Dr. Kenneth Lee Russell, 100, has donated a
significant natural area in East Texas to serve as a Service Animal
Russell oftentimes read about the plight of service
animals that have served our country in time of war and then are
euthanized, die or are disposed of without proper ceremonies to
dignify their great sacrifices on behalf of our country.
Russell believes that animals have souls and are
entitled to the same respect in death as their human companions.
The cemetery is not limited to military service dogs
but is also available for “green burials” of those service animals
that aid the blind, the handicapped and as companion animals for
the elderly and those in need of emotional support that only an
animal can give.
The land in which the animals may be buried without
charge was donated by Russell in memory of his wife of 72 years,
Marjorie Haw Russell, who was given a “Green Burial” in 2007 in one
of four “Green Cemeteries” established by the Russell family
through their church, The Universal Ethician Church.
Military service animals may be buried wrapped in an
America Flag and given full military honors and may also be buried
alongside those servicemen and women with whom they served, in that
the service animal portion of the green burial ground is adjacent
to the recently dedicated Wounded Warrior Purple Heart Veteran
Green Cemetery which was also donated by Russell.