Family Animal Services has served families across the Wasatch Front for more than 15 years. Established in 2005 out of a life-long love for, and devotion to, pets, the founders incorporated strategies and efficiencies acquired through a distinguished military career. This led to proven systems and processes that ensure loving after-death treatment for pets. The foundation of these processes is still in place today, providing a verifiable chain of custody, positive identification, and humane treatment on which vet clinics and pet owners can depend. The vision of the original ownership group remains strong, with pictures of early pet clients still hanging on our wall of fame to remind us of our heritage and mission.
In 2017, the LaDue Family took over the business following 20-year careers in the manufacturing and consulting industries. Growing up on South Dakota cattle ranches instilled a love for animals that has carried over into pet-loving owners. Engineering and management backgrounds have allowed the LaDue Family to expand the original cremation systems and provide for consistent business growth. Most importantly, the company’s focus on customer service ensures pet owners can be confident that their family member is being treated in an ethical, loving way while paw prints and cremation occur.
Family Animal Services remains at its original location in Sandy, Utah, and we look forward to providing the Wasatch Front with loving after-death pet care for years to come.
Danny is in charge of everything and makes sure the clients are well taken care of, the equipment is functioning, and the schedules are met.
Danny is a Metallurgical Engineer who grew up on a farm and ranch in western South Dakota. He spent several years working in mining, smelting, oil, and gas, which took him around the world including Europe, China, and Australia. His lifelong love of animals and his entrepreneurial spirit led him to purchase Family Animal Services in March of 2017. His greatest accomplishment is convincing an old farmer/rancher in South Dakota to let his personal dogs sleep in his house!
Kelly manages Human Resources activities, and keeps the staff functioning well with donuts on Mondays.
With a degree in Environmental Management and decades of experience in business-development consulting for national and international contracts, Kelly relies on her diverse background to support the Family Animal Services’ team. She appreciates deadlines, Utah’s varied topography, and hard-working people. In her spare time, Kelly wrangles commas and volunteers as a board member for the Salt Lake City Police Foundation.
Owen is the teenage son of Danny and Kelly LaDue. He is learning the business as he assists with cremations and office functions. Outside the office he enjoys playing hockey and the guitar.
Ketchum is the second teenage son of Danny and Kelly LaDue and is also learning the business as he assists with cremations and office functions. Like his brother Owen, he is an avid hockey player.
Karen is our Paw Print Expert! Karen moved to Salt Lake City ten years ago with her husband and family and is the perfect hockey/cheer mom for her kids. She has been with Family Animal Services since October 2019 and shows off pictures of her dogs as often as she can!
Kyle is our "behind-the-scenes" guy and is strong enough to handle the biggest dogs in town. Kyle ran the bobsled track at the Utah Olympics Park, and traveled the world visiting Olympic bobsled tracks in Europe and Asia for several years before coming to Family Animal Services in June 2019. He has been around animals his whole life, raises pigeons on the side, and has two dogs!
Barry is our driver and point person at vet clinics. He picks up pets from the clinics, makes sure the orders are correct, and delivers the urns and memorial products. Barry, a former hockey player and current hockey coach, is also a trained chef who has fed the famous and not-so-famous at nearby ski resorts. He has been with Family Animal Services since October 2019.