Hyderabad: For many pet parents who consider their animals as family members, when they pass away due to old age or some ailment, the void left is a huge one. The pets are a companion some use as crutch to get by in the harshness of the real world.
Usually, when pets pass away unless the owners have a piece of land they can use for burial, they have to depend on burial grounds meant for humans and crematoriums which offer a small space for the burial of pets. The closure that comes with performing final rites doesn’t come and many grieve for a long time.
But, soon there is going to be a first-of-its-kind crematorium in the city where one can give a proper farewell to their beloved pets. People’s for Animals (PFA) Abhaya is set to open an electric crematorium for pets at their Nagole shelter. The crematorium will be constructed on 3-acre land owned by the GHMC.
“As a pet owner myself, I have seen people struggling to bury their beloved pets. Currently, only a few places in the city provide some space to bury pets, one is Swarg Vatika in Secunderabad. In other places, if one requests to cremate the pets, they get an outright no from the crematorium operators,” explains Sumathi, who is on the board of PFA and is working closely with GHMC authorities to get approval for setting up the electric crematorium at Nagole.
“We have already put in the order for the machine. Our target is Rs 50 lakh and so far, we have managed to get Rs 12 lakh from donations. The shed that will house the machine is ready,” said Sumathi. There is no religious limitation of any kind and anyone wanting to cremate their pet regardless of what animal it is can do so here. Once the cremation is done, the pet parents can choose to plant a sapling along with the ashes achieving peace and giving back to Mother Nature in this way.
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