The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery will host its annual tree lighting ceremony Sunday afternoon (Dec. 16) to honor the memories of former pets.
The event will start at 1 p.m. and take place at the cemetery’s west gate entrance on North Washington Avenue in Hartsdale.
As part of the ceremony, the cemetery is asking for donations of dog and cat food that will be donated to animal shelters throughout Westchester and the region. Donors can also drop off items this week leading up to the event.
Cemetery officials say they understand that losing a pet is difficult any time of the year, but it can be especially emotional during the holiday season.
“I can’t tell you how many people look forward to this annual event,” said Edward Martin Jr., cemetery director. “We’ve been doing this for 25 years now. It’s our way of helping keep the memory of pets alive.”
Martin said he expects more than 150 people and their pets will attend the ceremony, which is open to the public.
The cemetery’s address is 75 Central Park Ave. For additional information about the event, call (914) 949-2583. You can also visit petcem.com.