The bond between pet parent and furry companion is a significant one. Regardless of whether you've lived with your pet for one year or ten, there's a good chance that you'd never stand to be parted from your canine companion or feline friend unless you really needed to be.
Up until recently, the only thing able to create such a void has been death, but since September, the State of New York has been working to quell even death's hold over the pet parent and animal relationship. New legislation has made it possible for people to be buried with the cremated remains of their pets.
In a statement made at the signing of the legislature in September, Governor Andrew Cuomo explained his reason for backing such a move: "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."
The legislation which passed the measure earlier this year will allow not-for-profit cemeteries to offer pet parents the option of being buried with the cremated remains of their beloved furry companions. However, cemeteries will not be required to accept pet remains and written consent must first be sought by all pet parents wishing to do so. This law does not apply to cemeteries owned by religious associations or societies.
The new law is not the first to allow humans and pets to be interred together. Three years ago, it became legal for the cremated remains of pet parents to be interred with their recently deceased four-legged friends in pet cemeteries.
Coming out in support of the new legislation, New York State Association of Cemeteries President George Webster described what it would mean to pet parents across the region: "From companion animals to retired military service dogs, this new law honors the memory of the special relationships that exist between New Yorkers and their pets." Put simply, the legislation will allow that special bond between pet parent and furry companion to exist long after death.
Have you ever considered being buried with the remains of your pet that has passed? How do you feel about New York's move to overturn previous rulings against such burials? Let us know in the comments section!