March 6, 2014

Every once in a while you realize that life is more than meets the eye, and following your gut instinct is the right thing to do.  Why adopt a mother and entire litter of kittens one might ask?  Time is the true storyteller, since none of us “really” has a crystal ball.

In September 1999, when Nancy Piper adopted a mother cat and her litter of five kittens that had been dumped at a country veterinarian clinic, she not only saved six lives, she wove a legend of the “catkins” over their lifetimes.  They were dubbed the “catkins” because the kittens grew up to be cats and the Momcat was still with them.  The momma cat was very undernourished and could not nurse them during the first three days.  Then suddenly, she began to care for them.  Nancy wondered how she was going to place five kittens, but people began to step forward when they heard their story.  The “Momcat” was named Eileen.  Momma Eileen was a “grumpy cat” at first; ready to bite, or scratch, sometimes drawing blood.  She most likely had a trust issue; however, she grew to be the “sweet-grumpy” girl we loved.  In time, her periods of grumpiness grew shorter and her times of happiness and “kitty smiles” grew longer.

The “catkins” had distinct personalities.  One of the girls was so sweet, she immediately found a forever home.  Four of the kittens found their forever home at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens.  Glory is a beautiful calico and Ginger is a gorgeous tortoiseshell.  They are both very shy.  They have become more social as time goes by, but still defer to their safe place when they feel the need.  Slowly, they have become more outgoing and expanded their social territory.  We are so proud of how far the girls have come socially.

Timothy was full of energy with an “in your face” attitude.  Nathan was calm, laid back, with low energy and most likely thought that Timothy was a real pest.  This wayward family has brought many memories to Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens.  The braided root three strand Ficus Tree now has only one trunk remaining with a few scratches and holes in it.  This tree still stands in our lobby as a tribute to the survival against overwhelming odds.  No Christmas Tree stands upright during the holiday without some outside help.

Sadly, 2013 has been the year the family chain was broken when Timothy became ill on May 9th.  He was affected by a physical condition that could only be repaired by a very risky surgical procedure that came with high potential for complications.  It was decided to allow him a peaceful sleep through gentle euthanasia rather than subject him to pain and misery of surgery with uncertain results.  Our Eileen was also taken to the vet many times with no diagnosis when she was off or did not act like herself.  It was finally decided that she had cancer in her abdomen/chest cavity.  She was having so much difficulty breathing and once again within 30 days a difficult decision needed to be made to allow her a peaceful sleep through gentle euthanasia.  However, she died naturally after being given just a sedative to relieve her discomfort and the decision was made for us.  She left her body on her own and crossed the rainbow bridge.

We are ever mindful of the joy animals bring to our lives.  This wayward family of “catkins” brought more than joy; they brought a sense of family connection through their journey of sharing their days with us in life and in death.  Tim, Eileen and Nathan were comfort cats, providing many a person with a warm furry body to love on one of the worst days of their lives.  There is no greater blessing than to have walked the journey of life knowing that you have improved the life of another.  That is what we desire to do with each and every being that comes through our doors.  It is our hope to provide the promise of a caring hand to help their hurting heart.

Momma Eileen and Chris          Timothy



Creating Memories

February 15, 2014


Every moment of every day presents the opportunity to make and preserve a special memory.  Once that moment has passed, it cannot be regained, however, the possibility of reliving that memory is real.  Each unique life provides special times of sharing.  We invite you to join us at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens on March 15, 2014 for an enjoyable time of sharing and creating Keepsake Memory Books together.  We will provide all of the supplies for you to create a wonderful keepsake.  All you need to bring is your memories and photos or special items to place in your memory book.

Even if you do not consider yourself a creative or crafty person, you will enjoy this time of sharing and fellowship.  You can sign up through facebook in the events section or RSVP by calling 816-891-8888.  You can also email us at to reserve your spot.  You can even just drop in, we will have enough supplies for anyone who wants to stop by at the last minute.

Date:  March 15, 2014

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location:  Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens, 12200 N. Crooked Road, Kansas City, MO  64152

We look forward to seeing you.

