Tails from the Crypt: Animal Lover’s Tour & Dog Walk



Laurel Hill East

In 1867, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was only the second humane society to have organized in the nation. The group was formed in Philadelphia, and paved the way for dozens of other rescue organizations dedicated to the city’s furry friends. Pet-friendly Laurel Hill East encourages the public to bring their animals along for this springtime walking tour. Stories and stops will include one of the first court cases to rule against animal cruelty, pets memorialized in stone, and the woman who bestowed a portion of her will to her dearest dogs.

Tour Guide: Paul Sookasian


  • $17/General Admission (Ages 13 and up)
  • $15/Seniors (Ages 65+) and Students with ID
  • $12/Members of the Friends of Laurel Hill
  • $8.50/Youth (Ages 6-12)
  • $1.90/Access Card Holders (can purchase up to 4 tickets) **
  • Free/Ages 5 and under

** Access Card + Valid Photo I.D. must be presented at check-in.

Please note – youth and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged!


This tour departs from Laurel Hill East’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Information on directions, parking, and visiting guidelines are linked here to better plan your visit.