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What can I expect after my pet passes, how is the body cared for?

    As we make the decision for euthanasia, we must also decide how to care for the body afterward. There are burial and cremation options. 

Burial

  • burial is prohibited inside the city limits
  • there are established pet cemeteries where you may choose to bury your pet
  • county regulations exist outside of the city limits, please check with your local officials regarding these laws 

Cremation (private or communal)

  • River Valley Gateway will personally transport your pet’s body to a local crematory
  • private cremations are individual cremations usually chosen when the family wishes to have the ashes returned 
  • communal cremations are group cremations where your pet’s body will be cremated together with several other pets and the ashes will be scattered on a field designated for this purpose.