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Pet cemetery: how and where to bury a dog / cat?

Animal cemetery

There comes a point in the life of every animal keeper when you have to say goodbye to your most faithful friend forever.

Time spent together with a friend are moments that will remain in the carer's heart forever.

The memory of a beloved animal, which accompanied us both in worse and better times, is a treasure worth cherishing in oneself.

On the one hand, memories are related to the pain caused by such a great loss, but on the other hand, they remind us of happy moments that give hope for the future.

Although the timing is not the best, you have to think about what to do next.

What awaits the guardian after the death of his pet?

What to prepare for?

What is the difference between utilization and cremation?

How to bury a dog?

You will find answers to these difficult questions in the article below.

  • Dog burial recipes: where to bury your dog / cat?
  • Animal cemetery
  • How to bury a dog / cat?
    • Cost of dog / cat burial
  • What does a dog / cat cemetery look like?
  • How to prepare the body of a deceased pet?

Dog burial recipes: where to bury your dog / cat?

How to bury a dog / cat?

What to do with the corpse?

According to Polish law, our dead pet cannot be buried in public areas, i.e. in a forest or park, but it is also not allowed to do it in the backyard garden on your own plot.

Why is it like that?

In the light of the law, our little friends, treated by us as household members, are, to put it brutally, waste that must be disposed of.

Dead animals fall under a specific category of residues.

Pursuant to Art. 154 §1 and §2 of the Code of Petty Offenses (Journal. AT. from 1971., 12, item. 114) - whoever throws stones, rubbish, carrion or other debris onto a field that does not belong to him is subject to a fine of up to PLN 1,000 or a reprimand.

Moreover, Art. 162 §1 provides that whoever in forests pollutes the soil or water or throws stones, rubbish, scrap, carrion or other waste into the forest, or litter the forest in any other way, is also subject to a fine or a reprimand.

Act on maintaining cleanliness and order in municipalities (Journal. AT. of 2013, item. 1399) in art. 3 sec. 2 points. 2c (ensuring cleanliness and order in your area, as well as creating conditions necessary for their maintenance).

The competent authority may decide, where appropriate, that dead pet animals may be disposed of directly as waste by burying.

At present, Poland does not have any autonomous regulations which generally provide for such a possibility.

Therefore, legally burying a fallen pet animal would require a permit issued by an administrative decision by the poviat veterinarian, of course with the consent of the voivodeship environmental protection inspector.

Animal cemeteries are under the supervision of the Veterinary Inspection so that the funeral procedure is hygienic and safe for the environment.

Animal cemetery

I like watching travel programs, e.g. The Woman at the End of the World.

In the episode where Martyna Wojciechowska was with a TV crew in Japan, they visited a funeral home for animals.

Reporters were shocked by this place.

But is it right??

In Poland, the first such place was established in 1991, but in the world there is history animal burials goes back two thousand years!

Animal cemetery, dated at the turn of the 1st and 2nd century AD.e., was discovered in the Roman port city of Berenike, on the Red Sea.

It is one of the oldest documented burial sites for animals domesticated.

Most animal cemeteries located in the United States and Canada.

It has been operating since 1896 and has been operating since 1896 cemetery for animals in the Hartsdale District of White Plans, near New York City.

It rests on, among others.in. two dogs, whose burial was paid for by institutions:

  • The US Army funded a burial and tombstone for one of the dogs serving in the US Army,
  • another, however, was rewarded by the Anti-Victory League, as a victim of vivisection.

On the US naval base on the island of Guam there is a cemetery of military dogs who gave their lives taking part in the fighting for the liberation of the island in 1944.

They assisted soldiers as messengers and scouts - inspecting caves, fortifications and looking for trap mines.

Many American marines owed their lives to them.

In modern Europe, it is the first to be officially opened animal cemetery there was a London cemetery on the grounds Hyde Park, opened in 1881.

A very famous facility of this type is founded in 1899 Cimetière des Chiens in Asnières in France, where m.in. the famous Bernardine Barry.

The cemetery still exists today and serves as the resting place of over 50,000 people. animals, mainly dogs.

Even before World War I, a similar facility was opened in Berlin, at ul. Müller.

It was then moved to the Stahnsdorf district.

There are also many private, small animal cemeteries on private estates.

In the park of the villa Wahnfried in Bayreuth around Richard Wagner's grave there are smaller graves of the composer's dogs.

In Germany, there are common cemeteries for humans and animals for example Our Haven (Unsere Hafen) near Koblenz.

Such a burial is possible only in an urn grave.

