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Abbey Glen's Afterlife Services Help Pet Owners Find Closure


​In addition to dealing with tremendous grief following the loss of a pet, many ​times families are not sure of their ​options for afterlife services. They are ​ ​unfamiliar or uncertain ​about​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​cremation. ​Pets​ ​become​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​family,​ ​so​ ​it​ ​is understandable​ ​that​ ​the​ ​thought​ ​of​ ​pet cremation may be difficult. ​It can, however, bring much needed closure. John​ ​from​ ​Keyport,​ ​​in Monmouth County ​New Jersey, ​recently​ experienced the loss of a pet and had understandable feelings ​of uncertainty when it came to pet cremation. He was kind enough to share his ​experience and the closure he was able to achieve after...


St. Patrick's Day Special Edition


If​ ​there​ ​is​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​we​ ​love​ ​at​ ​Abbey​ ​Glen​ ​(besides​ ​pets​ ​of​ ​course!)​ ​it​ ​is​ ​celebrating​ ​holidays! 
​With​ ​St.​ ​Patrick's​ ​Day​ ​this​ ​month,​ ​we​ ​decided​ ​to​ ​take​ ​ ​a​ ​look​ ​into​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Irish​ ​dog​ ​breeds​ ​and learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​these​ ​cuddly​ ​​and​ ​cute​ ​canines​ ​that​ ​come​ ​from​ ​Ireland!​​​ ​Maybe​ ​you​ ​will​ ​find​ ​a breed​ ​that​ ​​is​ ​a​ ​perfect​ ​fit​ ​for​ ​you. ​​​If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​an​ ​Irish​ ​breed​ ​dog​ ​or​ ​are​ ​considering​ ​bringing​ ​one into​ ​your​ ​home,​ ​we​ ​would​ ​love​ ​to​ ​hear​ ​about​ ​it!​ ​​​Share​ ​your​ ​ ​story​ ​on​ ​our​ ​facebook.
1) The​ ​Glen​ ​of​ ​Imaal​ ​-​ ​this​ ​breed​ ​is​ ​considered​ ​a​ ​working breed​ ​because​ ​one of​ its​ ​original​ ​jobs​ ​was​ ​vermin​ ​control.​ ​​​They were​ ​small​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​get​ ​ ​into​ ​burrows​ ​where​ ​badgers​ ​were hiding​ ​but​ ​they​ ​were​ ​large​ ​enough​ ​in​ ​size​ ​ ​to​ ​go​ ​up​ ​against​ ​the badger​ ​and​ ​get​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​the​ ​nuisance...


Compassionate Aftercare for Pets


Abbey Glen is more than just a business. Consistently striving to go above and beyond what is expected from a pet memorial service provider, Abbey Glen has been successful in providing much needed support during times of need. And that is one reason why many clients look at Abbey Glen as part of the community – or even part of their family. In a time when overwhelming emotions, such as grief, frustration and sadness are taking over, Abbey Glen makes it a priority to be there. Recently, in the Freehold, NJ area, a local family was devastated by a house fire that resulted in the terrible loss of their 11 feline companions...


Queens Resident Is Touched By Her Abbey Glen Pet Cremation Experience


Many times, clients will come to us after using our services, whether for their pet's burial or cremation, and express their pleasant surprise. People who are going through the pain from the loss of a pet are not always thinking about the small details involved in memorializing their pet. Instead, understandably, they are recounting memories and managing their grief as best they can. At Abbey Glen, we understand that. We understand that small details on how to memorialize a pet are important...


Hachi-kou and Professor Ueno Letter


Since welcoming and unveiling the Hachi-kou and Professor Ueno statue in October, the Cooke family and the entire Abbey Glen staff have felt such pride each time we pass the memorial statue as we enter our facility. It is a consistent reminder of our mission – to memorialize the unique bond between man and animal. We believe the statue honors Hachi-kou and also each and every pet that has been memorialized through Abbey Glen. When you look at the statue, you can't help but feel the love between Professor Ueno and Hachi-kou. At Abbey Glen, we understand that love and work hard to always honor that relationship...


