Frequently Asked Questions


Why is aquamation and Passing Paws the right choice for my pet?

Our pets are loved members of our families, choosing the most environmentally responsible and humane option when it comes to their after care is an excellent way to honor them. Aquamation has 1/10th of the carbon footprint and uses 1/12th of the energy of flame based cremation. The remains and effluent are completely non-toxic after the process as it rids the tissue of all pathogens or chemicals in the body including chemotherapy. The leftover, now nutrient rich, water is recycled back to the earth through our city's wastewater plant or can be used as an organic fertilizer. Passing Paws, being pet owners ourselves, promises to treat your beloved pet with the upmost care and respect, whether it be returning ashes to you or returning them to the Earth.

What if my vet does not offer Aquamation?

If your vet does not currently offer aquamation as an after care option you can request it directly from them & have them contact us, or you can call us at 306-978-7297 for drop off/pick up options.

Is the water remaining after aquamation dangerous?

The remaining water, or effluent, is not only benign, it is beneficial. It can be used as a rich organic fertilizer, or as a micro-nutrient package beneficial to water treatment plants.

Are the alkali's used in aquamation safe for the environment?

Yes! In fact, only 5% of the solution is alkalis, the rest is simply water. At the end of the 20 hour aquamation process, all of the alkali mineral have been used up.

How do I know the ashes returned to me are my pet?

Our number one priority at Passing Paws is making sure every pet is returned back to their family. We are pet parents ourselves and know how crucial it is to trust any person who is treating your loved ones. We use the same metal disc tracking system used by human funeral facilities to ensure your pet is identifiable through the entire process. This unique identifier follows your pet from start to finish and is checked and re-checked multiple times, beginning at pick-up, ending upon return to you. Each animal is separated by stainless steel enclosures during the entire Aquamation process. Remains are dried independently then placed in individual scatter bags to guarantee the return of only your pet to you. That same metal disc is returned along with your pet's ashes


My pet has had surgery requiring plates/screws, can they still be aquamated?

Yes. Only objects that are 100% organic are decomposed during aquamation, therefore any metal plates/screws will remain once the process is complete & can be recycled or returned to the family if requested

What is the difference between cremation and aquamation?

Cremation, using fire, is an oxidative process, while aquamation, using water, is a reductive process. In fact, aquamation is essentially an accelerated process of what takes place during Mother Nature’s own process of natural decomposition.

How long does aquamation take?

The process of aquamation itself is slow and gentle, occurring over a 20 hour period

Are the ashes I receive safe to handle?

Absolutely!  This process leaves the ashes 100% pathogen and disease free!