How are pets incinerated?


All animal undertakers collect deceased pets promptly from the pet owner or the veterinarian. The appointment should be made. Almost all animal undertakers are available around the clock.


The farewell to a deceased animal takes place in a "room of silence" (see there), which animal undertakers, animal cemeteries and animal crematoriums predominantly have at their disposal.

Basic cremation

Basic cremation is the joint cremation of dead pets in an animal crematorium. The ashes are scattered or disposed of in the wild.

Types of burial

The following burial options are available for deceased pets:

  • Burial on your own property, but not if the property is in a drinking water protection area or the local statutes say otherwise. Not directly on public roads and the animal carcass must be covered with at least 50 cm of soil.
  • Burial in a pet cemetery in a row grave.
  • Burial in a pet cemetery in a meadow grave (anonymous burial)
  • Cremation in an animal crematorium and return of the ashes in an urn (individual cremation (see there)).
  • Cremation in an animal crematorium and where the ashes remain in the crematorium (collective cremation (see there))

Christian symbols

The use of Christian symbols or other religious symbols (see there) in animal burials is controversial. There are animal crematoriums and pet cemeteries that allow them, but others reject them. Specific information should be obtained in each individual case.

See also:
Religious symbols

Diamond burial

It is possible to create a synthetic memory diamond from the ashes of a cremated animal or from the coat of a living animal. The process takes about 3-4 months. Find out more from your animal undertaker.

Direct cremation

Direct cremation is an individual cremation of a pet, in which the animal is laid out in the animal crematorium, the animal owner says goodbye and he is present at the cremation.

Single cremation

In the case of individual cremation of a pet, the deceased pet is cremated (cremated) alone in an animal crematorium and the ashes are given to the pet owner in an urn directly or via the animal undertaker. A certificate is issued for the individual cremation.

see also:
Collective cremation


See cremation, single cremation or collective cremation.

Memory crystal

The memory crystal is a handcrafted piece of crystal glass, in which a small part of the ashes is incorporated decoratively. Many forms are possible here.


Cremation of dead pets in special animal crematoria.
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Community cremation

Community cremation is another term for collective cremation (see there)


Pets are animals that are bred by humans for their usefulness. The domestic animals are the result of breeding from wild animal species. Pets can also be kept as pets in exceptional cases (e.g. rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, etc.).


Pets are animals that do not belong to the category of farm animals and are usually kept by humans in their homes or in other close contact with them. Motives for keeping pets can vary in nature: enjoyment of the animal, ornament, interest in behavior or breeding of animals, substitute for social partners or playmates for children.
As pets, almost all species that are suitable in terms of size and behavior for keeping in the apartment can be considered, although with suitable accommodation this can also include quite dangerous animals: scorpions, poisonous snakes, giant snakes.


A columbarium is an above-ground structure in which urns with the ashes of the deceased are kept in chambers. In some cases, animal cemeteries offer it for animal urns or use it for the dignified storage of ashes from collective cremations.


Cremation, including cremation or cremation, is the incineration of a corpse. This process is carried out in the crematorium. The remains are usually buried in an urn.

Horse cremation

Although horses are not considered pets, cremation has been possible in Germany since 2018. Check with your undertaker.

Religious symbols

Religious symbols and rituals at human burials are common and express the close connection between the deceased and their religion.
In the case of an animal burial, careful consideration should be given to whether the use of religious symbols and rituals makes sense. It is important to ensure that the religious feelings of other people are taken into account.

See also:
Christian symbols

Collective cremation

Collective cremation of a pet, the deceased pet is cremated (cremated) together with other animals and the ashes remain in the crematorium. It is scattered on a meadow or in a forest or buried in an anonymous grave. The pet owner receives a certificate about the collective cremation.

See also:
Single cremation


Fireclay bricks are stones on which consecutive numbers are engraved, under which the animals are registered in the crematorium. In many animal crematoriums, such a stone is attached to the animal's body before cremation and is found in the animal ashes afterwards. This ensures that you get your pet's ashes back.

Burial at sea

Burial at sea is also possible for dead pets. The ashes of the cremated animal are buried in an urn that dissolves in the water on the sea, a lake or a river. There are various providers who offer such animal burials. Ask your undertaker

Animal burial

The ritual burial of dead animals has been practiced worldwide for around 12,000 years. The earliest animal burial (as an addition to that of a human) took place in Ain Mallaha in Israel. The first animal burial of a cat was carried out 10,000 years ago by the Cypriots, who already kept cats as pets. Animal burial was at its optimum in ancient Egypt. At that time, numerous animals that were considered sacred were lavishly embalmed and ritually buried. This included cats, crocodiles, bulls and hawks in particular.
Animal burials also flourished in the early Middle Ages, with the Alemanni, Franks and Saxons, where wealthy deceased were buried together with their horses and (hunting) dogs. Often the heads were buried separately from the bodies of the animals. In most cases, the bridle was placed in the deceased's grave. In the Saxon cemetery of Rullstorf, Lüneburg district, a tame red deer was even buried, which was probably used as a lure for wild deer when hunting.
Today countless animal cemeteries have been established around the world. Every major city has at least one pet cemetery. The first modern animal cemeteries in Germany emerged around the middle of the 19th century. Most of the classic pets such as dogs or cats are buried, but also circus animals and horses. The world's most famous pet cemetery is the Cimetière des chiens in Paris.
Similar to the burial of dead people, animals are now buried in specially made coffins or in urns.
Regardless of the existence of these animal cemeteries, however, the cremation (cremation) of pet animals has become widely accepted in the western world. Rigid environmental regulations on the one hand and the desire of many animal owners to know the ashes - often buried in an urn - or to bury them in their own environment have favored the emergence of animal crematoria.
Source: Walkowitz J.E .: Quantensprünge der Aräologie In: Varia neolithica IV, 2006. ISBN 3-937517-43-X,

Pet cemetery

Pet cemeteries are resting places for dead pets. They are usually private institutions. The deceased pets are buried in individual graves or anonymously. Urn graves are also offered.

Animal crematorium

Animal crematoriums are incinerators that were built for the sole purpose of cremating pets. In the animal crematoria it is possible to say goodbye and the animal owner can attend the cremation.

Carcass disposal

Carcass disposal is an industrial form of recycling animal carcasses in technical systems. One speaks of animal by-products that are not allowed to get back into the food cycle.
Deceased pets left with the vet are such animal by-products.
The company SecAnim of the German Sariagruppe collects and processes these materials in accordance with the legal requirements and under the highest hygienic standards. The resulting flours and fats serve as alternative fuels for power plants or the cement industry and are also used to generate energy within the company's own production facilities.
U.A. Biodiesel is made from animal fats.
If you want more information, you can get information from Saria:


The urn contains the ashes of the deceased animal. Urns can be made from a wide variety of materials.
Virtual animal memorial
There are a number of virtual pet cemeteries and animal memorials on the Internet. They serve in memory of the deceased pet and help to cope with the grief over the animal's death.

Meadow grave

A meadow grave is a body burial of the deceased pet on a grassy area of ​​a pet cemetery.