Pet Grief Support
As pet loss professionals, it's not surprising that many area families turn to us to assist them with pet burial. If you are considering burying your beloved animal companion, either in a local pet cemetery or at home, it may serve you to know that we can help. We invite you to read the following information on pet burials and our pet burial services.
Years ago it may have been common for families and individuals to bury their pets at home. But today, there are often local regulations which restrict (or even forbid) at-home pet burials. Tracy Hall, in the online article "Is It Legal to Bury My Pet in the Backyard?" writes, "When coping with the loss of a pet, few owners think about whether their actions might be against the law." Yet, it's a point worth considering before you decide if it makes the most sense to bury your pet.
Why would pet burial be regulated? Ms. Hall explains it this way: "Such regulations are generally created because of health and environmental concerns. In an environmental context, home burials can affect the purity and safety of water supplies." When you consider that fact alone, you may decide against pet burial, and opt instead for pet cremation.
However, if you still think pet burial is the most suitable end-of-life care for your pet; there are steps you should take to protect you legally, and to ensure your pet's burial will not damage the environment. Here is what we advise:
If you plan on burying your pet at home, we offer you the following suggestion to guide you through pet burial.
Here's something to remember: you don't have to do this alone. We have experience with pet burials and can be a very supportive ally to you and your family when burying a beloved pet. Call us at (956) 484-1415 to learn more about the ways we can assist your family with pet burial.
If a home burial is not possible, you may wish to arrange for your pet's burial in a local pet cemetery. With our extensive experience in pet burial, we can assist you in selecting the most appropriate pet cemetery for your family's needs.
Are you aware that there's an International Association of Pet Crematories and Cemeteries? They are a non-profit organization committed to "advancing the standards, ethics, and professionalism of pet cemeteries and crematories worldwide."They recommend you check a pet cemetery's personal endorsements or professional affiliations; to that we'll add two suggestions:
Naturally, you can set those tasks aside and simply call us at (956) 484-1415. A member of our staff will answer whatever questions you may have about pet burial in a local pet cemetery.
Are you familiar with what many consider is the world's oldest pet cemetery? Found in Paris, France, and dedicated in 1899; the cemetery is known as the Le Cimetiere des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques (in English: 'Cemetery of Dogs and Other Domestic Animals'). What's really amazing is its size: over 40,000 animals are buried there. (For more information on this remarkable place–and to see some beautiful photographs of existing pet memorials) read"Pets in Peace: World's Oldest Pet Cemetery".)
We don't want to neglect mentioning Hartsdale Pet Cemetery which, according to their website, is even older than the Cemetery of Dogs and Other Domestic Animals in Paris.
Located in Westchester County, New York; Hartsdale was founded in 1896–some three years before its French counterpart. According to their website, the cemetery "began as a simple act of kindness by Dr. Samuel Johnson, a noted New York City veterinarian. A client, distressed and saddened at the death of her dog, wanted to give it a proper burial. But, there was no way to legally do this in the city. Being a man of great kindness and compassion, Dr. Johnson offered his hillside apple orchard in Hartsdale for the burial. Soon, with the help of a story by a local reporter, Dr. Johnson was besieged by literally hundreds of requests from grieving pet owners. Today it is home to nearly 80,000 pets – from dogs and cats to rabbits and reptiles and even a lion cub."
With a combined total of over 120,000 pet interments, these two pet cemeteries are shining examples of the deep emotional connection between us humans and their pets. We're sure this is a connection you are most familiar with, as you grieve for the (real or expected) loss of your beloved animal companion. Now, the emotional burden of bereavement can weigh very heavy; heavy enough to cause you to doubt your judgment about your pet burial options.
As your pet loss ally, we can assist you in making these difficult emotional and financial decisions. If you need our recommendations on local pet cemeteries; are looking for guidelines on pet burials; or seek another form of assistance with pet burial, just reach out to us at (956) 484-1415. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.