ensure that from the time the crematory receives the pet’s body, it is assigned a unique tracking number that will accompany the body throughout the entire cremation process. For example, a metal tag with a unique serial number may be placed with the body during intake, and the tag number and owner’s name recorded. The tag will remain with the body until cremation is complete. It may then be handed to the pet owner along with the ashes. This eliminates the chance of mixing up the cremated remains and returning the pet’s ashes to the wrong owner.

Will the size and weight of my pet determine the amount of ashes remaining?

Yes. Another factor, the actual density of the pet’s body, will also influence the amount of ashes that are produced. Because of this factor, it is actually possible to cremate two animals of the same size and weight, yet end up with a different volume of ashes one from another.

Can all pets be cremated?

Most pets can be cremated, ranging from very small (birds, mice, etc.) to very large (horses, for example). Other pets such as lizards and snakes have been cremated. The most common subjects of pet cremation are dogs and cats.

Can a pet be exhumed from burial and then cremated?

Yes. It is possible to cremate the remains of an exhumed pet. You should be aware that because the pet was buried and not directly cremated, there will likely be some amount of soil that cannot be removed, and will be mixed in with the ashes.

What do the pet ashes look like?

Pet ashes are grayish white and have a granular consistency similar to sand.

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