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Would you visit a pet cemetery? 6 to explore

By: Matt Hickman on Sept. 24, 2013, 10:35 a.m.
Rin Tin Tin's grave in Cimetiere des chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques, Paris

Photo: Jeri Dansky/Flickr

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Cemetery of Dogs and Other Domestic Animals, Paris

Way less trafficked than Paris' famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques (“The Cemetery of Dogs and Other Domestic Animals”) claims to be the oldest formal, non-ancient pet burial ground in the world (although it would seem that Hartsdale in New York was established a couple of years prior).

Located in the northwest Paris commune of Asnières-dur-Seine, the cemetery was established in 1899 by a journalist and a lawyer in reaction to a new law that forbade Parisians from dumping their dearly departed pets in the trash or the river or burying them wherever they saw fit.

The cemetery’s main draw is the final resting place of Rin Tin Tin, a German shepherd rescued from a World War I battlefield in France and put to work in show biz. This hardworking pooch appeared in nearly 30 pictures and caused quite the stir in 1929 when he won the very first Best Actor Oscar. However, it ultimately went to his human runner-up.