DUPONT, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — For many people, their pets are part of the family.  But what are your options when your dog or cat passes away?

It’s estimated that people in the U.S. will spend more than $69-million on their pets this year.  That’s according to the American Pet Products Association.

While there’s no data to show exactly how much of that money is going towards final expenses, the pet cremation industry is booming right now.

Angelene Collins and her husband Ted have an entire family of Shih Tzu pups — mom, dad, and two babies.

Those dogs are the inspiration behind the couple’s new business in Dupont.  It’s called Cherished Companions Pet Memorial Center.  Think of it as a crematory for your fur babies.

The cost of a cremation service ranges from about $200 to $300 depending on the size of the pet.

A basic urn is included in that price, but Cherished Companions also offers more personalized options.  There’s even a space that resembles a funeral home for humans.

The services aren’t limited to cats and dogs.  While the facility on Freeport Road can’t accept large animals, smaller creatures like chickens, lizards, rats — even a pet pigeon — have been cremated here.

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, at least 17% of funeral homes in the U.S. now offer pet cremation services, and another 13% plan to do so soon.

Cherished Companions already cremates between five and ten pets per week, and the couple expects that trend to continue as more people choose a more personal approach to mourn their pets.


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