New York Passes Law That Allows Cremated Pets To Be Buried With Owners

PetMD Editorial
Published: September 28, 2016
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For pet lovers in New York state who want to take their beloved, deceased dog or cat with them to the great beyond, a new law has passed that will allow this to happen. 

On September 26, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that allows pet parents to be buried with their animal in a not-for-profit cemetery. 

According to a press release, the bill "will allow humans to be buried with their cremated pet with the cemetery’s written consent. Cemeteries will also be required to place all payments for the pet internment in its permanent maintenance fund and provide customers with a list of charges pertaining to the burial of the pet." 

But, for any pet parent considering this for their future plans, there are considerations to take. The law will go into effect immediately, and as New York State Department of State’s Division of Cemeteries explains to petMD, "If a cemetery is going to add a new charge to inter pet remains, that charge must be filed with the Division and approved before the service is provided." 

The department adds that it hopes to "post guidance on its website in the very near future regarding how this service can be offered and provided." 

But, as this new law comes into effect, Cuomo notes in the release that it will mean a lot to people whose wishes can now become a reality. "For many New Yorkers, their pets are members of the family. This legislation will roll back this unnecessary regulation and give cemeteries the option to honor the last wishes of pet lovers across New York." 

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer also shared his feelings on the new law, stating: "For years now, New Yorkers have desired to have their pets interred in their grave, and cemeteries will now be able to offer this burial option as a result of this new law. I am pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed it into law"

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