Solidified Remains

We have partnered with Parting Stone, a local company, to offer solidified remains as a clean alternative to ashes. Parting Stone retrieves cremains from our cremation facility, takes them to their lab for processing, and then returns stone-like solidified remains for you to pick up at the shelter.  Watch this video about the emotional difference between ashes and solidified remains.

Why Purified Remains?

Frequently Asked Questions about Solidified Remains & Parting Stone

What is the cost of this process?:

The cost for solidified remains is $295 for dogs and $245 for cats, in addition to the private cremation charges through the shelter.

How can I be sure I am getting my pets remains back?

Parting Stone is a company of pet lovers and understands your concern. Every set of remains they receive is labeled and tracked throughout the entire processing. They have individualized equipment for each step of the process and the ashes are never mingled. A single Parting Stone technician handles your pet’s remains throughout the process.

Where and how are my pet’s remains transported?

Parting Stone is a Santa Fe business and will pick up your pet’s remains from the animal shelter and return them there. Their processing lab is in Santa Fe and they will care for your pet’s remains as if they were their pet’s remains.

How does Parting Stone turn the remains into stones, what are they actually doing?

Parting Stone worked with Los Alamos National Lab to develop the process to create Scattering Stones solidified remains. They refine the cremated remains, add a small amount of binder (glass) and superheat the remains. You receive back the essence of your pet in a form that you can hold, share, scatter, display, or bury.

How long will it take to get my Scattering Stones?

It will take up to 2 weeks for the shelter to cremate your pet, and then about 3 weeks more for Parting Stone to process and return Scattering Stones solidified remains.

How long will Scattering Stones last?

Scattering Stones look, feel, and behave like stones.  They can be broken with a hammer, but otherwise will last much longer than you or I.

I am concerned about the environment – is this better?

Solidified Remains are much gentler for scattering than cremated remains.  Cremated remains can damage delicate ecosystems, but Scattering Stones look, feel, and behave like stones and don't damage or change the ecosystem at all.

What if I already have animal cremains that I would now like turned into Solidified Remains?

You can work directly with Parting Stone on that by visiting this link.