As we get caught up with daily life and grow increasingly accustomed to having our pets around, it’s easy to forget that they have a lot less time on Earth than us. For most, the death of a pet is a distant thought, which often leaves people scrambling when the time actually comes.
Seeing as there are no burial sites for animals in Singapore, cremation is the only option.
We have put together a list of columbariums in Singapore where you can store your pet’s remains after they pass.
1. Mount Pleasant Pet Columbarium
As the first cremation centre to introduce standard cremation services in 1987, Mount Pleasant Pet Cremation Centre offers all three types of cremation: 24-hour private, partitioned, and communal cremation services. Having a columbarium on their own compound enables owners a convenient option when deciding what to do with their pet’s remains after cremation.
5 Mandai Road, (S)779391
6456 0533 / 6250 8333 (after 6pm and on public holidays)
2. Express Pet Cremation
The largest columbarium in Singapore, Express Pet Cremation has two columbarium sites, with one located at Pasir Ris Farmway and the other at Ubi just a stone’s throw away from Macpherson MRT Station.
They also offer an express cremation service where family members will be able to attend the cremation, which will take about three hours. There’s also an optional limousine transport service to ferry owners and their departed pet to the cremation centre.
18 Pasir Ris Farmway 2, (S)519323 / 3019 Ubi Road 1, #03-107, (S)408712
6584 4844 / 6260 6260
3. Rainbow Paradise
While not the largest or most established pet cremators, Rainbow Paradise takes a hands-on approach in cremating pets.
Reviews on Rainbow Paradies’ Facebook page are filled with praise for the staff’s excellent service and patience when it came to allowing owners to say goodbye to their departed pets.
Aside from offering 24-hour cremation services, there’s also an option to scatter the cremated remains out at sea, with the staff keeping you updated with a video and photos of the sea burial after it’s been completed.
11 Pasir Ris Farmway 2, (S)519326
4. Pets Cremation Centre
Located at Pasir Ris Farmway, Pets Cremation Centre provides 24-hour islandwide cremation and offers two options for owners. A simple cremation where the cremated ashes are buried on a common burial ground, or a more personalised cremation where the remains are returned to the owner.
Owners can also choose from decorative urns and should they take up a space in their columbarium, will also be able to personalise their niche markers with photos of their pets.
Other than cremation and columbarium services, Pets Cremation Centre also offers senior care services, caring for old and sickly animals to help them be as comfortable as possible in their last days leading up to their demise.
18 Pasir Ris Farmway 2, (S)519322
6584 4844 / 6260 6260
5. Mobile Pet Cremation Services
Mobile Pet Cremation Services was established in December 2006, providing both common and private cremation for any pet. The procedure takes an average of 4 hours to complete, with the cost varying based on the size of your pet and the cremation option chosen.
On top of that, they also have columbarium niches and sea scatter services.
T81 Seletar West Farmway 5, (S)798061
6. Paws To Heaven
Apart from cremation services, Paws to Heaven also allows owners to turn their pets’ ashes into jewelleries or ornaments such as pendant and tealight holder. Owners can also choose from a variety or urn designs to house their pet’s ashes.
There are also many positive reviews on their Facebook page citing their swift response and professionalism.
7. Pet Grooming Expert
Though the name suggests this place to be a grooming provider, Pet Grooming Expert also deals with cremation services. They provide private or public funeral services depending on the preference of the owners.
Owners also get to customise the urn for their deceased pets. If owner chooses not to keep the ashes, Pet Grooming Expert can scatter it into the sea or according to owner’s request.
7500A Beach Road, The Plaza #05-319 S(199591)
Frequently Asked Questions about Pet Cremation
1. What should I do if my pet passes at home in the middle of the night?
If this happens, don’t worry as there are 24-hour hotlines and pick-up services available. Simply give these companies a call and they will be there to assist you in a jiffy.
Mobile Pet Cremation Service: 9455 6355
Mount Pleasant Central Veterinary Clinic: 6250 8333 / 6456 0533
Express Pet Cremation: 6584 4844
PG Funeral Services: 8205 3784
2. What should I do if my pet passes at the vet?
Professional veterinarians will usually have some connections with pet cremation companies. When this happens, your vet will know what to do and who to contact. Most of the time, the cremation companies can pick your pet up from the vet’s office.
3. What are the different types of cremation?
Your pet will be cremated in the chamber by itself and the remains will be returned to you in an urn. You will also be able to witness the process with your family and friends.
Your pet will be cremated together with other pets, but in separate partitions. You will receive your pet’s remains in an urn, but you will not be able to witness the procedure.
Your pet will be cremated with others and you will not get to keep your pet’s remains. All ashes will either be buried in the same burial ground or scattered at sea.
Private and individual cremations would typically cost more (S$250 – S$750) as compared to communal arrangements (S$150 – S$350).
4. Can I cremate my pet on the same day?
While this is what most pet parents would opt for, it is, however, subject to availability. More often than not, you will have to book a cremation slot in advance.
5. How long does a cremation typically take?
Approximately 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size of your pet.
6. What can I do with my pet’s ashes?
- Keep ashes in an urn and bring it home
- Keep ashes in an urn and leave it at the columbarium
- Bury ashes in a burial ground
- Scatter ashes into the sea
- Convert ashes into jewellery, keychain or art
Pet Cremation in Singapore
Apart from being well-informed about the process, it is always good to be covered by pet insurance. Some insurance policies cover expenses such as cremation and funeral service.