History

THE FIRST PET CEMETERY IN THE UNITED STATES

America’s first pet cemetery was established in 1896 by a New York City Veterinarian, who offered an apple orchard at his bucolic summer retreat in nearby Westchester County to serve as a burial plot for a bereaved friend’s dog.  That single compassionate act served as the cornerstone for what was to become America’s first pet cemetery.

Today the beautiful hillside location known as “The Peaceable Kingdom” is the final resting place for more than 80,000 pets of every description, including all manner dogs and cats as well as a number of more exotic pets, including a lion cub who lived at the Plaza Hotel. The plot-holders have included some of America’s most prominent financial and political figures, musicians, artists, celebrities of stage, screen and television. Some of the more unique treasures at Hartsdale include a fifty ton above-ground mausoleum for two spaniels, the first and largest of its kind, and the famous War Dog Memorial, which was dedicated after World War I and is the first public tribute to honor military canines for their bravery and sacrifice. For some, Hartsdale is such a special place that they have chosen to have their cremated remains rest in eternity with their family pets.

Click here to read more about the history of Hartsdale Cemetery.

Click here to purchase The Peaceable Kingdom in Hartsdale. All proceeds will be earmarked for preservation and beautification of our historic grounds.