From The Pet Loss Center: The Pet Loss Center, a pet loss and memorial services company based in Texas, today announced its newest location in the Seattle, Washington area. The Pet Loss Center offers pet owners and veterinary clinics final arrangement services including cremation, memorialization, rituals and grief support. Whether it’s a keepsake necklace, a Journey Urn that celebrates the memories between an owner and a pet or a memorial service, The Pet Loss Center offers many different options for pet owners to choose from.
The brand-new center, located at 309 49th Street NE, Ste. F, Auburn, WA, 98002, will officially open its doors on September 1. The location will be open six days a week and will offer immediate care for all of those looking for final arrangement services.
After years of looking at the Seattle market from a distance, Coleen Ellis, a nationally-recognized pet loss expert and co-founder of The Pet Loss Center, is thrilled to finally offer a brick and mortar service center and enhance and grow the services the center is able to offer Seattle residents and their beloved pets.
“Seattle is a great choice for the newest center,” said Ellis. “After all, when you have a city where households with cats and dogs outnumber households with children, it is clear how important these fur babies are in this market. The Pet Loss Center will be exactly what veterinarians and pet parents will need for those beloved pets and their respectful and dignified end-of-life journey.”
The Pet Loss Center aims to establish a community connection as well, emphasizing the positive affect the organization can have on local shelters, law enforcement, military, the elderly and more. The organization believes every pet should pass with dignity and will hold services for all animals: shelter, military, family and more. To bring honor to K9 officer dogs and other service dogs, the Pet Loss Center offers services free-of-charge for dogs that have died in service.
“Honoring a pet after death is a natural way to mourn loss,” said Ellis. “We give pet parents the time and services to mourn and memorialize their pet. We provide a way to celebrate the life of a pet while offering emotional guidance for families, including children and other pets who are experiencing the loss of their beloved friend.”
Trusted Journey, developed by The Pet Loss Center, is a software system that tracks pets from their initial pickup from a veterinary clinic or home to their final goodbye. The system ensures that pets are accounted for along every step of the journey, giving pet owners and veterinarians peace of mind knowing exactly where their pet is in the process.
Ellis, often referred to as the “Pet Loss Pioneer,” has extensive experience in the pet loss industry as an award-winning industry leader, author and founder of the first-ever, stand-alone pet funeral home.
The Pet Loss Center also trains veterinarians to address pet loss within their facility by providing Pet Loss and Grief Companioning classes and certification for grief counseling. This gives veterinarians the tools for handling difficult in-office experiences for clients. The Pet Loss Center also offers personal counseling for veterinarians and animal shelter employees as they too experience many losses over the course of their careers, which can result in “caregiver burnout.” The Pet Loss Center has partnered with Dr. Sara Render Hopkins, established veterinarian and end-of-life professional in the Seattle market.
“I am beyond thrilled that the Pet Loss Center is here,” said Dr. Hopkins. “For years, I would run into Coleen at the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) conference and I would plead with her to come to the Seattle market. She is so passionate about end-of-life care and it is of utmost importance to me that this level of compassion and respect is given to the families we help during every step of the good-bye of their beloved pet.”