About Dignity Pet Crematorium
Dignity Pet Crematorium was founded by Barry and Carole Spurgeon in 1992. As a family we have always had pets of all shapes and sizes and we know first-hand the joy they bring to our lives. In 1991 Barry, a fashion agent at the time, was watching a documentary on what happened to pets after they died and was shocked to see them being dumped in bags then stored in a freezer before being taken away from vets alongside the clinical waste they had generated over a week.
As pet lovers Barry and Carole felt they didn’t want their much loved pets to be treated in that way and so decided that they would offer a very different, more dignified service to the weekly “ashes back” companies that contracted to vets and would create a pet crematorium where pets would be looked after with the care and respect they deserved. They also wanted to help owners by trying to take some of the pain away at what is a very sad time for all the family. Dignity Pet Crematorium opened its doors in June 1992 and is now run by three generations of the Spurgeon family. The site itself is steeped in history, the centrepiece of which is the stunning Grade 2 Victorian Brick Kiln. Please click here to find out more about how we started and the history of Dignity Pet Crematorium.
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Please note: Dignity Pet Crematorium is a small, independent service run by 3 generations of the Spurgeon family and has no connection whatsoever with the nationwide chain of human funeral directors and crematoria known as “Dignity Caring Funeral Services” or “Dignity plc.”.
The Labrador Lifeline Trust
Dignity is working in partnership with the Labrador Lifeline Trust and has set aside a special plot where adopters can have a permanent resting place for their pet's ashes. The Trust can help by paying a proportion of the discounted fee for adopters or adopters can pay the entire fee to the Trust themselves.
NB: Entry into Dignity's Woodland is restricted to pets that have been either individually cremated at Dignity or at one of the members of the APPCC.
There is no need to purchase a marker although adopters can choose to commemorate their own pet by ordering a permanent marker from Dignity.
Alternatively adopters wanting to keep or scatter their pet's ashes themselves should contact Dignity on 01252 844572 to make direct arrangements. Dignity will reduce their cost by 10% for all Labrador Lifeline Trust Dogs.
Please ensure that your veterinary surgeon makes a note on your pet records if you wish Dignity to handle this service for you.
Your pet deserves the best.