Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project, Inc.
A promise made...a promise kept
Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers dedicated to honoring the bond between humans and their animals. We are committed to maintaining a sanctuary of peace and rest for cherished pets we call family. Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project, Inc. needs your donations (tax deductible) to assist in the upkeep of the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Park. We would appreciate your contribution.
Our mailing address is:
Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project
P.O. Box 1418
Cedar Hill, TX 75106
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If you would like to volunteer. We would love to have you! Send an message to the email address above.
Along the stretch of Highway 67 amongst the roar of automobiles and 18 wheelers lies The Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Park. Pet owners have been laying their beloved pets to rest there for over three quarters of a century. Those hallowed grounds hold many happy memories for the owners of pets who loved them enough to memorialize their passing.
In 2014, the War Dog Monument was added to the park. The bronze statue of a Belgium Malinois represents all animals that play a part in our daily lives. A special area along side the monument is designated as "The Heroes Section". As of this date, there are five K9 Heroes from the Dallas - Ft. Worth Metroplex area that have been laid to rest or memorialized there. These K9's spent their lives in service to their community in some capacity either with the Police or Fire Departments, and we will be honoring each of them in the coming months by sharing their stories.
The heavy workload of fires in Dallas readily justified the need for an accelerant detection canine. It became apparent that with one canine, you had to pick and choose the priority cases to not overtax the team (yes, just like paramedics, but they don’t make overtime).
Sam Stephenson had been transferred to Arson as a Lieutenant and after a year of working fire scenes and seeing the canines, he became interested in the program and volunteered to assist. Sam had purchased an English-bred Chocolate Labrador and had begun his training for field trials. He decided his time and Gunnar’s talents could be better served with Dallas Fire-Rescue. Sam obtained a Training Grant from Walmart in 2004 and the team quickly passed all the requirements for certification.
Gunnar had a natural ability and talent for this type of work and had impressed many of the Texas teams with how readily he learned and adapted. Gunnar was started as a toy reward service canine. He had such strong drives and willingness to please that he was also adapted to food reward which in some fire scenes was more workable. Gunnar had passed certification as both toy reward and food reward, which is a first in the North American Police Work Dog Association and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office.
He had been used to assist several other cities in the Metroplex area. He has been used in Richardson, Quinlan, Royce City and Duncanville as a Mutual Aid response to other cities.