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Helping you make an informed choice by first explaining the Pet Cremation differences.

Private Cremation at Pets Remembered

There are really only two types of cremation, Private or Group. When we perform a private cremation, only one pet at a time is in our crematory. All of the pet’s ashes are returned to the owner.
If a pet owner chooses not to opt for private cremation, they may choose group, separate, individual or mass cremation. With this type of cremation a number of pets are cremated together and the resulting ashes are a mix. Many of your vet clinics only provide this type. Listen carefully to what you are being provided. Pets Remembered only offers Private Cremation.

Learn more about Pet Cremation in MSP/STP:


1. Private Cremation

Also Called Alone Cremation. The use of the term “cremation” generally invokes the image of the individual service – the equivalent of the human crematorium. Clients are entitled to expect their pets be handled with dignity on their own and cremated one at a time within the cremation unit. The ashes should all be recovered and identified for return, there should be no danger of any mixing of ashes. People may request this type of cremation even though they do not want the ashes returned simply for the individual handling and peace of mind. At Pets Remembered pets are visually confirmed to identity and a numbered tag is placed with them and stays with  them through the entire process. Just like people.

2. Communal, Group or Mass Cremations

Communal Cremation

For the true communal cremation service pets are handled within the limits of practicality as to pick up (weekly) and loading (up to 2000 lbs.) the retort. The ashes are collected and taken to a land fill.

We at Pets Remembered do not offer communal cremation only private, but this is offered by other crematories through clinics. We have included definitions below so that you can make a more informed decision.

Communal Cremation with Separation of Ashes

A.K.A. Individually Partitioned: Partitioned, Separate, Semi-Private, Companion. Several pets are  placed into the cremation chamber with some form of separation. They may be on trays, or be a distance apart. At the end of the cremation the ashes are retrieved. While precautions may be taken to prevent mixing of ashes, the clients should always be aware of the mixing due to high heat and violent circulation of the fans.  Pet owners are advised to carefully check the crematorium’s procedures before agreeing to this service. We do not recommend this service as it is difficult to set any definite procedures for protecting the pet owner. With individual cremation there are multiple pets in the chamber separated by compartments. This is illegal if done to people in Minnesota.

In the case of cremation with  your pet’s  ashes returned to you, do not accept a cremation certificate that does not explicitly state Private or Alone. Many clinics and crematories  provide certificates that are vague and deceptive. These certificates often certify nothing pertaining to the type of cremation received or the authenticity of ashes returned. A proper certificate should state the type of cremation received and also certify that the ashes you are receiving are those of your pet. If the service you are using cannot guarantee in writing all or any services they offer, why should you trust your pet’s care and cremation to them?

Minnesota currently has no laws regulating the cremation of companion pets as to the standard practices or the definition of terms used.  We at Pets Remembered believe that honesty and openness is the best policy. Owners would be far more distressed to learn about the true manner in which their pet’s remains were handled and treated at a later date than if they were given honest information to begin with.