A mini crematorium for burning animals is expected to be opened in Eastern Thessaloniki in the near future. It will be located on the site where the only pet cemetery in the region has been operating since 2009.
This decision was made and approved by the authorities to further meet the needs of people who are faced with the death of a pet, and in many cases do not know what steps to take. Thus, soon they will have the opportunity to choose between the burial of a pet and cremation.
“The crematory oven will arrive from England in about two weeks. I am currently waiting to get my hands on the final clearance,” veterinarian Vassilis Psychogios told the Athens-Macedonian news agency. He himself, wishing to serve the clients of his clinic, almost twenty years ago began to look for a solution to the problem of burying dead animals.
“The law allows the burial of an animal only in a secluded place. It is logical that in large cities, where the population lives in apartments and does not have plots of land, at some point people are faced with the problem of burying an animal and do not know what to do in this case. I know that some people take the bodies of small domestic animals, for example, to the forest of Sheikh Su. It’s illegal. In addition, it is quite possible that wild animals will dig up and gnaw on the corpse, for example, foxes,” explains Mr. Psychogios.
Thus began the “solving of the problem” and already in 2005 the veterinarian found a plot of land in Kato Peristera, near the municipality of Thermi, where, after four years of lawsuits and the corresponding licensing, he managed to open the first pet cemetery in Thessaloniki. “Because this was something very new to me and I didn’t know how to arrange it, I visited a similar facility in Hamburg (Germany) as part of a conference I attended. So I got ideas for a project here,” he says.
For 15 years of work, about 400 animals have been buried, usually dogs and cats, as well as rabbits and even parrots. “During the burial, if desired, the owners of the animal are present, who then take care of the territory. The release of the grave is carried out no earlier than after two years, and the maximum stay of the “dead in the grave” is five years. The cost of the shortest stay is 150 euros,” notes Mr. Psychogios.
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After the exhumation, those who want to preserve the remains of the animal can carry out the cremation procedure. So far, this has taken place in another licensed incinerator with which Mr. Psychogios is cooperating. In the next period, all procedures (burial and cremation) can be done in the same place.