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New Products and Services Keep Pet Memories Alive

-New Statistics Mark World Pet Memorial Day June 10th, 2007-

GREENWICH, CONN., May 29, 2007 – They bring so much joy to our lives that it’s no wonder such sadness can come from a pet’s death. While it is difficult to cope with the loss, many people are seeking meaningful ways to memorialize their beloved pets’ lives.According the American Pet Products Association’s (APPA) 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey, two-to-three-out-of-ten pet owners say they plan to buy some item for their pets’ remains or to memorialize their pet.

Memorial garden stones for the home or yard are the most common item pet owners purchase while others turn to an urn for their pets’ ashes.

“Most pet owners consider their pets a member of the family and are treated that way even when their pet passes,” said APPA President, Bob Vetere.

To mark World Pet Memorial Day onJune 10, 2007, APPA has compiled a list of pet memorial products:

  • PetWorksLLC’s Pet Luminary Memorials offer a personalized and rare ceramic luminary memorial tile of your pet’s picture and two lines of text.The pictures are permanently printed on a translucent, ceramic tile, which when back-lit with a candle allows for a unique way to remember a cherished companion.www.petworksllc.com
  • Keepsake Memorials by Classic Products, LLC are thoughtfully designed and crafted memorials that come in a rotating pedestal or folding design in a variety of sizes. The folding model holds two photos and has a secure compartment perfect for favorite toys, collars or ashes.The rotating model holds four photos and also has a compartment.www.classic-products.com
  • Midnight Pass/Whitecap Charters LLC offers Pet Burials at Sea. From their base in Scituate, MA, they travel offshore for private ash scattering.The Burial at Sea ensures your beloved pet a final resting place at sea, while relieving family in their time of distress.The service can be unattended or attended. www.charterwhitecap.com
  • Pet Goods’ Etched On Granite Animal Memorials and photographs let pet owners create your own personal memorial pet tribute by etching their photo on natural granite. Choose from markers and urns for deceased pets or create an etched piece of “Pet Art” for the home.   www.petgoodsmfg.com

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The American Pet Products Manufacturer's Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 950 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.