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My wife and I lost our 15 year old pug to cancer on December 27th. She was sweet and the last of the 3 we’ve had together. I was going to use my Vet’s office for the cremation but they wouldn’t wait 3 days for me to pay them and they said keep her at home until I get the money. I couldn’t do that, can you imagine the smell? And they said to put her body outside. “Brutal”! I sat there and called everyone off google and I came across this one called Paws Forever – Pet Cremation & Grief Support Services and the woman Kathy was so kind and caring and offered to come all the way to my house from St Charles to get my dog, Dusk. So I wanted to drive halfway to help her considering she was going to be helping me and she came late to meet me off Manchester. She waited until I had the money and then brought our dogs ashes, she put her in a cherry wood box and a plate which my wife and I came up with what to engrave on her forever box.  I would highly recommend them to take care of your fur babies at the end of their life. I know many people here who are just parents to their dogs. You will receive a paw print and a picture and a card and some poems! Such a loving group of people you are going to want to use them, they’ll make you completely satisfied.

– Chris S.

Kathy was truly a Saint in helping me with a difficult time. I was camping with my beloved senior English Bulldog Zoey at Cuivre River State Park, When Zoey passed in her sleep June 13th 2022 at 2:05 am .. very distressed i layed with My beautiful girl wrapped untill morning and then reached out to Kathy and she drove to meet me and take Zoey in her loving care and Promised to send her Ashes & paw prints & hair clippings to me in Fort Myers,FL. as i had a long trip ahead to get home after loosing my Best Friend. Kathy was very heartfelt & understanding and checked in on my wellfare thruout my trip home. Zoey is coming home now, Thank You Kathy there is a special place in Heaven for wonderful people like you for your commitment & love for Pet end of life care. I will be forever greatful.

– Charles N.

On the morning of Saturday, April 17th, you picked up our sweet Shirley from Hillside Animal Hospital after she had crossed the rainbow bridge. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you for assisting us on this journey.  What you do mustn’t be easy, but it sure made our grief just a tiny bit easier to bear.

Shirley was rescued off the streets of East St. Louis back in 2007/2008 with a gunshot wound to her right front leg. When she was rescued, she went immediately into a foster home where she had time to receive treatment for a diagnosed cancer, as well as recover from the loss of her leg after it was amputated.  Shirley was thought to be 2 years old in 2008, so as you can see our Shirley had a wonderfully long life.

Shirley was a gentle warrior, always pushing forward and always giving and receiving nothing but love and devotion to her people and to our cat, Chester.

She continued to be a survivor, and even beat two episodes of vestibular disease and also learned how to live with arthritis.

She loved car rides, walks in the park, veggie dogs, French toast, laying on her blanket out in the sun, and even enjoyed running and chasing rabbits once upon a time.

Thank you again for all you do.

– Sally & Don S.

I cannot say enough about how amazing Kathy is and how valuable the service she offers is. My wife and I lost our fur-baby, Gus, on January 8th after a long battle with Uveo-Dermatologic Syndrome and the absolute war it caused his immune system to wage on his body. As I write about him still with tears streaming down my face, I can’t begin to describe how distraught and beside ourselves Chrissy and I were that morning when Gus decided it was his time to go with us by his side in our living room.

Gus was a 107-pound Akita, so there was no practical way for us to transport him, particularly in the emotional state in which we found ourselves, anywhere outside of our home. Much less would we leave his remains in the care of some impersonal, cold business that would have treated the situation like one of waste disposal.

At that point, we were very lucky that Kathy and Paws Forever were recommended by our awesome vet, who mentioned how personalized and dignified Kathy would make the entire process. We could not agree more. Kathy’s immediate willingness to come out to our home (in High Ridge) within just a couple of hours of me calling that morning…the absolute dignity and love and respect with which she treated us and Gus’ remains…her insistence on transporting Gus for us to her preferred partner for private cremation so she could be sure his cremains would be delivered back to us, along with all sorts of other mementos like a paw print, nose prints, and locks of his fur. Kathy really is simply the best, and you can tell how much she genuinely loves and cares for all the animals she encounters.

That’s not even scratching the surface of the emotional support Kathy offered on that fateful day, and especially the continued support she has offered since then, calling and writing frequently to check on us and allow us to just talk about Gus and his life with someone who you can tell loves dogs and shares that feeling of how special they are to the people they loved and who loved them.

At the end of the day: For less money than we would have spent to transport Gus to a facility ourselves and allow him to be cremated communally without the return of his ashes or any of the other mementos Kathy put so much time and care into, we were able to get back a beautiful cherry wood box containing Gus’ cremains with a beautiful brass plaque for which we chose the engraving. More than that, Kathy treated Gus’ remains with respect, dignity, and love while transporting him and created lasting mementos for us like the molded paw print and ink nose prints that she returned with his cremains, as well as locks of his fur gingerly taken from his remains and given with a beautiful poem explaining where each lock had been taken from.

Add on top of that all the priceless emotional support and personal follow-up she’s provided even well after she took him and returned his remains. There really is no better process we could imagine for dealing with the loss of a beloved pet. Kathy and Paws Forever are simply the best there is. She has an undying passion for the work she does, and you can tell as soon as you meet her and speak to her that she really does love all the animals who come into her care. May God bless Kathy and all of the hard but invaluable work she does!

– Alex D.

On January 29, 2018, my wife Erin and I received some of the worst news possible: Our beloved, gentle, champion bloodline Doberman Vic was covered in cancer. We were (and still are) devastated. Vic’s chance of responding to treatment was painfully low and his health was rapidly failing, so we made the heartbreaking decision to let Vic go.

Kathy was referred to us by a family member who had recently lost one of their fur babies, and when I called Kathy, I was overwhelmed by the love and compassion she showed us. She met Erin and me at our veterinary professional’s office and stayed with us as I put my best friend to rest.

