WFLA.com found out about the costs of pet burials in the Tampa Bay area, in case you are curious.
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor has a pet cemetery in addition to a cemetery for humans. President and CEO Keenan Knopke estimated there are about 200 to 300 dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets, birds and 1 snake at the pet cemetery, which is about 1/2 acre in size. Some Pinellas County Sheriff's Office K9 deputies are buried at the Curlew Hills Pet Cemetery which is also where the sheriff's office holds its K9 memorials.
Knopke says traditional pet burial costs at Curlew Hills range from $1,345 to $1,950 depending on the size of the pet and include a grave space, marker, casket, digging and closing of the grave, and a graveside service.
Curlew Hills also offers a pet cremation service which costs $160 to $400, depending on the size of the animal. Curlew Hills arranges for another company to perform "private" cremations for individual pets, as opposed to a communal cremation in which multiple pets are cremated at the same time.
"The owner gets their pet's remains only," Knopke said of the private cremations.
Curlew Hills also offers burials for cremated pets. The pricing structure is similar to what is mentioned above, but the pet owner pays for an urn instead of a casket.
Knopke says that pet owners and pets who are both cremated can be interred together in separate urns. Curlew Hills also has benches on its ground where the cremated remains of pets and humans can be placed.
Most pet cemeteries and crematories do not list prices on their website. They ask you to call for prices. You might want to call multiple providers to comparison shop and ask questions to see which provider is right for you, before making your decision.