Do You Really Get Your Pet’s Ashes Back?

What if it’s not the remains of my dog or cat? How does the cremation company ensure each pet’s ashes are separate? Losing pets is distressing enough, and not knowing what will happen to their ashes can create stress in this time of grief. 

Do You Really Get Your Pet’s Ashes Back?

If you opt for individual cremation, you’ll get your pet’s ashes back. For individual cremation, your pet will be separate from other pets during the entire process. With communal cremation, your pet will be cremated with others and you will not receive those ashes back. They will be respectfully spread at sea with the help of our partners, Oceans of Love.

At Paws into Grace we use a quality control & tracking system where each pet is assigned a unique metal tag that stays with them throughout the entire cremation process. The tag is verified by our staff at least five times, at every stage of the cremation process.

Discussing your preferences and expectations with your chosen cremation provider is important to ensure you receive the ashes, if that is what you desire. Selecting a trustworthy cremation service like Paws Into Grace and understanding the various options will ensure you receive your pet’s ashes. 

picture of a dog in a field

Understanding the Pet Cremation Process

There are multiple types of cremation and it is important to understand the differences between each one. We are able to perform both individual cremation and communal cremation with traditional fire cremation and Aquamation (water cremation).

Cremation types you may commonly see include the following:

Type of Cremation What Happens to the Ashes? Memorial Options for the Ashes?
Individual Returned to owner Yes
Communal Scattered at sea or burial No

Individual Cremation

With individual cremation, the pet is cremated separately from other pets, ensuring that the remains you receive are exclusively theirs. We recommend this option if you want to keep the ashes of your pet as a memorial.

  • Pets are kept separate from other pets
  • Ashes returned to the owner
  • Each pet is assigned a unique metal tag that stays with them throughout the entire cremation process. The tag is verified by our staff at least five times, at every stage of the cremation process.

Communal Cremation

Communal cremation involves multiple pets being cremated together. Because of this, it is impossible to separate the ashes of individual pets afterward. Most find this option is more economical, although you will not receive the ashes of your cat or dog.

  • Pets are cremated with others
  • Ashes are not returned to the owner
  • We use Oceans of Love, a Southern California based company that respectfully spread the ashes of our pets who have been communally cremated.

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Ensuring the Authenticity of Your Pet’s Ashes

The Paws into Grace cremation facility uses tracking tags and systems to ensure the authenticity of the ashes. These methods provide a transparent way to monitor your pet throughout cremation. In this way, pet owners will have no doubts about whether it’s your pet’s ashes or not.

  • Upon departure from your home or care, your pet is assigned a unique ID number.
  • This information is attached to your pet’s remains as a stainless steel tag, which stays with them throughout the entire cremation process.
  • The ID number is verified throughout each stage.

    The stainless steel tags, which stay with each pet throughout the entire cremation process, to ensure you receive your pet’s ashes back.

Selecting a Trustworthy Pet Cremation Service

Another way to ensure you’re truly getting your pet’s remains back is to select a reputable cremation service and ask questions about their process to ensure complete transparency.

Research and Reputation

When finding a reliable pet cremation service, we recommend starting with thorough research.

  • Contact multiple pet cremation companies in your area and compare their services. 
  • Consult local veterinary clinics to find out which crematories they recommend.
  • Read customer reviews and testimonials online.

Transparency and Communication

Communication is key when entrusting a pet crematory with your beloved furry friend. This is why we are transparent about our process and willing to answer any questions you may have.

A trustworthy cremation company should be open about services and pricing and even allow you to tour their facilities if requested. Listening to your instincts is crucial. If something feels wrong or a company seems hesitant to provide information, it may be best to explore other options.

Customization Options

Each pet has unique characteristics and traits that have endeared them to their human families. The pet cremation service must cater to those individual needs and preferences by offering personalization options. 

Some possible customization choices we offer include the following:

  • Choosing between private, semi-private, and communal cremations
  • Selecting a suitable urn for the ashes of your cat or dog
  • Incorporating personalized memorial items, such as necklaces or lockets, glass globes, or marbles into the process
  • Requesting an extra paw print or fur clipping as a keepsake memory

These options will allow you to honor your pet’s memory in a way that feels personal and meaningful.

Related Questions

What Should I Expect Regarding the Amount of Ashes After Cremation?

The amount of ashes you receive after your pet’s cremation will depend on their size and weight. Generally, the ashes will be a fraction of your pet’s original weight. For example, a smaller pet may produce a few ounces of ashes, while a larger pet could much more than that. 

Conclusion

You will be able to collect the ashes of your pet if you choose individual cremation. Paws into Grace offers compassionate cremation and aftercare services to give back a pet’s remains back to you.

Testimonials

I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who... read more

Renee C.

My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him... read more

Diane C.

I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but... read more

Terry A.

Renee C.

I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who came out to the house. She was so understanding and supportive. They were all so helpful, understanding and nice. My girl got to stay at home and say goodbye in the backyard (a hummingbird flew over and it seemed like a good sign too). So glad I didn't have to take her to a cold vet office.

Diane C.

My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him with more medications which would make him even more miserable. I called and spoke to a very kind lady who was patient as I cried through making an appointment. We made an appointment for 1:30pm. Dr. Toni arrived. She was very kind, explained everything to us and gave us the time to be with our boy after the first shot. He wasn't relaxing enough so she gave him a second shot. We stayed with him throughout the entire process and I carried him to her car in the end. It was a very difficult decision but knowing that our boy is not in pain, gives us some peace. We are thankful to Dr. Toni for her kindness and compassion. They will arrange the cremation for us. Since we are in a pandemic, we had our masks on and said goodbye to our boy in our garden.

Terry A.

I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but before she attached the IV. We were relieved that we made the decision to let her go to doggy heaven at home. It was a tranquil and serene passing for her, and it very much aids us in the grieving and healing process knowing that she passed away so peacefully. Based on the grace and compassion Dr. Brown demonstrated on one of the most awful days of our lives we would not hesitate to recommend Paws Into Grace for others facing this very painful time.
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