KENNEWICK, Wash. -- For many of us, our dogs and cats are our family, and when our pets pass away, it's hard to find a place that treats them as such. Mueller's Paws To Remember has been in the works for ten years, but just started offering pet cremations in November.
"The idea behind Paws To Remember is that we're going ahead and providing cremations for veterinarians who serve the public and for the public if they call and request our services," said Jay Mueller, who spearheaded the project.
Mueller said currently, all veterinary clinics in the Tri-cities out-source pet cremation, and the closest place to offer the service is in Lyle, Washington. He said getting the pet back can take weeks. Chad Riddell, owner and president of Mueller's Funeral Home said the new $200,000 crematory they purchased in April alleviates that gap.
"We're able to do a cremation, and have the pet returned to the family within 48 hours," Riddell said. Paws To Remember also offers families individual cremation, using the Triple Trust™ tracking system to assure the identity of the pet at all times, so that pet owners receive only their ashes.
And there are some unique options as well. "If someone loses a pet at home. We can come and make a removal at home for them. The other thing that's never been offered, we'll provide memorial services for the animal if people so desire," said Mueller. Prices range from $150-$300 for an animal up to 100 pounds with additional costs for heavier pets.
Cremation and burial services provide transportation of the pet from the person's home or veterinarian clinic to the Memorial Center. It also includes the Pet Memory Kit, with a Certificate of Private Cremation, a Tribute candle, a Pet Remembrance Journal and a Comprehensive packet of grief information for the entire family.