In New York State, is it legal to bury a pet on your property?

If like me, you have pets, you love them unconditionally. For those of us who don’t have kids, they’re the closest thing to it in my opinion. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, I’ve been around animals for most of my life.

Around 2000, my wife and I decided to adopt a Greyhound and immediately fell in love with this breed of dog. We have since adopted several and even fostered for about five years, placing nearly 40 Greyhounds in southern New York and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Having a pet is good for you in many ways. They never judge and are there for you when you are having a bad day. Plus, you give them a good home and a good life.

If there’s one thing that bothers me about having pets, it’s the fact that they don’t live very long. But that never deterred me from adopting a pet. The average lifespan of a Greyhound is 10 to 14 years. Dogs can live an average of 7 to 15 years depending on the breed. Cats tend to live longer – 12 to 18 years. We had a dog that lived to be 15 and a cat that lived to be 20.

So when that inevitable day comes when your pet crosses the Rainbow Bridge, what do you do? Some may prefer to bury their pet on their private property, but is it legal in New York State? When I was growing up, and one of our pets died, they were buried on our property. I doubt anyone has checked the rules, though.

According to the Pet Farwell website, it is legal in most states, including New York State, but there are rules and regulations to follow. And each municipality may have specific laws about whether or not you can bury a pet on your property. Pet Farewell notes that, in general, it is illegal to bury a pet on public lands and parks.

There are other options. Since my wife and I adopted Greyhounds, they are too big to be buried in our small yard, so we asked our vet to send our dogs to be cremated. And the other option is to bury your beloved pet at a local pet cemetery.

There’s no limit to how much you can love and care for your pet, and hopefully it will live a long life.

via Pet Farewell

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