Each municipality has their own by-laws and legislation regarding home burial.  Please contact your city/township office for more details.  Additionally, you must own the property or have the property owner permission before burying your pet.

Should you choose to bury your pet at home…

  • It is recommended that you keep your pet’s body in cold storage if you are unable to bury them within a few hours of their death.
  • The burial hole should be dug to a depth of at least 4 feet, be 4 feet above the ground water table and allow for coverage with at least 4 feet of earth.
  • Maintain at least 100 feet from wells and/or waterways.
  • Be aware of and avoid buried water, gas or power lines.
  • Do not bury in areas prone to flooding.
  • Avoid wrapping your pet in plastic or synthetic material.  Choose natural fibre blankets, cardboard or a wooden box.
  • Additionally, it is advisable to cover the burial site with rocks for added protection from wild animals.