Heaven's Pets

Heaven's Pets

Heaven’s Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie Cremation & Bereavement Center is a new facility in the New Orleans Metropolitan area dedicated to providing total pet death care, cremation and bereavement services to anyone who has lost his or her pet. Located on the historic and serene grounds of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Cemeteries in New Orleans, the facility celebrated its opening in April 2006.


Heaven's Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie Cremation and Bereavement Center
Heaven's Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie Cremation & Bereavement Center

Heaven’s Pets, however, was started in 2002 by veterinarian Brian Melius and his wife Jennifer, who are part of a family that has provided veterinary care to the community for more than 50 years. Their expertise in the veterinary field, along with their love for animals and concern for pet owners, led them to establish Heaven’s Pets, L.L.C. At that time, the Meliuses held services at their Metairie, LA, home, while using a pet crematory in Baton Rouge.

In 2005 , Heaven’s Pets formed a joint venture with Stewart Enterprises, Inc. which eventually led to the building of a new Heaven’s Pets facility on the grounds of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home.

A groundbreaking for the building was held on August 25, 2005, just days before Hurricane Katrina flooded the grounds. Despite the obstacles Katrina blew in, construction resumed and the facility opened eight months later.


Heaven's Pets at Lake Lawn Metairie Niche Bank
Niche Bank at Heaven's Pets

The facility now takes care of families’ needs under one roof at its Lake Lawn Metairie location. Heaven’s Pets has its own personnel, vehicles and on-site crematory designed and used for pets only. The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The facility also has trained professionals available 24 hours each day for emergencies.

Heaven's Pets features an arrangement room, a viewing room for remembrance services and an ossuary. Social workers and coordinators are present to comfort families during their difficult time and help them select from numerous personalized memorial options for their pets. Families can also choose from a variety of urns, which families have the option to engrave with their pet’s name, a poem or other wording of their choosing. The building is beautifully landscaped with an adjacent garden, where families can enjoy peaceful, reflective visits and place a permanent memorial for their pet.

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