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New memorial garden for pets to open in Gastonia

The Gaston Gazette 12/15/2020 From Staff Reports, The Gaston Gazette

The Animal League of Gaston County has received a donation from Ms. Ruth Waggoner to build a pet memorial garden in Gastonia.

Located behind the Gaston Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic at 425 W. Franklin Blvd., the garden will offer a multitude of options for celebrating the life of a cherished furry companion.

A ground-breaking ceremony for the new memorial garden will be held on 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

“Thanks to a generous gift from Ruth Waggoner, our dream of creating a tranquil and beautiful place to memorialize our beloved pets is finally coming to fruition,” said Terry Kenny, executive director of the Gaston Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.

“There are many affordable options available for memorializing a pet.”

Nestled between Edgewood Cemetery and a quiet residential neighborhood, the memorial garden will offer pet owners a contemplative spot to both honor and remember their animal companions. It is not a cemetery, and is the only project of its kind and scope in the area.

There are many options for memorializing a pet: engraved bricks and pavers; trees; memorial columns; benches and structures such as a pergola and a millstone fountain. Butterfly gardens are planned and these, too, may be sponsored.

“We are offering an early-bird discount on bricks and pavers before construction begins,” said Kenny. “After that, they will be available at the regular price.”

The pre-construction cost to purchase a memorial brick or paver ranges from $100 for a 4x8 brick with three lines of text to $200 for an 8x8 paver with four lines of text.

To reserve a brick or paver and view design options, visit the Animal League’s website at and follow the prompts.

The mission of the Animal League of Gaston County is to promote companion animal welfare in the community through advocacy, education and service.

The Gaston Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, operated by the ALGC, is dedicated to providing high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and is the only service of its kind in a three-county area.

There are no residency or income requirements. The Clinic is a member of the National Spay/Neuter Response team.

This article originally appeared on The Gaston Gazette: New memorial garden for pets to open in Gastonia


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