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Baltimore's First Public Pet Remembrance Ceremony

First Annual Pet Memorial Sunday Ceremony is being held September 9 for the public at Nicodemus Memorial Park at Baltimore Humane Society.

On Sunday, September 9th at 1 p.m.,  we will be holding our first annual Pet Memorial Sunday Ceremony in observance of National Pet Memorial Day. For anyone who has experienced the loss of a beloved pet, the sense of grief can be overwhelming, but seldom is there opportunity to mourn and express that grief.  Baltimore Humane Society takes the loss of a pet seriously and is inviting the public to the first annual Pet Memorial Sunday ceremony that will honor and express gratitude to all companion pets that have passed away. It will take place at the entrance of Nicodemus Memorial Park, our pet cemetery at on 1601 Nicodemus Road in Reisterstown.

The ceremony will be filled with interesting speakers and entertainment.  Andrew Mazan, Nicodemus Memorial Park Director and certified bereavement counselor, will lead the ceremony.  “Grief Response to Pet Loss” will be addressed by Veronica Clarke, MS, Bereavement Counselor from Stella Maris.  Dr. Mary Zink, Baltimore Humane Society Veterinary Medical Director, will speak on "Letting Go Without Guilt."  Rev. Alice Reid, spiritual director of the non-denominational Center for Spiritual Living Central Maryland, located in Reisterstown will speak about "Love Lives On".  Julie Cares, poet and Assistant Principal at North County High School in Glen Burnie will read her original poem, "She Hated My Singing".  Guitarist singer/songwriter Norm Hogeland will perform, and Monica Kuo and Minwei Cao from Dulaney Flute Ensemble will play during the flower ceremony.

Portrait artist, Joanna Barnum, will also be creating quick pencil sketches of pets from their photos for a nominal fee that will be shared with Baltimore humane Society. 

Pet Memorial Sunday ceremony is for anyone who may have experienced the loss of a beloved pet, no matter when the loss occurred.  Friends and family are also welcome. 

Anyone attending is asked to bring a photo of their pet to put on display during the ceremony and a flower to place in their honor.  They are also being asked to RSVP with the name or names of pets they’d like read aloud at the ceremony.  RSVP to 410-833-8848 ext. 219 or amazan@bmorehumane.org/

About the Baltimore Humane Society

The Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers low-cost veterinary care to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services.  We receive no funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations.  The Baltimore Humane Society is a proud member of BAWA (Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance) along with the MD SPCA, BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter), and Baltimore City Animal Control. For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visit www.bmorehumane.org or call 410-833-8848.

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