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Sharon's Garden
Former animal shelter director helps families when pets pass away
Sharon and Rue
Sharon Jones, manager of the Kershaw County Humane Society’s Thiel Pet Crematory service, sits on Wednesday with Rue, an 11-year-old Russian Wolfhound she is caring for, in “Sharon’s Garden,” a memorial space set aside at the Thiel-Meyer Pet Adoption Center on Black River Road. Jones and the society offer the crematory service, which includes a variety of keepsakes, as a way to help pet owners heal after their beloved animals have passed away. (Martin L .Cahn/C-I)
Dealing with the loss of a pet, whether it be a dog, cat, bird or horse, is as traumatic for many people as the loss of human loved one. They are best friends, even members of the family. That’s why when former Thiel-Meyer Pet Adoption Center Director Sharon Jones “retired” in April 2020, she and the Kershaw County Humane Society (KCHS) decided to create the Thiel Pet Crematory service with Jones as its manager.