From Mittens, the family cat, to the (rumored) MGM lion, the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas honors our furry pals in colorful perpetuity.
It all began in 1928 when, heeding laws that stated no animals could be buried within LA city limits, Dr. Eugene C. Jones bought ten acres outside of rural Calabasas. It is said that the first burial was the Jones' family dog. Many other pampered animals, including furry stars of the silver screen, soon joined this nameless pup.
Today, the Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park is the second-largest pet cemetery in all of the country. From celebrity cats to doggy actors to 9/11 heroes to the parakeet next door, this beautiful, joyful place celebrates pets and their grieving owners in a fascinating and, sometimes, eccentric fashion.
Join KCET's Hadley Meares and the Obscura Society LA as we explore this amazing piece of Los Angeles past. We will discover the history and stories of numerous animals by walking the grounds of the Park.
Notes for this adventure:
- This is a an hour and half to two hour walking tour, please bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. There will be little chance to sit.
- Please be respectful of services and mourners that may be in the park while we tour.
- Street and lot parking are available.
- This tour is for all ages!
- Meet in front of the cemetery office. Tour will start promptly at 10 am.
- Part of the proceeds will be donated to S.O.P.H.I.E.
- Pack a picnic! After our tour, we've been invited by the cemetery staff to picnic and enjoy the tranquility of the park.