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Tips for Burying Pets

Deciding to burying a loved one is complex and can be full of emotion and struggle.

These pointers may help ease confusion and ensure a proper and respectful resting place for your loved one.

 

If you are planning for a home burial, we recommend looking into local laws, guidelines, and restrictions to ensure this option is possible in the area in which you reside. Depending on your neighborhood/subdivision, you may need to learn more about the burial guidelines with your city, county, and/or HOA to ensure you are following laws and best practices.

Families with ties to a particular clinic, facility, crematory, or pet cemetery are welcomed to reach out and contact them to make their own aftercare arrangements. Keep in mind, families that choose to make their own arrangements will need to transport the beloved pet to the clinic, as many are often unable to assist with respectful transport. 

 

Some pet crematories offer their own dedicated transport service. Families would need to discuss and arrange respectful transport, cremation wishes, and aftercare costs with the pet crematory or veterinary clinic directly. In some situations, we may be able to arrange transport for your pet to a hospital or crematory of your choice for an additional fee.

 

Compliance

You will need to check with your county's local ordinances for possible restrictions (e.g., minimum distances from parks, waterways or public property) . Keep in mind, burial options are limited to private property and as long as it does not cause a public nuisance or health hazard (see tip #2). 

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The Burial Plot

Digging a proper burial plot is often very work intensive and requires quite a bit of time. 

Dimensions will need to be the approximate width and length if you imagine your pet curled up lying down. The crucial part will be the depth. We want to prevent wild animals, and in some cases even housemates, from being able to dig up a loved one. This will require a depth typically of three to five feet

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