Dennis Schrader and Marilyn Wheat headed the committee that has
diligently worked on the plans with members Dan Bailey, Judy Conzo
and Mick Turner.
The first section of the cemetery will offer 610 plots for
purchase. Each plot is 2 feet by 3 feet. As the first area becomes
full, there are places for many more plots to be created.
"The main idea is that the cemetery will be a simple but nice
final resting place for our pets," said Ellen Burbage, president of
the Humane Society of Logan County.
The cemetery will be a park-like place with a gazebo and pond.
But the beautifully planned and landscaped area will provide
more than just a final resting place for beloved pets. The cemetery
also offers the organization a way to earn income for the daily
costs of the shelter.
"The cemetery will bring in about $102,000 from the plots alone,"
said Schrader. "There will also be urns and granite stones for
The project started about five months ago with fundraising
projects and grants. The Humane Society has built its shelter and
remained debt-free, and therefore the Forever Home committee members
wanted to build the cemetery in the same manner.
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The Forever Home pet cemetery will be primarily for cremated
Marilyn Wheat declared that it "will be a place for all pets, no
matter the size."
Building of the Forever Home pet cemetery will begin in late
spring 2013. However, the committee is still continuing to raise
funds for the extra beatification plans for rose gardens, gazebo and
exercise paths. Some of the grants that are being applied for
require matching funds. HSLC hopes to continue to receive the
public's support for those.
For more information about this project or other events, contact
the Humane Society of Logan County at 217-737-4042. Further
information is available on the website at
or visit the shelter at 1801 E. Lincoln Parkway.
[By HANNAH MICHALSEN]