The Green Pet-Burial Society supports the certification program of the Green Burial Council (GBC). The GBC previously only certified human cemeteries, but with the advent of the Green Pet-Burial Society, will certify pet cemeteries and providers (e.g., caskets, monuments, crematoria) on established ecological standards:
The Green Burial Council is an independent … nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainable deathcare and the use of burial as a new means of protecting natural areas … [and] has become the standard-bearer in this nascent field and the conduit for conservation.
Green Burial Options
The Pet Cemeteries listed below correspond to the four categories of green burials (see the bottom of our About page). We also provide a list of green Whole-Family Cemeteries that allow for the full-body burial of a pet’s remains in family plots. Cemeteries are listed alphabetically. If a cemetery does not reflect your sensibilities, try another; it is best to shop around.
Note: The vision, philosophy and policies of each cemetery are unique. Being listed is not an endorsement by the Green Pet-Burial Society.
Providers: Contact us if your facility is not listed below. To be certified for providing green burials, contact the Green Burial Council directly.*
Hybrid Pet Cemeteries
Pet cemeteries with designated green burial sections, i.e., pets are interred in biodegradable caskets (e.g., all wood, paper, or wicker – no metal nails or toxic glues) and/or biodegradable shrouds.
- Deceased Pet Care – Atlanta, GA
- Pet Memorial Acres – Town of Brookfield, NY
- Ridgeview Memorial Gardens – Grandville, MI (ask about their green pet burial section w/markers, as well as Pepper’s Meadow w/o markers)
Low-Impact Pet Cemeteries
Burial only using eco-friendly containers or shrouds in a park-like setting. A program of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has been adopted for the grounds. Above the surface, these cemeteries may appear to like traditional cemeteries or memorial parks.
- Angels Rest, Kanab UT – a project of Best Friends Animal Society; caskets are not used.
Natural Pet-Burial Grounds
Pet cemeteries that inter pets in biodegradable caskets and/or shrouds, follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM) standards, but which have not set policies to maintain their grounds as a nature preserve.
(none listed at this time)
Conservation Pet Burial Grounds / Wildlife Preserve
Pet cemeteries that include the above and also have developed policies and procedures to maintain their land as a nature preserve / wildlife preserve.
- *Greenhaven Preserve, Eastover, SC – in addition to family plots, they have a separate pet-burial section.
Green cemeteries that allow pets’ remains to be buried in family plots.
- *Cedar Brook Burial Ground, Limington, ME - they operate a tree farm. A tree is planted on each grave, to be harvested in 30-40 years.
- Dust to Dust Green Burial Cemetery, Swansea, SC
- *Greenhaven Preserve, Eastover, SC
- *Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve, Glendale, FL
- *Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, Gainesville, FL
- *Ramsey Creek Preserve, Westminster, SC
- *Steelmantown Cemetery, Woodbine, NJ
The People and Pet Gardens at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage, Pennsylvania inters pets and humans, but they don’t provide green burial options at this time.
* Only cemeteries with an asterisk (*) have been certified by the Green Burial Council.
For International Providers, click here.
updated January 31, 2014