CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Pets are part of our family.
"That pet has been there for them 24/7,"said Pet Pilgrimage Director Leslie Reid.
"It's unconditional love every day."
The heartache of losing one can be overwhelming.
"This is saying goodbye to a long time friend," said Reid
And sometimes burying or cremating them doesn't seem like enough.
"To leave them behind at a vet's office it was just not an option for us,"said Reid.
Pet pilgrimage in Mooresville offers a kinder way to say goodbye to your faithful companion.
"We are a full service crematory and funeral home," said Reid.
"Anything that is offered to the human side of our business is offered to the pet side."
Reid a pet lover herself knows first hand what it means to deal with the loss of a pet.
"We wanted to be able to offer people a chance to get some closure and extra help with the grief process."
All services are also geared towards children.
"We can have a balloon release, we can have some art projects that help give them closure, and they can make greeting cards for their pets," added Reid.
It's a comforting way to say farewell to a pet that has brought so much joy throughout the years.
Pet Pilgrimage also offers transportation of the pet to the funeral home
They charge $195 for cremations and between $150-$400 for pet services.
The Human Society predicts pet owners will spend over $52 billion on their pets in 2012.