Pet Cremations by Anderson McQueen
Our pets immediately become a part of the family, so when we lose at pet, we seek the same level and quality of care as we do for our human family members.
Without State or regulatory standards regarding pet loss services, the quality and level of care you receive from most providers is not guaranteed.
However, at Anderson McQueen, our family offers you the same highly trained and compassionate professionals used to plan life tributes for humans. In fact, as part of the oldest and largest funeral provider in the Tampa Bay area, we are considered experts in the field of cremation. Our caring staff provides the same compassion and comfort for our pet parents as we do all of the family members, we are so privileged to serve.
Call us today at (727) 347-6636 and let us help you design the perfect tribute to your pet's unique life. We encourage you to participate in a complimentary private Family Goodbye or we can assist you in designing a memorial ceremony for your beloved pet.
Our secure identification system uses the most advanced chain of custody technology and ensures you the highest level of respect while your pet is in our care.
- Transportation of your pet from your home or veterinary hospital to our facilities
- Private family goodbyes or pet memorial services
- Assistance with pet cemetery arrangements
- Large selection of pet memorial products
- Delivery of the urn with your pet's cremated remains to your home
- Our secure pet tracking system for your peace of mind
Our funeral professionals control the entire process, meaning we can ensure that your pet's cremated remains will be available for return to you much faster than other providers, typically within days of your pet's passing.
Frequently Asked Questions
A. For several reasons, the majority of pets are cremated today. First, in many urban communities, laws and ordinances make it illegal for owners to bury their pets in the backyard. Now, cremation is an affordable and simple option that often did not exist in the past. Finally, with our society becoming so much more mobile, choosing cremation gives you the ability to take your pet's cremated remains with you if you move to another home.
A. Unlike the human cremation industry, there is very little or no regulations when it comes to pet cremations. Thus, different providers might be using the same terminology but for different types of cremation services. Basically, there are 3 types of pet cremations.
- A "Private" cremation is a cremation procedure during which only one animal's remains are present in the cremation chamber during the cremation process and the cremated remains of the pet are to be returned to its owner. This provides you with the greatest peace of mind in knowing the cremated remains are those of your pet.
- A "Semi-Private" cremation or also referred to as "Individual" or "Partitioned" is a cremation procedure during which more than one animal's remains are present in the cremation chamber and the cremated remains of specific pets are to be returned to the owner. Each pet will have its own segregated section within the cremation chamber. This is what most non-funeral home pet crematories call a Private Cremation. This is a very common and misleading pet cremation practice that has been happening for decades. Due to a number of factors and by virtue of multiple pets being cremated within the same chamber, active commingling of cremated remains can occur. Anderson McQueen does not offer this type of service.
- A "Communal or Batch" is a cremation procedure where multiple pets are cremated together without any form of separation. These commingled cremated remains are not returned to the owners.
Because of the lack of regulation, it is important for you to ask your pet cremation provider what they mean when they use the terms like "private cremation" or "individual cremation".
A. This is a process where a pet is placed in a cremation chamber by crematory staff, and using a suitable fuel, typically natural gas, that will create intense heat and flame (1400 – 1800 degrees Fahrenheit) the body of the pet is reduced to basic compounds (calcium compounds). During the cremation process, it may be necessary to open the cremation chamber and reposition the remains of the animal in order to facilitate a complete and thorough cremation. Upon completion of the cremation, all substances are consumed or vaporized, except bone fragments (calcium compounds) and metal other non-combustible materials, as the temperature is not sufficient to consume them. Due to the nature of the cremation process, any possessions or materials, such as collars or tags that are left with the animal and not removed prior to cremation may be destroyed or if not destroyed, will be disposed of by the Crematory in a non-recoverable manner.
Following a cooling period, the cremated remains shall be recovered by manual means, such as brushing, and industry-specific mechanical means, such as vacuuming, in order to retrieve the cremated remains from the cremation chamber. Depending on the cremation option, there may or may not be more commingling/mixing of cremated remains. Active commingling can occur between animals during the cremation and/or retrieval process when multiple animals are cremated together in the same chamber. This type of commingling can be minimized with effective portioning but it is impossible to assert that it can be eliminated entirely. Active commingling cannot, by definition, occur with a private cremation. However, while every effort will be made to avoid commingling, inadvertent or incidental commingling of minute particles of cremated remains from the residues of previous cremations is possible no matter what type of cremation option selected.
After the cremated remains are removed from the cremation chamber, the skeletal remains often will contain recognizable bone fragments. Unless otherwise specified, after the bone fragments have been separated from the other non-combustible material, they will be mechanically processed, pulverized. The process of crushing or grinding may cause incidental commingling of the remains with the residue from the processing of previously cremated remains. These granulated particles of unidentifiable dimensions, which are virtually unrecognizable as animal remains, will then be placed into a designated container based on the type of cremation identified above (Private, Semi-Private or Communal).
