You will make the initial contact with us through our online intake form, phone call or email. We will then initiate a 10 minute phone conversation regarding your pet’s quality of life, euthanasia/ aftercare wishes, and appointment scheduling.
The actual in-home pet euthanasia visit typically lasts 30 minutes to an hour, and we will move at your desired readiness and comfort level. Choose the location in your house where you and your pet feel most comfortable. To begin the euthanasia process, a sedative injection will be given subcutaneously (just underneath the skin) using a very small 25g needle which causes little to no discomfort. You can hold and cuddle your pet for the 5-10 minutes that it takes for them to get sleepy. The second injection (Euthanasia) will be administered once your pet is asleep. This injection will be given through a vein in
the arm, and it is fast acting and painless. For pets less than 40 pounds, it will typically just be Dr. Floyd or Dr. Wade visiting your home. For pets greater than 40 pounds, the owner and/or other members can offer to help or we can accommodate by coordinating with one of our associates.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, we also provide euthanasia services for guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, pigs, goats, birds, reptiles and fish. We will notify your veterinarian of your pet’s passing for their records.
If your pet passes at home and you are not planning for a home burial, we will come pick them up for you.
You may request that your pet’s remains be left on your premises, and you can make your own aftercare arrangements. If you are planning on burying your pet, make sure that you inquire about the regulations of the city/town where you live: some city or neighborhood ordinances prohibit the burial of a pet’s body in your backyard. If you choose one of our cremation options, we will transport your pet to the cremation facility after the in-home pet euthanasia appointment.
For our cremation services, we have partnered with Pet Angel Memorial Center in Lincoln, AL. You do not need to make arrangements with Pet Angel as our service is all inclusive and we will handle all of the aftercare for you. If you would like to contact them to ask questions about their procedures and to be reassured that they are caring and respectful to your pet’s remains, they will be happy to speak with you.
The two cremation options are COMMUNAL and PRIVATE. If you choose an option where ashes, pawprints, nose prints, or jewelry are returned to you, then Compassionate Crossings will hand deliver these things to your doorstep when they are ready (delivery fee included in the pricing). The turnaround time for delivery is typically 7-10 days.