I apologize for bringing up such a morbid topic, but it's been on my mind lately. I have a pet rabbit that I rescued from the road many years ago a week before Easter. It obviously wasn't a wild breed and I believe that someone was mating them as pets and let this one go or it got loose. It was only a few weeks old. My plan was to nurse it back to health and find a home for it, but I become so attached to him and he's become my first pet (I didn't intend to get this close, but the first time I was browsing the web and he came and fell asleep in my lap I knew I could't get rid of him). He's about 6.5 years old now and their typical life span is only 8 years. I worry about him because he's very sickly sometimes (I had to get him hooked up to an IV once and medicate him for 3 weeks when he got sick). Anyway, I've been think a lot about this because I don't want to come home one day and find that he's passed on and have to make a snap decision, but I don't know what to do so I wanted to seek advice from previous pet owners who have learned the best way to handle this. I have 3 options, neither of which are particularly appealing. 1. Drop him off at his vet's office for disposal 2. Bury him in my back yard 3. Have him cremated and placed in a small sealed box (I didn't even know you could do that with pets) Vet: I'm not too proud to admit that this option made me tear up. My home is the only one he's ever known and he loves his play area and routine. It breaks my heart to drop him off at some foreign office for him to be thrown into a bio-hazard bag and forgotten. Back Yard: I don't really like this option either. I think it would bother me to know that his remains were just sitting there in my back yard, but it would be at his home which I feel is more respectful. Cremated: This is what I'm leaning towards now. The problem is I feel it's a bit morbid. Are you going to keep your animals remains in your closet for 50 years? At least he'd be home. And I always wonder if they are really his ashes or just a random scoop from a big pile. I had family members that did this when their pug died and they got it in a small, but nice sealed little box. I'm sorry if you think this is silly, I realize not everyone is this crazy about their animals. I didn't have the best childhood, and this rabbit is one of the few things I've bonded with aside from my adoptive parents, so he's extremely special to me. I just want to be ready when the inevitable happens. Edit: A friend of mine suggested cremating him and burying the box too.