TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR AQUAMATION AUTHORIZATION FORM
Aquamation is performed to prepare the remains of the pet for final disposition. It is carried out by placing the pet’s remains into a aquamation chamber where they are subjected to water and alkali. The aquamation can be done in one of three ways, including Private/Partitioned and Communal.A PRIVATE/PARTITIONED AQUAMATION is a aquamation procedure during which remains are to be returned to owners.A COMMUNAL AQUAMATION is a aquamation procedure where multiple pets are aquamated together without any form of separation. These commingled aquamatedremains are not returned to owners.
During the aquamation process, it may be necessary to open the aquamation chamber and reposition the remains of the animal in order to facilitate a complete and thorough aquamation. Due to the nature of the aquamation process, any possessions or materials, such as collars or tags that are left with the animal and not removed prior to aquamation may be destroyed or if not destroyed, will be disposed of by GPCC. The Authorizing Agent understands that arrangements must be made to remove any such personal possessions or materials prior to the time that the animal is transported to PPDFW.Following a cooling period, the aquamated remains shall be recovered by manual means, such as brushing, and industry-specific mechanical means, such as vacuuming, in order to retrieve the aquamated remains from the aquamation chamber. Although GPCC will take reasonable efforts to remove all of the aquamated remains from the aquamation chamber, some dust and other residue from the process will be left behind. Depending on the aquamation option, there may or may not be more commingling, or mixing, of aquamated remains. Active commingling occurs between animals during the aquamation and/or retrieval process when multiple animals are aquamated together in the same chamber. This type of commingling can be minimized with effective portioning but it is impossible to assert that it can be eliminated entirely. Active commingling cannot, by definition, occur with a private aquamation. However, while every effort will be made to avoid commingling, inadvertent and incidental commingling of minute particles of aquamated remains from the residues of previous cremations is possible. The Authorizing Agent understands and accepts that some incidental comingling is possible under any aquamation option.After the aquamated remains are removed from the aquamation chamber, all non-aquamated material (insofar as possible) will be separated and removed from the animal bone fragments by visible or magnetic selection. Other non-bone fragment foreign material recovered with the aquamated remains shall be removed prior to processing so that only animal bone fragments will remain. Non-bone fragment and foreign material may be commingled with other like material and shall be disposed of in a dignified manner, and in accordance with all applicable laws. The Authorizing Agent understands and authorizes PPDFW to dispose of these materials with similar materials from other aquamations in a non-recoverable manner, including recycling.When the aquamated remains are removed from the aquamation chamber, the skeletal remains often will contain recognizable bone fragments. Unless otherwise specified, after the bone fragments have been separated from the other material, they will be mechanically processed, pulverized. The process of crushing or grinding may cause incidental commingling of the remains with the residue from the processing of previously aquamated remains. These granulated particles of unidentifiable dimensions, which are virtually unrecognizable as animal remains, will then be placed into a designated container based on the type of aquamation identified above (Private/Partitioned or Communal).
FINAL DISPOSITION OF AQUAMATED REMAINS
Following the aquamation, the Authorizing Agent directs GPCC to undertake the actions set forth on the reverse side to arrange the final disposition of the aquamated remains. Aquamated remains shall only be released, delivered, mailed or disposed of by GPCC in a dignified manner, in accordance with the law, and with expressed written consent of the Authorizing Agent. If the aquamated remains are shipped at any time, the Authorizing Agent directs that GPCC utilize registered U.S. mail with a return receipt or a shipping service that uses an internal system for tracing the location of the aquamated remains during shipment and requires a signed receipt of the person taking delivery of the aquamated remains.The Authorizing Agent understands that if no arrangements for the final disposition of the aquamated remains have been made within sixty (60) days after the aquamation or if the Authorizing Agent has not taken delivery of or caused the delivery of the aquamated remains, or in the event the arrangements of the final disposition have not been carried out within the sixty (60) day period because of the inaction of a party other than GPCC, Funeral Home, or Veterinarian, then GPCC, Funeral Home or Veterinarian may dispose of the aquamated remains in any dignified manner, including scattering.
RELEASE AND CERTIFICATION
I/We agree to release and indemnify Green Pet Care Center (GPCC), their officers, directors, agents and employees, from any claim, liability, cost or expense resulting from the their reliance on or performance consistent with the directions, declarations, representations, authorizations and agreements herein. I/We agree that GPCC's liability for negligent acts (of itself or its agents or employees) is limited to a refund of the aquamation fees paid by me/us. I/We warrant that all representations and statements contained in this form are true and correct. I/We have read and understood all pages of this document.