The time spent with our pets is full of memories and love. Sharing our lives with and caring for our animal family members brings heartfelt purpose, joy, and deep fulfillment. Because of the love shared between our animals and ourselves, the inevitability and reality of saying goodbye to that special animal is very painful.
If you have had to say goodbye to an animal family member, you have our sympathies. We understand the deep bond between an animal and their humans. We know the loss can be very emotional and difficult.
The Cedar Valley Humane Society offers affordable cremation services to honor and care for your beloved with integrity, dignity and compassion. Please call (319) 362-6288 for more information or to schedule the visit.
Pet Cemetery Decoration Guidelines
The Cedar Valley Humane Society property includes an on-site pet cemetery. The cemetery is no longer accepting additional pets at this time.
Spring marks the time to remove unsuitable decorations at the pet cemetery. This process begins April 1st and continues into the fall/winter depending on snow fall. We are asking that all Christmas/Holiday decorations be removed by April 1st. In order for a family to save any decorations placed on a grave, the decoration should be removed prior to these date.
Wind, rain, and sunshine all take a toll on the decorations, therefore, CVHS reserves the right to remove all flowers, wreaths or other decorations from lots when they become damaged or unsightly. When items are blown about by weather, the staff, volunteers, or the mowing crew have no choice but to dispose of them as replacement at specific sites is not possible.
Artificial flowers placed in the ground are easily damaged by weather and mowing. If they have to be moved for mowing, they are very difficult if not impossible to be placed back in the ground. We strongly urge securing the flowers in plastic vases that have spikes to allow placement in the ground. The vases aren’t perfect but are far superior to sticking the flower stems directly into the ground.
We can’t keep a watch on the cemetery 24/7 and, therefore, we must tell you that CVHS cannot not be liable for any flower or decoration removed or lost by any cause.
Items not allowed for placement on a lot within the cemetery include, but are not limited to, the following: shepherd’s hooks, coping, curbing, decorative rocks, fencing, hedging, grave mounds, borders or enclosures, glass, ceramic, or other fragile containers. All are prohibited for safety reasons. We do not want any objects to be picked up by a mower and flung into a passing car, person, or animal.