Initially the inspiration for Precious Memories was to honor the passing of Lisa’s beloved pet Darth. With limited options, Lisa inquired about burial in a local cemetery. Upon learning that pet burial was not allowed in cemeteries dedicated for people, she decided on cremation. Disappointed with the service that was offered, Lisa and her father Harold came to the conclusion that there needed to be a place in Northern Colorado that catered to the needs of people once their pets had passed.
The next step was getting what used to be a seven acre farm, re-zoned to become a pet cemetery. After many months of soil testing and endless paperwork, along with air pollution studies for the crematory, Precious Memories was given the green light to open. Darth is now buried beneath the statue of Saint Francis just outside the office.
In October 1989, the facility opened. For the first few years, Harold shouldered the lion’s share of the responsibility while Lisa worked at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After retiring from the university, Lisa worked full-time at Precious Memories with her father. In 1998, the business was more than two people could handle and the staff had to be expanded.
In 1995, the second cremation unit was added and a new building was constructed to house them. Since then, two more units have been added. The original unit did not comply with Larimer County’s strict air pollution laws any longer and was donated to an animal shelter in Summit County.
Since 1989, Precious Memories Pet Cemetery and Crematory has played an important role in Northern Colorado, providing the first pet cemetery and cremation facility in the area. We strive to set the highest standards of service and compassion in the pet loss industry.
Our full service cemetery, which is located just east of Fort Collins, has a breathtaking view of Colorado’s beautiful scenic mountains. We have three crematories on site that are manufactured with the highest ratings for safety and efficiency. They include the newest technology to ensure that emission standards are exceeded.
As an added convenience for our client, we can work directly with their veterinarian or can refer an in-home veterinary service if preferred. Our main goal during the passing of a pet is to make the experience as stress free as possible. There are no additional charges to pick up and return pets to veterinary clinics and hospitals in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and the surrounding area. We also offer an in-home pick up service for a reasonable fee.
We want you to feel comfortable with the care your pet receives; therefore, we encourage you to ask questions and openly discuss any concerns you may have with our knowledgeable staff.
In 2009 we celebrated our 20th anniversary of providing for the care needs of pets in Northern Colorado and the surrounding areas. Our qualified staff is committed to delivering the highest quality of care in a gentle and compassionate environment.
Lisa and Harold take pride that six employees have continued employment with Precious Memories for over seven years. We are grateful that our company is well respected by clients, veterinarians and the community.