6202 Charles Street
Rockford, Illinois 61108
A division of Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery



This spectacular burial site for animals was originated in 1992. Located aside from our main burial grounds, "Rainbow Ridge" is nonetheless a priceless reflection of everlasting adoration that offers a final abode of rest for those cherished pets who once shared life with those having loved them so much. The inscriptions on the gravestones speak louder than words: In Our Hearts Forever; We Love You and Miss You; History's Finest Greyhound; You Brought Joy To Our Hearts; Journeyed Home; He Was a Good Doggie Boy; In Life the Firmest Friends, First to Welcome, Foremost to Defend and hundreds more that serve as a final testimony of gratitude and appreciation to those treasured members of the animal kingdom.


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While still under development, our pet burial grounds, upon completion, will encompass four acres of gently sloping land bordered by scattered trees and a dense forested area, which includes trails, which lead to cremation scattering grounds. The name of this burial ground, Rainbow Ridge, was taken from our 150 by 25 hillside garden landscaped with hundreds of annuals and perennials as well as boulders, evergreen trees and decorative grasses standing vigil over the memories of those below. To the north is a winding creek and within the wooded area a spring fed pond. The person who landscaped and planted the hillside garden, Mary Garwood, an author of children and animal stories, has written a book titled, "Pawprints Upon My Heart." Published by Tarbutton Press, it has become a best seller in its pet division category and is available at the Heritage House (our main office). The book makes mention of Arlington's Pet cemetery and proceeds from the book are directed to pet cemetery needs. A second book directing attention to Arlington's animal burial grounds is being written by Ben Garwood. It is titled, "What In Heaven's Name? ANIMALS? Proceeds from that book will also be directed to the animal cemetery. If you love animals, you'll want to cuddle up to these two books.



For most people, the loss of a pet is a time of anguish wherein a profound sense of loss is long experienced. In every way possible, those of us at Arlington offer every conceivable consideration to alleviate that suffering and assist during that difficult time of adjustment. One very important first step is to share time with us prior to that inevitable happening. Every detail can be planned in advance and we will guide you through our complete array of services including not only the traditional interment but explaining the options of whole body burial vs. custom cremations. Beyond our operating expenses, we hope all persons who become members of our Arlington family realize we are a non-profit organization and that every possible priority takes into account each individual's personal and financial concerns.


Arlington's Pet Cemetery has an on-site office, display room and reception area that is adjacent to the Heritage House. Please feel free to visit us and browse around at any time. Appointments may be made for personal tours.


Arlington Pet Cemetery is a division of "Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery"