New State Law Allows Pets To Be Buried Alongside Their Humans At Cemeteries

Pet cemeteries used to be the only option for pet owners who didn’t want to be separated from their beloved pets after death. 

But if humans could be buried at pet cemeteries, then why shouldn’t pets be allowed to be buried at human cemeteries?

Now that has become a reality in the state of New York, thanks to a new law that was recently signed into effect by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The new law permits cremated remains of pets to be buried alongside their owners in human cemeteries.

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In addition to your dog or cat, the law covers many different animals, including reptiles and invertebrates as well.

While religious cemeteries are exempt and other cemeteries are allowed to deny pets, it’s still a big step forward with progress made.

Before this law, people who wanted to be buried with their pets had to do so in pet cemeteries only. Edward C. Martin Jr., director of Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Westchester County, says about five to seven people are buried there with their pets each year.

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Pets are considered family to most people, so it’s no surprise that people prefer to be buried next to their pets, just like they’re buried next to human family members.

While it wasn’t always legal, people still found a way to be buried with their pets in human cemeteries. Their loved ones would sneak the pet’s urn into their owner’s casket, but with this new law, people won’t have to sneak anymore.

But of course the pet doesn’t always pass away before its owner. The new law also allows the pet’s cremated remains to be buried later in the same cemetery as its owner if its owner dies first.

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Lucky Elderly Man Is Greeted Every Day By A “Friend” Who Crawls Out Of The Ice:

We’ve all seen some unique and unlikely friendships over the years, but this one here may take the cake!

One day, a starving otter appeared at an elderly man’s door wanting some food. Ever since, Seppo Laamanen, 65, and Iivari the otter have been inseparable best friends.

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It all started when Seppo fed worms and fish to the small and malnourished otter who was clearly looking for food.

After that, the friendly animal repaid the kindness by visiting the man at his home in Punkaharju in easter Finland. This was the start of something special.

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There’s no way Seppo could’ve ever imagined it’d all lead to this. This adorably unique friendship is one for the ages, and it’s something you have to see to believe.

There’s nothing like the bond between two friends regardless of the species! 🙂

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10 Of The “Most Loyal” Dog Breeds On The Planet

Giving love and support to humans is something that some dogs do better than others.

While many dogs love everyone they meet and are willing to take treats or belly rubs from anyone, the pups we found are just the opposite.

These 10 dogs are some of the most loyal breeds on the planet. They are rock steady in their loyalty to their owner no matter what.

1) Akita

When the American Kennel Club (AKC) lists loyalty to describe the temperament of the Akita, you know they mean business. The beautiful double-coated working dog of Japanese ancestry is considered hardwired in protecting those she loves. They should be socialized with other dogs and people from the time they are puppies. Their silly, fun, but dignified personalities round out the loyal Akita.

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2) Boxer

This working dog is smart, full of energy, and oh so loyal to their family. They get along great with kids and have an innate instinct to protect their pack. He’s a watchdog with a heart of gold who oozes dedication to his owner.

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3) Skye Terrier

Known as the “small dog with the big ears,” this adorable breed hails from the Scottish Isle of Skye, hence the name. Whether you live in the city or the country, this small dog with a big personality is steadfast in snuggling, playtime, and remaining loyal to his owners.

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4) Beagle

This merry hound is friendly, curious and incredibly loyal. While he doesn’t mind the occasional couch potato time, this spunky pooch is energetic and merry. A fun fact about this hound: the breed standard is for 13 inches and under and another in the 13-15 inch category. No matter how you size him, these adorable dogs just want to cling to you.

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5) Shar-Pei

This wrinkly non-sporting breed is standoffish to strangers but very loyal to his owner. His ancient Chinese roots are part of the charm of the Shar-Pei. Regal, strong, and smart, if you want a BFF for life, this loose-skinned pooch may be the right choice for you.

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