By: Haylie Smart | Category: Pets | Issue: September 2023
Angel Askins, owner of Angel’s Pet Funeral Home & Crematory
For at least a generation, animals have been part of the family, and therefore their death should be treated with the same compassion and care as the human family members. This is one of the reasons Angel Askins, owner of Angel’s Pet Funeral Home & Crematory, started her business. “Being able to talk to people about their pet helps them with the grieving process,” she said. “And it’s what makes our job enjoyable for us, and invaluable to them.”
Though it opened its doors in Tulsa in 2016, the idea for the funeral home was born long before that. After a long career in working in human funeral homes, paired with the first loss of her beloved pet, Askins decided to branch out on her own and provide a place that specialized in pets only. “I saw a rising need for people who have lost a four-legged family member, and there was nothing in Tulsa or Oklahoma that catered just to pets and their family the way I wanted to do it.”
Askins prides herself on Angel’s being both locally and family owned. Everyone from the ladies who greet families at the door, to the man who cleans the cremators are all family to someone at Angel’s. There are many benefits to choosing a locally owned funeral home and crematory over a corporate owned one, and one of those is the amount of hands that your baby passes through. Unlike some corporate-owned crematories, cremation at Angel’s is done in-house. That means your baby isn’t transported hours away to another city to be cremated by uncaring strangers before being sent back weeks later. “There are more chances of getting lost in the shuffle,” Askins said.
Other in-house services include all laser engravings, a chapel to hold a funeral service, and a viewing room to say goodbye. “Coming into our facility is helpful for lots of our families we serve,” Askins said. “Getting greeted by the dog and or cat really makes lots of people feel so much better about why they are here in the first place.”
If your baby passes away at a veterinarian’s office who doesn’t have a partnership with Angel’s, Askins wants you to know it is still your choice where your baby will be cremated. Just tell your vet you choose Angel’s and they’ll take care of the rest.
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