Communal Cremation

What happens to my pets when they die if I don’t have an Individual Cremation or Burial?

Although more people are opting for an individual cremation the majority of pet owners still don’t really like to think too closely about the matter. They allow their vet to take their pet away and like to feel that things are being handled properly. The question is are they?

We are totally committed to ensuring pet owners receive the service they are expecting and are paying for.

If your vet says your pet will go for communal or mass cremation you have a right to expect them to receive a cremation service, to be handled decently and for their remains to be interred or scattered over a memorial area. This may be a Cemetery or it may be a meadow or woodland but you should expect them to be dealt with respectfully.

Unfortunately this rarely happens. Most companies using these terms will be collecting large quantities of bodies in bags, piling them into the back of a lorry and often taking them many miles to a large incinerator. Once finished the remains are loaded into covered skips and taken to a waste site. This is all carried out according to the current regulations and is perfectly legal but is it really the service most people have in mind when they are told their pets are going for cremation. We don’t think so.

For an individual cremation one pet will be cremated in the unit and all the ash collected before the next cremation starts. For a communal cremation a number of pets will be cremated together and the ashes collected at the end of the day.

If you want a dignified cremation it is best to use a crematorium that has a small chamber machine with just a few pets placed in there at a time. Once you start using large furnaces you are getting back to disposal handling operations. Ashes may not be returned to pet owners but must go to a site licensed for the purpose. As it is a cremation then the site should be a pet cemetery or memorial area.

So we have two very different services that are being sold as the same thing. This situation has arisen because the attitude has been that what people don’t know can’t upset them and because large scale disposal is a cheaper alternative to cremation. In truth there has been, and still is, a lack of crematoria carrying out proper communal cremation services

– we are possibly the only pet crematorium in the South-East carrying out a proper communal cremation service –

but that is no reason to mislead people. It is time that pet owners were also treated with respect and allowed to make their own decisions about their animals.

It may be argued that large scale incineration makes better use of fuel and is therefore better for the environment but in fact the differences are small. You also have to take into consideration the distances travelled which may be many hundreds of miles to some of the larger plants. Most importantly you have to consider if this is what you want. A small local crematorium is often the better alternative. If your vet does not use a member of the Association of Private Pet Cemeteries & Crematoria then we suggest you make your own arrangements for anything other than simple disposal.

If you are searching for a pet cremation service on the internet you will find that most of the websites now look very slick and professional. However, do not go by appearances, personalities or testimonials. It is what actually happens that is important.

We work to a strict Code of Conduct set down by The Association of Private Pet Cemeteries & Crematoria that protects you from false services.

Our communal cremations are handled the same way as the individuals with care and respect.

Our two small cremators only take a few animals at a time and the ashes are placed into our memorial area in our own pet cemetery.

You may visit the Cemetery and , if you wish, have a small memorial placed in the beds next to the burial area.

If your vet does not use us then please contact us directly to make arrangements.