There is no joint funeral ceremony, and there are separate places for people and animals to say goodbye at the cemetery.

For now, this is a not very popular trend, especially at quite high prices.

Necropolises for four-legged friends, they are not always established by companies.

Often, such an initiative comes from private individuals or veterinarians, e.g.:

  • Granica cemetery in Ropczyce,
  • Rainbow Bridge in Szymanów.

Funeral sites for animals in Poland, they are also established by shelters for homeless animals:

  • mortuary in Rybnik,
  • A moment for Pupil in Bytom,
  • Pupila's meadow in Piła.

People professionally involved in caring for animals have such a personal attitude to them that they create places that allow for their commemoration.

Municipal and private companies involved in waste disposal also see the difference between keeping a pet and disposing of animal waste.

Examples of mortuary sites established by such companies are:

  • Pupilków Valley in Słupsk,
  • Rainbow Forest in Toruń,
  • Clearing of Friends in Gorzów Wielkopolski.

In the case of these enterprises, establishing a cemetery for animals seems to be a natural extension of the services provided.

I present here examples of establishments located in Poland that are supervised by veterinary authorities:

  1. Cemetery for animals Tęczowy Most, Jagielski, Szymanów 7, 55-080 Kąty Wrocławskie.
  2. Inter-municipal Waste Disposal Complex Pro Natura sp. with o.about., ul. Prądocińska 28, Bydgoszcz.
  3. Makstan Burial of Domestic Animals, Mochle 42, Sicienko.
  4. Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Oczyszczania sp. with o.about. in Toruń, Grudziądzka 159, 87-100 Toruń.
  5. Funeral home for pets, Kociewska 36/38 Toruń.
  6. Zakład Utylizacji Odpadów sp. with o.o, ul. Teatralna 49, Gorzów Wielkopolski.
  7. Psi Los, Okuniewska 41, Halinów
  8. Social cooperative Galicja, Rakszawa.
  9. Cemetery of small animals Iwaszko Krzysztof, Ripped,
  10. Animal burial ground at the shelter for homeless animals at the Agricultural Production Cooperative, Rybnik.
  11. Always Together, sp. with o.about. Gdansk.
  12. Cemetery for Animals Dolina Pupilków Przedsiębiorstwo Gospodarki Komunalnej, sp. with o. about., Słupsk.
  13. Shelter for Homeless Animals in Bytom, Grzebowisko Bytom.
  14. Cemetery for pets in Piła Leszków, Spółka Wodno-Ściekowa Gwda sp. with o.about, saw.
  15. Psi Los animal cemetery in Konik Nowy nearby Of Warsaw.
  16. The Granica funeral ground, ul. Polna Ropczyce-Granice, voiv.Podkarpackie Province.
  17. Clearing of Friends ul. Małyszyńska, 180 66-400 Gorzów Wielkopolski.

How to bury a dog / cat?

The burial of a dog is no different from the burial of a cat, except for the price, because we will pay less for the burial of a cat, because the body weight is lower.

In the veterinary clinic, you can leave the corpse, which is stored in a cold store (similar to the corpse in refrigerators in human dissecting rooms) and later picked up by the disposal company with which the clinic has a signed contract.

Such a company deals with collective cremation, which means that the ashes cannot be recovered afterwards.

The situation is different in the case of funeral parlors for animals.

They are also equipped with cremation ovens so that individual cremation is possible, often under the supervision of an animal guardian.

Cost of dog / cat burial

It is worth considering what amounts we should prepare for depending on the type of burial.

The price of leaving a corpse in a veterinary clinic depends, basically, on the weight of the animal.

Depending on the company with which the clinic has a signed contract, this may be from 5 PLN to 15 PLN (or more, here are the approximate prices I met) per kg of body weight, i.e. too large dog, e.g. it may even be a saint PLN 400.

Animal cemeteries offer more comprehensive services, but prices are also correspondingly higher.

Sample price list of a company from Gdańsk:

Collective cremation - ashes cannot be recovered

Service with burial of ashes in the mass grave at the Animal Cemetery - from 100 PLN to 490 PLN (depending on the weight of the animal).

This service is free for blind dogs.

Individual cremation

Possibility of recovering and collecting the ashes or burying the urn in an individual grave in the Cemetery - from 350 PLN to 990 PLN, depending on the size of the pet.

State Service dogs (police, border guards) - 25% discount.

Earthen burial urn with ashes

Individual earth grave intended for burial after individual cremation:

  • for 2 years - 100 zloty,
  • for 5 years - PLN 200.

A tombstone

Standard light board (granite) 35 x 35 cm - PLN 150.


