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Tampa Bay area pet funerals can include casket, grave and more

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Some K9 deputies are buried at the Curlew Hills Pet Cemetery. Curlew Hills Facebook photo Some K9 deputies are buried at the Curlew Hills Pet Cemetery. Curlew Hills Facebook photo

Funerals and cremation are becoming popular options for pet owners after the loss of a pet.

There are now about 700 pet cemeteries and crematories in the U.S. according to Bloomberg Business Week.

There's even a National Pet Memorial Day which is the second Sunday in September and is organized by the non-profit International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories. Some cemeteries here in Tampa Bay are members of this organization. The IAPCC also has an informative FAQ on its website that answers questions that owners might have after the death of their pet.

WFLA.com found out about the costs of pet burials in the Tampa Bay area, in case you are curious.

Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor has a pet cemetery in addition to a cemetery for humans. President and CEO Keenan Knopke estimated there are about 200 to 300 dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets, birds and 1 snake at the pet cemetery, which is about 1/2 acre in size. Some Pinellas County Sheriff's Office K9 deputies are buried at the Curlew Hills Pet Cemetery which is also where the sheriff's office holds its K9 memorials.

Knopke says traditional pet burial costs at Curlew Hills range from $1,345 to $1,950 depending on the size of the pet and include a grave space, marker, casket, digging and closing of the grave, and a graveside service.

Curlew Hills also offers a pet cremation service which costs $160 to $400, depending on the size of the animal. Curlew Hills arranges for another company to perform "private" cremations for individual pets, as opposed to a communal cremation in which multiple pets are cremated at the same time.

"The owner gets their pet's remains only," Knopke said of the private cremations.

Curlew Hills also offers burials for cremated pets. The pricing structure is similar to what is mentioned above, but the pet owner pays for an urn instead of a casket.

Knopke says that pet owners and pets who are both cremated can be interred together in separate urns. Curlew Hills also has benches on its ground where the cremated remains of pets and humans can be placed.

Most pet cemeteries and crematories do not list prices on their website. They ask you to call for prices. You might want to call multiple providers to comparison shop and ask questions to see which provider is right for you, before making your decision.

Related: 8 Things to know before burying your pet at a cemetery

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