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Burying pets a thing of the past
Luke Stenner and Louise Foldi, with dog Duke, have opened the region's
first pet crematorium, Paw Bearers.
Picture: Elesa Lee
PET owners are moving away from the
days where man's best friend is buried
in the backyard.
For the increasing number of Can-
berrans living in apartments and town-
houses it is simply not an option.
ACT pet owners now have the
option to cremate their furry friends
locally, with the opening of the
region's first crematorium for animals.
Owners Louise Foldi and Luke
Stenner opened Paw Bearers in Quean-
beyan over Christmas.
They wanted to offer a service that
was previously unavailable in the
''In the ACT we're a bit slow.
Sydney's got five or six facilities,
while Melbourne also has several,''
Ms Foldi said. ''The closest machines
were 280km away in Orange.''
Ms Foldi looked into running a pet
crematorium after losing her own dog.
While she didn't want to bury her dog,
she didn't want to have to wait days or
weeks for its ashes to be returned.
''Sometimes it can take up to three
weeks and by then people want to
move on,'' she said. ''What's the
option if we don't do this, take them to
With many pets being an important
part of the family, Mr Stenner said
cremation was becoming an in-
creasingly popular option.
While in some regions burying
animals on your property is
forbidden, there are no regula-
tions surrounding this in the
Territory and Municipal
Services accepts the bodies of
animals and charges landfill fees
of between $10 and $137.
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