Resting Paws Ottawa pet cremation services are customized to your needs. We do cremations for dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, pocket pets and exotic pets. Our cremation services are offered with utmost respect and compassion and cater to all budgets. Click on the tabs below to find out more.

Our Resting Paws service is performed in the same manner as it would be done for a human family member. This means that your companion and only your companion is placed in the crematory. The ashes are returned in one of our urns (see choices below).

Resting Paws (Private Cremation)

Included in the service:

  • Pick up at home or Veterinary Clinic *
  • Private Cremation (Your companion alone in the crematory)
  • Witnessed Cremation in person (By appointment)**
  • Your choice of RPCC Urn (See choices below)***
  • Engraved name plate 2 lines (1st line name, 2nd line dates or nickname)
  • Cremation Certificate
  • Grief Information
  • Condolence card
  • Return back home or Veterinary Clinic
Complimentary RPCC Urn Selection and Upgrades

If you don’t find what you like click here for other urn options

Wood Urn engraved with dove and In Loving Memory of ; Name plateComplimentary Dove AlwaysComplimentary Always in My Heart RainbowComplimentary Rainbow Bridge Pic Urn Med Oval NameComplimentary Oval Picture Pic Urn Med Sq NameComplimentary Square Picture
Cat3Complimentary Sitting Cat Paw-UrnUpgrade Paw Print  Sm/Med $30.00 ; Lg $45.00 Urn Sm GUpgrade Black Granite  $50.00 Urn Med MUpgrade White Marble $50.00 My Buddy Urn Upgrade Stainless Steel $65.00
See what our clients are saying:

I cannot thank Patrick and Sabine enough for their wonderful and personalised service. Our dearest cat Cartman passed away last Sunday at 19 years of age, and I had done some research online so I knew who to call when it inevitably happened. My husband phoned before we went in to the vet to arrange for Cartman to be picked up, and they went to get him the next morning. We opted to have the private cremation with the visitation and I was very happy with the service provided. Patrick was so kind and professional. He answered any questions we had and made us all feel very comfortable there. He treated our companion with compassion and the dignity that we needed to begin the healing process. We were provided with a lot of information on grieving and the urn we got for Cartman is absolutely beautiful and perfect. Patrick makes them himself. I am so glad to have this service offered close to home. Cartman is now back with us where he belongs. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ~The Browns

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*Free pick-up for first 60 km on the odometer (calculated from 228 Allison Ave. to your location and back). $1.00 for every additional km. Contact us for after hours and week-end pick-up fees.

** We will contact you the day before and confirm a time. We ask that you arrive at least 15 min before. Late fee surcharges apply for every 15 min increments. Please advise us at least 4 hours prior to your appointment time if you have to cancel or postpone. Other conditions apply.

***You can also provide your own urn or choose an upgrade from our selection of urns for an additional fee.

If you decide on our Treasured Paws service, your companion will be placed in a special container to ensure that the ashes do not mix with others in the chamber. Each container is distinctively marked allowing staff to clearly identify which companion is contained within. This ensures that only your companion’s ashes are returned to you.

Treasured Paws (Semi-Private / Individual Cremation)

* Special rate for companions under 2 lbs*

Included in the service

  • Pick up at home or Veterinary Clinic *
  • Semi-Private / Individual Cremation (Individually placed in special containers)
  • Witnessed Cremation in person by appointment (Other people might be there for witnessing)**
  • Choice of two RPCC Urns (See choices below)***
  • Engraved name plate 2 lines (1st line name, 2nd line dates or nickname)
  • Cremation Certificate
  • Grief Information
  • Condolence card
  • Urn picked up at our home office or home delivered for a fee.
Complimentary RPCC Urn Selection and Upgrades

If you don’t find what you like click here for other urn options

Standard SmComplimentary Dove AlwaysComplimentary Always in My Heart RainbowUpgrade Rainbow Bridge  $10.00 Cat3 Upgrade Sitting Cat $10.00 Pic Urn Med Oval NameUpgrade Oval Picture  $15.00
Pic Urn Med Sq NameUpgrade Square Picture  $15.00 Paw-UrnUpgrade Paw Print Sm/Med $30.00 ; Lg $45.00 Urn Sm GUpgrade Black Granite $50.00 Urn Sm MUpgrade White Marble $50.00 My Buddy Urn (2)Upgrade Stainless Steel $65.00
See what our clients are saying:

