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As pet owners, we know what it’s like to have to grieve the difficult loss of an animal companion. We’ve been through it ourselves and we get it. We understand the human-animal bond and how important it can be. The loss can be overwhelming at times, but we are here to help.
Located in San Jose, CA, Bay Area Mortuary's Pet Services believes animals deserve the same respect in their aftercare as they did in life. That’s why we make the process friendly, seamless, and loving, because we understand you want the best for your pet’s aftercare. We employ a sophisticated barcode tracking system to ensure your pet is always accounted for throughout the process, ensuring 100% accuracy. We treat your pets in the same way we treat your human loved ones - with compassion, dignity, and respect. You can rest assured that your companion lies in the gentle hands of those who truly care.
Pet drop offs with consultation are done in our peaceful Farewell Room that has a fireplace and fountain.
As a standard courtesy, we will provide a simple, yet beautiful urn of your choice of eight urns, at no charge, to return your beloved pet’s remains.
Bay Area Mortuary's Pet Services offers the gentle pet cremation alternative - Aquamation. It works by replicating what happens to a body when buried and is, in fact, just an acceleration of what Mother Nature does. Cremation is also available by request.
Dog, cat, hamster, chinchilla, rabbit, reptiles, bird, turtles and every other kind of pet in between, we are proud to offer Aquamation, an environmentally superior and far gentler process for our companions, who deserve no less.
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 10:30am to 4:30pm. For your convenience, we offer online appointment scheduling so you don't have to wait for the office to open to talk to a representative to make an appointment! WE WILL BE CLOSED on JUL 4, NOV 23, 24, and DEC 25.
If you chose to go with pet cremation or aquamation and the ashes returned to you, choose from one of our complimentary urns pictured above to be included in your return package.
Additional hand-crafted decorative urns are available at our office for an additional cost.
As a family-owned, pet loving, funeral home not driven by high corporate overhead, we offer affordable pet cremation/aquamation prices that are typically lower than most veterinary offices. Prices vary depending on the weight of your pet. *Individual Cremation/Aquamation prices include one of our complimentary urns. Decorative urns available for an additional cost.
Individual Cremation/Aquamation with Ashes Returned in Complimentary Urn
0-2 lbs = $160
3-20 lbs = $240
21-34 lbs = $250
35-70 lbs = $275
71-99 lbs = $300
100+lbs = $375
Communal Cremation/Aquamation with Ashes Scattered by Bay Area Pet Services
0-10 lbs = $100
11-40 lbs = $150
41-70lbs = $185
71lbs + = $225
(Because there are no ashes returned to you, you may wish to consider a paw print $20, having us perform a peaceful Sea Scattering of your pet's ashes for an additional $50 or Redwood Forest Scattering for an additional $25.)
**All active duty military working dogs and law enforcement dogs killed in the line of duty will receive our aquamation services at no charge.**
Bay Area Pet Cremation Services is operated by former military, first responders and professional K9 handlers so we are committed to serving the pets and people who dedicate their lives to serving us. Please contact us for special pricing for former/retired law enforcement and military working dogs.
Ink Paw Print on Card $20
Laser Etched Paw Print on Wood Chip Ornament $60
Redwood Forest Scattering $25
Mailing of Ashes $40
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
You should make an appointment to bring your pet directly to our funeral home during normal business hours. (WE ARE NOT SET UP TO ACCEPT WALK-IN SERVICE, so please use our online appointment scheduler to make an appointment).
Our return times vary based on the number of pets we've taken in, however, it is typically about 7 - 10 business days.
If you are keeping your pet’s body to say goodbye or to hold until we are open, you may find the following information helpful:
Depending on the cause of death, there usually aren't major changes to the body for the first couple of hours, except for the following:
Pet Aquamation is an environmentally friendly, gentle and natural alternative to flame-based pet cremation. It uses water to return your pet back to nature (the process of hydrolysis), since pets and humans are already made up of 65% water. This is the same process that occurs naturally when a pet is buried, only this is an accelerated, sterile process. Two of the primary ways a body decomposes when buried are interactions with alkali and moisture in the soil (which begins the alkaline hydrolysis process).
Aquamation is a natural process in which an animal returns to nature by being placed in a gentle stream of flowing water. A combination of gentle water flow, temperature, and alkalinity is used to accelerate the natural course of time. At the end of the process, the body has been returned to its natural form in water. Similar to cremation, the only solid remains are the mineral ash of the bones. The ash is a light sage or white color because it retains more minerals, is clean, and without carbon discoloration. The ashes are finer, more pure, and you receive approximately 20-30% more ashes back than from standard flame-based cremation. The ashes are sterile and are able to be kept as a memento or spread where you would like. The high nutrient mineral content makes it ideal to plant with a memorial tree or bush.
Aquamation has been around for decades and is used in the human world, too.
Individual Cremation or Aquamation — Your pet is placed into the cremation or aquamation chamber and separated from other pets. When the cremation or aquamation process is complete, we ensure that you receive only the remains of your loved one, in our standard urn of your choice.
Communal Cremation or Aquamation — Your pet is cremated or aquamated in a group setting with other pets. The remains are not returned to you, but scattered in a communal garden by Bay Area Mortuary Pet Services.
This is a common question and rest assured that your beloved pet is tracked throughout the entire aftercare process. At Bay Area Pet Services, we use a tracking system similar to the one we use for human cremation, which tracks your loved one through the entire pet aftercare journey. Your pet is assigned a unique identification number that is verified at multiple points through the aftercare process - from drop off at our facility, throughout our funeral home and the cremation/aquamation center.
Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to offer witness or same day service. Since we are primarily water-based cremation (aquamation), there is no way to witness that cremation as it’s not a same day service. And we do not have the space set up or availability for a witness cremation.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT WALK-INS because we may be away from the office during business hours or are having a funeral service at our funeral home. Please use our Online Appointment Scheduler to make an appointment to bring your pet to our funeral home.
Unfortunately we do not have the ability to offer pickup services at this time.
To improve your ability to make an appointment, appointments are only available through our online appointment booking system. When our staff is with clients, they are unable to answer phone calls or emails. Our online appointment system allows you to see our open appointments and to schedule your appointment at your convenience.
At this time, our system is only setup to accept appointment deposits through PayPal. Unfortunately, to have a system take credit cards for deposits we will be charged a large processing fee that would cause us to have to raise our prices significantly. Perhaps ask a family member or friend if they will let you use their PayPal account to make the appointment.
If an appointment isn't displayed on the day you'd like to make an appointment, that means all the appointments for that day have been booked. Only available appointments are displayed.
No, we are a funeral home that provides aftercare cremation/aquamation services only.
We would be happy to help you honor and celebrate your faithful companion by posting an obituary that is included in the price of our services. Just send us a photo and some personal words about them and we'll get it posted on our pet obituary page!