Frequently Asked Questions

Angelpaw pet cremation service.

What comes with the cremation package?

  • Angelpaw Animal Bag. Each pet is placed in a water proof, recycled material, sturdy animal body bag designed by Vets for cremation. Each bag is labeled with your pet details as well as a one-time use unique RFID tag is attached to track your pet. Angelpaw provides animal bag to our Vet partners and also given for home pick-up. The pet stays within this bag through the entire process. Sizes range from Small, Medium to Large. NO animal is every placed in plastic bags at any time!

  • RFID Tag. (Radio-frequency identification). Each pet is assigned a one-time use RFID tag which attaches to the Angelpaw animal bag. The RFID tag tracks your pet real-time through the entire cremation processes. Your pet is first scanned at the Vet or home pickup, then scanned at deliver to the Angelpaw cremation facility, scanned again at pick-up from the cremation facility, then finally scanned as the cremation package is delivery to either the Vet or your home.

  • Tranportation. Pick up by an Angelpaw consultant at either the Vet or from your home and delivered back to the same pick up destination.

  • Memorial Photo Urn. Handmade pet cremation wooden urn with photo frame on the front of the box.

  • Memorial Photo. A photo is printed out and placed within the memorial photo urn upon delivery.

  • Clay Paw Print A clay paw print of your actual pet’s paw is casted and delivered.

  • Certificate of Cremation Certificate that your pet was individually cremated by our certified staff.

  • Celebration Video Angelpaw creates a celebration video of your pet’s photos. These videos can be shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to celebrate the life and memories of your beloved pet with your family and friend.

What is Cremation?

Cremation is a process by which the body is reduced to its basic elements using extreme heat within a cremation chamber. All organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The remaining bone fragments are referred to as "cremated remains." These cremated remains are then carefully removed from the cremation chamber for return to the pet parents.

Angelpaw only performs individual cremations?

Cremation is the most common choice for final care for your beloved pet. Performed in our facility or a certified Angelpaw partner crematory, every pet is individually cremated. One pet at a time cremation processes is the procedure during which only one pet is present in the cremation chamber during the cremation process. The pet is uniquely identified throughout the whole process. The cremated remains of your pet are the only remains processed and returned.

What is the paw print processes?

We typically use the front paws to make paw impression. A special type of clay is used and kneaded to the desired consistency. Once the impression is made, the paw print is heated, allowed to cool and finally sanded and painted. Many factors influence the outcome of the paw print. Ambient and clay temperatures are just a couple of the components that impact the quality of the impression. In addition, we do not trim the fur or nails from the paw. We feel that is part of the pet’s print and we do not want to compromise its integrity.

What is Partitioned Cremations, also called “Private”

A cremation procedure during which more than one pet is present in the cremation chamber and the created remains of specific pets are returned to their pet parents. There is a form of separation between each pet, thus keeping the cremated remains both identifiable and retrievable. Angelpaw does not offer this form of cremation.

What is Communal Cremation?

A cremation procedure in which multiple pets are cremated together without any form of separation. Created remains are not returned to the pet parent but scattered at sea off the coast of San Diego.

What does “Cremated Remains” vs “Ashes” mean?

Utilizing the term "ashes" does not correctly describe the final product after cremation. During the cremation process, the ambient temperature of the cremation chamber averages 1700 degrees. What we’re left with are bone fragments or "cremated remains." The remaining bone fragments are then processed to create a finer material similar in consistency to sand. The cremated remains may contain various shades of gray. In addition, green, blue, red and yellow organic particles may be visible in the cremated remains.

Can toys, leashes or Blankets accompany the pet in cremation?

No, your pet is placed in a water proof, recycled material, sturdy animal body bag designed by Vets for cremation for the entire processes. We’re governed by strict environmental standards and are closely monitored by regulatory agencies regarding our emissions. Thus, no plastic toys, balls, etc. can accompany your pet within the crematorium.

Do you offer “split cremation” options?

Yes, and this option is frequently requested from families, siblings or co-owners of the pet. Your pet will be cremated per our usual protocols and upon request duplicate urns, paw prints, and engraved tags will be created. Additional fees apply.