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The name pet owners trust in Invercargill for quality pet cremation

For a personally tailored and nurturing approach to pet cremation please don't hesitate to call Paws At Rest in Invercargill today.


Do you euthanise pets?

No, we leave this job to the vets. However, we work closely with vet clinics to provide our cremation services.

How do I arrange for my pet to be cremated?

All it takes is a phone call, email or text message from you or your vet and we will take care of everything. We provide a collection service for $10.00 from either your home or vet, in addition to delivery of the ashes. For areas outside Invercargill we can arrange a courier or provide delivery with a charge per kilometre.

How do I know that I will get my own pets ashes back?

Each pet is assigned to its own designated compartment in the cremator, clearly identified via a steel tag. This procedure guarantees each pet remains separated during and after the cremation process.

Can I cremate anything else with my pet?

Yes. Anything special to your pet (toys, blankets etc) can be cremated with your pet. If you wish, your pet can also be put in a coffin.

What happens to the bones once the cremation is finished?

Following the cremation, all remaining bones will mostly be disintegrated into small pieces and individually collected in their container. Metal remains (collars etc) are temporarily removed and the remaining bones are ground up into the ashes you will receive. The remains are then placed into a sealed plastic bag, wrapped and put in a cardboard box, unless you have opted for an urn.

Will I get all of my pet’s ashes back?

Yes. Every part of the remains, including special toys etc, are included in the ashes that you receive back.

Do you embalm pets?


Can two pets be cremated together?

Yes. Two or more pets can be cremated together. Their ashes will remain together and will be placed into the same container or urn.

Can you cremate pets that have been microchipped?

Yes. microchips are not a problem and simply burn up to nothing on cremation. However, pacemakers need to be removed prior to cremation.

How long does the cremation take?

A normal cremation takes a few hours, however the cremator takes time to cool down enough for the bones to be manually removed and processed. Our goal is to have your pet’s ashes back within 10 working days.

Is it better to bury or cremate my pet?

Purely a personal choice, it may depend on the size of your pet and the availability of a suitable burial plot on your property. Burial may present an issue if you are renting. Cremation means you can take your pet with you wherever you go.

Can you cremate a pet that has already been buried?

Yes, we can either exhume the pet or you can do it yourself and bring them in to get cremated.

How much will it cost to have my pet cremated?

This is determined by the size and weight of your pet. Your vet will give this information at the time or you can phone us directly with the particulars and we will give you a price.

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Tips for coping with the grief of pet loss

Sorrow and grief are normal and natural responses to death. Like grief for humans, grief for animal companions can only be dealt with over time, but there are healthy ways to cope with the pain. Here are some suggestions:
  • Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel, and don’t tell yourself how to feel either. Your grief is your own, and no one else can tell you when it’s time to “move on” or “get over it.” Let yourself feel whatever you feel without embarrassment or judgment. It’s okay to be angry, to cry or not to cry. It’s also okay to laugh, to find moments of joy, and to let go when you’re ready.
  • Reach out to others who have lost pets. Check out online message boards, pet loss hotlines, and pet loss support groups—see Resources section below for details. If your own friends, family members, therapist, or clergy do not work well with the grief of pet loss, find someone who does—a person who has also lost a beloved pet may better understand what you’re going through. 
  • Seek professional help if you need it. If your grief is persistent and interferes with your ability to function please seek help. Invercargill contact is Caroline Loo Manager of BLENNZ Southland phone 0212101523 or email
  • Rituals can help healing. A funeral can help you and your family members openly express your feelings. Ignore people who think it’s inappropriate to hold a funeral for a pet, and do what feels right for you.
  • Create a legacy. Preparing a memorial, planting a tree in memory of your pet, compiling a photo album or scrapbook, or otherwise sharing the memories you enjoyed with your pet, can create a legacy to celebrate the life of your animal companion. Remembering the fun and love you shared with your pet can help you to eventually move on.  
  • Look after yourself. The stress of losing a pet can quickly deplete your energy and emotional reserves. Looking after your physical and emotional needs will help you get through this difficult time. Eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and exercise regularly to release endorphins and help boost your mood.
  • If you have other pets, try to maintain your normal routine. Surviving pets can also experience loss when a pet dies, or they may become distressed by your sorrow. Maintaining their daily routines, or even increasing exercise and play times, will not only benefit the surviving pets but may also help to elevate your outlook too.
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