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The Friends of the Pet Cemetery Association (FOPCA) held a 70th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Boston Hills Pet Memorial Park located at 7005 Walters Road in Hudson, Ohio. An estimated 60 people attended the cook-out and pot-luck picnic hosted by the Association Board for members and friends of the Memorial Park.
Special guest Al Rasi, a past owner of the Memorial Park shared stories of how the cemetery was started. Originally the site was part of his grandfather’s farm. His father, Dr. Laddie Rasi, was a veterinarian with a growing practice in Bedford. An elderly customer implored him to bury her beloved dog in a country place where she could visit and care for the grave. He thought of his father’s farm in Hudson. His father reluctantly agreed and they started the first formal burial there in 1945. To date, over 10,000 pets have been laid to rest at the facility.
Today, as with that first burial in 1945, the Pet Memorial Park offers members a tranquil, country location to visit the grave site of their beloved pet and sit in the solitude of the beautiful grounds of the park and enjoy the memory of their departed loved ones.
The FOPCA is comprised mainly of members who have had pets interred at the cemetery. The Association is a 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Charitable Organization and was formed in 2008. It now owns and operates the 13 acre Pet Memorial Park. The Association meets the needs of its members by assisting with burials, cremations, education, professional referrals and park maintenance. Tax deductible donations are welcome with 100% going to park maintenance.
You can reach the FOPCA at P.O. Box 980, Ravenna, Ohio 44266, 330-289-8618 or at FOPCA@hotmail.com and on the web at fopca.org.