Pet Cremation Services



The death of a cherished pet is a heartbreaking experience. Homeward Bound facilitates quality companion animal cremation services for people seeking a dignified alternative for their beloved pet. We work with experienced professionals who offer a number of cremation options.

Cremation options include the following:

This service gives your pet complete privacy in the cremation chamber. Your pet's ashes are carefully packaged and returned to you.

This is the most economical option for clients wishing to have ashes returned. In a semi-private cremation, your pet has a specific location in the cremation chamber with other pets.  Some unavoidable commingling of your pet's ashes is possible, but every effort is made to keep ashes fully separate.  Your pet's ashes will be handled individually after cremation and carefully packaged for return to you.

This service is for clients who do not wish to have ashes returned, but still wish to ensure that their deceased pet is treated in a dignified manner.

For information on pricing, please click here.

How to have your animal cremated:

You may bring your beloved pet to Homeward Bound during regular shelter hours or by appointment. We are open:

  • Tuesday:   12pm - 5pm
  • Wednesday:   12pm - 5pm
  • Thursday:   12pm - 5pm
  • Friday:   12pm - 5pm
  • Saturday:   12pm - 5pm

If these times are inconvenient for you, please call 388-1100 to set up an appointment.

Please leave your pet in your vehicle and come into the lobby to request assistance. Our staff will arrange to meet you and your pet at our side entrance for greater privacy.

Our cremation partner routinely picks up on Wednesdays and your pet's ashes will be available the following week.


Your pet's ashes will be returned in a Vermont-made cedar keepsake box.  For an additional selection of urns, we invite you to check out the following sites for a wide selection.   Other pet supply stores may also have options.


Contact Details

236 Boardman Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Adoption Center Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
12pm to 5pm