Curious Mind: How to honor your pet with a proper burial | Regional News

s: Why are deceased pets dumped at an animal shelter?

a: “We wish we could answer this question for you but unfortunately we are not so sure of ourselves,” said Cassie Champlain, office manager/administrative assistant at People for Pets Twin Falls Animal Shelter. “It happens a lot. Live and deceased pets are dumped here outside of our business hours. It can be for a number of reasons such as not knowing where the deceased animals are being disposed of or not being able to care for their animals anymore. It is horrific for our employees to face whether they are on Alive or deceased. We are happy to help anyone in need if they just have to check in with us beforehand.”

Besides adopting cats and dogs, the animal shelter offers lost and found services, dog licensing, microchip clinics, a pet food store, and pet insurance.

People for Pets was founded in 1988.

“It’s been going on since the beginning of the animal shelter, it’s not just our facility, it’s shelters nationwide,” said Champlain. “Unfortunately we do not have a crematorium in our shelter. Deceased animals are scanned for a microchip and kept for at least two weeks while staff search for potential owners via Facebook posts and our lost and found book. They are eventually taken to a landfill if the owners do not claim it “.

There are many approved methods for disposal, including contacting a licensed delivery facility for collection, moving to an approved landfill, and burying.

Green Acres Pet Center and Sawtooth Veterinary Services offer cremations. The rendering plant, Darling International Inc. Animal carcass removal service.

For a large carcass, it’s $15 and $1 for a small carcass at Southern Idaho Solid Waste. There are 14 properties around Magic Valley.

Your pet is allowed to be buried in Idaho as long as it is buried at least three feet underground. While the Idaho Department of Agriculture has no jurisdiction over small pets (dogs, cats, etc.) or wild animals, ISDA does have recommendations. If a burial is chosen, the site must meet the following requirements:

  • Depth of at least 3 feet
  • At least 300 feet from wells, surface water intake facilities, and drinking water supply lakes or springs
  • At least 300 feet from any residence
  • At least 50 feet of property lines
  • At least 100 feet from public roads
  • At least 200 feet from any body of water (lake, river, stream, pond, etc.)
  • Do not be located in a low-lying area that may be flooded or in areas of high water level where high seasonal waters may touch the burial pit.

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