Pet Heaven has been featured on:

CBC Radio
1010 Radio with the Motts
Breakfast Television
Star TV
City Dog Magazine
All About Pet Show
Xtra magazine
Dogs Dogs Dogs
Gaiety magazine
Toronto Humane Society
Animal Rescue
Animal Wellness Magazine
National Post

Contact: Shelley Blechman
416.635-PETS (7387)

Coming to your home…Pet Heaven.
Business helps pet owners with their animal friends…when they pass away

TORONTO - Here’s a crisis every pet lover, whether they own a cat, a dog, a hamster or a horse, will one day face having loved an animal for many years, your elderly pet gets sick needs to be euthanized. What now? What do you do with their body? And how do you grieve what may very well be the loss of your best friend?

Toronto entrepreneur and animal lover, Shelley Blechman faced that issue recently when she came home to find her 120-lb dog lying dead at the foot of her basement steps.

“When Kasha, my 14-year-old Akita, suddenly died recently, I went into an emotional crisis. I phoned my husband. Eric came home immediately. He was stopped by a policeman for speeding… I couldn’t deal with it on my own. But what about people who don’t have a partner like Eric? They have a desperate "what now feeling,” recalls Blechman in explaining her service, Pet Heaven.

Her company will arrange pet burial or cremation, a graveside or home memorial service and the pick-up of a deceased animal from home.

“My son asked me, ‘When pets die, where do they go?’ And I answered, to pet heaven,” says Blechman. Hence the business’s name.

“Pets should die at home, and not on a stainless steel industrial table in a veterinary’s clinic,” says Blechman, who currently owns a menagerie of three dogs and three cats. “We’re real animal lovers helping people out of their crisis. We’re about emotional closure.”

In a conversation with her veterinarian, Blechman learned that frequently distraught pet owners take their deceased animals to a clinic even though they are in no emotional shape to drive. “It’s dangerous to be driving when you’re in that state of mind,” she points out.

Blechman’s vet confided in her that many vets feel a hospital is the last place in the world a person should have their pet “put to sleep”. Generally pets hate going to the vet, just as people dislike a visit to the dentist, he continued.

“So right off the bat the pet is stressed. They sense something is going on, and feel their owner’s sadness. Everyone in the room feels badly.”

Pet Heaven will arrange to transport the remains directly to a crematorium. The ashes may be returned in a choice of urns.

Some owners order a terra cotta clay paw print placed in a padded blue keepsake box. Every pet has a unique paw print. It’s an everlasting memorial. Some people keep their pets ashes in urns others want to spread the ashes in their pet’s favorite places. Cremation ranges from $175 to $350 depending on the size of the animal, she adds.

Some owners prefer burying their pet in a pet cemetery, and Pet Heaven arranges that too. The appropriate resting ground nestled amongst mature pine trees and overlooking gently rolling hills, pet owners may prefer such venues to reflect on their cherished memories of a much-loved companion.

Burial plots range from $175 to $625 depending on size. Prearranged and family plots are also available. It so much easier to handle the crisis when arrangements have been made in advance.

“People in grief need to share and release their sadness,” notes Blechman. “Pet Heaven provides someone to facilitate a memorial service in celebration of the life of a beloved pet, either at the graveside or elsewhere.

“I relate to my clientele as one loving pet owner to another. People are pleasantly pleased to know that as a service we are human and cry too. Your pet will be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve for their lifetime of love and loyalty.”

Gone but not forgotten.