Kathy stayed with Vic and took him to be cremated. He was back with us the next day in a beautiful custom urn.

– Mike I.

There are absolutely no words to express how amazing this company is and how compassionate and empathetic Kathy is. When our wonderful husky Nikki passed away, we were worried how we could lift her to the car and to our vet. Worried if we could even emotionally handle picking up our dog. When Kathy came to our house, immediately there was this warmth and comfort. Kathy doesn’t just pick up your dog and run. She takes her time to get to know you and your situation, with respect and kindness that I can only compare to a literal angel helping with a process no one wants to deal with.

I was at first worried about how she would be able to pick up our dog. She absolutely handled it like a pro, all the while being graceful and confident handling her, putting her onto a stretcher, buckling her onto it, then putting a pink cozy blanket on top of her.

We chose to have Nikki cremated and brought back to us. She was put in a beautiful cherry wood box with a personal engraving. We also received a clay imprint of Nikki’s paw print, a folder of beautiful poems, some clippings of her fur, a nose print of Nikki, and a personal card from Kathy.

Kathy is a woman I would absolutely trust to come to again if anything happens to my other pets. The kindness she showed not only to us but to Nikki will always have a lasting effect on us.

– Lindsay W.

My heartfelt thanks to Kathy Kuebler for her very quick response to my need! I was sitting in an exam room, praying for the best, yet preparing for the worst. Kathy answered my call immediately. She came to my home within the hour after Toby’s passing.

I know my Toby was handled with the utmost care, love, and respect after his soul left us. Although my heart still aches, I know my Toby is at peace.

– Debbie P.

I can’t say enough positive things about Paws Forever and Kathy K. Our beautiful, twelve-year-old Australian shepherd, Brady, passed away suddenly at home from complications of cancer we only found out he had two days prior. We were scared, in shock, traumatized, emotional and so unbelievably sad. We didn’t know what to do or who to call, nor were we able to think very clearly given the circumstances. After making a few inquiries, we were referred to Kathy at Paws Forever. Kathy came to our house to pick up Brady. She was so kind and compassionate, offering gentle, wise words of comfort; she truly understood what we were feeling. She didn’t rush the process but truly listened to us as we shared what happened, and all about Brady and why we loved him so much. She shared her experiences of losing beloved pets and helped us to understand our grief and what to expect in the days and weeks to come while moving through the process of grieving our sweet boy. While it was so difficult to let her take him away, we knew that Brady was in the best hands with Kathy, who ensured he was treated with dignity and that we received his actual remains after being cremated. Brady was returned to our house the very next week in a gorgeous wooden box with an engraved plaque. She captured his paw print and snippets of his beautiful fur for us to remember him by. We are so grateful we were connected with Kathy. Your pet doesn’t have to die at home to use the Paws Forever services. Kathy will go to your veterinarian’s office to pick up your deceased pet’s remains and will provide your furbaby with the same loving care as she did for our Brady boy. The cost is not much more than the impersonal end-of-life services provided by a veterinarian and so worth it to know that your fur family member won’t be treated as mere animal disposal. Our pets bring so much joy and happiness to our lives; they deserve to be treated with honor and grace when they leave us. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Paws Forever as you prepare for your sweet furbaby’s departure from this world or if your beloved pet passes away unexpectedly at home. Rest assured that you and your pet will be in the very best hands.

– Frances D.E.

Kathy was absolutely amazing. If you’ve lost your furry family member and want true care for their remains call without hesitation.

We had to hastily decide what to do when our 12 y/o passed early one morning. Calling the vet they were unsure of when our pup would be collected and transported from the vets back room and then said it would be about 2 weeks ish till we would get him back.

When I called Kathy that morning she came by right away to gracefully transport him to the crematory personally herself. She left with him from our house Wednesday morning and returned him again to our home by Friday afternoon along with all the extras others have mentioned.

Thank you for your help and support during this tough time for our family!

– Chris G.

I cannot possibly describe how much I love my dog — my friend of 16 years — Dane. So just believe me — I love him with all my heart, though he’s physically no longer with me. For me, making end-of-life arrangements was just heartbreaking. But Kathy made it so much better for me. She is sincerely caring, understanding, and just wonderful. She took plenty of time to explain everything, and she treated his remains with loving care. I am forever grateful for her. Thank you, Kathy. My sweet Dane deserved you!

– M.R.

Kathy Kuebler has such a passion for animals. This wonderful service she provides through Paws Forever made the passing of my beautiful and sweet dog, Bear, so peaceful. I am so thankful for Paws Forever. Kathy returned his ashes in a beautiful redwood box, along with a plaster paw print and hair clipping. This is a wonderful option.

Bear was the most gentle, sweet, and loving soul, and I wanted to make sure he was remembered in a respectful and loving way. Paws Forever and Kathy provided me with that. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

– Vickie S.

KATHY IS AMAZING! We called many places for pet cremation when our Lucie passed. This dog was considered one of our Children, we wanted the best experience. Lucie passed in the middle of the night on a Sunday and no one we spoke with was kind or willing to set up service for her at last minute, until Kathy at Paws4ever! She came out within 45 minutes and treated her like a loved one. Set everything up for her cremation exactly how we wanted her, and it was so easy, we love Kathy and are forever grateful!

– Sara H.

Our beloved Labrador Sara passed away unexpectedly on a Saturday evening. While searching the Internet to make final arrangements for her, we found Paws Forever. Kathy came to our house an hour later to take care of everything. She was very kind and compassionate. We highly recommend her.

– Sam P.

Kathy gave the kind of service our beloved Joe Puppy deserved for the years of unselfish love he gave to our family.

– Keith E.