Losing a pet is never an easy thing to have to deal with, especially when you have become used to their comfort and love, and the process for grieving for a lost pet is often a painful one to bear, but did you know that in most cases, it is completely illegal to bury your pet in your own yard if you do not own the property yourself? Many people do not know this, and it can cause some serious problems if the land owner decides that they are not comfortable with you having buried your pet on their property. So what do you need to know about making sure that you have the legal ability to inter your beloved animal friend? Here are a few key points to keep in mind if you have the unfortunate task of finding a final resting place for your pet. 

How Do I Know If I Am Buring My Pet Legally?

Most people have no idea that there are laws and rules in place for where you can place a pet's body after it passes away. If you decide to bury your pet in your yard, you have to make sure that you have the permission of the person who owns the property before doing so. If you live in a rural or suburban area, the likelihood of having to actually get permission to have a burial ceremony or to use the land for interment purposes is more of a reality than if you live in a country area where most people are not as concerned about the use of land for natural purposes. The best way to make sure that you are doing things the legal way is to find a local pet cemetery. You can find one by searching online or by asking fellow pet lovers who have also had to deal with the loss of a beloved animal friend. Checking with the International Association of Pet Cemeteries is a good idea as well. Once you find one, they will fill you in on the legal process for having your pet interred at their cemetery. 

What Do I Do After I Do My Research?

Once you have obtained permission, preferably in a written form, from a landlord or property owner, you are past the first major issue that could come about as a part of the pet burial process. The second thing that you will have to worry about is the actual process itself. 

What Are The Legal Concerns of Burying My Pet?

Many areas have regulations as far as how you bury the animal, including depth of the grave itself and what kind of container is used to do so. For instance, a plastic box would be preferred over a cardboard box in most cases due to environmental concerns with water and soil contamination as well as spread of potential diseases. Depth is usually an issue because it is preferable that no one is likely to uncover the remains at any point in time on accident, which could cause emotional as well as liability issues. 

As long as you are sure to consult your local authorities about what the legal process is for pet burial, you are sure to do things properly and can insure that you have a nice spot for your loved one. Pets are very important and it is a great idea to know that you are doing the right thing when it comes to finding a final resting place for them. Put your mind at ease by finding out the rules for your own property and your pet will forever be a part of your family and remain close to home.