What do I do when my pet dies?
Many leave the disposition of their pet up to their veterinarian and/or friends. Unfortunately, by doing that they never really understand what happens to their pet. It is important that you know your options. Whether your pet passes away at home or at your Veternarian's office, we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your call. By calling our office direct, you will be immediately connected to one of our staff counselors to discuss your options.
The decision of how you want your pet taken care of is always your decision. As the preferred choice of Veterinarians, we work with all veterinarians across the state. You may instruct your clinic to call us, or you may call us direct. If your pet passes away at home, we will come to your home immediately and bring your beloved pet family member back to our funeral home. All that is needed is a phone call to us.
What happens with my pet when I leave?
To us, your pet is a member of your family. From the moment we receive your pet, our staff counselor will prepare a personalized tag for your pet which remains with him/her throughout their aftercare. Your pet will never be a number on a metal disc to us, but rather your pet has a personalized tracking record listing their name, your name, and all pertinent details of your pet. You will find this tag with your pet's remains in every case assuring you that your precious little one is returned home to you.
If you choose cremation for your beloved pet, our crematory facility is located on-site, meaning, from the time we receive your pet your pet is brought directly to our funeral home and does not leave until you pick him/her up. With our professional services you never have to worry about your pet being placed in a freezer. Our custom designed Walk-In Coolers are maintained at an appropriate temperature, where your pet is wrapped in a blanket until its time for his/her cremation and/or burial services, if so desired.
At the appointed time of the cremation service, the Universal Prayer for Pets by Albert Schwitzer is read by our Certified Crematory Operator prior to the beginning of your pet's cremation.
Should I choose cremation or burial?
At Deceased Pet Care we are NOT just a crematory but a full service pet funeral home offering individual burial in licensed perpetual care pet cemeteries. Our cemeteries are established as a memorial park, well-protected and preserved where you may visit your pet 7 days a week. With burial, you have several gardens from which to choose, including: Estate burials offering you the opportunity to plan for your family of pets, individual burials in several distinctive gardens, as well as cremains burial providing a permanent resting place for your pets. In addition, we have a Garden of Honor dedicated to the K-9 police officers of all police departments in metro-Atlanta area. We currently have 44 K-9 officers interred in our beautiful Garden of Honor. This is donated by the Shugart family foundation in recognition of the many sacrifices our K-9 officers make for the safety of our communities.
When making this decision there are many factors to consider including your living situation, personal and religious values, as well as plans for the future, all of which can help you determine whether cremation or burial of your pet is the right choice for you and your family. No matter what you decide, Deceased Pet Care can meet your needs.
Do you offer mass or communal cremation?
At Deceased Pet Care Funeral Homes and Crematories we DO NOT OFFER MASS OR COMMUNAL CREMATION. We are a full service pet funeral home specializing in personalized and individual private services.
If I choose cremation, how soon can I get my pet's cremains back?
According to the type service you choose, it can be from 4 hours to 48 hours, depending upon your wishes. If you choose our Same Day Services, you may come to our funeral home and be with present with your pet during the cremation services receiving your pet's cremains the same day. Our brand new Pet Funeral Home features a Private Viewing Room in which every amenity is afforded to you and your family.
As the largest Pet Funeral Home facility in the world today we have designed every feature of our funeral home for your family's personal comfort.
Why should I choose Deceased Pet Care Funeral Home and Crematories?
Because we didn't just jump on the bandwagon......Doyle and Maudann Shugart recognized 40 years ago the need to respectfully take care of our pets who have spent their lives with us and are members of the family. As a licensed Funeral Director for humans for more than 55 years, Doyle Shugart understands the importance of the grieving process.
As members of the Shugart Family, all of our attention is devoted to meeting the needs of our pet parents and their wishes for their pet’s final arrangements. Being family owned and operated means we are more responsive to your needs; it gives us greater flexibility in customizing arrangements to meet the needs of each pet family. We have our own crematories, our own cemeteries, our own funeral homes, and therefore do not have to rely on a third party to provide this service. This gives us complete control of every aspect of your pet's aftercare for your peace of mind. “Because Your Pet is a Member of the Family”, is the standard by which we live every day.