If you just couldn’t imagine being without Fluffy or Ms. Kitty, well, now you might not ever have to be. In New York, you and your pet can be buried together — spending all of eternity side by side.
“Officials have finalized rules allowing pet cemeteries to accept the cremated remains of humans.” (Via WRGB)
This comes after a two-year battle between animal-lovers and the state after cemetery officials banned the practice of burying human remains at pet cemeteries.
In 2011, a former NYPD officer wanted his ashes buried in Hartsdale Pet Cemetery next to his three dogs named DJ 1, DJ 2 and DJ 3. His wife’s ashes had been buried there, too. (Via Yahoo!)
But the state denied his request. His niece, Taylor York, then fought to have her uncle’s request fulfilled. (Via Hartsdale Pet Cemetery)
“People do get a sense of comfort from knowing they can lie for eternity with their beloved pet, that they can be loved and protected in the afterlife just as faithfully as when they were alive.” (Via New York Daily News)
“Dog people opposed the ban; the cemetery board backed down.”
“My pets became my children. It’s as if you have a family plot and you know that you’re going to be with your family when your time comes.” (Via CBC)
But there is one catch to the human burial process.
“Pet cemeteries are not allowed to charge fees for this or advertise human burial services.” (Via YNN-TV)
The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery that opened in 1896 estimates there are about 700 people’s ashes buried there alongside their pets.
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