ThePetSite - cat, dog and small animal information

All the latest news forDogs | Cats | Small Mammals | Fish | Equine
ThePetSite on Linked In


From Hamsters To Horses... 'Resting Pets' Crematorium Celebrate 25 Years Of Afterlife Care

31 May 2016

UK - Ask any customers of Resting Pets Crematorium and they would certainly agree that pets are not only friends, but companions, part of the family and in some cases soul mates.

As 'Resting Pets' know too well, when it comes to family pets, no two are the same. So at the Essex based crematorium all clients and their loved pets are treated with the individual care and respect they deserve. For the past 25 years the compassionate team has welcomed all domestic pets from hamsters through to horses (and all those in-between), helping their owners to give them the best possible send off.

It was back in 1991 that Margaret, a former veterinary nurse and successful kennel & cattery owner, had the idea to create a tranquil final resting place for family pets and to offer an individual cremation service. At that time such a service wasn’t readily available across the UK, so after a year of extensive research, travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles and further afield in America with husband Andrew, Resting Pets was founded.

In the years since Margaret and Andrew Gemmill first set up Resting Pets, they’ve cared for more than 45 different species, including tiny rodents, a rescue pigeon from London and even a few of the grand Suffolk Punch horses.

Fast-forward 25 years and the reins have been handed over to daughter Kate, who continues to evolve that vision, not only with the same passion, but also by investing in the business’ future with ongoing ventures such as Resting Horses, which offers cremation services to equine owners.

The team at Resting Pets always go the extra mile to support pet owners in their time of need; it’s a delicate situation and a very emotional time so the overall experience is really important for the team to get right. It’s also not uncommon for the trained staff to have unusual or tricky requests either, as evidenced by a six-hour recovery of a horse that had tragically died in a river ravine.

More recently, a Tortoise owner was unsure if ‘Harold’ was still in hibernation or if he had died; it was decided by staff to place him in a little box with food and water in an airing cupboard for a couple of nights to ascertain the truth –sadly ‘Harold’ had in fact passed away and his cremation service went ahead as planned.

It is not solely the public that Resting Pets help and support, they also look after many veterinary surgeries in and around Essex, London and Herts. Their aim is to educate veterinary staff with the tools and skills needed to look after pets, and their owners, during the time of loss and grief. The most recent Bereavement Day was held at Wood Farm last year and was attended by approximately 100 veterinary staff, including nurses and reception team members.

For the small, close-knit team of nine, it really is all about the love of animals. They own an astonishing 41 pets between them including cats, dogs, horses, and more recently two litters of puppies. It is this love of animals that helps them really understand and empathise with the heartbreak of losing a beloved friend.

So when it’s time to say goodbye to that cherished furry friend, you can trust Resting Pets to offer a compassionate experience suited to your needs. For more information please visit

ThePetSite News Desk

Our Sponsors


Seasonal Picks

The Science Behind a Happy Dog Canine Training, Thinking and Behaviour - 5m Books