Buckner Funeral opens Faith Friend Pet
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Faithful Friend Pet Crematory & Funeral Home is now open. Gina Salisbury (second from left) is co-owner and manager of the new business. Family members include: (left to right), Jessie, Gina, Mike, and Anna Salisbury and Cutie Pie their pet Labradoodle.
Contributed photo Faithful Friend Pet Crematory & Funeral Home is now open. Gina Salisbury (second from left) is co-owner and manager of the new business. Family members include: (left to right), Jessie, Gina, Mike, and Anna Salisbury and Cutie Pie their pet Labradoodle.
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Ralph Buckner Funeral Home & Crematory announces the opening of Faithful Friend Pet Crematory and Funeral Home.

The new pet business is located at 2415 1/2 North Ocoee St. in Cleveland and is currently open to serve families.

Ralph Buckner Jr., chief executive of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, commented, “I originally had the concept of a pet crematory and funeral home in 2008. However, personal tragedies in my family caused the idea to be put on the back burner. I’m very excited about moving forward with this new venture and the ability to serve the whole family.”

Gina Salisbury, a lifelong friend of Chari Buckner who is also a co-owner, will manage Faithful Friend.

“My husband Mike and I have always been pet parents. Through the years, we have loved and shared our lives with many pets. We have two young daughters, Anna and Jessie, and our family is continually amazed by the love, devotion and protection our dog, Cutie Pie (a black Labradoodle), brings into our lives. We believe our family is enriched and closer because of the bond we share with each other and our loyal dog,” Salisbury said. There are many people that share our sentiments and need guidance through their pet-loss grief. We would like to provide that guidance for your family.”

Faithful Friend’s philosophy is simple: “A lifetime of unconditional love deserves a proper goodbye.”

To that end, Faithful Friend will provide a wide range of products and services which includes: memorial urns, ash scattering tubes, garden memorial stones, jewelry, custom woven blankets, memorial and private cremations, community cremations, family cremation, quick turn-around, pet pick-up, serialized number identification, and eco-friendly solutions.

Faithful Friend also offers a variety of resources to assist with the grief process.

Faithful Friend is a Certified Pet Loss Professional managed facility, and is a member of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, and the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance.

Cremations are done at the facility and it is the most eco-friendly and state-of-the-art pet crematory and funeral home available.

Faithful Friend Pet Crematory & Funeral Home will work with families to tailor a reverent, private family goodbye to honor your faithful friend.

Gina said, “We understand what a special bond you have with your pet and truly appreciate how overwhelming decisions can be during a time of loss. Our family is dedicated to offering confidential, affordable and quality care, and the attention to detail that your family deserves and expects,” Salisbury said.

For more information, call 423-790-5700, or visit www.faithfulfriendpets.com.