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Pets in Peace



When it became apparent in 2001 that Boots was suffering, Hagan bravely put him in the car for a final trip to the vet. "He died while we were en route," she says somberly. "He knew how much it would hurt me to put him down and gave me that final gift."

Boots now rests under his favorite maple tree, where a richly engraved black granite bench tells his story. A nearby memorial pays tribute to Sandy, Hagan's dog, who passed away in 2008. Monuments, angel statues, pinwheels, and other memorials commemorate the lives of other beloved pets--Hagan estimates that there are between 200 and 300 now buried at Arborcrest.

"I honestly can't tell you how many kinds of animals we have," she confesses, but says that in addition to dogs and cats, she recalls sheep, llamas, snakes, rabbits, gophers, parrots, and ferrets among the cemetery's honored departed.

In addition to pet burial plots and memorials, Arborcrest offers pet caskets and funeral services and support. Costs for plots run from free--"We sometimes have a little boy or girl who'll find a dead bird and want us to bury it"--up to $200, a fee that includes digging the grave, interring the body, and doing the paperwork. The cost of a memorial runs from $75 and up for the stone and engraving. There is a one-time $75-$150 fee for memorial maintenance.

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