‘Interesting’ and ‘pet burials’ aren’t usually two words you’d place in the same sentence, but we mananged to do it. We found some articles that range from the strange to the mysterious.
The ancient world, especially Egypt, never ceases to surprise. This burial site was found outside Berenike, an old seaport city abandoned in the 6th century AD. What makes it so unique? It was full of pet burials, not mummified remains. This is evidence of domestication and that the animals were companions, rather than sacrifices.
Inside Happy Woodlawn, Canada’s abandoned pet cemetery by Atlas Obscura
Happy Woodlawn has the moniker of Canada’s first pet cemetery, opened in 1933. Victor Bolichin was a former Russian officer in the army who survived Japanese captivity. After receiving his first dog from a friend (also a former captive), he married his wife and they started a kennel renowned for producing prize-winning showdogs.
The pet burials service offered caskets for $50 and residents include the usual cats and dogs, along with a monkey and a horse. The site was abandoned in 2011 though fights have ensued with local council to name it a heritage site.
Untangling the mystery of a forgotten pet cemetery by Mercury News
A curious reader wrote to Joan Morris, a contributor to Mercury News, about a curious pet cemetery near his workplace. The site was relatively abandoned and he wanted to know more about the backstory of the place.
Joan didn’t disappoint. Once zoned as parkland, Warm Springs Pet Cemetery once occupied more space but laws changed. This shrunk the area used for pet burials around the 1980s. Mystery about the site still remains. Permits to use the site as a cemetery are still active though there’s no information if pet burials are continuing.
You lose a companion, but the dedication remains long after they’re gone. In new York City, five acres of land belong to Hartsdale Pet Cemetery. It’s the largest space in the world dedicated to pet burials. What makes this site so unique is that once the owner passes away, they’re reunited with their pet in the cemetery. A huge range of animals from dogs to lions are at rest here.
This pet burial site has even been listed in the top 10 interesting burial grounds by Lonely Planet!