Death of a pet in France … The French Way …

  Dying in France is an expensive undertaking. A funeral, be it for a cremation or burial, costs around €2500 ($2910 / £2200) to €4000 ($4655 / £3514). This does not include the cemeteries’ fees (yes, one needs to have a grave dug and filled up afterwards and these are paying services) but it does […]

Here lies a loved family pet

 

Dying in France is an expensive undertaking.

A funeral, be it for a cremation or burial, costs around €2500 ($2910 / £2200) to €4000 ($4655 / £3514). This does not include the cemeteries’ fees (yes, one needs to have a grave dug and filled up afterwards and these are paying services) but it does include the undertakers’ fees.

A coffin costs from a €1000 ($1164 / £878) up to the ski …

As for a tombstone, that will cost between €2400 ($2790/ £2108) to €3290 ($3828 / £2890).

Ridiculously high as this is (and yes, it is far too high) should one’s dog or cat die here in France, what it will cost you, is even higher.

Unless of course, if you get the vet to cremate your little doggie or kitty and dispose of the ashes as he/she usually does, and I would rather not know what this is. Or you wrap the little corpse in its blanket and bury it under a tree in your garden along with its favourite toy.

But, no, most French give their departed pet a grandiose send-off. Grandiose and of course expensive.

Firstly, they call in the services of a taxidermist to have the little sweetie preserved. For this the cost is between €300 ($350 / £260) and €900 ($1050 / £790).

Next, there is the cost of the little coffin made-to-order and to be collected 24 hours after the order has been placed. This will cost from €300 ($350 / £260) to €400 ($465 / £350).

Added to the taxidermist’s cost and the cost of the coffin, there is still the cost of the tombstone and the plot in the animal cemetery. Yes, animal cemetery!

The cost depends on how elaborate and how big the tombstone will be, but the cost could be around €1999 ($2325 / £1756).

 France has 26 animal cemeteries. The first having been the one in the north-west Paris suburb of Asnieres-sur-Seine.

 It opened in 1899.

 It is the final resting place of the German Shepherd and Hollywood star, Rin Tin Tin. Rescued from a WW1 battlefield in France by the American soldier, Lee Duncan. He took the dog back with him to the States and trained it to do tricks. So good at doing tricks that the dog had soon ended up in a movie. Such a hit was he that he would until his death in 1932 appear in 27 Hollywood films.

The dog having died before Mr Duncan, he was first buried in Duncan’s garden, but later brought to France, his country of birth, to be buried in the Asnières-sur-Seine animal cemetery.

Today, in the cemetery, he is “the star”, just as he had once been in Hollywood.

The cemetery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March 1 to November 5, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November 5 to February 28.

 It being a cemetery, there is no charge to go in. That is of course if you are not a departed dog or cat, or family pet.

Yes, family pet because where once only dogs could be buried in this cemetery, today so can any domestic pet. The cemetery’s official name being le Cimetière des Chiens et Autres Animaux Domestiques – Cemetery for Dogs and Other Domestic Animals – it is the final resting place of not only dogs and cats, but also horses, pigs, parrots, cocks, hens, mice, rates … whatever.

The cemetery is 8 kms from Paris, and you take the SNCF train from Gare Saint-Lazare and it will take you about 14 minutes.

Best would be to buy a 3-zone day Mobilis ticket which will cost you €10. Buy the ticket at your starting point in Paris: it will be valid until midnight.

The French government declared the cemetery a National Monument in 1987.  This means that it is here for good.

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “Death of a pet in France … The French Way …”

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    Susan Keefe Says:

    We have an SPA cemetary deep in the woods across from us. There are elaborate head stones with long messages of love on them to the dogs, cats and other animals buried there.

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