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Ancaster pet cemetery up for sale, asking $325K

07/05/2015 06:30 EDT | Updated 07/05/2016 05:59 EDT
The crypt keepers of Alf, Brutus, Princess and Pussy Kattle might be answering to new management.

That's because the Ancaster Pet Cemetery has been listed for sale with an asking price of $325,000 on the website businessforsale.com.

The listing describes the business, established in 1969, as close to three acres of rural land with about 2,500 remaining plots. With the land, buyers will also get the cemetery's chapel, tractor and other tools, according to the post.

The land is ideal for veterinarians or former pet cemetery owners, the post says. With an average of 50 burials a year, potential buyers should expect 40 more years of revenue.

People looking to get rid of the cemetery and change the land's use will have to take that up with the city of Hamilton, however.

A 2009 application for zoning changes saw the city modify the cemetery's zoning rules, restricting most kinds of buildings on the grounds for the purpose of pet burials.

Besides that, those looking to get rid of the cemetery would be affecting the resting grounds of Troy, a police dog that died in the line of duty in 1992.

Owners declined to comment on the sale when reached.

Pet burials have been in decline since the 1980s, said Nancy Graham of Thistledown Pet Crematory in Uxbridge. Laws in the '90s prevented families from burying pets in their backyard, so they looked for other ways to memorialize their furry loved ones.

Families originally looked to graveyards, Graham said, but with expenses, it doesn't make sense to bury a pet anymore.

"Plus families are so mobile now — always moving — it doesn't make sense to bury a pet for some people," Graham continued.

And the decline in pet burials gave rise to pet cremation, she said.

This is one of only two pet cemeteries in Hamilton, with the next closest located in Smithville.

So if you're looking to honour the lives of Hamilton's canines, felines and thoroughbreds, or just wanting the full Stephen King experience, here's your chance.

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