New Veterinary Compassion Fatigue Data Raises Concerns


New data on Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction specifically in the veterinary medicine field was recently released and the information is a major concern with high responses of early burnout. Before we take a closer look at the data, we should first review Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction.
- Compassion Fatigue: the negative feelings derived from work; it has been identified as burnout (exhaustion, frustration, anger, depression) and secondary traumatic stress (work-related trauma).
- Compassion Satisfaction: the level of pleasure derived from work...


10 Fun Holiday Gift Ideas for Pets


The Holidays are just a few weeks away and you've probably started playing festive holiday music on your drive home from work, hung your decorations and are wrapping all those special gifts for friends and family. But, what about that one special friend – you know, the one who loves you unconditionally all year and makes you smile every time you walk in the door – your pet of course! Being the animal lovers we are at Abbey Glen, we wanted to share some of our favorite holiday gift ideas for our furry friends.
Give your pooch a brand new comfy bed to enjoy while dreaming of treats, fire hydrants and ...


Protect Your Fur Friend With These Winter Safety Tips


With November officially over and December here, temperatures start to drop and it's more important than ever to take special care of our beloved fur friends. Here are some helpful tips to protect your pets in the cold months.
Know your dog's limits.  Elderly, thin, very young and short-coated dogs get cold much quicker. If your dog falls into one of these categories but loves to be outside, consider putting a sweater or coat on them to keep warm. If it is too cold for you, it may be too cold for your dog – frostbite and hypothermia can happen to dogs too!


A Peaceful, Park-Like Pet Cemetery Just a Short Drive From Passaic County


Abbey Glen's pet cemetery is on 14 landscaped acres and surrounded by an additional 60 acres of land to create the most idyllic sanctuary for the memorialization of animals. Designed in 1982 by the chief architect of the U.S. Veterans Cemeteries, the cemetery is a source of pride and comfort for families. With its park-like setting and peaceful ambience, Abbey Glen encourages families with children and pets to come and enjoy the trails and awe-inspiring views.


Compassionate Pet Cremation Services


At Abbey Glen, we believe in always providing our clients with a personal level of service. We understand that losing a pet is one of the most difficult and challenging times – and the grief is typically accompanied by many questions and unknowns. Our compassionate and experienced team is committed to guiding all of our families through their grief with necessary information and resources.

When it comes to selecting cremation services for a pet, Abbey Glen's vet partners and clients often choose group cremation. There are also those who make the decision to use individual services for their pet.


Life Sized Hachi-Kou And Professor Ueno Statue Erected At Abbey Glen


Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park unveiled an exclusive reproduction of the life-size Hachi-kou and Professor Ueno statue during a dedication ceremony held on their 14-acre property in Lafayette, NJ on October 9th. Local officials, media and approximately 150 community residents with their pets gathered to view the exclusive U.S. replica and listen to special presenting guests Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, the Consul General of Japan in New York City, and Mrs. Yumi McDonald, the author of Reminiscence of Shibuya.
"This story [...] serves as a symbol of how a human and an animal can come to forge a genuine bond."


Abbey Glen Will Receive Exclusive Reproduction of Life Sized Hachi-Kou And Professor Ueno Statue


Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park has been selected to receive an exclusive reproduction of the life sized Hachi-Kou and Professor Ueno statue recently unveiled in Japan at the University of Tokyo. Hachi-Kou is a Japanese icon, and his story is an important part of Japanese culture. Hachi-Kou, a beautiful and faithful Akita, was given to his owner, Professor Ueno, at just eight weeks old. Local residents always saw Hachi-Kou and Professor Ueno together and walking side by side.


Commitment to Providing Professional, Compassionate Veterinary Cremation Services


At Abbey Glen, we know that our services have a direct impact on the operations and reputations of our veterinary partners. We don't take that responsibility lightly. Our family has been committed to delivering on our veterinary partner promise since 1975. With such an uncompromising commitment to our vet clients, it's truly rewarding to receive the type of feedback we recently received from Sarah of Eleos Vet Services in New Jersey. "Thank you, Abbey Glen, for providing such wonderful service to me, my patients and their families..."


