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Ancaster Pet Cemetery – A final resting place for our cherished furry friends

September 2023

They are with us for such a short time, but for many of us, the memory of them stays with us for as long as we live.

For almost 50 years, the Ancaster Pet Cemetery has been the final resting place for the beloved furry friends of Hamilton-area residents. Established by Hamilton veterinarian Dudley Collins, the treed, three-acre park-like setting provides a peaceful place for human companions to come and remember the furry family members who spend such a short time with us.

The Ancaster Pet Cemetery is zoned as a cemetery, which allows burials of pets in a shroud, box, casket, or simply laid in the ground, in addition to cremation plots. A variety of grave stones dot the property, from simple flat stones, to large upright tombstones with photos of the departed animal. Some graves feature small animal statues or a bust.

A small chapel can be found near the rear of the cemetery for funeral services and quiet remembrance. Cremated remains can also be interred in the columbarium niche inside the chapel.

While the cemetery is the final resting place primarily for cats and dogs, the cemetery also contains the remains of horses and even a tiger.

Owned and operated by Gateway Pet Cemeteries, the Ancaster Pet Cemetery is one of three pet cemeteries owned by Gateway across southern Ontario. Doing something special for them after they are gone can help with the grieving process, because as those who have shared their lives with fur-babies, we do grieve for them.

Sources: Ancaster Pet Cemetery | heatherclemenceau (wordpress.com), Cemeteries – Gateway Pet Memorial.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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