Who We Are

At A Beloved Friends, we have always prided ourselves in providing the most compassionate care for departed pets and their families. Our dedication to trust and quality extends beyond the exceptional service we offer our clientele. Our founder, Steve Woods, helped craft  the International Pet Cremation Standards that are the service guidelines for our industry and he is on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories. We sincerely hope you'll come to us with any questions you may have about pet aftercare.

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Steve.jpgSteve Woods

RPFD, CPCO, CPBC

Steve Woods is the co-founder and owner of A Beloved Friends Pet Crematory of Northern Nevada. He retired as a deputy and chief deputy coroner after over 31 years of public service. He is a husband, father, grandfather of four and a loving pet owner.  Steve's best friend and dog Buddy passed on to the Rainbow Bridge in 2010. Buddy has inspired much of what we do here and how we care for our clients and their pets.

Steve is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories. He is also the co-chairman of the Ethics Committee for Pet Crematories, member of the Standards Subcommittee for International Pet Cremation Standards, and Education Chairman of the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories. Steve is a Registered Pet Funeral Director, a Certified Pet Crematory Operator by examination and a Certified Pet Bereavement Consultant from the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.

 

Elaine-and-Peaches.jpgElaine Woods

RPFD

Elaine Woods is co-founder and owner of ABFPC. She retired from her career as a Registered Nurse after 43 years of caring and compassion for her patients. Elaine is a wife, mother and a grandmother of four.  She and her dog, Peaches, are inseparable and you will often find Peaches at the office offering her own version of puppy therapy to our clients.

Elaine is a Registered Pet Funeral director by examination from the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.

 

Alyson.jpgAlyson Willey

RPFD, CPCO, CPBC

Alyson is our Administrator. She is a Navy Veteran, wife, mom of two kids and a  little pug named Lola.  She is a Registered Pet Funeral Director, a Certified Pet Crematory Operator by examination and a Certified Pet Bereavement Consultant from the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.

 

Rich.jpgRich Rabus

Rich has over twenty years of pet cremation experience and was responsible for starting the second pet crematory for a municipality in Wyoming.  He works directly with veterinarians and their staff to provide a seamless and dignified transition when receiving pets.  He is also relied upon to conduct home removals with other staff members and is known for his gentle, caring nature when doing so. A proud husband and father, Rich is a valued member of the ABFPC team.                                 

 

Buddy.jpgBuddy

This is Steve's beloved friend, Buddy.  Buddy passed on to the Rainbow Bridge in 2010 at the age of at least 19.  He was rescued by Steve and Elaine in 1993 and the rest, as they say, is history.  From the moment they met, Steve and Buddy were positively inseparable.  In the early days at Beloved Friends, you would often find Buddy resting at Steve's feet or greeting the clients.  Buddy's passing was very difficult for the Woods family. Having a pet as special as Buddy and coping with his passing has largely influenced the way Steve and Elaine run their day to day business. The way they see it, every pet should be treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve. It's what they wanted for Buddy and what they insist on for their customers. 

 
 

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