Patrick helped us when our Simba passed away in January this year. He is truly compassionate and helps you through a difficult time. To me, Patrick Couture was the equivalent of a human Funeral Director, helping take care of all of the details when you can hardly think! There is quite a difference in mourning your fur baby when there is someone there to help with the details rather than just drop him off at a reception desk at a Vet clinic and wait a week or two for his remains. Patrick is there through the whole process and even came to our house. I highly recommend Patrick Couture and Resting Paws Crematorium.

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SMALL PRINT

*Free pick-up for first 60 km on the odometer (calculated from 228 Allison Ave. to your location and back). $1.00 for every additional km. Contact us for after hours and week-end pick-up fees.

** We will contact you the day before and confirm a time. We ask that you arrive at least 15 min before. Late fee surcharges apply for every 15 min increments. Please advise us at least 4 hours prior to your appointment time if you have to cancel or postpone. Other conditions apply.

***You can also provide your own or choose an upgrade from our selection of urns for an additional fee.

****Companions under 2 lbs must be dropped off and ashes picked up at our home location. You can provide your urn or purchase one of ours X-Small personalized for ($30.00)

Our Paws at Peace commemoration means that your companion will be cremated with others. The ashes are placed in a communal container identified by cremation date and ready to be scattered on our Cemetery grounds by our staff with your attendance and assistance if you wish to participate. An invitation is posted on Facebook and on our website two weeks or so prior to the event. A small ceremony is performed with the reading of the Rainbow Bridge poem followed by the scattering of ashes.  If you have other companions they are welcome to come along.

Paws at Peace (Communal / Group Cremation)

Included in the service:

  • Communal / Group Cremation
  • Invitation to Ash scattering (posted on Facebook and our website)
How it works
  • You must bring your Companions to us.
  • If your companion is too big or you don’t have a vehicle we can pick up at your home or Veterinary clinic at a cost of $1.00 per km on the odometer. *
  • Each communal/group ash are properly identified and kept separately.
  • We know which companion was included in each group cremation.
  • If you decide to come for the scattering ceremony you get a small amount of ashes from the appropriate group cremation to personally scatter in memory of your companion.
Upgraded services
  • A Clay paw print can be done and picked up at our home office. (Cost Sm/Med $30.00; Lg $45.00)
  • Place the name of your companion on our memory tower located in the ash scattering area of our cemetery to memorialize your companion. (Cost $25.00)
Memory TowerUpgrade 

Name on Memory tower $25.00

Paw-PrintUpgrade Paw Print Sm/Med $30.00 ; Lg $45.00

See what our clients are saying:

I’m finally able to post a testimonial without crying; my memories of our sweet Sheba have all become good now, and those of her last few days have faded a bit. I’d like to thank you again for your kindness as we said our good-byes to a much loved companion. When we brought her to your office on July 27, despite the fact that we could only afford the common cremation rather than the kind of service we would have liked to have for her, you showed both us, and our departed puss, respect and compassion. In fact, my final memory of her is her resting in the basket in your receiving room with one paw sticking out – a pose she often used in life. I’m glad I was able to get a ride to the ash spreading ceremony on August 22. Your reading of ‘The Rainbow Bridge’ was beautiful . . . I only cried because I knew that this was almost my final good-bye. The absolute final good-bye was when I had to throw away all the furniture covers that she’d used when she first became incontinent, and although I never thought parting with cat pee stained items would hurt, it surprisingly did. In any case, I’m glad to know that you and Patrick are around, loving your pets as we love ours, and able to help them take those final memorial steps to comfort their humans after they’ve crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

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SMALL PRINT

* Free pick up of communal cremations is only performed at veterinary clinics using the services of Resting Paws. All owners can personally drop off their companion at one of our locations (Please call ahead).

For all others, pick up fee applies.

