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Pet Cremation

Your beloved pet deserves to be treated with the utmost respect and compassion in passing, as in life. If you wish, you may witness the cremation, or attend an ash scattering ceremony, to help bring comfort and closure during this emotionally trying time. We will work with you to determine the best option for your companion, your family, and your budget.
FAQs

Private Cremation

In a private cremation, the service is performed just as it would be for a human family member: there is only a single pet in the crematory for the duration of the service, and the service may be witnessed in person. The ashes will be returned in one of our beautiful urns, for you to keep.

Private Cremation service includes:

  • Pick up at home or veterinary clinic *;
  • Private in-person witnessing of cremation (by appointment)**;
  • Choice of Resting Paws Urn with name plate or pouch ***;
  • Cremation Certificate;
  • Grief guidance;
  • Condolence card; and
  • Return to home or veterinary clinic.
  • *$15.00 fee applies for the first 30 km radius of our home office situated at 228 Allison Ave.  $1.00 for every additional km. Additional fees after hours and week-end apply.
  • **You will be contacted the day before to re-confirm appointment. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the service begins, as cremation begins at the scheduled time.
  • ***You may provide your own urn or choose from our selection

Complimentary RPCC Urn Selection and Upgrades: Private Cremation

Dove

Complimentary

Always

Complimentary

Rainbow Bridge

Complimentary

Oval Picture

Complimentary

Square Picture

Complimentary

Sitting Cat

Complimentary

Paw Print

Upgrade – Sm/Med $30.00 ; Lg $45.00

Black Granite

Upgrade – $65.00

White Marble

Upgrade – $50.00 

Stainless Steel

Upgrade – $65.00

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

Semi-Private Cremation

In a semi-private cremation, up to four pets may be in the crematory at the same time.  Smaller pets will be placed in a distinctively marked Stainless Steel container to ensure that no ash mixing occurs. If you wish, you may witness the cremation. Pets over 100 lbs (as verified by Resting Paws) are cremated in a Private Cremation service.

NOTE: For pets less than 2 lbs, a special rate applies.*

Semi-Private / Individual Cremation service includes:

  • Pick up at home or veterinary clinic **;
  • In-person witnessing of cremation by appointment (service may be witnessed by multiple clients)***;
  • Choice of Resting Paws Urn with name plate or pouch****;
  • Cremation Certificate;
  • Grief guidance; and
  • Condolence card.
  • *Pets less than 2 lbs must be dropped off and urn picked up at our home location – a personalized extra-small urn is included in the service.
  • **$15.00 fee applies for the first 30 km radius of our home office situated at 228 Allison Ave.  $1.00 for every additional km. Additional fees after hours and week-end apply.
  • ***You will be contacted the day before to re-confirm appointment. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the service begins, as cremation starts at the scheduled time.
  • ****You may provide your own urn or choose an upgrade from our selection.

Complimentary RPCC Urn Selection and Upgrades: Semi-Private Cremation

Dove

Complimentary

Always

Complimentary

Rainbow Bridge

Upgrade – $10.00

Sitting Cat

Upgrade – $10.00

Square Picture

Upgrade – $15.00

Oval Picture

Upgrade – $15.00

Paw Print

Upgrade – Sm/Med $30.00 ; Lg $45.00

Black Granite

Upgrade – $65.00

White Marble

Upgrade – $50.00 

Stainless Steel

Upgrade – $65.00

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

Communal / Group Cremation

In a communal cremation, multiple pets are cremated together, and ashes are identified by cremation date. You, and the family of the other pets, are invited to an ash scattering ceremony as a beautiful tribute to the companions.

Resting Paws Communal / Group Cremation service includes:

  • Electronic invitation to ash scattering;
  • Optional Clay Paw Print (additional cost); and
  • Optional name engraving on Memory Tower (additional cost).
  • Pet must be dropped off at Resting Paws.
  • Larger pets can be picked up at your home or veterinary clinic for a fee of $1.00 per km from 228 Allison Ave (with a minimum fee of $25.00). Additional fees for after hours and week-ends apply.

Cremation FAQs

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.

Does Private cremation ensure my pet is alone in the crematory?
The term Private cremation does not always mean your pet and your pet alone is in the crematory!!!   Some organisations find it acceptable to place multiple pets in a crematory and still call 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 4 “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 insurance, does it cover cremation?

Check with your policy provider, some plans cover aftercare cost.

How can I make my pet more comfortable during euthanasia?

Bring their favorite blanket to lie on. The clinic should place a disposable soaker pad under your pet prior to performing the euthanasia. Then you can wrap your pet in his/her blanket.

Who organizes the aftercare of my companion?

You do. Your veterinary clinic will only tell you about the service provider they use. It is up to you to do the research and let them know your wishes. If you have not contacted us beforehand, tell your vet to hold your companion and call us.

I would like to bring my pet with me after the euthanasia, what should I do?

The veterinarian should get you to sign a consent form prior to performing the euthanasia and should also discuss aftercare options with you.  One of these options should be “I will take my pet with me”. Most clinics 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 for a timely pick up.

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.

What is an urn?

An urn is simply a container that can hold the ashes. It can be any container meaningful to you, but you should ensure that it is capable of holding all the ashes.

How long is the cremation process?

The duration of the cremation is dependent on size of your pet, time of day and if it is a private or semi-private cremation.  If you have a larger pet (70lbs+) we always schedule them in the morning.  Expect the process to take two hours.

What can I do while I am waiting for the cremation to be completed?

Some people stay at the crematory and go for a walk in our Cemetery. Others go for coffee and return a few hours later and some leave after the insertion then come to our home office to pick up the urn.

Why can’t I get ashes back from a communal cremation?

Communal cremations are performed with many pets together (up to the capacity of the crematory) and the ashes are not separable. The ashes are then scattered in our cemetery and each scattering is documented. We always invite people to the ash scattering.

Can I cremate my companion with its’ favorite toy or blanket?

Toy, no, because of environmental pollution from synthetic materials.  Blanket, yes, if it is 100% wool/cotton.  Other acceptable items include written messages / drawings from children and family, flowers, incense and sandalwood.

Can I witness the cremation?

Yes, you can witness both the private cremation and semi- private cremation.

What should I expect when I witness a private cremation?

We do not place any limitations on you with regards to witnessing. You can take part in the complete process from insertion to placement in the urn.  We contact you the day before and re-confirm the appointment time. We ask that you arrive at least 15 min before not to interfere with the next cremation.

What should I expect when I witness a semi-private cremation?

We do not place any limitations on you with regards to witnessing. You can take part in the complete process from insertion to placement in the urn.  We contact you the day before and re-confirm the appointment time. We ask that you arrive at least 15 min before because there will likely be others wanting to attend, we do not wait for late arrivals.

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