What is Alkaline Hydrolyses and how does it differ from cremation?
Cremation is defined as to reduce to ash by fire and has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient funeral pyres. The equipment now is much more sophisticated and environmentally friendly.
Alkaline hydrolysis is a relatively new process regarding body care. The body is placed in a receptacle with strong base, such as sodium hydroxide (lye) or potassium hydroxide. Water is added to the chamber and is then heated to around 350 degrees; the chamber is pressurized to prevent boiling. Over the course of a few hours the body is dissolved, the remains are then dried and processed and returned to the owner. Proponents of this process tout it as being environmentally friendly. However, most of the information available is provided by the manufacturer and long term studies are still pending.
Am I permitted to witness the cremation or burial?
Yes. We encourage you to be present for any part of either process that you are comfortable with.
Why bury my pet in a pet cemetery? Why not bury at home?
a. Local laws may prohibit home burial b. If you have to move, your pet will remain undisturbed in a maintained cemetery
What is Extended Care?
Extended care is a trust fund that was established so that there is always an income to maintain the cemetery in the event that it is ever full. This is a one-time fee that is included in the price of burial. Our extended care program differs from what some other cemeteries refer to as “perpetual care”, a program that requires you to pay a fee every year, or surrender the burial plot.
Are you running out of land for burial?
No. Our cemetery is located on approximately seven landscaped acres just east of Fort Collins. There is more than enough area for burials well into the future.
Do you euthanize pets?
No. You must use a veterinarian for that service. For a list of hospitals and clinics that we work with, please refer to our resources page.
What if my pet passes away at home?
If you feel comfortable bringing your pet to our facility, you are welcome to do so. If not, we offer home pick up service during our business hours at an additional fee. For after hours pick up, please refer to our resources page.
How do I know that I'm getting my pet's cremains back?
Over the years, that has been one of the largest issues surrounding pet cremation. The best answer is: only work with a professional cremation service provider that you and your veterinarian trust. Precious Memories has an “Open Door Policy” and offers tours of our facility. You're welcome to witness any stage of the process if you wish at no additional cost.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, personal checks, and major credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover).
Are all cremations performed at your facility?
Yes, we currently have three state of the art crematories on site. We would never need to outsource to another facility.
How long will it be before my pet's cremains are ready to be picked up?
In most cases, your pet is ready to go home the following business day. We can offer same day service. We would ask that you set up an appointment so that we can have a crematory available.
May I come and visit your facility prior to using your services?
Absolutely, as a matter of fact, we encourage you to do so. Please give us a call and a member of our staff will be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you might have.
Can I visit my pet's grave outside of your business hours.
Certainly, the cemetery is open to burial clients 7 days a week.
Can you honor “special circumstances?”
We understand that the experience of losing a pet is very personal, and that special requests may arise. Several examples would include: splitting a pet's cremains into multiple containers, owners providing their own container, or scattering their pet's cremains in our cemetery. Please contact one our staff and we will do our best to comply with any special request, usually at no additional charge.
Can I have a paw print made?
Paw prints are avaiable upon request. We use clay to make a paw impression. The paw print is returned to the owner unbaked and in a nice box. That way the pet's name can be stenciled into the soft clay if desired. The cost for the paw print is $10.