Loss of a pet, whether anticipated or sudden, can feel like a tragic experience. You may feel unprepared to handle the proper disposition of your beloved companion. If you have sadly experienced the passing of your pet, our transportation service can give you peace of mind in caring for your pet’s remains. We know that your pet is a member of your family and the care of your pet’s body is very important to you.
You may find it very difficult, both physically and emotionally, to drive your pet’s body to a veterinary clinic or crematory on your own – so we offer the convenience of at-home pickup 7 days a week. We also take care to deliver your pet’s ashes safely back to your home right away.
Transportation services are available for the following companion species:
- small mammal such as a hamster, mouse, rat, ferret or guinea pig
- reptile such as snake, lizard or turtle
We also offer transportation services for hobby farm pets weighing under 150 lb such as:
- goose or duck
- pot-bellied pig
Our caring Transportation Team will handle your pet gently and with dignity. Cremation services are provided by our trusted MN Pets crematory partner with more than 30 years of experience. Knowing that MN Pets is owned and operated by veterinarians, no matter which option you choose, you can trust that your pet’s body will be handled with care.
We promise to provide you and your pet with expert, compassionate care every step of the way.
Pickup & Individual Cremation
Our caring Transportation Specialist will come to your home to transport your pet for individual cremation. Your pet’s ashes are returned to you in a wooden box, along with a personalized cremation certificate. Your pet’s ashes will be delivered to your regular veterinary clinic or can be hand delivered to your home.
Pickup & Group Cremation
Our caring Transportation Specialist will come to your home to transport your pet for cremation. Your pet will be cremated with others in a communal cremation, in a respectful and caring manner. Ashes are not returned.
How to Arrange Pickup and Cremation for Your Pet
- Submit your information online: Request Pickup and Cremation.
- Pay for services with credit card or PayPal account. Information on how to do this will be provided after completion of your online pickup request.
- Our Client Support Team will contact you to finalize and confirm arrangements for pickup and cremation of your pet.
From Denny S. of Edina,
“When our Golden Retriever, Buckley, suddenly became very ill, we didn’t know what to do. Our veterinarian recommended we contact MN Pets. When Pam called, he passed away in my arms in the back yard.
Andy came out while Pam and I sat in the yard with Buckley. We were beyond words and despondent. Andy could not have been more caring and respectful. He and I carefully put Buckley in a blanket and into a stretcher. He treated us all so kindly, knowing we had just lost a loved member of our family.
During an extremely difficult time for us, Andy did everything he could to make us feel better. I would not have been able to carry our 70# dog myself, but I was able to help Andy. I simply don’t know what we would have done without you.
As it happened, Buckley had already passed when Andy arrived, but if he had been suffering and in pain, we would have been comfortable euthanizing him. We would not have been able to get Buckley to the veterinarian, nor would we have wanted him to pass in a location other than at home. MN Pets provides a compassionate and needed service to people who are losing a dear and loved family member. Please convey my personal appreciation to Andy and to all the people at MN Pets. When we really needed you … you were there to help.”
When do you offer pickup services?
We offer pickup and cremation services 7 days per week (excluding major holidays).
Can I bury my pet at home?
Because we form special bonds with our companions, it is only natural that many of us wish to follow the human model of burial or cremation to respect and remember our pet. The option of burying your pet at home is difficult due to strict regulations in Minneapolis, St. Paul and many surrounding suburbs (check with your city administrator for details). You may also find the idea of burial undesirable due to the risk of wildlife disturbing your pet’s remains. Today many pet owners opt for cremation since it both provides a way to keep your pet near you and allows you to bury or scatter some of your pet’s ashes in your yard or a favorite place your pet enjoyed. With our mobile society many families choose pet cremation in order to keep their pet’s memorial with them when they move.
Is burial in a pet cemetery an option?
Currently in MN there are no pet cemeteries accepting new pets.
Do I have to be home at the time my pet is picked up for cremation?
You do not have to be home at the time of pickup. Our cremation professionals bring all necessary equipment to carry your pet from your home to the vehicle. Payment for services is made in advance as well.
Do you visit my city?
We offer pickup and cremation services in Regions 1 and 2 on this map. At this time we do not offer pickup and cremation services in Region 3 or in outstate MN.
Are prices or services different for pets of different weights?
Pickup and cremation services are available for pets of any size and weight at the prices listed above.
How do I know that I’m receiving my own pet’s ashes?
Frequently pet owners who are selecting an individual cremation ask how they can be certain that their pet’s remains are kept separate from the remains of other pets. Your pet is cremated in a separate chamber and many measures are in place to assure that the ashes you receive are only your own pet’s ashes. If this is a concern for you, please call and speak with our support professional at (612) 354-8500.
My pet is in failing health but I don’t need your cremation services yet. Can you tell me about care that is available for my pet now?
MN Pets veterinarians provide in-home pain management and hospice care for pets who are experiencing a loss of quality of life. We also support families who wish to say goodbye to their pet with in-home euthanasia. Read here for more information about in-home euthanasia or geriatric support.