Resting place of beloved pets brought to bloom by volunteers

MemorialAnimals go away eternal paw prints on our hearts and now pet households in Midland have an exquisite area to honour and pay tribute to furry companions who’ve handed away. 

In recognition of World Pet Memorial Day on June 14, the Ontario SPCA Midland & District Animal Centre unveiled its new memorial backyard, marking an on-site cemetery the place members of the general public have laid beloved pets to relaxation prior to now.  

“In the case of our pets, they’re such part of our lives, they’re such part of our households. Simply as we burry our family members, it’s essential for us to have a spot to respect and honour our beloved animals and the place they held in our lives,” says Robin Elliott, Neighborhood Growth Coordinator, Ontario SPCA Midland & District Animal Centre. 

“To have an exquisite area like this to simply sit and replicate on these comfortable reminiscences with our beloved animals is extremely essential, so we’re very fortunate,” says Elliott. 

Labour of affection 

The memorial backyard is a labour of affection, made attainable by beneficiant donations, devoted volunteers and the experience and contributions of provides by the Midland Backyard Membership. 

“Gardens feed our souls. As a membership we’ve been trying to get ourselves concerned with supporting native horticulture initiatives,” says Backyard Membership president Kay Hawkins, who led the venture. 

“Anyplace that you may go and sit and replicate whether or not it’s the lack of a pet, the lack of a beloved one, it’s nice. That is a straightforward approach for me to present again.” 

Space resident, canine lover and long-time Ontario SPCA supporter Gary Roosen helped deliver the backyard to bloom. The grounds now illustrate the love and bond that exists between people and animals. 

“It makes me really feel actually good. That’s why you volunteer,” says Roosen. “It’s the reward you get; that good feeling.”  

 Thanks to donors and supporters 

Due to the onerous work of passionate supporters, this pet cemetery is now an exquisite and welcoming area for reflection on comfortable instances spent with furry mates who’ve handed away. 

“I don’t have sufficient phrases of gratitude. It was such an unbelievable day and to see this group of individuals come collectively to create this unbelievable area, is simply past phrases,” Elliott says. 

To study extra about pet loss help providers, or to make a tribute donation to the Ontario SPCA in honour of a beloved pet, go to 




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