Pet Memorials Started After World War I
Many dogs were reported to perform acts of heroism on the battlefields of World War I when the concept of pet memorials gained acceptance. By the end of the War there were more than 2,000 graves at Hartsdale, where pets are buried in pet urns, and pet caskets with pet memorial markers. More pets were buried at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery and Crematory, America’s oldest and most prestigious pet burial grounds, than during the previous two decades.
Today, cities all across America have pet memorials, and new websites are popping up online that commemorate pets. According to one such company’s founder, “People find much peace in putting their family pets to rest,” said Colleen Mihelich, Peternity.com.
It was in 1896 when Dr. Samuel Johnson, a prominent New York City veterinarian, offered his apple orchard as a burial plot for his