Believed to be the second-oldest pet cemetery in the country, Aspin Hill’s story begins in 1920 when dog breeders Richard and Bertha Birney bought eight acres of land to build a kennel to breed dogs. Initially, the cemetery was just a place for the Birneys to bury their own dogs and those of close friends. But as the kennel and their social circle grew, others wanted a place to bury their beloved pets, too.
A brochure advertising the couple’s new venture explained that Aspin Hill Memorial Park (named after a kennel they admired in England) was opened “in response to an urgent and insistent demand for a fitting place of this kind […] where the owners of faithful pets could feel assured of a permanent well-kept resting place for their real friends.”
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