It's kind of amazing how a work of fiction can take an entire concept and turn it into a frightening idea. But that is the case when it comes to a pet cemetery. Stephen King's famous novel "Pet Sematary" has warped the general perception of a pet cemetery, from something that is a resting place for treasured friends to something that holds a darker, more insidious meaning. But if you can put aside the thoughts of that work of fiction, there's a real-life pet cemetery that you can visit sitting in Saco, Maine.

Google Maps

According to Maine Ghost Hunters, the Pet Haven Cemetary sits on 7 acres of land and is home to hundreds of graves for beloved furry friends. Founded in 1955 and then expanded further in 1983, Pet Haven has stayed somewhat of a secret while preserving a quiet resting place for people to visit and remember the pets they have lost.

But it is a remarkable place to visit. Many of the gravestones are basic in their remembrance of a family dog or cat. Other stones are elaborate tributes, filled with life-like pictures of the deceased animals. For so many, losing a pet is truly like losing a family member and Pet Haven serves as a place where pets can be buried with the same dignity as human beings.

Pet Haven Cemetary is located at 77 Lincoln Road in Saco. It's open from 9am until 7pm seven days per week. Please respect the gravestones and the hours of operation.