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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Starting a business after the death of a Pet

With more and more people having pets these days, the time is right for a company called Angel Ashes. What do you do with your pet when it dies? Certainly you could bury it or put it in a pet cemetery, but if you would like to keep your pet closer to you, another choice is cremation. Angel Ashes sells urns for you to keep your pet ashes in. They have, in fact, patented their urns, and have a variety for just about every breed of dog or cat. You can customize the urn to include a nameplate or photo of your deceased pet. The urns are in the $100 price range.

According to Angel Ashes website, there are four types of pet cremations for you to be aware of:

  1. “Private Cremation – With this selection, your pet alone is placed in the cremation chamber. Upon completion of the cremation, your pet’s cremains are removed from the chamber, processed and returned to you for transferring to the pet urn of your choice.

  2. Viewing Cremation - Similar to a Private Cremation, but The Pet Owner, friends and family are permitted to be present during the cremation in a viewing room. This option is not available at all crematories.

  3. Individual Cremation – During the cremation, your pet shares space in the cremation chamber with other pets, however they are separated so that you will be able to receive your pet’s cremains.

  4. Communal (Mass) Cremation – With this alternative your pet is cremated along with a number of other pets, and the cremains are not able to be separated. No urn is returned to the Pet Owner. It is common practice for these cremains to be disposed of commercially.”

Angel Ashes got their start when one of the founders, Brad Ogle, was searching for an urn to honor his lost dog Abbey. He was unable to find what he was looking for, so he and his partner, Mark Greer, developed the Original Edition. They have since patented the product, and seem to have built a successful business based on Abbey.


Susan Cook said...

That's a cool alternative to consider after the death of a pet. (I gave it a "Digg") I really like you blog it's very different - in a good way! Thanks for stopping by mine. STAY AT HOME MOM