An honorable and scientific farewell to companion dogs in Guwahati
The cemetery also features a wall of epitaphs for the owners to remember.
A memorial park has been established for companion dogs on the outskirts of Guwahati. The first of its kind in the northeast, the dog cemetery offers a scientific burial place and a wall of epitaphs for their owners to remember.
The memorial park covers 2 bighas (One bigha equals 14,400 square feet) adjoining a pet hospital run by Just Be Friendly (JBF), an NGO, in Mairakuchi. The place is about 30 km east of Guwahati.
“A lot of people throw the carcasses of their pets into bodies of water or dumps. We have decided to provide a space where their bodies can be disposed of honorably and scientifically, ”said Sashanka Sekhar Dutta of JBF. The hindu Tuesday.
The cemetery adjoins the JBF Integrated Animal Care and Resource Center, including a pet hospital that the NGO manages over 7.5 bighas.
“We will soon be erecting a wall where pet owners can write down the details of the buried dogs and can visit periodically in remembrance,” he said.
Opened a month ago, a dozen dogs were buried in the park. But work on the park has been stopped in the meantime because of the rains.
JBF members have said the process of burying a dog scientifically costs at least 3,000, but they have set no charge for the service. Pet owners have the option of making a donation to the NGO for grounds maintenance and related services.
The JBF started a rabies control program a few years ago and continued with the pet hospital project. The hospital has 44 kennels, each accommodating up to three dogs that are undergoing surgery.
The hospital expects to have a few catteries in about a month.