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America’s First Pet Burial Grounds - Est 1896

The Peaceable Kingdom


Hartsdale Pet Cemetery Front Gate

America’s First Pet Burial Grounds

  • Oldest operating pet cemetery in the world
  • Only pet cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Ranked Top 10 Cemetery in the World
  • Certified National Wildlife Habitat
  • Licensed Under New York State Law
  • The first and only pet cemetery in NYS to receive accreditation from the IAOPCC
  • Deed restricted land
  • Irrevocable Trust Funds managed by an independent trustee
  • Family owned and operated for over 40 years
  • Located 30 minutes north of Mid-Town Manhattan
  • Serving all religious denominations

"Throughout its exemplary history, Hartsdale is and always has been a much sought-after role model for cemeteries worldwide."

- International Association of Pet Cemeteries & Crematories

"From the moment you walk through the iron gate, pass beneath a canopy of shade trees and take in the thousands of graves planted with pink begonias, it becomes clear that Hartsdale is not your usual cemetery."

- L.A. Times - December 1, 2014.


Our pets provide companionship, acceptance, emotional support, and unconditional love during the time they share with us. In return, we love them and consider them members of the family. So when that special relationship comes to an end it is only natural to grieve. Many of us find comfort by memorializing our beloved pet in a meaningful way.

Ever since that fateful day in 1896 when Hartsdale’s founder Dr. Samuel Johnson performed a simple act of kindness for a grieving friend, Hartsdale Pet Cemetery has provided compassion and comfort by treating your pet with the same dignity and care as if he or she was our own.


  • Individual plots in sizes and prices to meet all budgets
  • Above-ground burial
  • Cremation Plots
  • Monuments
  • Caskets
  • Funerals and viewings
  • Gentle transportation
  • Pre-need planning
  • Prices for plot, casket and interment begin under $1,800 for small pets


For cremation services please click here.

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery Monuments



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.

The Peaceable Kingdom Book 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.


Please Help Us Preserve and Improve Our
Irreplaceable Treasure

The U.S. Department of the Interior added Hartsdale Pet Cemetery to the National Registry of Historic Places making it the first and only animal burial ground to receive such distinction as a site of profound cultural significance. With national recognition comes a new level of responsibility to care for Hartsdale’s many historic features. Time and weather have taken their toll on some of our finest works in granite, marble and bronze. The cemetery’s general maintenance fund is not sufficient to cover these costs, nor was it designed to do so. And, unlike human cemeteries, we do not receive federal and state funding. Therefore, we depend entirely on generous supporters like you to protect and preserve this legacy of animal history. Every penny of your donation directly supports our stated goals.

If you prefer to donate through the mail, visit this link to print a donate page and follow the instructions.

Please note that Hartsdale Pet Cemetery is not a 501(c)(3) corporation. Your contribution is not tax deductible.


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