"It's difficult to understand why people don't realise that pets are gifts to mankind" - Linda Blair
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Deciding whether to choose pet cremation or burial is a deeply personal decision. Whether or not it is right for you, your family and your pet will depend on many factors including your religious beliefs, your financial situation, your access to resources, and what you are comfortable with.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both cremation and burial. For most people, cremation is the disposition of choice when it comes to pets. That’s
because in general, cremation is more economical and in most areas, it is readily available. It is not, however, your only option.

 

Pet Cremation

· Pet Cremation can be an economical alternative to burial.

· Having your pet cremated doesn’t mean you can’t have a memorial.

· At Barkleys we can help you take care of your pet. Most veterinarians can also make arrangements for you.

· You can choose whether or not to have cremains returned to you.

· There many unique and beautiful options available for storing pet remains and creating a lasting memorial.

Pet Burial:

· Home burial is a good option for many people but you should check to make sure that it is permitted in your area.

· Your pet must be buried deep enough to prevent wildlife from disturbing the grave.

· Remember that if you bury at home you may not be able to take your pet’s remains with you if you move.

 

What type of cremation would best suit?

At Barkleys we have the wish that you feel in charge of the whole process of your pets passing, this includes how your pet is cremated and how the Cremains (Ashes) are dealt with. There are several choices you can make:

1) Individual Cremation

Also called a Private Cremation. The use of the term “Cremation” generally invokes the image of the individual service – the equivalent of the human crematorium. Clients are entitled to expect their pets be handled with dignity on their own and cremated one at a time within the cremation unit. The ashes will all be recovered and identified for return, scattering or burial and there should be no danger of any mixing of ashes. People may request this type of cremation even though they do not want the ashes returned simply for the individual handling and peace of mind.

2) Communal Cremations

Also called Memorial or Group Cremation. For the true communal cremation service, pets are handled within the limits of practicality as to pick up (weekly) and cremation. The Cremains are collected and then scattered or buried. Cremains from communal cremations cannot be returned to pet owners since there are no means of separation

3) Communal Cremation with Separation

Partitioned, Separate, Semi-Private. Several pets may be placed into the cremation chamber with separation. At the end of the cremation the Cremains are retrieved one at a time. While precautions are taken to prevent mixing of Cremains the clients should always be aware of the possibility of mixing.  This is due to high heat and circulation fans and owners should be prepared to accept this. For some clients this provides a less expensive way of having a very significant portion of their pet’s ashes returned.

There are several options for you when deciding what to do with your Pets Cremains. There are also a number of options we have not been able to list. Please ask for more information.

  • The Cremains returned in a Cardboard Casket with certificate of cremation.
  • The Cremains returned in an Eco Flax (Harakeke) Cocoon with certificate of cremation.
  • The Cremains returned in a Wooden Casket with an engraved plate and a certificate of cremation.
  • The Cremains may be returned in a Cardboard Cylinder with certificate of cremation.
  • The Cremains may be returned in a Hand Crafted Urn with certificate of cremation.
  • The Cremains may be returned in an Urn suitable for water burial with a certificate of cremation.

 

Getting your pet to Barkleys

There are a different options available to you:

  • We can come and pick your pet up for you
  • We can collect your pet from your vet
  • You can bring your pet to us at Barkleys

 

When your pet comes to Barkleys

We will need to complete routine administrative tasks:

  • Form recording your details and your pet’s details
  • Completing a checklist outlining your wishes for your pet
  • Confirming what receptacle you want for your pet’s ashes

 

Taking your pet home

There are a different options available to you:

  • You can collect your pet from Barkleys
  • Your pet will be returned to your vet for collection if outside of the Whangarei region
  • You pet can be returned to your home
  • Payment is required upon collection or transfer to the nominated vet

 

You can preview some of the Memorials & Urns we have available by click the button below.