Here for You in a Doubly Difficult Time


Deb Chebatoris of Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation was concerned whether or not her business would be considered essential when Governor Wolf ordered the shut down of all non-essential businesses. She found out that it was considered essential, so we added that to the website and then decided to let families know with a press release. We also updated the Veterinary Resources list for each of the veterinarians providing in-home euthanasia, their COVID-19 procedures and for general practices.

Right now, it may seem as if life is falling to pieces with orders to stay home from work and school, not to leave the house unless it’s absolutely necessary, and to keep a social distance from anyone you don’t live with. Even veterinarians are requested to provide only essential and emergency services for pets so they don’t tax supplies for the healthcare system while thousands are hospitalized with COVID-19.

To be losing your pet in the midst of it all, and not certain if your safety net of services for your pet is there to catch you, makes the loss even more painful.

“In this rapidly changing social landscape, please be assured that I will be here to help families when they’ve lost their pet,” said Deb Chebatoris, owner of Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation.

Under the March 19, 2020 business closure order in Pennsylvania, pet cremation falls into the life-sustaining business category and may remain open. During a March 20 virtual Town Hall, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) assured Deb that proper burial or cremation of pets contributes to public health, and that pet crematories should use proper procedures and hygiene when receiving and handling pets.

As is always the case, the best way to start making arrangements for your pet’s aftercare is to call Deb at 412/220-7800. “You can explain the circumstances and together we can make the best decisions to keep you protected as well as take compassionate and thoughtful care of your pet,” Deb said.

In addition, as a convenience to anyone who may need the information, CCPC maintains a list of veterinarians who provide euthanasia services at your home on the page for “Veterinary Resources”. During this time, like Deb, they are also required to keep social distancing guidelines with their house call services, so call ahead to confirm what they need to arrange a visit.

Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation.
Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation.

“While I may not physically be able to give you a hug in condolence for your loss, my wish is that as you are struggling to deal with the loss of your pet, your family is spared any other loss of health or life due to this pandemic.”

Visit the Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation website at to read more about CCPC’s compassionate and personalized care for you and your pet in your time of loss.

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Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation is a commercial customer of mine, and I am a customer of CCPC’s services as well.

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Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.

Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.

The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.

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