What Sets Us Apart
- Complementary paw print
- Pet loss guide
- Special charm gift
- Environmentally-friendly process
- Pets held in our cooler room with eternal flame until aquamation (no freezers)
- Communal ash spread on our farm in Loveland
- Home pickup offered every day
- Local family-owned business
- Trained staff dedicated to caring for you and your pet
- Comfort center for euthanasia services
- Memorial garden
Private aquamation means your pet’s ashes will be returned to you. Private chambers reside within the unit providing a complete barrier among individual pets. The ashes from private aquamation will be returned to families along with a certificate of service. Ashes can then be picked up from one of our designated pickup locations or delivered directly to your home or shipped to you. Our designated locations for ash pickup are: Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists in Loveland and VCA All Pets Hospital in Boulder. If you choose to have your pet’s ashes brought to one of these locations, we will discuss which location best meets your needs. Both are open everyday.
Guardian Pet also provides two container options for the return of ashes. Our complimentary container is a rectangular box with decorative paw prints safely holding all ashes inside. Our lovely urn is designed for those families who want something more permanent. When making arrangements, we will ask which option you prefer. You are welcome to provide your own container as well.
A communal aquamation means ashes will not be returned, and instead spread on the Cooney farm in Loveland, Colorado. Pets will be placed together in the unit and therefore all ash will be combined together. Families are invited to come and walk in the memorial garden, near where the ashes are spread, on Sunday mornings from 9am-noon. No appointment necessary. Parking is next to the Comfort Center with our memorial garden.
Transport to Our Location
Families usually prefer we help with transportation to our location. When we arrive at your home, arrangements are finalized, we make a lovely complimentary paw print, and safely transition your pet to our vehicle. Our vehicle is all prepared and fully enclosed. If preferred, you may drive your pet to our location during business hours (M-F, 9am to 4pm) with an appointment. If your pet passes naturally in the night, you may keep them with you safely until the morning and then call us for immediate pickup.
Safely Holding a Pet’s Body Overnight
It is common for families to want to keep their deceased pet overnight before aquamation arrangements are made the next day. Pets can be safely kept in the home, garage, or other protected area away from wildlife and the elements. We recommend keeping them in a cool place and covered with a light sheet or blanket. If they will be inside the home, please tuck towels or absorbent pads under their body to contain fluids. Odor can be reduced by spraying neutralizing aerosols, lighting scented candles, or diffusing essential oils like lemon, eucalyptus, and purification into the air. Sprinkling baking soda on and around the body can also help. To deter insects, cover the body and scent the area with citronella, catnip, peppermint, pine, or basil. The body will become firm within a few hours of death. If possible, tuck legs into a sleeping position. And many families take this time as an opportunity to spend time with their beloved pet; to honor and reflect on the beautiful life shared. Pets can be kept in the home for up to 3 days if desired.
Viewings and Funeral Services
Families are invited to make arrangements for viewing their pet’s body before aquamation. This takes place at our Loveland Comfort Center during business hours (M-F, 9-4pm). This is especially important for families whose pet has died while they are out of town and they wish to spend time with the body before aquamation takes place. There is no charge for viewings. Witnessed aquamation services are not offered at our facility due to county regulations. If you wish to view your pet’s cremation, you may make arrangements with one of the local flame-based companies in the area. Funeral ceremonies are also offered at our Comfort Center in Loveland. Guardian Pet will help your family make all of the arrangements including inviting chaplains, designing programs, and all body preparations. Cost for funeral services depends on your needs. Learn More.
Body Holding for Burial
Guardian Pet Aquamation is proud to offer holding options for families who wish to bury their pet when the time is right for them. We safely hold the body until your family has prepared the burial site, even over many months if needed. The cost to hold a body is $5 a day or $100 a month. Call our office to make arrangements.
Please call for aquamation pricing. We know you will find our prices match our value, expertise, and compassionate service.
Speciality Urn Option
Guardian Pet is proud to partner with Big Sky Urns, from the beautiful state of Montana. These urns are a combination or urn and flower vase and can be engraved with your pet’s name and years of life. If you are interested in this option, you may contact Big Sky Urns directly.