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Would you visit a pet cemetery? 6 to explore

By: Matt Hickman on Sept. 24, 2013, 10:35 a.m.
Hartsdale Pet Cemetery

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Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, Hartsdale, N.Y.

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, aka “The Peaceable Kingdom,” is by far the oldest and largest in the United States. It was established in 1896 by a veterinarian and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. More than 80,000 critters are interred on the grounds of this one-time apple orchard just north of New York City in Westchester County. It pretty much functions like a human cemetery, with cremation services, above-ground burials and sensible payment plans.

Visitors can see the final resting places of pets that belonged to celebrities like Mariah Carey, chef Rocco DiSpirito, cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden and diva Diana Ross. And then there’s Goldfleck, a lion cub that resided at the Plaza Hotel with an eccentric Hungarian princess until he passed in 1912. Hartsdale also has a War Dog Memorial, dedicated in 1923 to pooches that perished serving the United States during wartime.

Finally, hundreds of humans are buried here as well: While it’s verboten for animals to be interred within human burial grounds, pet owners can spend eternity in pet cemeteries so long as the remains are cremated.