Happy Valentines

February 11, 2014


We cannot change the whole world, but we can change someone’s world.  Our mission is to serve those who think of their pet as one of the family by providing compassionate, dignified and ethical after life care for your pet.  Each life we touch through caring for your pets blesses us.  Through our services we strive to create a better world for you and your pet as you journey through the stages of life together.  We are here in your time of greatest need in providing afterlife care for your beloved pet(s).

V – Value – We VALUE you

A – Appreciate – We APPRECIATE your business

L – Love – We LOVE your pets as our own

E – Enjoy – We ENJOY helping people

N – Necessary – We CARE about the necessary grief and healing process

T – Time – We take the TIME to get things right

I – Interest – We are always INTERESTED in the human animal bond

N – Notice – We NOTICE every detail

E – End – We are there to help others to the END of life and beyond

Valentine Day

Spirit of the Horse

January 29, 2014

Horse Picture

Those that are horse lovers will agree there is something ethereal about the Spirit of the Horse.  We are moved by their grace, beauty, power and gentleness.  Throughout history humans have valued the horse for its ability to be utilitarian, yet prove to be a priceless companion animal.  In this day and age, most people think of cats and dogs as companion animals, but a growing number of people have come to realize that the horse provides companionship as well.

Research has proven that the horse also provides therapeutic value to humans as well.  It behooves us to consider the afterlife care of the horse.  They live the longest of most of our companion animals; however, they pose the largest challenge when last days arrive due to their size and weight.

Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens offers horse owners in Missouri, Kansas and surrounding states a wonderful option and ability to choose dignified “whole-horse” cremation services for families with equine companions.  Rolling Acres is equipped to provide comfort and the promise of compassionate, dignified and ethical afterlife care for your beloved equine companion.

Please refer to the website page regarding details.

You “CAN” Help Animals In Need

January 17, 2014

I Can – You Can – We All Can – CAN Collection Drive

Cans Help Animals In Need

One of our very beneficial community service projects is saving aluminum beverage cans to recycle by selling them to help raise money for our local animal rescue groups. We admire the rescue groups for all they do for the animals.  It takes a lot of dedication and passion to do what they do.  This is one way we can help them monetarily.

Please bring your aluminum drink cans to us. We will take them to recycle and donate the money to a different rescue group in turn. It doesn’t matter how many you bring – even one will do – they all add up to help! We also have a Donation Jar for the current rescue group in our lobby.  Rolling Acres raised $4064.00 from the sale of cans from Memorial Day 2007 through December 2013, with the help of our friends, families, and clients. This money was donated to No More Homeless Pets KC (now Great Plains SPCA), Friends of the Parkville Animal Shelter and Chain of Hope.  Our recipient for the 2014 year will be The Kitty Kat Connection. People are constantly bringing us cans, even leaving bags of cans outside our front door when we’re closed! We love it! Thanks for helping us help people help pets.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

January 11, 2014

Donating Items to those in need – The Gift That Keeps on Giving –

A very Happy New Year wish from all of us at Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens. Our New Year’s wish for you is a year filled with wonderful memories and special moments with those you love. We are reminded of those less fortunate during these cold winter days and realize how fortunate we are to have the basic necessities of life readily available to us. There are many folks who have had situations occur in their lives through no fault of their own, that have caused them to loose a job, home, automobile or loved ones. There are many people alone and with no resources that are depending on the goodness of others to help them through a rough time.

This is where organizations like the City Union Mission, Uplift Organization, Salvation Army and others come to the rescue.

We are fortunate to have a partnership with Uplift Organization where we are able to help provide much needed food for the pets of those less fortunate than many of us.

Folks who have lost their homes often have pets. It is our hope that these pets can stay with their owners as they often provide comfort and companionship to the homeless. Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets is seeking donations of pet food, toys, leashes, collars, blankets, and pet beds.

