フィリピン人はペットが死んだときにどうしているのでしょう？ 土地がいっぱいあるから、そこらに勝手に埋めちゃうの？ マニラだったらコンドミニアムに住んでて、勝手に空き地に埋める訳にもいかないのでどうしているのでしょう？
Pet Valley Park and Crematory(カビテ)
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society(ＱＣ)
Rainbow Bridge Pet Aftercare Services
Owners may also cremate the remains of their pets and put the ashes in boxes or urns, which in turn may be kept in a columbarium or inside the house.
Angelicum Oda, owner of the Rainbow Bridge Pet After Care Services, said more and more Filipinos are availing of their services since they started operations in 2010.
He said that from 98 clients in 2011, the number jumped to 179 in 2012 and to 203 as of the October this year.
“A lot of owners want to give their pets a decent burial,” he said, noting that if owners are willing to spend money for services such as dog manicure, a lot of them are more than willing to spend on aftercare services such as cremation as a “final gesture of love.”
“People are becoming aware that there are services like this that they avail of,” he added.
The basic package offered by Rainbow Bridge costs around P3,000 (one kilo) to P16,000 (more than 50 kilos). The fee includes pick-up of the remains, cremation, delivery of ashes, a box urn and a photo box.
Additional items such as paper weights, photo frames, hand and paw stamps, pendants, flowers and prayer cards are also available.
Oda said the package for a regular-sized dog costs around P7,000 but discounts may be provided depending on the situation.
He noted that they had instances when owners from low income families request for discounts in order for them to give their pets a decent farewell.
“We are really humbled so we usually give leeway, we give installment plans,” he said.
The main office of Rainbow Bridge is in Cubao in Quezon City, but its cremating facility is located in Laguna.
Oda said the owners may get the ashes of their pets in less than 24 hours, unless they want additional items such as engraved urns or paper weights.
Aside from dogs, the remains of cats, rabbits, birds, turtles, hedgehogs and gerbils are also accepted.
Rainbow Bridge is also developing equine cremation to service horse owners in the future.
Oda said they are planning to construct a 700-vault columbarium for animals, which will also be located in Quezon City. A vault may cost from P3,000 to P10,000.
For Oda, operating an aftercare service for animals is not just a business.
“It’s also my personal advocacy,” he said, noting that he grew up in a family where dogs are treated not just as pets but also significant parts of the family.
“A business like this will not work if it’s just a business. The compassion with animals will really make a difference,” he added.