Aftercare, Memorialization, and Keepsakes
You will need to decide how you want to care for your pet’s body. Depending on where you live, your finances, and other factors, there may be several alternatives for you. We use Gateway as our aftercare provider. Gateway provides services including communal and individual cremations, viewing and visitation facilities, and a variety of memorial keepsakes.
Individual Cremation: There are many reasons to choose individual cremation as a meaningful way to memorialize your pet. With individual cremation, your pet’s cremated remains are returned to you as a lasting, cherished keepsake. When you choose individual cremation you have the assurance that you are receiving only your pet’s cremated remains for safekeeping.
Communal Cremation: Sometimes simply saying goodbye is the last memory you want of your pet. In a communal cremation, your pet is gently placed in the crematorium together with other pets. Upon the completion of the cremation, the communally cremated remains are removed and forwarded to the peaceful surroundings at Ancaster Pet Cemetery for internment in a communal burial plot. The communal plots are identified with a special marker. It is important to understand that with this service, no cremated remains are returned to you. If you do choose a communal cremation, you may still consider keeping a lasting memory of your pet with a personalized memorial paw print.
Burial at Home: If it is allowed where you live (check your bylaw restrictions), you may be able to bury your pet at home, but you should consider the fact you may move to a different home in the future.