Individual Cremation

We offer individual cremations, a service that includes the option of free pick-up from the vet hospital, and a natural wooden um for the remains. We can pick up your pet from your residence as well, with a starting fee of $35, depending on the location. The individual cremation service starts at $165 for a small pet.

Witness cremations are available by appointment, with an extra service fee starting at $75.

Remains may be picked up at our office or returned to your vet’s office free of charge. They may also be returned to you with First-Class Registered Mail, for an extra postage and handling fee.

Unwanted remains may be left at Pet’s Rest, which are then scattered at our cemetery. We will hold cremated remains for up to a year from the date of cremation; any remains that are left past a year will be scattered at Pet’s Rest Cemetery.

For more detailed pricing on our cremation services, please visit

Charges are as follows:
Under 20lbs. Small Pet$165.00
Under 40lbs. Medium Pet$195.00
Under 70lbs. Large Pet$230.00
Under 90lbs. Extra Large Pet$260.00
Pets over 90lbs$300.00 and up

For other pets, including, but not limited to horses, goats, birds and hamsters, email us, or call 650.755.2201 for information.

Witnessed cremations require an appointment, with the extra fee for the service starting at $75.00.

Equine Cremation

The individual equine cremation typically takes two to three days before the remains are available for pick-up at Pet’s Rest. We also offer a witness option where you can be here for the service and go home with your horse’s remains.

Either way, the service comes with an Oak urn at no additional cost, and starts at $900.00.

For more info, please give us a call at 650.755.2201, or email

Individual Lawn Burials

For individual lawn burials we will pick up your pet, build a box or casket to your pet's size and prepare the grave. If you wish to be present for the burial we can arrange a time. You can view your pet in our chapel, bring a blanket, toy or a favorite item to include in the box, and witness the interment while you are at Pet's Rest. A temporary marker will be placed on the grave until the permanent marker or monument arrives.

Charges are as follows:Lot*Pine BoxCustom Casket
Under 20lbs. Small Pet$675.00$150.00$400.00
Under 40lbs. Medium Pet$725.00$170.00$425.00
Under 70lbs. Large Pet$800.00$210.00
Under 90lbs. Extra Large Pet$925.00$230.00$575.00

For other pets, including, but not limited to horses, goats, birds and hamsters, email us, or call 650.755.2201 for information.

Graves may be made extra deep, to accommodate another pet of the same size or smaller, by notifying us at the time of the first burial. The opening charge is $250.00.

* Requires a $40.00 per year recurring charge.

Payments and Discounts

Pet's Rest accepts all major credit cards, checks, money orders, and cash. We can also arrange pre-need plans to minimize stress when the time comes.

A 5% discount for cash, and a 5% discount for Senior Citizens, are given on most markers and monuments when paid in full at the time of sale.

Urns & Markers

Beloved Pets

Bereavement Support

Grieving over a pet is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved companion. Below are some resources that may be helpful in the bereavement process.

Support Groups

In San Francisco, Dr. Betty Carmack conducts meetings on the 1st Tuesday of each month at the SPCA, 243 Alabama St. at Maddie's Adoption Center. Call 415-554-3050 to confirm. You can also write for free booklet called "Losing a Best Friend."

In San Mateo County, meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm, at the Peninsula Humane Society. Call 650-344-7022 ext. 344 for information, or visit this page.

In Walnut Creek there are meetings the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Contra Costa County Veterinary Medical Association, 1280 Boulevard Way, Suite #307. Call 925-932-0607 for more information.

Telephone Support

University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA, Pet Loss Hot Line: 916-752-7418, Monday - Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Staffed by volunteers from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Callers place calls at their own expense. There are no additional charges.

Reading Materials

  • Losing a Best Friend, a collection of articles compiled by the San Francisco SPCA, (415) 554-3000
  • Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children, Herbert A Nieburg and Arlene Fischer, Harper & Row, 1982
  • When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feelings, James E. Quackenbus and D. Graveline, Simon and Shuster, 1985
  • Living Through Personal Crisis, Ann Kaiser Stearns, Ballantine, 1984
  • My Cat Saved My Life, Philllip Schreibman Dog's Bark Publishing, 1998
  • Grieving the Death of a Pet, By Dr. Betty Carmack, R.N., Ed.D.

For Children

  • Helping Children to cope with Separation and Loss, Claudia Jewett, Harvard Common, 1982
  • Snowflake in My Hand, Samantha Monney, Delacorte, 1983
  • The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, Judith Viorst, Atheneum, 1975
  • When a Pet Dies, Fred Rogers, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1988


Press Contact: Maria Gonzalez, Direct Line: (510) 295-4114

Press Releases
05/16/2013 New Service Provides Utility and Dignity to Horse Owners

In the News
US Broadcast of "Billy Connolly's Big Send Off" (Air Date Upcoming — for information about the program, please see this Burning Bright Productions interview with Billy Connolly)

05/07/2014 The Daily Telegraph. Billy Connolly's Big Send Off, ITV, review: 'a brave enterprise'

10/27/2012 Peninsula Progress. Pet's Rest in Colma — a garden where owners show their perpetual love.

01/09/2011 San Jose Mercury News. Colma best bet for final resting place.

12/09/2006 The New York Times. Colma, Calif., Is a Town of 2.2 Square Miles, Most of It 6 Feet Deep.

Fact Sheet
Pet’s Rest Cemetery & Crematory Fact Sheet

Pet's Rest Company Info
Company Backgrounder

About Us

Losing a pet is never easy, and the many feelings and questions that accompany the loss do not make the situation any easier. At Pet's Rest we understand this, which is why we offer services and products that are uniquely tailored to the caring humans who want to do the right thing for their pets.

Pet's Rest is the only cemetery and crematory that offers individual cremations you can witness, to ensure that you are handed the right cremated remains. Urns are available in different designs and price ranges.

You may also choose an individual lawn burial, with a marker or monument of your choice – in a peaceful setting of lawn, shrubs and trees you can come and visit any time.

Pick-up arrangements can be made from your vet or home, with short term holding facilities available should you need them.

In our memorial section of this website you can upload pictures of your pet and create a memorial for friends and family to see.

Founded in 1947 by Earl and Julia Taylor in its current Colma location, Pet's Rest serves the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Hours, Contact Info and Directions

9:00 to 5:00 Monday thru Friday
9:00 to 1:00 Saturday
Closed Sunday and most Holidays
Cemetery is open for visits all days from 7:30 AM to Sundown.

Pet's Rest
1905 Hillside Blvd.
Colma, CA 94014

Fax: 650.992.1814