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Subject: [Q-R] Buried with Fluffy?
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:06:32 -0500 (EST)
Buried with Fluffy? New York allows burying human ashes in pet cemeteries
Animal lovers in New York can be buried with their pets again, thanks to an
overturned statewide ban on the practice.
The Associated Press reports the state Division of Cemeteries has issued
new regulations that once again permit pet owners to have their ashes
interred with their furry loved ones in pet cemeteries. The ban was issued in
April, saying only not-for-profit corporations could take human remains, even
The new rules approved Thursday in Albany allow human ashes to be buried in
pet cemeteries under certain conditions.
The pet cemetery must not advertise that it accepts human ashes, and it
cannot charge a fee for doing so. According to The Daily Mail, the cemetery
must also tell customers who ask about human interment that they would be
giving up some protections, such as mandatory record-keeping and restrictions
The change comes as a relief to cat, dog, goldfish, iguana and other animal
lovers, especially those who had prearranged their burials at pet
"My wish has been granted and I will be able to be with my furry family
forever," Bronx resident Rhona Levy told The Associated Press. Levy has
planned for years to have her ashes buried with her dog and four cats at the
Hartsdale Pet Cemetery outside New York City.
The Hartsdale cemetery, final resting place for 70,000 animals and 700
humans, was the first in New York to get permission to resume the practice on
Friday. Cemetery director Ed Martin Jr. told The Daily Mail Monday he's fine
with the new restrictions and dropped the $235 fee they charged for adding
an owner's ashes to an animal's grave.
"It's not that it was a big moneymaker. It was a courtesy more than
anything else," said.
In Central New York, the 81-year-old Pet Haven Cemetery in Onondaga Hill
had more than 20,000 pets and 40 human owners buried as of September 2010.
"It makes people feel so good that there is someone who cares about their
pets," Sue Barr, operations manager at Pet Haven, told The Post-Standard
then. "And I intend to be buried here when I die."
( I might ad that burying people in pet cemeteries and burying pets in
people cemeteries has been going on a long time, regardless of the law. Course
now it is legal again, but it never stopped...................same as
prohibition, it never stopped, but all of a sudden it just became legal again.<
As I've reported in past Cemetery Reports, its always interesting to talk
to the cemetery care takers and funeral directors if they have the time,
that's where you learn the real truth. Best, Bill)