It’s never easy to let go of furry friends when they cross to the afterlife. After all, our trusted companions have been with us for years, lending us bear hugs and showering us with kisses through the good and bad of moments. Tough as it may seem, there is a silver lining: an emergence of pet services to ensure our felines and canines are given only the best send-off to honor their stay on earthly ground.
Immortalize your pet’s memory
When you know that your pet is nearing its final days, head on over to Cast & Frame, which offers casting services for animals. Pet casting is a procedure that entails pouring of a liquid into a hollow mold of your pet’s paws, which results in a solidified shape called casts. The shop then coats these in either gold or silver, and encloses the keepsakes, together with a photo of your pet, in a frame to display in your home.
Go the extra mile to preserve your pet’s form
Taxidermy is the process of stuffing and mounting your pet’s fur to keep its lifelike form. Sure, it’s not for everybody, but should you consider this route, you can have your pets undergo the process with the help of RJ's Taxidermy or Taxidermist Philippines.
Contact Taxidermist Philippines at 21 Mercury Street, Pasong Tamo, Makati City; Tandang Sora Avenue, Quezon City; 0916-431-6339.
Lay to rest your pet’s remains
When the time has finally come for you to bury your beloved pet, rest easy knowing that there are a number of options available for your pet creation and burial needs.
Neighborhood pet hospitals such as Vets in Practice Animal Hospital and Mandaluyong Animal Care Dog and Cat Hospital offer cremation services. You may coordinate with them to arrange for the pick-up of your diseased pet, and they’ll have it ready for burial in no time.
To ensure your pets find a peaceful resting place, organizations such as the St. Francis Animal Clinic and Grooming Center and the renowned Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) offer mass burial options at their respective empty lots. St. Francis does not allow visitations of deceased pets; however, they throw in memorabilia such as a photo box, paw prints, and hair samples.
PAWS, meanwhile, is a bit more stringent with its space. At present, their burial grounds are available only to pets who did not die of contagious diseases and whose owners who do not have sufficient yard space to bury remains.
Should you opt for the full service—from pick-up to cremation to burial—there are dedicated places to check out including Pet Valley Park and Crematory, a Cavite-based 5,000-square-meter memorial. They also offer personalized pet memorabilia: paw prints and fur samples.
Rainbow Bridge Pet Aftercare Services, meanwhile, has become a popular choice. It offers packages inclusive of pick-up and drop of services, a guided cremation, a bespoke marble urn, and miscellaneous mementos such as an acrylic photo paperweight and memorial card. They also offer the option to purchase designer urns, which were crafted and hand-turned by designers from the Philippines or the United States. Then, they offer a little something for the pet owner: keepsake pendants that can house the pet’s ashes or fur.
The Zoomanity Group’s Noah’s Ark Pet Columbaria is another partner for pet cremation and burial needs. The Cavite-based columbaria is the first in the country to be dedicated to pets. It carries 4,000 vaults for the ashes of your special friend. And, for every vault purchased, a portion of the proceeds will be directed towards animal care centers such as PAWS and Cara Welfare Philippines.
DIRECTORY OF SERVICES
Cast & Frame
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21 Mercury Street, Tandang Sora Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
Mandaluyong Animal Care Dog and Cat Hospital
155 Boni Avenue, Brgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong City
Pet Burial (Mass Graves)
St. Francis Animal Clinic and Grooming Center
402-C3 Tandang Sora Ave., Culiat, Quezon City
36-B Visayas Avenue, Brgy. Pasong Tamo, Quezon City
Pet Cremation and Burial
Pet Valley Park and Crematory
Pooc 2, Silang, Cavite
Noah’s Ark Pet Columbaria
Paradizoo Theme Farm, 63 Panungyan Mendez, Cavite, Tagaytay City
(02) 664-4897; (046) 413-1244; 0929-260-4190
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