Cremation and Burial
Thank you for considering Passing With Dignity to assist you and your pet during these difficult times. Dr. Sara has developed a 3-part system tailored to meet your specific needs. Your cost is determined by 1) the one-way driving distance to your home, 2) the weight of your pet, and 3) any after-care services that you desire. See Sections A & B (below).
"I'm really glad that we spoke with Dr. Sara. She answered all of our questions in a professional and caring manner. Not only was she very knowledgeable, but she explained things to us in terms we could understand over the phone."
If you would like to discuss your pet's quality of life, pain management or the possible euthanasia of your pet, Dr. Sara would be glad to set up a phone consultation or an at home consultation with you. Phone consults with Dr. Sara are available Thursday through Monday at 8:15am for up to 45 minutes. The cost is $60. At home (mobile) consults are available Thursday through Monday at 10am, 1pm and 3pm for $125 plus the mileage-based house call fee listed in Section A1 above.
Many clients find these discussions very useful in helping them to determine the right course of action for their pet. This service is completely optional and is not required prior to setting up a euthanasia appointment. See section A above.
To set-up a phone or in-home consultation please text or call Dr. Sara at 530-306-5823 to reserve your preferred date and time. If you get Dr. Sara's voice mail, please leave your name, phone number and mention your phone or in-home consultation request. We'll do our best to get back to you within a few hours to confirm your consultation date/time. Thank you!
To set-up a euthanasia appointment please text or call Dr. Sara's office at 530-306-5823 from 8am-4pm (closed Tues & Wed) to request/reserve your preferred appointment date and time. It is best to schedule your appointment a few days in advance if possible. But, we fully understand that emergencies do happen. When you call or text, please provide us with your address, phone number, your dog/cat's approximate weight and description, and at least two requested euthanasia dates and times.
IMPORTANT: PWD will be temporarily closed from November 15, 2021 until January 15, 2022. Dr. Sara is having hand surgery and will need 6-8 weeks to recover. Sorry.
CLOSED: 8am-4pm: Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun & Monday (Closed Tues & Wed). Call or text: 530-306-5823 to leave a message 7 days a week.
At home euthanasia appointments offered at 10am, 1pm and 3pm (Friday-Monday). Phone consults offered at 8:15am.
1. House Call fee:
2. Euthanasia fee (includes pre-sedation using high-quality medications):
* Note: If you live on a gravel/dirt road (> 100 feet), please let Dr. Sara know in advance as she normally drives a rather low-clearance Honda Accord. She does have access to a truck if known in advance. If she drives her Accord and encounters a gravel/dirt/snow road, or an individual refuses towear a mask, she will return to the office and you will be charged for the house call fee and the appointment cancellation fee (min $125) and you will need to reschedule your appointment.
It is important to consider "in advance" how you would like to take care of your pet’s remains post euthanasia. There are generally three options: home-burial, communal cremation or private cremation. Home-burial would be up to you and in accordance with your local, county, city and HOA rules. Per Country guidance, home-burial requires that your pet is buried at least 4 feet deep and 200 feet from any water source (e.g. well, creek, stream, lake, pond, seasonal waterway, etc). We also recommend putting a good layer of rocks on top of the self-burial site to prevent other animals from digging up your pet. Please check into your local laws as there may be additional self-burial requirements.
As an alternative to home-burial, Passing With Dignity offers both communal and private cremation services using the industry's latest water-based aquamation method. Aquamation is cleaner, greener and gentler on your pet than flame-based cremation. Through negotiated agreements with our partners, aquamation is now the same price as flame-based cremation. To see a short video on aquamation please click here.
1. Communal cremation: Your pet is cremated with other pets. Their remains are respectfully spread in the Sierra foothills by our partner's trusted staff. This is a very acceptable and cost effective alternative to self-burial (above). Please pre-arrange for communal cremation with Dr. Sara as she will need to transport your pet for cremation. Transport fees are included in the figures below. Note: Communal cremation does not return your pet's remains to you but they are spread in a very pleasant environment by our partner's trusted staff.
2. Private cremation: Your pet is individually cremated. Their remains are carefully gathered and placed in a beautiful rosewood chest and returned to your home via UPS Signature Service with a personalized memorial card and authenticated certificate of cremation, usually within 3 weeks of euthanasia. Plus, for a limited time, you will receive a FREE laser-etched paw print of your pet's paw. Please pre-arrange for private cremation with Dr. Sara as she will need to transport your pet for cremation. UPS Signature Service home delivery and transport fees are included in the figures below ($40 Value). FREE paw print included ($50 Value).
4. Paw print services: If you pet is cremated via communal or private aquamation you can purchase a print (or extra prints for family members) of your pet's paw. Your pet's paw is scanned into our partner's advanced imaging system and then laser-etched onto an Alderwood chip with your pet's name. Please let Dr. Sara know how many paw prints you would like in advance so that she can pre-arrange for this service.
5. Deceased pet service: If your pet has recently passed (w/o euthanasia), Dr. Sara offers the cremation services listed above via a pick-up service if time/availability permits. The cost is the House Call fee (i.e. mileage) listed in Section A1 above plus a $125.00 deceased pet emergency handling fee and the cost of the cremation service selected (above). Please call or text 530-306-5823 to arrange for these services. We will do our best to assist you and your pet during these difficult times.