Pet cemetery to be excavated ahead of move to new Oakville location

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Published August 9, 2023 at 11:10 am

The Oakville & Milton Humane Society is looking for a new home and need to excavate the existing pet cemetery to ensure all remains are safely stored before they are relocated to a new location. OMHS PHOTO

The Oakville and Milton Humane Society (OMHS) is looking for a new resting place for over 500 buried pets in its pet cemetery.

The local charitable animal organization says it has outgrown its current facility located at 445 Cornwall Rd. and is looking for a new home, but before it sells and vacates its current property the animal shelter needs to excavate the existing pet cemetery and safely store all remains before they are relocated to its new location.

The work to excavate the cemetery, expected to take 12 to 18 months, is slated to begin in mid-August and is being headed up by Dr. Tracy Rogers, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Forensic Science Program, Anthropology, at the University of Toronto along with her colleagues and students.

The OMHS will remain open during the work and says each plot will be hand dug and the remains identified, recorded, catalogued and stored in a secure location.

“We want to reassure the community that pet remains will be treated with the utmost care and respect,” said local humane society. “We are working with families who have pets at the cemetery to keep them informed of the project.

“We will properly store all remains until a new location is designated for the placement and memorialization of these beloved pets.”

The OMHS has been at its current location since 1951. Major redevelopment is being planned for the area by the town as part of the Midtown Oakville growth plan.

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