Remembering Our Pets 2017

September 10, noon at Olin Park Shelter, Madison (new venue)

Sunday September 10, 2017
noon – 1:30pm
Olin Park Pavilion, Madison

FREE event, open to all pet lovers. (map)

Please bring a photo or written remembrance to share.

We hope to see you there!

In honor of National Pet Memorial Day, I am proud to sponsor the 6th annual “Remembering Our Pets” event, hosted by Journeys Home and Memorial Pet Services. The ceremony is a loving way to honor pets that are no longer with us, and a way to celebrate the wonderful companion animals currently in our lives.

Please join us as we celebrate the pets in our lives we have loved. We will have a short memorial ceremony and share pet memories. Afterwards there will be light refreshments outside in the park and commemorative pet tributes. Please bring a photo or written remembrance to share. This event is free and open to all pet lovers.

Join 100+ pet lovers in celebration of the lives of our pets.

  • A short memorial ceremony with speakers like Dr. Katie
  • Shared pet memories
  • Light refreshments in the park
  • Commemorative pet tributes in the park

More pictures from past events: 2015, 2014 & 2013

National Pet Memorial Day was created in 1972 by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries in recognition of the importance of remembering beloved lost pets.

The day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in September.

Event Location:

Olin Park Pavilion
in Olin Turville Park (map it)
1156 Olin-Turville Ct
Madison, WI 53715

Pavilion in Olin Turville Park Photo courtesy of Kerry G Hill


Our pets spend their love and their lives devoted to us. Each of our pets have blessed us with a very special relationship. By being in relationship with us, they have given their love and joy to us to share, and even though their physical bodies may be gone, the love and joy stays with us. We cherish and remember them, and share our memories today, on National Pet Remembrance Day. So today, my question is how has your pet blessed you?

– Katie’s speech 2015 (full text)


About the author

Dr. Katie Hilst

Dr. Katie Hilst founded Journeys Home Pet Euthanasia, a mobile veterinary service for Madison and surrounding communities. She offers compassionate, gentle in home euthanasia for families that prefer to be in the privacy of their home for their last goodbye. She also specializes in consulting with pet parents about Quality of Life, and has authored JOURNEYS a Quality of Life Scale for pets. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UW-Madison in 2002, is certified in Pet Loss and Grief Companioning, and is a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. She may be reached by voice at 608-347-1897.