A. Yes. People typically chose their veterinarians for their heroic life-prolonging or sustaining capabilities. Though many veterinarians have some knowledge of the cremation process, this is not their specialty. However, by using your local trusted funeral director to handle your pet cremation, you can rest assured that you are getting a professional who has been highly trained with much experience when it comes to cremation. So, though your veterinarian has been a trusted advisor to you when it comes to your pet's good health, it only makes sense to seek out the professional assistance of your trusted local funeral director when it comes to your pet’s death care needs. In fact, many veterinarians feel this way too and have chosen Anderson McQueen as their trusted provider.
A. Most pet cremation providers do nothing to answer this often-asked question and in many cases your veterinarian cannot answer this question with confidence either. However, we can guarantee it because we utilize a tracking and chain of custody procedure coupled with our state-of-the-art tracking software. Our process is the most accurate and effective tracking procedure available and by using this system, we can provide you with absolute proof that you are receiving back your pet's cremated remains. Furthermore, if you desire, we can facilitate arrangements for you to be present at your pet's cremation for the ultimate peace of mind.
A. No. Often family members will wrap their pet in a favorite blanket or some other personal article of meaning to the pet or family members.
A. No. Most states do not regulate pet crematories. Thus, the quality of their facilities, services and staff varies greatly. What most pet owners don't realize is that the majority of pet cremation providers are not even located in their community. Also, the majority of pet crematories are located in industrial parks or warehouse settings, but not ours. Our pet cremation facility is located adjacent to one of our funeral homes and our human crematory.
A. By using a local Tampa funeral firm offering pet loss services, you get a much quicker response when your pet dies either at your home or at the Vet's Clinic. We will respond immediately and take your pet into our care right away. This is not the same timeline for the standard pet cremation providers. Most of these standard providers are located faraway, which means, though not by choice, your Veterinarian professional will have to hold your pet at their facilities for upwards of a week until the standard cremation provider makes its next scheduled visit to your community. Then, it may be another week before the urn is ready for you to pick up. Anderson McQueen will return the urn within 72 hours of the death occurring, bringing you the peace of mind you deserve.
A. Anderson McQueen maintains professional staff "on call" 24 hours, every day of the year. We realize that death comes at all hours on any given day. We are ready to respond immediately to take your pet into our care whenever you are ready.
A. We advise that you ask your Veterinarian, or the Cremation Provider directly if possible, three very important questions:
- Where is the crematory located? As mentioned above, most families are surprised to learn that their pet is going to be transported several hundred miles away.
- When will my pet be cremated and then be ready for pickup? Many are shocked to learn that their beloved pet is going to be held in a freezer at the Vet's facility for almost a week before they are picked up by the cremation provider. Then, it is going to be another week before their pet's cremated remains are available for you to take home.
- What do you mean when you say Private Cremation? As previously discussed, the majority of providers will place up to six or eight pets in the cremation chamber separated by the bricks and call it “private”. Not at Anderson McQueen, we only cremate one pet at a time just as we would any of your other beloved family member.
Because we are pet lovers ourselves, we understand that many people grieve just as deeply over the loss of their pet as they do over the passing of a family member.
For this reason, we are dedicated to providing the same compassionate support to all of the families we serve, including those who have recently lost a furry family member.
Closure is an extremely important part of any grieving process. We offer several perfect ways to say goodbye to a dearly loved pet following its death. Our compassionate staff specializes in guiding families through their grief, we also have a bereavement specialist on staff to help you and your family through the difficult time following the loss of your pet.
Losing a pet is often a child’s first experience with death and it is extremely important to make this situation as positive as possible. Our skilled professionals will be ready to help your child understand their confusing emotions as they say goodbye to their beloved pet in a healthy way.
Ten Tips on Coping with Pet Loss (PDF)
by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.
How Soon Should You Get a New Pet? (PDF)
by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed.
Grief and Pet Loss
by Margaret Muns, DVM
The Argus Institute
Colorado State University
A reading list and links to resources for families and veterinarians.
Pet Loss and Support Resources
Chance's Spot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals who have suffered the loss of a dearly loved pet.
When Children Grieve
by John W. James, Russell Friedman, Dr Leslie Matthews
When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing
by Alan D. Wolfelt, PH. D. Wolfelt
Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost Pets
by Gary Kurz
Grieving the Death of a Pet
by Betty J. Carmack
Berenstain Bears Lose a Friend
by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain (children's book)
Goodbye, My Friend: Celebrating the Memory of a Pet
by Devon O'Day, Kim McLean
The Forever Dog
by Bill Cochran, Dan Andreasen (Illustrator), Dan Andreasen (Illustrator) (children's book)
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
by John Grogan
The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein