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This New York Law Allows Pets To Be Buried Alongside Their Humans In Cemeteries

This New York Law Allows Pets To Be Buried Alongside Their Humans In Cemeteries

"For many New Yorkers, their pets are members of the family," Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. "This legislation will roll back this unnecessary regulation and give cemeteries the option to honor the last wishes of pet lovers across New York."

Losing a pet is always a heartbreaking moment for any parent. Having seen them as little babies and then losing them to old age or other health-related issues is always a difficult time for any pet owner. However, most pet owners don't have a lot of choices other than having them buried in a pet cemetery.

But New York has now made it possible by changing the rules when it comes to pets and where they’re buried after their death. The state passed the Pet Burial Law which now allows people to be buried alongside their pets if they want, at a human cemetery. And if you are not a cat or dog owner, the law also allows other domestic pet animals as well.



 

 

"For many New Yorkers, their pets are members of the family," Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. "This legislation will roll back this unnecessary regulation and give cemeteries the option to honor the last wishes of pet lovers across New York."



 

 

Meanwhile, Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer (R-Erie County), who had sponsored the law in the Senate, weighed in on the legislation and said: "For years now, New Yorkers have desired to have their pets interred in their grave, and cemeteries will now be able to offer this burial option as a result of this new law."

However, it is important to note that the law only permits cremated remains of pets to be buried. It also mentions that the cemeteries are not obligated to accept animals.

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"From companion animals to retired military service dogs, this new law honors the memory of the special relationships that exist between New Yorkers and their pets," George Webster, president of the New York State Association of Cemeteries, had said in a statement.

It's not just New York that is making laws that pet lovers appreciate, Michigan recently became a 'no-kill' state for shelter animals.  

 



 

 

In order for any US state to be considered a no-kill state, at least 90% of the shelter animals must either be returned to owners, transferred to other shelters and rescue organizations, or adopted. 

A huge credit for this incredible achievement goes to Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, which is the statewide organization that looks after ending the killing of homeless healthy and treatable cats and dogs in Michigan.

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