I can't say enough about how much we appreciated the care we received at Athens Pet Cremation. When our dog crossed over suddenly, we were in shock and grief. I found out about this company through a flier in the Comfort Room at the UGA hospital. It's not listed on their main list of options, probably because it's a newer facility, but grab their flier if you find yourself in the Comfort Room. Lindsie made the most horrible experience bearable for us with her compassionate care and step-by-step guidance. We couldn't have asked for a kinder guide. We had some concerns--timing, distance, cost, and assurance that we were getting our own dog's ashes. As far as the timing, we called Lindsie the afternoon of our loss and she was able to arrange pickup (FREE from UGA! Costly with other facilities, especially for an extra-large dog) and a private cremation and ashes pickup that same day. Meaning we were able to take our pet home with us that same day, which meant a lot to us. We were able to be present for the cremation, have a few moments with our pet to say goodbye, and witness the process being as involved as we wanted to be, giving us great peace of mind. They showed us a tag with his unique number and we witnessed the tag going in with his body and it was returned with his ashes. This was so important to me--his cremation was conducted with the utmost compassion, dignity, and respect for both his remains and our feelings and needs. She did everything to make us as comfortable as possible during our time there. As far as distance, this is the only facility in Athens. It was such a relief to be able to do this locally, supporting a local business and not having to drive very far in our grief. Regarding the cost, other facilities within a 2-hour drive were far more costly. Because APC was so much more affordable, we were able to afford a nice urn with an engraving, a luxury that I didn't expect. They provide many urn, memorial, and jewelry choices in-house but provide you with the ashes bagged in a nice box initially with zero pressure to purchase anything and options viewable on their website. We ordered an urn and returned to have the ashes transferred the next week. The entire process was unexpectedly smooth and very, very comforting. I'm eternally grateful for this facility and although it was a tragedy that brought us together, it was an absolutely perfect experience.