The pain of losing an adored pet is indescribable. Your once lively and happy pet is gone, and all you are left with are memories of the good times. Sometimes, you may question a few things about pets and probably vow not to get a replacement. It’s natural to feel lost, numb, and sad.
Luckily, various ways can help you cope with the loss of your pet. One of them is taxidermy. This is the process of stuffing the animal and placing it in your home. So, if you’re asking yourself the question “can I taxidermy my pet?”, you’re in the right place.
Is Pet Taxidermy Legal?
You can taxidermy your pet, especially if you’re having a hard time saying goodbye. It’s often a way to honor them. But, before embarking on the process, you should have some legal understanding ensuring that no law is violated or misunderstood.
Performing taxidermy requires state and federal licensing. In addition, depending on the pet, like a migratory bird, it requires special permits. While working on a migratory bird as a taxidermist, the federal law requires you to keep the stuffed bird until the owner comes to collect it.
What to Expect During the Taxidermy Process
The taxidermy process will take some time, as capturing your pets personality and vitality takes care and precision to accomplish. This means that the average turnaround time on pet preservation is around six to seven months, which is half the length of time most of our competitors take. In some cases, this is too long for the bereaved, and we are able to make accommodations with our VIP services.
These VIP services will shorten the turnaround time to be 4-8 weeks for completion. Please know that this will necessitate an additional 50 percent in cost, and not all pets will be eligible for these services, so we will need to discuss the pet with you before we can promise these services.
Regardless of which type of service you select, you can expect regular communication from our team throughout the process. We will talk with you, either in person at our facility or over the phone, to determine the desired pose, and examine photo references that you provide our team with.
As we progress, we will be able to update you, and if you call requesting an update, we will be able to update you as to our progress. Additionally, we will contact you as soon as the process is finished to let you know that we are getting ready to return your pet to you, so that you can focus on healing.
We are all attached to our pets somehow. The fact that you feed and take care of yourself is reason enough to feel the pain when your animal is gone. However, it should not weigh you down if some people fail to be empathetic to your situation. You should take your time in grieving and be kind to yourself before thinking about taxidermy. If taxidermy helps during the grieving process, go for it!
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