Pets News

A Bangor cemetery will now let people be buried with their pets

It’s estimated that close to two-thirds of American households have at least one pet — mostly dogs and cats, who are often treated as treasured members of the family, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Those numbers aren’t lost on Stephen Burrill, director of Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor, who in recent years has fielded a number of requests from individuals and couples who wish to be buried with their beloved dog or cat. But before this year, pet burials of any kind were not allowed at Mount Hope.

Over the past year, Burrill and his staff at the cemetery decided to respond to those requests and develop a new lot, the Whole-Family Lot, at Mount Hope that will allow people to be buried with the cremated remains of their family pet — the first such option to be allowed in a cemetery in Maine.