PLANS to open Renfrewshire’s first pet crematorium are to be considered by council chiefs.

The Gazette can reveal proposals have been drawn up for the business to open at a site currently occupied by an industrial unit.

Should the plans be approved by Renfrewshire Council, grieving customers will be able to say a final goodbye to their prized pet in a ‘farewell room’ before being handed the animal’s ashes to take home with them.

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Precious Pets Crematorium is behind the move to set up shop in Napier Street, Linwood, offering animal lovers a bespoke, personalised service.

Currently, no such facility exists in Renfrewshire, with pet owners having to travel to Irvine or Larkhall if they want to have their pet cremated.

That has led to vets storing dead pets in a freezer before the remains are collected by a van which often handles clinical and other forms of waste.

In a submission to council chiefs, the applicants state: “Precious Pets Crematorium will be a small business, offering a bespoke and personalised cremation service for small pets.

“Our aim is keep Precious Pets as a small, personalised service to alleviate some of the grief to pet owners by knowing their pets can have a dignified, respectful and caring alternative to the weekly collection of frozen pets. We aim to offer the best possible care for families and pets, ensuring they feel comforted in a caring and understanding environment.”

It is envisaged the crematorium would be open from 9am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

If the plans are accepted by Renfrewshire Council, four staff would be employed at the business to give support to grieving pet owners.

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Pets ranging from hamsters to large dogs would be collected by car from the owner’s home or from a veterinary practice before being brought into the care of the crematorium.

The applicants have said no communal cremations will ever be carried out.

Precious Pets would deliver ashes back to the owner within 48 hours.

The proposals are set to be considered by council chiefs in due course.

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