Please note that we are currently at full capacity for all services besides direct water and traditional cremation due to high demand. Please contact us to be placed on our wait list, for a referral to another preservationist, or for any other pet aftercare related consulting. Thank you for your patience as we grow.
All pets and pet guardians are treated with utmost respect and kindness throughout the preservation process at Precious Creature. We understand that losing a pet can be a devastating loss to one's family and home. Allowing us to preserve your pet by means of traditional taxidermy, bone cleaning, or cremation may soothe the pain that comes with a pet's departure over the Rainbow Bridge. With pet preservation, you will be able to capture and hold the memory of your pet for a lifetime. As soon as you are interested in Precious Creature's aftercare services, it is important that you give us a call, email, or text to receive a cost estimate, schedule pick up, drop off, or to discuss shipping arrangements for your pet.
Sometimes the loss of a pet can come unexpectedly and other times, we know their passing is imminent. This can be a stressful time in either case and there is no reason to make any hasty decisions regarding your pet's aftercare. Upon your pet's passing, whether it happens at your vet's office or at home, it is only important that your pet be placed in a standard freezer promptly. Your vet will know what to do in the case of your pet passing at his or her office. If at home, or if you wish to immediately bring your pet home with you, simply wrap your pet in a towel or his or her favorite blanket and seal in a plastic bag to prepare him or her. There is no need to bathe or groom your pet as this is part of the preservation process that we will take care of for you.
There are a variety of options for pet aftercare that you may or may not know about. Any combination of these services are available to you and your loved one at Precious Creature. For example, these options include:
Pick Up from home or veterinary office
Full body Taxidermy Preservation; in the traditional method
Individual Water Cremation; full body or partial
Individual Flame Cremation; full body or partial
Funeral Parlor Use
Coat Preservation; just the soft hide is returned
Complete Skeletal Cleaning; wherein the loose, disarticulated skeleton is returned
Paw and Nose Impressions or Prints
Nose Casts; 3D replica of the nose in resin
Pricing of pet preservation work is determined on a pet to pet basis. Pricing is determined by size and weight of pet and whether your pet is of a furred or hairless variety. All pets require a 50% deposit of their estimated cost of preservation at time of receiving unless otherwise discussed. We DO offer payment plans to suit a variety of budgets. Please email, call, or text to receive a quote for your pet's specific species and size.
Precious Creature is located in the Mojave desert, just west of Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms, California. We drive to pick up pets within the region, serving San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, and Orange Counties. If you are more comfortable with bringing your pet to our in-home studio in person, this is encouraged and also gives pet guardians a little extra time to say goodbye. We take pride in providing a comforting atmosphere in which to pass your loved one into our care.
Shipping Your Pet: For long distance or out-of-state pets, contact us in order to set up an appropriate delivery date in association with your chosen mail carrier and for concise shipping instructions.
The Preservation Process...
Our taxidermy is made in the Victorian and modern museum tradition with completely handmade and sculpted forms. Some preservations contain the actual leg bones, which are then sculpted over, to mimic and rebuild muscle structure. All pets under our care receive custom sculpted and cast forms that capture the exactness of your pet's subtleties. We use modern and time-proven methods to preserve your pet and to ensure that their memory is able to last a lifetime and then some. My hope and goal is for every Precious Creature to last hundreds of years, such as those that exist in museums across the world.
Water Cremation and Cremation...
Please note, for those wanting strictly cremation services in Southern California, please contact my sister business, Daisy Pushers Mobile Pet Aftercare
In addition to our preservation services, we offer straight to water cremation and traditional cremation. You may just want your pet's ashes or cremated remains returned to you and we are happy to provide this as a simple stand alone service. Or, in addition to any skull cleaning and/or taxidermy preservation, you may wish to have any other remains returned to you in the form of cremated remains. We proudly work with two local family owned facilities in Southern California; Sorrento Valley Pet Cemetery and Crematory located in San Diego and Paws and Claws Aquamation and Memorials in the city of Orange. Both facilities take around 7-10 business days for completion.
Individual water cremation includes a polished hardwood urn, certificate of service, paw print imprint (where applicable), and memory blooms.
Private traditional cremations include a bamboo urn with heart lock and keys, a certificate of service, and an engraved metal nameplate with your pet's name.
Within either given urn, you will find your pet's remains which can easily be moved for scattering or other memorial ceremonies if you so choose.
Wait...what is "water cremation?"
Water cremation (also called aquamation, resomation, or alkaline hydrolysis) is a fairly new, eco-friendly, and flameless alternative to traditional cremation. Instead of flame, an alkaline hydrolysis machine uses 95% water and 5% potassium hydroxide to yield the same result as traditional cremation (bones and bone fragments), but with up to 30% more remains left intact. Water cremation mirrors the process that occurs when a body is buried beneath the earth, only the process is sped up to completion in less than a day. Overall, it is a much gentler process on your pet and the environment. Water cremation is currently only available for pets, but will soon be legal for use with humans in the state of California as soon as 2019.
Here, you can see examples of completed pet preservation and aftercare work, each pet telling a unique story all their own.