Cremation is performed to prepare the remains of the pet for final deposition. It is carried out by placing the petís remains into a cremation chamber or retort where they are subjected to intense heat and flames. The cremation can be done in one of two ways, including Cremation with return and Cremation without return.

A CREMATION WITH RETURN is a cremation procedure during which more than one animalís body is present in the cremation chamber and the cremated remains of the specific pets are to be returned. Only one pet is removed at a time and processed individually thereby insuring the return of only your pet.

A CREMATION WITHOUT RETURN is a cremation procedure where multiple pets are cremated together without any form of separation. These commingled cremated remains are not returned to owners. The cremains are disposed of on private land owned by the company. No cremains are sent to the landfill.

During the cremation process, it may be necessary to open the cremation chamber and reposition the remains of the animals in order to facilitate a complete and thorough cremation. Through the use of suitable fuel, the incineration of the container and its contents is accomplished and all substances are consumed or driven off., except bone fragments (calcium compounds) and metal, other non-combustible materials, as the temperature is not sufficient to consume them. Due to the nature of the cremation process, all possessions or materials, such as collars or tags that are left with the animal and not removed prior to cremation may be destroyed or if not destroyed, will be disposed of by the Crematory. The Authorizing Agent understands that arrangements must be made to remove any such personal possessions or materials prior to the time that the animal is transported to the Crematory.

Following a cooling period, the cremated remains shall be recovered by manual means, such as brushing, and industry-specific mechanical means, such as vacuuming, in order to retrieve the cremated remains from the cremation chamber. Although the Crematory will take reasonable effort to remove all of the cremated remains from the cremation chamber, some dust and other residue from the process will get left behind. Active commingling occurs between animals during the retrieval process. This type of commingling can be minimized with effective removal of the previous cremation but it is impossible to assert that it can be eliminated entirely. However, while every effort will be made to avoid commingling, inadvertent and incidental commingling of minute particles of cremated remains from residues of previous cremations is possible. The Authorization Agent understands and accepts that some incidental commingling is possible with the cremation with return option.

After the cremated remains are removed from the cremation chamber, all non-combustible material (insofar as possible) will be separated and removed from the animal bone fragments by visible or magnetic selection. Other non-bone fragment foreign material recovered with the cremation remains shall be removed prior to processing so that only animal bone fragments will remain. Non-bone fragment and foreign material may be commingled with other like material and shall be disposed of in a dignified manner and in accordance with all applicable laws. The Authorizing Agent understands and authorizes Crematory to dispose of these materials with similar materials from other cremations in a non-recoverable manner, including recycling.

When the cremated remains are removed from the cremation chamber, the skeletal remains often will contain recognizable bone fragments. Unless otherwise specified, after the bone fragments have been separated from the other material, they will be mechanically processed, pulverized. The process of crushing or grinding may cause incidental commingling of the remains with the residue from the processing of previously cremated remains. Those granulated particles of unidentifiable dimensions, which are virtually unrecognizable as animal remains, will then be placed into a designated container.

Witnessing a cremation can be an emotional experience. Witnesses are assuming the risks involved and fully release the Crematory from any liability. To the extent permitted by the Crematory, the persons identified on a Cremation Witness Acknowledgement Form are authorized to be present prior to and during the cremation of the animalís remains and during the removal of the cremated remains from the cremation chamber. Witnessing of any aspect of the cremation and processing procedure shall be in compliance with all applicable law and any safety regulations. If you desire witnesses, you must list the witness names, and all witnesses must sign an additional Cremation Witness Acknowledgment Form.

Following the cremation, the Authorizing Agent directs the Crematory to undertake the actions set forth on the Authorization Form to arrange the final deposition of the cremated remains. Cremated remains shall only be released, delivered, mailed or disposed of by the Crematory in a dignified manner, in accordance with the law and with expressed written consent of the Authorizing Agent. If the cremated remains are shipped at any time, The Authorizing Agent directs that the Crematory utilize registered U.S. Mail with a return receipt or a shipping service that uses an internal system for tracing the location of the cremated remains during shipment and requires a signed receipt of the person taking delivery of the cremated remains.

The Authorizing Agent understands that if no arrangements for the final disposition of the cremated remains have been made within sixty(60) days after the cremation or if the Authorizing Agent has not taken delivery of or caused the delivery of the cremated remains, or in the event the arrangements of the final disposition have been carried out within the sixty(60) day period because of the inaction of a party other that the Crematory or Veterinarian, then the Crematory or Veterinarian may dispose of the cremated remains in any dignified manner, including scattering.

I/We further represent and warrant that the animal has not bitten any person or other animal during the past ten (10) days, is not suffering from Rabies, and has not been exposed to other animals suffering from Rabies.