“Save the memories” Volunteers relocate entire Cedar Valley pet cemetery

A cemetery that serves as the final resting place for more than 350 eastern Iowa pets, has been completely picked up and moved.

The cemetery is now re-opening in a new spot.

The reason for this move is because the original location is being redeveloped into farmland. 

Platt’s Pet Cemetery was on Cedar Heights Drive in Cedar Falls. The grave sites and pet remains that were there were in danger of being lost when crews start redeveloping the land. 

Kathy Taylor went to the cemetery to try and find the grave site for her own dog. That’s when she decided to start a project to save all the grave sites. 

With help from a group of volunteers, she dug up and moved all the pet remains to the Garden of Memories in Waterloo. 

Over 350, possibly 400, pets now rest in a cement vault in the Garden of Memories. 

Taylor is trying to return all of the headstones they collected to the original owners. So far she’s returned around 100 headstones. 

If you think she might have one of your headstones, you can reach out to her on this Facebook Page

She says this project started back in the fall of 2016. Dogs, cats, horses, and a monkey were buried at the pet cemetery that has now been relocated. 

Today there was a ceremony celebrating the completion of the project. 

Taylor says this would not have been possible without all of the volunteers. A lot of businesses also pitched in to donate to the project. 

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