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New hope is currently only offering drop-off services until further notice

 Hope’s  Angel Euthanasia and Cremation Services


Here at New Hope Animal Shelter, we know how much your pet means to you. Many pets become part of the family and the loss is as traumatic as losing a relative. At New Hope Animal Shelter, we are pet owners and pet lovers. We want you to know that we are here for you and we understand your loss. Although we cannot diminish your loss, we can assure you that your pet will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity here at the Shelter.

Coping with the impending loss of a pet is one of the most difficult experiences a pet parent will face. Whether your furry friend is approaching his golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, it’s important to calmly guide the end-of-life experience and minimize any discomfort or distress. As your pet’s health declines, you may elect to care for your pet at home—with the supervision of a veterinarian—or you may decide to end his suffering with euthanasia.

Considering Euthanasia

Euthanasia provides a painless, peaceful end for a pet who would otherwise continue to suffer. The staff  has special training to provide your pet with a humane and gentle death. No one ever likes to euthanize their beloved pet, but at the end of their lives they need their owners to help them cross over. A pet’s love is very strong and many pets will hold on to please their owner regardless of how much pain they are experiencing. Be respectful of the needs of your pets and help them. New Hope Animal Shelter offers euthanasia services including a secluded area to spend time with your pet for your goodbyes. For more information, contact 386-734-2450.

What to Do If Your Pet Has Died at Home

If your pet is under the care of a veterinarian at the time of his or her passing, he or she can guide you through next steps. However, if your pet dies in your home, there are options to consider. Whether you simply want the body to be removed from your home, or you wish to permanently memorialize your pet in some special way, the choice is yours.

  • Depending on your decision, you may have to keep the body in your home for a short period of time. A well-cooled body can be held for up to 24 hours, but the sooner it can be taken somewhere, the better.

As a last resort, you may keep the body in the coldest area of your home, out of the sun, packed with bags of ice. In this case, the body should be placed in a plastic bag to prevent it from getting wet.


Pet Cremation and Burial

It is very common for pet owners to have their deceased pets cremated. You need to decide if you wish to keep your pet's ashes as a remembrance. If so, you will want to arrange an individual (or private) cremation, meaning that your pet will be cremated alone. 

Depending on local laws, it may be legal to bury an animal on your own property. It is typically illegal to bury an animal on public lands such as parks. If you desire burial for your pet but do not have land of your own, check to see if there is a pet cemetery or memorial park in your area.

For more information or to make an appointment please call our office at 386-734-2450

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