What if my pet dies at home?

Dealing with a pet dying at home

If your pet suddenly dies at home, and your vet is unavailable, Patch and Purr offers 24-hour phone service and support on 1300 XXX XXX.

How much does your pet cremation service cost?

Pricing explained

Pricing information is available on our pricing page or you can call us or request an information packet. You can alternatively speak with your Vet, be sure to ask which crematory facility is used and if they provide a choice of crematories. It is your pet so the choice ultimately belongs to you.

If you choose private cremation for your pet, you will receive the ashes of your loyal friend in a cloth bag. Many pet owners choose to scatter their furry friend’s ashes in a special place, perhaps where they loved to hide or on their favourite walk.

Other pet parents opt for a garden burial of the ashes. They choose to mark the location of their beloved pet’s ashes with a plaque or even a tree. If you have a sick or senior pet , you have had time to consider these decisions before your pet’s death.

However, for many of us, these choices are too painful to think about until the moment comes. At Patch & Purr, we’re here to help you through the dark times. Below we share some ideas for where to scatter your pet’s ashes, a little about the rules and regulations surrounding scattering ashes and ideas for urns and plaques.

Choosing a Public Place to Scatter Ashes

The scattering of ashes in a public place is a popular choice, particularly for those who have lost a dog or an outdoor cat. Take some time to consider where your pet loved to be. Did your dog have a favourite walk that they were also excited to embark on? Or did they always love to chase squirrels in the woods? As your dog’s closest human companion, you should have no trouble knowing where they were their happiest.

Burying Your Pet’s Ashes in the Garden

Another common way to honour a pet after they pass is to bury the ashes in the garden. This is a particularly positive approach for cats, rabbit or other pets who loved to explore the garden. There are several ways to mark the location of your pet’s ashes, for example placing a plaque on the spot.

Growing a tree from the ashes is another fantastic way to spread the love your pet gave you throughout their precious life.

Not only is this living memorial a beautiful way to remember your pet, but it’s also an environmentally friendly way to deal with your pet’s ashes. You can even choose to bury the cremains in a bio-degradable urn, creating fertile ground for life to grow.

Planting a tree

Regulations for Scattering Ashes in New South Wales.

It is important to get permission from the owner of private land or the Trust of Parks and Reserves or from the location council for parks and beaches. The scattering of ashes may contravene the provisions of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 in terms of air or water pollution.

Disposal of ashes without consent could result in legal proceedings. To ensure the scattering of your pet’s ashes is peaceful and trouble-free, get in touch with the landowner ahead of time.

More Help & Advice

Many pet owners choose to keep their pets by their side. Take a look at our collection of beautiful urns and even choose a personalised plaque. The following days, weeks and months will be difficult without your pet. We're here to help you through.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve got any questions about pet cremation, choosing an urn or vet support, take a look at our FAQs to find the answer.