A Hunterdon County Pet Owner's Experience With Our Caring Cremation Services Team


Unfortunately, the loss of a pet is usually unexpected so we typically don't have time to plan ahead or think of all that needs to be done. When we lose a beloved pet, the grief can be so overwhelming that it is very difficult to carry on with everything we are expected to do. In addition to daily life and responsibilities, the loss of a pet requires a whole new set of decision making. How can I best remember and celebrate my pet? What are my options when it comes to aftercare? What type of cremation service is best for me and my family?


Essex County NJ Pet Owners Share their Experience with Abbey Glen's Pet Cemetery and Staff


So often we find that those coming to Abbey Glen have been referred by family and friends – this is so important to us. It tells us that we are able to make a positive difference for families facing difficult times after the loss of a pet. At Abbey Glen, the trust we have earned with our clients – and then again with their friends or relatives – is never taken for granted. Pet owners Marianne and William Bird of Nutley, NJ came to Abbey Glen at the recommendation of family. Marianne's sister shared her positive Abbey Glen experience.


Celebrate National Mutt Day


In 2005, Colleen Paige, Animal Welfare Advocate and Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, established National Mutt Day. This special day is in honor of mixed breed dogs and is actually celebrated twice throughout the year, on July 31st and December 2nd, with a mission to foster dialogue and educate about mixed breed dogs.
Mixed breed dogs are well behaved, healthy, and live long lives. They can perform the duties of pure bred dogs – however there are millions of mutts left in shelters waiting for a loving home.


We Are Honored Our Pet Cremation Facility Could Help Facilitate the Proper Disposal of Retired American Flags


In the 1930s, American flags were mostly made of wool or cotton and as such, the American Legion flag retirement ceremonies were initiated. These ceremonies follow the United States Flag Code Section 176 which states: "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."
Originally, the American Legion flag retirement ceremonies used an open pit burning method. Today, most American flags are made of nylon or polyester-based fabrics which, when burned in open pits, can discharge hazardous gases, making this method a health hazard.


More than a local business, Abbey Glen is a proud member of the Lafayette, NJ Community


On June 4th the township of Lafayette and the home of Abbey Glen's New Jersey location hosted Lafayette Day. It was a fun-filled Saturday with games and activities for Lafayette residents and businesses and Abbey Glen is proud to have been a part of it. At this year's event, the Abbey Glen staff was pleased to be asked to participate as a stop in the exciting scavenger hunt where the winner took home a 32'' smart TV! And we can't forget a visit from our very own Miss Lafayette who stopped by the Abbey Glen table.


Why New York Pet Owners Choose Abbey Glen's Pet Cremation Services ... Again


Under any circumstance, losing a pet is one of the most difficult times in one's life. Whether it is your first, second, or even your third pet, the pain is always very real. Pets are our family and at Abbey Glen we are here for you and make every effort to treat you as part of our family. Our job is to make a very difficult process a little easier. The compassion we extend is genuine and perhaps just one of the many reasons people from the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area choose Abbey Glen time and again.


We Believe Pet Cremation Clients Deserve Empathy and Understanding


Often times after the loss of a beloved pet, those around a grieving owner look for ways to offer support and advice. This is a difficult time that can be made more stressful with unintentional comments from individuals who may not connect as deeply with the loss of a pet. During this trying time, pet owners need the support and guidance of an experienced pet aftercare provider. Pet owners will undoubtedly have questions and any qualified pet aftercare provider will be ready and able to answer those questions, provide grief support and offer much needed peace of mind.


Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Chose Abbey Glen for Pet Cremation


"As funeral directors ourselves, we knew when our Westie passed we wanted a place that we could first and foremost TRUST," explained the couple from North Wales, PA who reached out to Abbey Glen's Quakertown facility upon the recommendation of their veterinarian. "Our vet knows that we are very particular and have an extremely high standard of how we run our business, so whoever we dealt with, we would be approaching the situation with above average insight and absolutely the most discerning view. We were pleasantly surprised that the staff at Abbey Glen not only met – but exceeded our expectations." Sue said.