Hillside Acre Animal Cemetery

Pet Memorial Sunday
Sunday September 12 from 2-3pm at Hillside Acre Animal Cemetery
Please join us in observance of Pet Memorial Sunday for a celebration of the lives of our beloved animal companions.  A short service honoring our pets will be followed by refreshments and visits to the cemetery grounds. The celebration will also include the unveiling of our new K-9 Row Memorial monument, honoring the loyalty and service of police dogs everywhere. Please RSVP by September 1 to Dave Gordon at (978) 685-0632 or via email at dgordon@mspca.org.

For nearly 100 years, Hillside Acre Animal Cemetery at Nevins Farm, operated by the MSPCA, has provided a tranquil setting for burial of more than 18,000 beloved animal companions. Located in Methuen, Mass., the landscaped cemetery sits on a gentle hillside filled with natural beauty and charm. Markers throughout the four acres celebrate the devotion of animal companions. Hillside is also the final resting place for a number of military dogs whose lives were lived in heroic, often hazardous service to our country (click here to learn more about our "Heroes at Hillside" program, providing free cremation or burial for Military War Dogs).

When a Pet DiesDog on the dock

Our animal companions may be our closest friends. They share our homes, our lives, and our love. Their death represents a significant loss. It is also natural to feel uncertain about how to handle the practical aspects of a pet's death, and about how best to commemorate his or her life. Hillside Acre provides a comforting means of expressing a lasting tribute to your pet. Our services vary depending on your needs.  We offer prompt, courteous service.  Over 35 years of experience has taught us how important it is to recognize the lives of animals we hold so dear in our own special way.

Private Cremation

Hillside Acre works closely with a private company to ensure your pet’s cremains are returned to you in a timely manner.  During a private cremation, your pet is individually cremated and returned to the pet owner in a wooden urn.
You may also choose to have your pet’s cremains interred in a gravesite at Hillside, or scattered in our Memorial Center Bed located within the cemetery.
For further information please contact the office at (978) 685-0632, or Dave Gordon at dgordon@mspca.org, or Glen Gaccione at ggaccione@mspca.org.

Burial Services

Hillside MarkerChoosing burial as an option can provide a comforting means of expressing a lasting tribute for faithful animals who hold a special place in a family's heart.  We are able to assist you with all aspects of a burial, including private services and headstones.   

The MSPCA provides perpetual care for each grave; there is no maintenance fee requested. The grounds are protected by a high iron fence with locked gates. Each cemetery patron receives a key so that you may visit at your convenience.

Memorial Tributes

For each pet owner, deciding how best to commemorate your pet's life is a personal choice.  We offer several memorial options throughout our property, allowing you to recognize the personal bond with your companion in a permanent way. The staff at Hillside Acre can assist you in choosing a comforting means of expressing a lasting tribute to your pet.

Tree of Life

Pay tribute to a friend, family member or animal companion with an engraved brass leaf or foundation stone on the Hillside Acre Tree of Life, a beautiful memorial sculpture on the grounds of the cemetery.  Your tribute will be a lasting visual expression of love and respect, as well as a strong symbol of support for the mission of the MSPCA. Click here to learn more.

Grief Support and Guidance

The loss of a pet can be devastating.  Many pet owners don't know where to turn to process their grief when faced with the loss of a loving companion.  The staff of Hillside Acre is trained to offer you the attention needed during your time of sorrow, and can assist you with grief support and counseling.

Heroes at Hillside and K-9 Row
 

Our Heroes at Hillside program offers free private cremation and burial at Hillside Acre for any Military War Dog, whether killed in action or adopted post-service.   The same benefits are extended to Police K-9s as well, with final resting spaces in a special section known as K-9 Row. 

Friends of Hillside Acre

Friends of Hillside Acre is a group of individuals who contribute funds to help support the cost of operations and the enhancement of the cemetery. The Friends are invited to annual events such as Pet Memorial Sunday to celebrate the depth and meaning of the animal-human bond.

How to Reach Us

Hillside Acre is located in Methuen, MA, near the intersection of Routes 28 and 213, a short distance from Interstate 93.  Our cemetery office is located in the white house on the corner of the cemetery.

From Route 495:
Take Exit 47 to Route 213 West, Methuen.
Take Exit 2 off of Route 213 to Route 28, Methuen. Follow the ramp straight to the light. Make a left. The Hillside entrance is at the next light on the left.

From Route 93:
Take Exit 48 to Route 213 East, Methuen.
Take Exit 2 off of Route 213 to Route 28, Methuen.
Follow the ramp to the light. The Hillside entrance is directly across Route 28.

For further information on cremation and burial services, please call (978) 685-0632. Hillside Acres is open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturdays from 8am - noon.  Closed Sundays & holidays. 

Please see our wish list below for items we are looking for in addition to monetary donations. For further information about Friends of Hillside Acre, contact:
Dave Gordon
(978) 685-0632
dgordon@mspca.org


Wish List

  • Gas cards, Transmission Fluid, Windshield Washer Fluid, Motor Oil (10w30 and 5w30)
  • Lawn Fertilizer
  • Roof Rakes
  • Gas Engine Pole Saw
  • Bobcat/Skid Steer Tractor
  • Home Depot Gift Cards
  • Tarps, any size
  • Weed whacker line .095 thickness
  • Lawn Rakes