Vancouver veterinarian returns deceased cat’s body

Vancouver veterinarian returns deceased cat’s body

Member complaint

I went to Banfield Pet Hospital at 130 SE 192nd Ave in Vancouver, Washington, when my Kitty had to be put to sleep due to illness. I agreed to an autopsy to definitively know what caused the illness.

Once the autopsy was over, I assumed I could decide where to cremate my dearly beloved cat. Instead, a facility was chosen far away from my home and I was forced to comply with a cremation that I wasn’t comfortable with.

I’m grieving enough as it is, and to not be able to make sound choices about end-of-life issues of a beloved pet is very heartbreaking. Had I known about this practice, I never would have returned to them. They say you do get your pet back in ashes, but not able to include the finishing touches to a very private matter in the mourning of a beloved pet. I want my cat’s body returned to the local Banfield Hospital so I can have a local service pick it up for cremation.

Vivian Digioia, Camas, Washington

Status

Resolved

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