layed in our national history and culture,” said Carol Shull, interim Keeper of the National Register.
Kevin Moriarty, a historian for the register, said Friday that Hartsdale is the only pet cemetery among the 2,698 cemeteries on the register. He said Hartsdale is notable because it marks a sharp change in how humans related to animals.
“It was in the early 20th century that pets began to be considered family members rather than livestock,” he said. “Before then, a dead animal was likely to go out with the garbage.”
The cemetery became popular with artists and celebrities – George Raft and Mariah Carey have buried pets there.