The engraving service is PLN 5 / letter, min. 100 zloty.

Diamond Always Together

Creation "Diamond Always Together "From postmortem ashes or pet's hair.


Own transport of the animal to the crematorium or the possibility of collecting the body directly from the house:

  • weekdays:
    • Tri-City (individual cremation) - PLN 0,
    • Tri-City (collective cremation) - PLN 100
    • other (Google Maps calculation) - PLN 1 / km,
  • weekends and holidays:
    • pickup from home / clinic + PLN 100,
    • collection at the crematorium + PLN 100.

For comparison, I also present the price list of the animal cemetery and crematorium near Wrocław:

Collective cremation:

  • rodents - 50 PLN,
  • rabbits, cats, dogs up to 5 kg - PLN 80,
  • cats and dogs up to 10 kg - PLN 90,
  • dogs up to 30 kg - PLN 120,
  • dogs up to 50 kg - 150 PLN,
  • dogs over 50 kg - PLN 220.

For those of you who do not want to take their friend's ashes with them, or to hide them in an individual grave in the cemetery, they offer collective cremation as a form of goodbye to their pet.

Cremation takes place without the assistance of a guardian, and the ashes are buried in the columbarium.

Those of you who do not want or cannot look after the graves, but only want to put a sign with a name or a few words from themselves, can do it on a memorial plaque - there you can always light a candle or leave flowers.

Individual cremation:

  • cat and dog up to 5 kg - PLN 800,
  • dog up to 10 kg - 900 PLN,
  • dog up to 30 kg - 1100 PLN,
  • dog up to 40 kg - PLN 1250,
  • dog over 40 kg - 1350 PLN.

The price includes the cost of a wooden urn and a certificate confirming that the owner can freely dispose of his friend's ashes.

Ashes are dispensed in an urn, in addition, inside they are secured in a bag - it protects them against accidental spillage.

The process is started for one body only, and after removing the ashes, the furnace is thoroughly cleaned each time, which excludes the possibility of the ashes mixed up - the owner can witness the entire process - from placing the body in the chamber, to placing the ashes in the urn.

Individual burial:

A single grave, the price already includes the cost of a stone, a commemorative plaque and the care of the grave for a period of 2 years.

Price from PLN 350.

The presented prices may change as well as be higher.

Each funeral home or clinic sets prices individually.

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What does a dog / cat cemetery look like?

Where to bury your dog / cat?

In fact, they are not much different from human cemeteries when it comes to buildings.

The area where it is located necropolis for animals Usually it takes up several thousand square meters with the possibility of enlarging the area even up to several thousand meters.

The location is usually small towns or the outskirts of large cities, as well as animal shelters.

These places, like human cemeteries, must of course be well secured, i.e. specially fenced, for example against wild animals (high walls or metal mesh).

Burial places in the cemetery, i.e. the so-called plots, are arranged in a specific order, most often along paths that are paved in various ways, e.g. made of cobblestones, often divided into sectors depending on the species of animal, i.e. there is a part where dogs rest, and the other part cats.

Additionally, each pet may have a plaque or a tombstone if its guardians have decided to individually burial.

These can be stone slabs engraved with the name, age, date of birth and death and a personal dedication.

In addition to typical stone slabs, these can be those pieces of earth with flowers planted on them, separated by decorative stones or wooden fences.

There is also, after obtaining the appropriate consent, the possibility of planting a tree or shrub for your pet.

What differs animal graves from human ones, apart from their size, is also the lack of crosses or images of saints at the tombstones.

The majority of animals are buried in the ground after cremation.

Before that, the body is incinerated in a special furnace, which lasts from 1-3 hours, depending on the size of the animal.

Most often, the facility allows the presence of a corpse when it is incinerated, so that we can be sure that it is the body of our friend that goes to the urn (this applies, of course, to an individual burial).

The only exception to this rule is the Tęczowy Most mortuary in Szymanów, which has a columbarium, i.e. a rectangular structure divided into small squares constituting many small graves.

The ashes are poured into an urn and placed on a stone shelf.

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How to prepare the body of a deceased pet?

If the dog's death takes place at or near a home, and not at a veterinary clinic, the owner remains with the friend's body and must ensure that it is properly secured until cremation.

Remember to put on protective gloves before carrying out body protection.

The pet must be wrapped in a towel or blanket, put into a bag, and then stored in a cool place.


The last farewell to our fur gives us a chance to come to terms with fate, it is cleansing and makes us familiar with the situation.

This is a good time to remember the beautiful moments and joy that our little friends gave us.

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