Most people share a special bond with their pets, so when we lose them, it’s like we are losing a family member. Pets help us get through some of the hardest times of our lives, and there’s never enough we can do to fully thank them for all they do, aside from showering them with love.
Best Friends Animal Society, an animal rescue organization, built a place named Angels Rest, where they hold a celebration every year to honor the pets who have passed away after touching our lives so deeply.
The annual ceremony celebrates “the unbreakable bonds we share with animals and honors those forever in our hearts.” Located in Utah, the cemetery’s paths are lined with animal statues and pebbles with messages on them.
“Angels Rest is a site of profound beauty and sacredness,” Best Friends wrote on their site. “Even on still days, you can hear the sound of its many wind chimes, representing those who have so deeply touched our lives.”
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“In the early days of Best Friends, we decided to have a place for burial for the animals who had passed away here. And that was for respect,” Cyrus Mejia, co-founder of Best Friends, said. “We make a commitment to every animal who comes into the sanctuary that we will care for them and give them the respect they may not have had in their lives – and even beyond their lives.”
Best Friends Animal Society works “to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets,” according to their website. “We do this by helping end the killing in America’s animal shelters through building community programs and partnerships all across the nation. We believe that by working together we can Save Them All.”
Watch a previous ceremony in the video below:
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