TENNERTON — A new business is now offering extra services and comfort to local and surrounding families with four-legged friends who have crossed the rainbow bridge. Mountain State Pet Crematory was welcomed to the community with an official ribbon cutting ceremony organized by the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce on Friday, June 4.
Jonathan Clutter, owner of Mountain State Pet Crematory, stated his decision to open the business was due to witnessing a need for one like it firsthand. Clutter, who is also the owner of Clutter Funeral & Cremation in Tennerton, encountered many customers and people in the community who were in search of crematory services when their furry family members passed.
“Just the thought of all the families asking us if we could provide this service and repetitively telling those families, ‘We’re sorry, but we can’t offer that,’” Clutter said was instrumental in offering these new services. “The loss of a loved one comes with being in the funeral business, and you never tell a family you can’t do something for them. So, after telling so many families you’re sorry, but you can’t help them, and you have to send them somewhere else, we decided we wanted to offer a service locally to all the people in our area.”
The business will cover services in eight counties including Upshur, Lewis, Randolph, Barbour, Webster, Gilmer and Braxton counties, as well as part of Nicholas County. Services that will be offered include full pick-ups, whether it be at home or a veterinary office, and obituaries on the website. Cremation products such as urns, necklaces, headstones and more will be offered to honor the beloved pets.
The pet crematory will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. “You can contact us after hours as well,” Clutter added.
Alex Mooney’s District Representative Rhett Dusenbury was in attendance and read a letter from the Congressman in support of the new business. “Your new business will provide the citizens of Upshur County with an option for their beloved pets’ final disposition, while providing much-needed jobs to local citizens with the pandemic changing our lives and our economy,” Congressman Mooney wrote. “I thank you for giving your county an example that our dreams of business ownership are still alive and attainable, while providing pet owners with an option during this painful time in their lives.”
West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History Curator Randall Reid-Smith was also in attendance to read a letter from Governor Jim Justice, expressing how important their services will be. “This business is certain to make an incredible addition to the State of West Virginia, by serving eight counties. The Mountain State Pet Crematory will help guide families through the distressing experience of losing a household pet,” Reid-Smith read. “If you know me, then you know that my pets are an enormous part of my family. I know from experience just how difficult and consuming the stress of making these arrangements can be.” Gov. Justice’s letter concluded, “I’m very proud to see a business opening to assist the many West Virginians who will experience this kind of loss.”
Mountain State Pet Crematory is honored to add services to the community that many need to aid in the grieving process and they can be reached at any time by calling (304) 472-PAWS.