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.

Grief factsheets

If you’re in need of some extra support in the days and weeks following your pet’s death, take a look at these handy guides written by leading figure in grief and empathy education and author of When Pets Die: It's Alright to Grieve, Doris Zagdanski.

How to know when it's time to say goodbye

When a beloved family pet becomes ill, you may be considering euthanasia.

Explaining a pet's death to children

Support the smaller members of your family after the loss of a pet. Learn the right thing to say when they're at their lowest point.

Looking after your senior pet

Ways to support your friend in their old age.

Some thoughts to comfort you

For when your pet is no longer by your side.

Man with cat touching noses

Contact us

Patch & Purr offers pet cremations for when your loved one is no longer by your side, but forever in your heart.

We strive to treat your loyal friend with the care and respect they deserve at every step of the way. Call us 24/7 on 1300 112 711 or use the contact form below to speak to a Patch & Purr team member.


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