You can help. Has your pet outgrown a collar or leash? Has his diet changed and you have an open bag of pet food you won’t use? Or one your pet doesn’t like? Tape up the open bag of pet food and bring it to Rolling Acres. Your donations will be distributed to the homeless in the community.

In September 2001, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets started soliciting contributions for homeless people’s pets, either pet food or money for pet food. Some of their concerns are food for their pets, veterinary care, and the afterlife care of their pets – the same as ours!

Other items that could be donated include: blankets, towels, or clothing for humans as well as pet food. If you have anything to donate, just bring it to us, and we’ll deliver it for you. In 2013, with the generous and overwhelming assistance of the community, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets provided 6,112 pounds of dry pet food, 391 cans of canned pet food, cat and dog treats, as well as pet beds, pet carriers, toys, collars, leashes, pet brushes, and combs to Homeless Peoples’ Pets.

The need for this support has been increasing. Rolling Acres thanks the public for their help in this year-round project. Uplift Organization is the primary benefactor of the pet food and supplies. We also supply the Red Cross with pet food.Uplift Organization

Yuletide Greetings

December 27, 2013

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Where does the time go!  Our first year anniversary in the new Pet Memorial Center was December 21, 2013. The year has been filled with many memorable moments. We welcome the community to share in the beautiful grounds and the new Pet Memorial Center. 

We continue to hold monthly grief support meetings the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 until 8:30pm.  We welcome anyone who would like to attend.  Sessions are relaxed, comforting, and beneficial to anyone moving through the journey of grief and healing.   

Our first scheduled grand opening on March 24, 2013 was snowed out!  It was rescheduled for Memorial Day weekend.  On Sunday, September 8th, National Pet Memorial Day, we commemorated the lives of our beloved pets and celebrated our 40th Anniversary.  The event included a blessing of the animals and a tour of the facility.

Saturday, December 14th was our first annual Holiday Celebration of Life.  The facility was filled with family and friends of our pets in a special walk down memory lane dedication, officiated by Nancy Piper, President, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens.  The evening included honoring memories and sharing stories for our pets past and present. A memorial table was setup to honor our special companions. Many attendees brought a picture, framed or unframed, to place on the table and made personalized ornaments and filled the Christmas tree with the wonderful warm spirit of love and peace in honor of our pets.  There were refreshments and a special candle lighting ceremony.

Our loving, compassionate Care Team members stand ready to assist you with any of your needs.   We wish everyone a blessed holiday season!

Moving day draws near for Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets

December 14, 2012

The day we’ve all been waiting for is fast approaching – moving day.  Our new building is complete, furniture is arriving daily and the occupancy permit has been received. After 40 years of waiting and planning, Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets will be housed in a brand new, state of the art facility.

It is our hope and desire that our new Pet Memorial Facility, complete with the latest amenities and long-standing traditions, will make each and every person feel comfortable when they enter our doors during this difficult period of their life. Please rest assured that the loving, compassionate care you are used to receiving from our Care Team Members will not change, but only be enhanced by all the improvements.

Watch for an announcement regarding our Grand Opening in the new year.

Merry Christmas everyone!

The holidays have arrived at Rolling Acres!

December 4, 2012

The Care Team Members were busy last week decorating the cemetery with holiday flowers, wreaths and grave blankets. It is a wonderful and beautiful way to remember those pets who have passed over. If you are not part of our flower program, please feel free to bring out your own holiday decorations and flowers to use to decorate the final resting place of your beloved pets. Should you have any questions about whether or not a particular item is permissible, or if you would like to join our flower program for the future, please feel free to give our office a call and we will be glad to help you.

As we enter the holiday season, it can be a difficult time for many who have lost pets.  Please know that the grieving process is different for each one of us so there is no wrong way or right way to celebrate the season while mourning. You must do what feels right for you.  With this in mind, mark your calendars that Wednesday, December 12th is our next Pet Grief Recovery group.  As part of our group meeting, we are having a candlelight ceremony for your pets who have passed.  If you feel you need a little extra help preparing for the holidays, please join us. We would like to companion with you to help with your grief recovery process.