Rainbow Bridge

Pet Cemetery and Memorial Garden
A Permanent Resting Place for Mankind’s Most Loyal Friends

About Rainbow Bridge

The Rainbow Bridge Pet Cemetery is a peaceful resting place for your pet and a sanctuary for area wildlife. Situated at Desert Haven Animal Refuge, two miles south of Williamsburg, NM on Highway 187 (old 85), the pet cemetery offers a commanding view of the Caballo mountain range. Birds, horned toads, rabbits, lizards, butterflies and quail live here. Bald eagles soar across the blue skies along the Rio Grande River corridor nearby.

Drought tolerant plants and trees improve the landscape for visitors and the environment for wildlife. A large number of native plants can be found within the boundaries, from the beautiful desert willows to the globe mallow and desert marigold. No herbicides or pesticides are used to tend the graves, and weeds are kept to a minimum.

We offer a choice of two distinct sections for your pet’s final resting place.

In the Old West Section, each grave is marked by a mound of river stones, just as in the old days.

In the Classic Section, each grave is marked by a scalloped red brick border, with gravel interior.




24” x 36” Burial Plot (for small to medium animal)

Old West $60     Classic $80

48” x 36”Burial Plot (for large dog)

Old West $80     Classic $100

Animal Pick Up $15 (Within five-mile radius of Desert Haven; only with available help)
Casket Burial $30 (Casket must be provided by owner& will be discussed at time of plot purchase)
Grave Marker $20

Desert Haven Animal Refuge will place a marker on the grave of your pet for $20.Or you may place a marker of your choosing on the grave of your petwithin three months of date of burial.A $20 deposit is required. Once you have placed a marker, you will receive a refund of your deposit by check.



  • Burials take place once a week, and are handled by Humane Society volunteers. Arrangements can be made in advance for pet owners who would like to attend their pet’s burial.
  • Free storage is available until burial takes place, not to exceed 10 days.
  • Temporary markers are placed on each grave and will remain up to three months to give the pet owners ample
    time to purchase the grave marker of choice.
  • Arrangements can also be made in advance, to reserve a grave plot for future needs.
  • A cancellation of a plot reservation can be made up to six months of purchase.  Cost of grave site will be
    refunded, minus a processing charge of 25%.

A Prayer for the Animals

Hear our humble prayer, oh, God,
Especially for animals who are suffering;
For any that are haunted or lost or deserted
Or frightened or hungry;
For all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
And for those who deal with them
We ask a heart of compassion
And gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves
To be true friends to animals
And so to share the blessings
Of the merciful.

~Albert Schweitzer

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