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Pet Cremation
updated: Dec 20, 2011, 2:35 PM

I apologize for not posting a more jolly topic so soon before the holiday - but my dog's valiant battle with cancer is quickly coming to an end - most likely this week.

I am looking for recommendations for a compassionate and affordable cremation service for a large dog in the Santa Barbara area.

Places People Are Talking About:

San Roque Pet HospitalThe Humane Society

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 242460P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 02:45 PM

We lost our dog in October after 18 years with her and used the cremation services offered through Care hospital and were very happy (as we could be given the circumstances...) with them. Wishing you strength in this difficult time.


 COMMENT 242465P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 02:54 PM

Call CARE Hospital.. they are so great. Used them when our beloved Llaso passed away a few years ago.


 COMMENT 242466 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 02:55 PM

Call San Roque Pet Hospital and tell them what's up. They don't mark it up.


 COMMENT 242468 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 03:05 PM

DON'T use CARE unless you want to overpay - try the County Animal Shelter


 COMMENT 242470 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 03:06 PM

Sorry for your loss,
Whites Pet Hospital on Haley st. is great too.


 COMMENT 242478P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 03:44 PM

The Humane Society is where our dog was cremated last month. They picked up our deceased dog from our vet and have returned our dog's ashes.


 COMMENT 242479P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 03:44 PM

I think they all use the same crematorium (at least they used to), which is located at the Humane Society. So, maybe go directly to the Humane Society?


 COMMENT 242484 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 03:56 PM

I buried my dog in the back yard. Lower carbon footprint than cremation.


 COMMENT 242486 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 04:00 PM

Very sorry for your loss. Definitely go straight to the Humane Society where all the cremations are performed locally. They are compassionate and kind. If you wish, they will place your beloved pet in a nice wooden box with an inscription.


 COMMENT 242489 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 04:07 PM

Thanks everyone - my wife and I have agreed that the Humane Society sounds best.

We would love to consider the carbon cost but would like to be able to take our beloved Aussie Shepherd back to our secret cabin in the Sierra where we spent a wonderful 5 years with our Nellie.

Same for the river bed, the beach, Mammoth Mountain and a few other places where the three of us had fun.

Cremation seems best for this.



 COMMENT 242490 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 04:11 PM

I second (or third) CARE hospital. Our 16 year old lab was in increasingly poor health. We didn't make any advance arrangements, although we knew the end was probably a matter of weeks away (sort of living in denial). One morning we woke up to find her collapsed. Called CARE about taking her in and (we assumed) euthanizing her, and they made room on their schedule no problem. As it turned out she passed away quietly on the way to the hospital, but fortunately lasted long enough for everyone to say their goodbyes. The CARE people were super understanding and attentive, took our dog away for cremation and returned the ashes to us in a nice box. For a lousy situation they really couldn't have been any nicer for us.


 ANIMALLISTNER agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 04:40 PM

PLEASE go to the Humane Society. We recently removed 2 deceased cats from a home that burned to the ground. We asked the SBHS if they would donate 2 creamations to the family that lost everything including their beloved pet cats... And they did! ALL our animals have been handled by the SBHS...


 COMMENT 242505 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 04:48 PM

I arranged the cremation of our beautiful big dog,Chow/ Golden Retriever,through our compassionate vet Dr Wallace ,Airport Veterinary Hospital, Goleta.


 COMMENT 242531 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 07:08 PM

The Humane Society is very compassionate . But I also will say that Dr Bill Wallace is very compassionate. We had a young cat who was hit by a utility truck and severed his spinal cord. He was not in pain, but could never function again as a cat should. After X-rays, we knew we had to let our Baby cat go to sleep. Bill let us bring our small dog to say goodbye as he gave him the shot.

Bill offered us the choice of taking our little Tiger to the SBHS ourselves or for him. It was better to let his do it to save us the heartbreak.


 COMMENT 242555P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-20 08:46 PM

SB Humane Society is the only animal crematorium in SB County. I believe CARE used another crematorium, south of us, but that is old information from before CARE's ownership change. Feel free to ask your vet where the actual cremation takes place, if you wish. It's probably SBHS. If you want to stay with your dear furry four-footed all the way, you can always bring your pet there yourself.

I too have several wooden boxes with gold name plates...

RIP and my condolences upon the loss of your beloved pet.


 COMMENT 242577 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-21 06:11 AM

I'm sorry for your impending loss. This is one of those things that never gets any easier.

We go to White's, and they will make house calls if your pet needs assitance when that difficult time comes. I know they used to use the Humane Society's crematorium, too. From what I'm reading here, it sounds like the only one around. But it was all done with gentle care and reverence.

Like 555P, we have several (5) of those little wooden boxes with gold name plates, all in a special shrine of their own.


 COMMENT 242614 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-21 07:53 AM

From: Dogs 10 commandments

"10.  On the ultimate, difficult journey, go with me please. 
Never say you cannot bear to watch, and force me to face that alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so."
When I was 17 I left our old dog at the animal control to save money, and have regretted it ever since. I held my last dog (and all future dogs) in my arms 'till he was still, then buried him in the yard. I am sorry for your loss and grateful there were so many good years, travels and memories.


 COMMENT 242642 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-21 08:29 AM

The Humane Society. I believe that is where the local vets take pets to have it done. You can take your pet directly or have your vet do it.


 COMMENT 242681 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-21 11:02 AM

Go directly to the Humane Society, and bypass CARE. We have been through this with both cats and dogs. If you want to be charged way too much, go to CARE. It's a very difficult time for you, I know, but the Humane Society really is the answer. The little box with your pet's name means a lot in the way of comfort. God bless.


 COMMENT 243106P agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-22 03:28 PM

The Humane Society. Your pet's ashes are returned to you in a beautiful wooden box with his/her name and dates of life on a brass plaque.


 COMMENT 243166 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-22 06:30 PM

Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and concern.

In the end, my wife and I drove our friend and companion to the Santa Barbara Humane Society for her final time in this world.

True to your descriptions, the staff were wonderfully compassionate even to the point of listening to our blurting and blubbering story of our dog's life.

We comfort ourselves in the belief that our beloved Nellie is free from pain and now runs in a sunny field of grasses.



 COMMENT 243182 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-12-22 07:43 PM

166...I am so glad you had a good experience at the HS during this sad time in your lives...your post brought a tear to my eye, remembering beloved pets past that enriched our lives, as Nellie assuredly did for you. Pets are so entwined in our lives and we are all the richer for it...peace & good thoughts to you and your wife.


 COMMENT 732387 agree helpful negative off topic

2016-09-28 11:22 AM

Don't go to care! They wanted to charge me $65.00
just to be with my beloved little kitty of 13 years while they euthanized her. They have changed. They used to be better but have gotten greedy and not so compassionate.



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