At the time of your loss the emotions of the moment can make it easy for you to misunderstand your options. Don’t be afraid to question the person offering you after care options. Only you can decide what is right for your companion. If you need more time to decide, ask for it. If a clinic or provider will not hold your pet, call us at Resting Paws Cemetery & Crematorium Inc. Arrangements can be made to give you the time you need to make an informed decision.

Does Private cremation ensure my compagnon is alone in the crematory? The term Private cremation does not always mean your companion and your companion alone is in the crematory!!!  Surprised perhaps! Some organisations find it acceptable to place multiple pets in a crematory and still name it a Private cremation. At Resting Paws we deliver on our wording Private means Private.   For more info follow this link http://www.iaopc.com/mypet/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/iaopcc-regular-application.pdf   Read page four Our definition of Private Cremation is.

What is the difference between Individual, Partitioned, Segregated and Semi private cremations? All these terms are used to indicate that multiple companions are in the crematory at the same time.

I have pet (companion) insurance. Does it cover aftercare? Check with your policy provider, some plans cover aftercare cost.

I was told that I cannot get the remains from my pet back from the veterinary clinic after Euthanasia? This is not true. You are responsible to ensure that the aftercare needs of your pet are properly taken care of. The veterinarian should get you to sign a consent form prior to performing the euthanasia and should also discuss aftercare options with you.

Who organizes the aftercare of my companion? The choice is yours. Your veterinary clinic should inform you of all the available options. If you do not hear our name, tell your vet to hold your companion and call us. We can take care of the details with you.

Where is my companion sent when I leave it at the veterinary clinic for a cremation? Ask your Veterinarian, take notes then carry out your research. You are not bound to use the service they offer. Like any services you are able to make changes any time before the service is rendered. If you wish to use Resting Paws please advise your veterinary clinic. We can schedule a pick up or you can drop your companion off at our home office where it will stay overnight in our holding area and be transferred to the crematory the next day.

What should I do if I want my pet returned to me? Most clinics will have cardboard transport containers to place your pet in for return home. If it is a small cat or dog his/her carrier with a towel works well. If the pet is too big and you want to use our services, just advise the clinic to hold your pet and contact us to arrange the details.

Does my companion have to be placed in a container for the cremation process? No, unlike humans where the law requires it, for family companions this is not mandatory.

I feel like I should provide a container for cremation. Can I provide or build one? If you feel better in having your companion placed in a container you can provide one. The only stipulations are that it is out of thin plywood, rigid cardboard or you can wrap your companion in a 100% wool or cotton blanket. Remember that the container will also produce some ashes and will be included in the weight cost of cremation.

How long can you keep my companion at your location before cremation? Each situation is different; the companions’ real master might be out of town, you might not want to face the decision alone or you were the temporary caregiver. Therefore, arrangements can be made to keep it for a reasonable amount of time until the decisions can be made. Most veterinary clinics will hold your companion for a few days. You should expect a minimum amount to be charged as a security.

Why can’t I get cremains back from a communal cremation? Communal cremations are performed with many companions together( up to the capacity of the crematory) and the ashes are not separable.

What if my companion has metal implants? You can let us know ahead of time, but after the cremation is completed measures are in place to remove metal objects.

Can I cremate my companion with its favorite toy? No, other than a proper container or 100% wool/cotton blanket nothing else is cremated. Flowers are accepted and can be cremated.

Can I witness the cremation? Yes, this is a service offered free of charge by appointment only. We will contact you the day before and confirm a time. We ask that you arrive at least 15 min before. Late fee surcharges apply for every 15 min increments. This will be discussed with you when setting up the appointment.

What happens to the ashes of my companion if I use another service for communal Cremation? You should visit their website or ask them directly.

What happens to the ashes of my companion if I use Resting Paws services for communal Cremation? The ashes are scattered in our cemetery and each scattering is documented. We will be able to indicate the approximate locations when you visit the cemetery.

How much ash should I expect back? The rule of thumb discussed on the internet is approximately 1 cu/in per lbs of weight. However, many do not discuss why a 100 lbs dog returns 60 to 70 cu/in of ashes and not 100 cu/in. The reason is that this formula is not based on physical weight but on bone structure, density, fitness and age of your companion. Many companions are obese and fat cells do not turn into ashes.

Can I use your cemetery for burial or scattering if I use another provider for cremation? Yes

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