DANVERS — What to do with a dog, cat or exotic pet that has died can be a vexing question that all owners must face. Many are turning to cremation, and there is a growing trend toward this pet death service in the United States.
A local man is proposing to create a pet cremation service in town to cater to this market.
The business would pick up a deceased pet at home and deliver the ashes after cremation, Danvers attorney Nancy McCann said. Customers could also a bring in a deceased pet and then choose from a selection of urns or boxes to hold the ashes.
“If you are a pet owner and a pet lover, it’s really a compassionate service,” McCann said.
She said it’s a more personal service than the one many veterinarians offer through third-party vendors, in which remains are shipped away by the vet and the ashes shipped back to one’s home.
The business requires a zoning variance, however. Even though it would be located in an industrial zone — in an industrial condominium at the back of a building at 10B Rainbow Terrace in Danversport — the use is not spelled out in the use tables of the zoning bylaws.
McCann said she spoke to the building inspector and found out that a veterinarian would be allowed to have a pet cremation service by right, but a stand-alone service is missing from town zoning laws. Veterinarians used to offer the service, but many don’t anymore, she said.
A hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center on Stone Street.
McCann said the request is unusual. She has worked for many years on zoning uses in town, but she has never come across such a request. The closest service to the North Shore is in Marlborough, about 50 miles away, according to McCann’s application. Pleasant Mountain Pet Rest and Cremation Services is located in Plymouth.