Frequently asked questions

What is aquamation?


Aquamation is a water-based pet cremation process also known as alkaline hydrolysis. Aquamation uses the peaceful flow of water, warm temperatures and alkali to mimic the natural decomposition of tissue that occurs after burial. In nature, this process can take years, but with the advancement in the aquamation technology, this process now takes less than 20 hours. This process involves a trained technician. The technician will combine warm water and a small amount of alkali to wash over the body. After 20 hours or less the components of your pets body will be returned to water as a nutrient rich effluent and only bone will remain. If desired, the mineral ash of the bone will be returned to you. The nutrient rich effluent will be returned to the environment. When compared to traditional fire based pet cremation, aquamation is considerably more eco-friendly. This process produces 1/10th the carbon dioxide that fire based cremation does, thus significantly reducing your carbon footprint. It also produces a nutrient rich effluent that has been shown to improve the municipality water system as well as the earths soil.




Is aquamation new?


Aquamation is a technology that was invented over 100 years ago. It has just recently been approved for use with animals for pet cremation. Because it is environmentally friendly and incredibly gentle, many well respected and highly established hospitals, research facilities and universities utilize this technology for both human and animal use.




Why should I choose aquamation over flame based pet cremation?


We believe that the the aquamation water-based pet cremation process is the most thoughtful and mindful way to honor your pet after death. It significantly reduces emissions of carbon dioxide and greatly decreases the use of energy when compared to fire based pet cremation. It is an extremely gentle process and each step is thoughtfully competed by a trained technician.




How do I know the ashes returned to me are my pet?


We employ the same tracking system used in human disposition facilities. From the moment your pet is in our possession they are assigned a tracking number. This tracking number is on a small metal disc and it is checked every step of the way to ensure that you are in fact receiving your pets ashes.




What happens to my pets ashes if I don’t want them returned to me?


We personally return all communal pets ashes back to the ocean. The ash is pathogen and chemical free and it is safe to be scattered in the sea.




What to do when or after my pet dies at home?


The death of a pet can be traumatic. It is likely that you will feel overwhelmed when it comes to figuring out what to do next. The first thing you should do is make sure you have the emotional support you need. Call a friend or family member and ask them to be with you. Friends or family can provide their love and support as you make the decisions about what to do with your pet's body. If you wish to have your dog or cat cremated, then give us a call. Our staff has immense experience in the field of pet health. Many of our staff members have worked in veterinary hospitals their whole careers and will be able to guide you appropriately on what to do next. Our staff will help arrange a pick up or drop off of your pets body. Your pet will be handled with respect as we gently transport them to our aquamation facility. Once the aquamation process is complete, your pets ash will be returned to you. We know having your pet pass at home can be very difficult. Please give us a call at 858-276-7397 - we're here for you.





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