My dog Lola as a puppy

Vet clinics lie about cremation

I went to the Banfield pet clinic in the Shoreline PetsMart when my dog got hit by a car. Unfortuneately my dog was dead upon arrival. My fiance rushed to meet me there and as we are in tears they asked us if we wanted our dog cremated or if we wanted to take it home. We opted to pay to have our dog cremated, and they told us that she would be sent out to the cremation facility and come back in a couple weeks in an urn. We picked up our urn a couple of weeks later.

Now a few months later my brother's girlfriend got a job at a different vet clinic and found out that the dogs that are cremated is all a bunch of strays and anyone who wants their dog cremated thrown together in a big fire. Then they divy up the ashes, but of all the dogs together! The ashes in the urn might not even be my dog at all! The vet clinic told her that it is common practice NOT to tell owners that their dog is burned with other dogs. Me and my fiancee were appaled when we found this out. Our dog was a member of our family and now we don't even know if those are even any of her ashes. I understand if they burn dogs together for efficency or whatever, but they should tell the owners the truth. I NEVER would have gone for the cremation if I had known that our dog was going to be treated like garbage.

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Brandia says ... on Friday, Oct 23 at 3:19 PM

This story is only kind of half right: I have had my dogs cremated and the vet will always ask if you want a group cremation but they won't give you back the ashes, or if you want a private cremation then you can get the ashes back.

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Oct 5 at 2:29 PM

S. Morris is a good company and the clinic I work for uses them and has for years. You have your choice of Private Cremation, which means only your Pet is cremated and you get their ashes back of Non-Private, which is a group cremation.

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Sep 6 at 9:42 AM

Remove this story! Its false and you could probably be sued for slander. This article scared when I lost my dog. I visited 6 places and they ALL handed me A contract with several cremation options. Youll be ok if you can read!!

Joe says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 11:52 AM

I live in Tampa, FL. Over in Palm Harbor, FL is the Curlew Hills Cemtery. It a regular people cemtery. They have a section for pets. I have 2 cats at rest. At curlew hill. There staff is great.

Suzanne says ... on Friday, Jan 16 at 1:37 PM

I used a service through Firgrove Veterinary here in Puyallup, Washington. I felt they were honest.

george1133 says ... on Monday, Dec 1 at 12:38 PM

I had my pet cremated by them and was told by a friend whom i trust and is married to an employee that works for them that they do every cremation separately and that the ashes I got back are those of my precious digger.

Rae says ... on Tuesday, Nov 11 at 11:21 PM

What a bunch of nonsense. There is no conspiracy. Just a bunch of people spouting incorrect information because they don't know the difference between private and non-private cremations.

Concerned pet owner says ... on Monday, Mar 17 at 12:07 PM

I did get my beloved dog "privately" cremated by S. Morris company recently. @Cashey How do I find out I have my dog's remains? How did you research?

Cashey says ... on Friday, Mar 14 at 7:15 PM

Culumbia Pet Services in Wenatchee is the way to go, if you want your pets remains. Before my beloved dog died, I had time to research and investigate S. Morris. NEVER use them !

Concerned pet owner says ... on Tuesday, Mar 11 at 2:52 PM

@Anonymous How do you know for fact that S. Morris throw all animals together? Since they are not witnessed I guess no one would know?

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Nov 2 at 2:27 PM

Seattle Humane Society sends all their pets to the S. Morris Company for all cremations. They do not handle the service themselves.

David B. says ... on Friday, Jun 21 at 11:31 AM

The company that does the cremation service for Seattle Humane provides private cremation for all families that request it. They also provide non private cremation for all other pets. They do not mix the two.

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, May 7 at 4:25 PM

Take your pet to Wenatchee......Columbia Pet Services. Its worth the drive for peace of mind. Don't trust your vet....they are getting a piece of the pie and everything gets thrown together at S. Morris.

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Feb 19 at 12:18 AM

The Seattle Humane Society doesn't do cremations at their facility anymore (I checked with them about this for my cat who passed away 2/16/12). Definitely want to research where my cat is being cremated before hand.

jennifer Viscuso says ... on Wednesday, Aug 4 at 3:44 PM

what it is is there are three types of things to do in this situation one is take the pet back home, group cremation is with other pets or we offer private cremation where its your pet and your pet alone returned to you.

Brie P says ... on Wednesday, May 12 at 4:02 PM

UPDATE: Banfield actually called me today and assured me my pet was cremated alone, and I was relieved. My friend who works in a vet clinic (not banfield) does say it is a common practice to do the group cremations though. BE SURE YOU CHECK!

Rick C says ... on Wednesday, May 12 at 3:54 PM

My cat died at home last week. I found a new place in Auburn (Precious Pets Animal Crematory) that let me bring my cat to their facility and wait while he was cremated. The facility is beautiful and they had a grieving room. Very affordable too.

Nancy Piper says ... on Wednesday, May 12 at 12:56 PM

I am sorry you had such an unfortunate incident. It is true that there are unscrupulous pet crematories. The reputable ones are thankfully becoming more common. Check out the ones in your area to see who you would want to cremate your pet.

Banfield, The Pet Hospital says ... on Wednesday, May 12 at 11:13 AM

Losing a pet is traumatic, as they part of the family. Every veterinarian offers cremation options; clients should ask about various options. Above all, you should never be left with concerns about care received at Banfield, or any veterinary office.

BinEverett says ... on Tuesday, May 11 at 4:02 PM

I had to put my dog down and I took him to Pilchuck Veterinary Clinic in Snohomish. I requested a private cremation and was charged $305 for putting him down and the cremation, hearing some of these stories concerns me my dog meant the world to me.

LesGraham says ... on Tuesday, May 11 at 2:35 PM

I was charged almost $160 to cremate my Weimaraner several years ago..VCA. I got the ashes in a nice urn about a week later. I wonder about those ashes. I have heard some places just send you back Portland Cement powder in a nice jar!

SeattleSheila says ... on Tuesday, May 11 at 10:08 AM

My vet not only took care of my cat after her demise from cancer, but without my asking presented me with a lovely box with key in which they had placed her ashes. Her name was engraved on a plaque mounted on it. They didn't bill me a cent.

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, May 11 at 10:05 AM

Even if they advertise separate cremations its not truthfull they offer numbered tray cremations (numerous pets on seperate trays in 1 chamber). Only a few offer true individual cremations (human like). Vets should be ashamed of false advertising.

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, May 11 at 8:46 AM

I have always known that. That's why the offer a private creamation for an additional cost. They should of offered that at the time. I am sorry for your loss.

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, May 11 at 8:01 AM

My Vet sends them to the Seattle Humane Society as well, so I knew the ashes I was getting back were those of my beloved pet. If you have a long established relationship with a reputable veternarian, you won't have to worry.

rodentkj says ... on Tuesday, May 11 at 7:01 AM

My cat passed a few months back and I did a lot of research about this beforehand. I found that all the places I called offered group OR separate. I opted for the Seattle Humane Society as for they offered separate cremation. Was something like $80.

jatok says ... on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:30 AM

It's another area where they play on the pet owners grief. Sorry for your loss. That's why I always say no.

Coleen Ellis says ... on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:15 AM

Sorry about your experience,.. as founder of the first stand-alone pet funeral home in the U.S., I started my business to help others so they don't have to experience this. The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance is here to put standards in this area.

Tisbetrue says ... on Monday, May 10 at 10:50 PM

Everett Animal Shelter does it for 45.00...if you ask they will separate....well they did with the old staff, back when I lived up in Everett and volunteered there.

Anonymous says ... on Monday, May 10 at 10:00 PM

not only that but you pay a hefty price for it. Thats not fair at all

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