In Middle and South Georgia, a love for animals has traditionally meant caring for animals on a farm or feeding the family pet.
But Paul Boyer and his wife Pamela have set a new standard for giving animals dignity in their Warner Robins community. Since opening Pet Plantation and Crematory in 2003, the Boyers have operated with a belief that “pets deserve the same dignity humans do because they have served us.”
“Animals are loyal to us, so we should be loyal to them. It’s our way of giving back to our community. We feel a bond with people who have lost a four-legged loved one because we have been there too. They are family.”
To offer that dignity to dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and a host of other creatures, the Boyers offer cremation at no cost to animals who never had a chance to find a loving forever home and never left a rescue organization.
To those who were sick and never adopted, Paul Boyer believes their remains should be treated with dignity – not sent to a county dump. Boyer, who had a previous career working in a funeral home, said he wanted to help rescue groups save money on disposal fees for animals that had died or had to be euthanized.
And his company offers free cremation to police dogs killed in the line of action and deeply discounted rates for service dogs for the blind and disabled and retired police dogs. In many cases, the owners are distraught and the offer of cremation is somewhat of a comfort.
His company usually donates more than 200 cremations a year and to help ease the mind of grieving pet owners. “It’s our way of giving back to our community,” Boyer said. “We feel a bond with people who have lost a four-legged loved one because we have been there too. They are family.”