About Us



Dr. Matthew M CapitanioPACE was founded in Detroit, Michigan in November 2014 by Dr. Matthew M Capitanio. Dr. Capitanio has worked in the veterinary medical field for over 19 years. He currently practices emergency medicine in the greater Metro Detroit area. Dr. Capitanio is an active member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.

His passions are shelter medicine and helping those whom cannot help themselves. He actively donates his spare time to local rescue organizations where he has performed numerous life-saving surgeries and improved the quality of countless animal lives.

Dr. Capitanio knows the meaning of compassion. He practices it every day with every patient he sees. It is his founding belief that each animal should be extended the same compassionate care afterlife as we give them during life. At Pet and Animal Cremation Endearment, afterlife-care is our founding philosophical component.

”It is my belief that pet and animal afterlife-care should be a compassionately reliable practice, affordable in price, and expedient in service. I founded Pet and Animal Cremation Endearment to fulfill this direct need in Detroit and the surrounding areas. If you have any suggestions or comments as to how Pet and Animal Cremation Endearment can better address the needs of the Detroit public pet population, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience at 313-733-1002 Ext. 701.”

-Matthew M Capitanio, DVM
Chief Executive Officer
Pet & Animal Cremation Endearment

Richard Paul Siemion

Siemion-bio-picRichard Siemion is a native of the Metro Detroit area and he graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 2001. He attended Fordham University in New York City and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing & Management) and a specialization in System Dynamics. While at Fordham, he was the captain of their hockey team. 

Richard served honorably for seven years in the United States Army. He served as an airborne and ranger qualified infantry officer in Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Drum, New York.

During his tenure he attained the rank of Captain. He was deployed to combat zones in the Kabul and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan for just under two years.

After leaving the service in 2014, Richard moved back to Detroit.

Richard currently lives in Detroit with his wife and daughter. He has rescued two dogs, and trained one of them to be a therapy dog. They visit the Detroit John Dingell VA every week. 


Veterinarian’s Oath

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.



PACE’s mission is to provide excellent customer service, compassion, and care during your time of need, treating every animal as our own. 



At Pet and Animal Cremation Exchange, you can rest assured that your loved one is treated with the same compassion and respect afterlife as you would expect during life. Founded by a veterinarian, Pet and Animal Cremation Exchange is based on compassion and integrity.