Submitted by Steve on 01:07, 16th Feb, 2019 | 0

Today after many months of work, countless volunteers, supporters and businesses, amazing donations and support the GSPCA officially opened the new Chapel of Rest and revamped Memorial Garden.

During a beautiful Spring type day in the Guernsey sun, with blooming daffodils and other early flowers visitors, supporters and local media attended this momentous occasion.

Every year the GSPCA helps over 1000 pet owners through the loss and death of their beloved pets and thanks to so many there is now a lovely area to help pet owners through this difficult time at the GSPCA.

The new Chapel of Rest is an area where those that want to spend the last moments with their pet can do so and is a private area with an altar so that grieving owners can have some private moments at what is always a difficult time.

The Memorial Garden is a wonderful area which so many have helped create. From the Work to Benefit team to the amazing Ann Wragg there have been a wide range of groups and helpers that have helped with the grounds work and incredible donations.

One of the biggest supports has been Le Friquet Garden Centre who have helped with thousands of pounds worth of plants and other items to help develop what we have today and two of their team kindly attended the event to help cut the ribbon to let the first official visitors to this area which is open to the public 7 days a week between 11am and 4pm.

This wonderful event all took place on the last day of #GSPCAPurpleWeek which has been the week where at the GSPCA we have been celebrating 146 years since being founded.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “We had an amazing afternoon today officially opening our Chapel of Rest and Memorial Garden on what was the last day of our #GSPCAPurpleWeek .”

“We had a fantastic turn out with many visitors and some even had 4 legs.”

“We had supporters, volunteers, staff, media, some that have helped create the new areas, donators, many of our team and a few dogs all watched the opening with Le Friquet Garden Centre and got a good look around.”

“The number of people, businesses and groups that have helped us create what we now have for bereaved pet owners is incredible and words really do not justify the thanks we wish to convey to all that have helped in anyway.”

Tim Pellett GSPCA Community and Training Officer said “We have been working on the Memorial Garden and Chapel of Rest for many months and were still adding finishing touches right up until we opened it and it doesn’t stop there.”

“We need to carry on looking after this area and we are always looking for gardening volunteers.”

“We have recently had mental health training from Guernsey Mind and have further training with Guernsey Bereavement Service later this month and this area will hopefully help the Guernsey community during difficult times when a pet dies.”

Steve continued “We help over 1000 pet owners every year in Guernsey through the death of their pets as we provide a cremation service as well as helping over 200 road traffic accident animals every year and the team at the GSPCA strive to ensure we do our very best for each family through what is always a difficult time.”

“Hopefully these areas will help those that come to us have a quiet space at the GSPCA and the Chapel is a lovely area where those wanting to spend the last moments with their beloved pet can do so and they are welcome to share that area with their family and friends before their pets are cremated or they take them home to be buried, as if having a ceremony if they wish to do so.”

“We all know at the GSPCA how hard it is when a much loved pet is no longer with us and we really hope these areas will help those during these difficult times.”

 “Just after 230pm we said a few words and a lot of thanks to so many that helped make the Chapel of Rest and Memorial Garden a reality, everyone enjoyed the refreshments, the wonderful weather and the feedback we had was incredible.”

“Thank you to everyone that attended to help make the opening such a very special event.”

“There are areas at the GSPCA that you can view animals for a minimum donation of £2 but this area will not require a visitor ticket as we want to support bereaved pet owners during that difficult time and the Memorial Garden will be open 7 days a week between 11am and 4pm.”

“We are looking at heart shaped plaques for pet owners to remember their pets in the Memorial Garden and will have further details very soon.”

To visit the Guernsey Bereavement Service website please go to

To see the GSPCA page on helping bereaved pet owners please click here . 

If you would like to know more about how you can support this project progress or any questions please call 01481 257261 or email [email protected]


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