(CATS AND DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Coping with the loss of a pet can be just as difficult as dealing with the loss of a human being. Individuals become greatly attached to their animals, and it’s a sad fact that our beloved pets don’t live as long as we do. Pets provide people with a type of joy that cannot be found anywhere else, and a true animal-lover desires the best for their pet in life and in death.
Dr. Sujatha Ramakrishna, author of Raising Kids Who Love Animals, discusses how traumatic the grieving process can be for children as well as adults:
“Many parents have a hard time dealing with their own feelings when a family pet is sick or dying, and on top of that they have to help their kids understand and get through these situations.”
People grieve for their pets in multiple ways, and some people choose to bury their pets after their loss. Pet cemeteries offer pet guardians a place to bury their precious friends and still be able to visit them in times of need. Placing people, as well as animals, in final resting places can provide loved ones with a sense of comfort.
Our pets may not live as long as us, but they always remain in our hearts. Here are some interesting facts about five pet cemeteries from across the globe.
1. Hinsdale Animal Cemetery
For over 80 years, the Hinsdale Animal Cemetery has provided a final resting place for thousands of animals. Established in 1926, the Hinsdale Animal Cemetery is known as the most trusted pet cemetery in Illinois. Not only do dogs rest in peace here, but horses, birds, monkeys, rabbits, and turtles do as well! The cemetery is the oldest in the area, spans 12 acres of land, and is covered in beautiful headstones and striking monuments.
2. Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park
The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park, located in Calabasas, California, opened its doors in 1928 and is home to over 40,000 animals. It may be the oldest facility of its kind on the West Coast, but its beauty and serenity are never lacking. In the 1980’s, the precious park was almost sold to land developers. When pet guardians heard the news, they founded the S.O.P.H.I.E, or Save Our Pets’ History In Eternity, a non-profit organization meant to forever preserve the cemetery.
3. Le Cimetière des Chiens
The Le Cimetière des Chiens, or The Dog Cemetery, is located in Asnières-sur-Seine, Paris, France, and originally opened in 1899. The cemetery is quite grand, and is filled with intricate sculptures and monuments to honor people’s lost companions. The French government named this pet cemetery as a historical monument, and every year its beauty attracts tourists from around the world. Rin-Tin-Tin, a famous german shepherd Hollywood movie star, is buried here, too!
4. Hyde Park Pet Cemetery
Located in London, the Hyde Park Pet Cemetery, known as the world’s first informal pet cemetery, is tucked away within the corner of the park, and is not immediately visible to the public eye. The cemetery acts as a time capsule for 19 century London, and is home to over 300 pets. Rows of small headstones populate this backyard garden, and although the cemetery only operated from 1881 to 1903, it is today known as one of London’s 10 best secret sights to visit.
5. Hartsdale Pet Cemetery
Also known as “The Peaceable Kingdom,” the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, founded in 1896, is the oldest pet cemetery in the world that is still in operation. Located in New York, it provides a forever home for over 80,000 animals, and even includes a War Dog Memorial to honor military dogs who fought in World War I. Not only is the cemetery a certified national wildlife habitat, but also is the only pet cemetery deemed as a historic monument. It’s utter beauty and historical past make Hartsdale the top pet cemetery in the world.
TAKE ACTION: Click here to donate to the Hartsdale Heritage Fund to keep the cemetery’s historic beauty alive.
— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal