Pet Cremation


Your loving animal deserves the same quality of care it received when alive. As pet owners ourselves, we understand this need and offer cremation services for your deceased companions.

St. Joseph Animal Control and Rescue Division now offers pet cremation. This is a relatively new and popular service offered by animal control shelters and humane societies throughout the nation. The loss of a companion animal can be devastating to some. This service will allow pet owners a sanitary method for handling the remains of their animal in a dignified manner.

Rest Assured

  • Your pet will be handled by a caring, licensed professional.
  • Individual or congregated cremations are performed.
    • Congregated means that more than one animal may be cremated at the same time; because of this, there is no guarantee that the ashes returned will be those of a specific animal.
  • Prices vary depending on individual or congregated cremation and the size of the animal.

Congregated Cremations

Weight (Pounds)Price
1 to 2430
25 to 4940
50 to 9945
99 or more60

Individual Cremation

Weight (Pounds)Price
1 to 2470
25 to 4980
50 to 9990
99 or More100

For a routine cremation with no return of ashes, there is a nominal fee of $10.

Retrieval Services

Retrieval services are available. Animal control will pick up deceased animals at your home or veterinarian's clinic in the St. Joseph Metro Area for cremation for a fee of $20.

Disposal of Deceased Animals Ordinance (PDF)