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Could your backyard be a hidden pet cemetery?

by Karleen Jentz, Copywriter 18 August 2017

Strong attachments to our pets are prompting almost half of Australia’s fur-baby parents to bury their deceased cats or dogs in the backyard – even in rental properties, according to a new study.

Possibly as many as 785,000 rental properties were the final resting place for pets according to survey results published on

The preferred options for parting with pets were, in order:

  • backyard burials
  • cremation
  • leaving the pet at the vet
  • using an actual pet cemetery
  • taxidermy.

As pet owners Australia-wide will attest, parting with a fur-baby is a tearful time and the decision to bury or cremate is a personal one. If your gut feel is to go with a burial, consider a few things first.

  • Renters may prefer cremation because they can take their pet with them when they move to a new property.
  • Consider whether a burial is allowed under the terms or your lease or body corporate agreement.
  • Dial before you dig. You don’t want to hit a pipe or other infrastructure and add a costly repair bill to your grief.
  • WikiHow recommends you dig down at least three feet (around a metre) to prevent scavengers disrupting your fur-baby’s rest.

If you are struggling with the loss of your pet you can find support and counselling services online.

Are Fido and Feline still alive and kicking? Treat them to a new backyard. View our current listings for sale or check our listings for rent.