You are a responsible and diligent "Pet Parent" in researching what you should consider when selecting a facility to cremate your beloved pet when it passes.
Pet crematories, unlike human crematories are not regulated. I would suggest you consult the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA) through the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) for a listing of pet crematories who follow the ethical guidelines outlined by the PLPA. Here is the link to the website and they have a list of frequently ask questions that will provide more information for you in selecting someone to care for your pet.
- Do you want the remains returned to you?
- If the remains are not returned, how are they handled and where will the final resting place be?
- Of these three possible configurations which works best for you, and what does each mean according to the facility you are considering?
- Segregated/individual cremation
- Communal cremation
- Separated cremation
I encourage you to visit the facilities you are interested in, as they should have an open door policy regarding their practices.