Orange County California
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes an examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.
Includes a brief consultation by the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, paw impression memorial keepsake, lock of fur, and a Lap of Love Pet Loss Booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.
Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day.
There may be an additional charge for pets over 99 lbs, extended travel (see Service Area below), appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), and aggressive pets.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, fish, goats and pigs - call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely engraved wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered out to sea.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 4am - 8pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.
Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Mary Gardner, DVM
Born and raised in Orange County, NY, I was one of those children that attracted stray animals like bees to honey, and I loved it! Of course my heart-wrenching story telling became legendary as I created saga after saga about why it was imperative that my parents allow these animals to join our family. One of the most cherished additions was a Samoyed that I had rescued at the Humane Society and named Snow White. The 12 years we shared together were wonderful, and we had grown to be intricate parts of one another's lives.
But in 1999 fate dealt me a shattering blow as she unexpectedly passed due to a systemic infection. The only positive I can take away from this tragic event is that I was able to say good-bye to my best friend as she lay in my arms and breathed her last breath. I was her last glimpse of a life that was filled with love, compassion and companionship. Although stricken with grief as I mourned my loss, I knew at that very moment that I wanted to follow a long held dream of becoming a veterinarian in order to help people care for their cherished animal friends.
While practicing small animal medicine, my most enjoyable moments are creating close relationships with the families of the pets I treat. Early on I had recognized this dynamic kinship between animal, owner and practitioner and was bestowed with the most distinguished Human-Animal Bond award in Veterinary school. The awareness of this bond makes the task of assisting clients with the difficult decision to euthanize their pets all the more arduous. I've come to appreciate the very fragile balance of a pet having a good quality of life and knowing when it's time to be selfless and let your pet pass with dignity and without suffering. Although a difficult task, I am always honored to be a part of the family's last moments with their beloved pets.
Over 10 years later, I still think of and miss my lovely Snow White every time I must help a family say goodbye to their pet. I've chosen to focus on this aspect of Veterinary medicine because helping families say goodbye to a beloved pet is a difficult yet important part of the human-animal bond. Creating a loving and nurturing environment for both pets and owners is instrumental in helping them to find closure at such a difficult time. While I comfort the families left behind, I like to think that every pet that I help is greeted by my Snow White as they cross the rainbow bridge.
Amanda Page, DVM
I grew up on the Central Coast of California & naturally gravitated to all animals that crossed my path. I would spend countless hours with our family cats and dogs. As I grew older I spent much of my time on ranches working with horses, cattle, goats, sheep & pigs. Some of my fondest memories are when my friend and I would take her goat on road trips and play soccer with my pig Cupcake. I always knew I would work with animals but it wasn’t until I started working at a small animal veterinary hospital that I realized veterinary medicine was my calling.
In the year 2000 I adopted a cat named Hank that would change my life forever. Our unique bond guided me to pursue feline veterinary medicine after my studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. After graduation from veterinary school in 2009, I specialized in feline medicine for 7 years. In 2013, Hank was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Grieving Hank’s diagnosis and decline was one of my life’s greatest challenges as he had been my best friend through so much of my young adult life. I facilitated Hank’s passing at home surrounded by his family and our other pets. The loss I felt struck me to my core. Hank has taught me so much about the impermanence of life, unconditional love and that our bond continues in a more subtle way.
I hold a special place in my heart for providing comfortable and dignified end of life care for the beautiful pets I have been blessed to care for & have chosen to focus on this aspect of care. As we enter the transitional phases of our beloved pets life, it can be so difficult to know when it is time to make the selfless decision to provide the gift of a peaceful passing. Providing gentle guidance, unconditional support and compassion along with holding space for families to experience their emotions, grieve, remember and begin the path to healing is an honor I am blessed to fulfill.
Jeni Price, BVM&S, MRCVS
My name is Jenevieve Price, but most people call me Dr. Jeni. I grew up in Los Angeles, but I’ve been fortunate enough to live in several amazing places, including eastern Washington, Scotland, and rural Colorado, before moving here to Orange County.
I told my mom I was going to be a veterinarian when I was four years old, and I guess nobody ever thought to talk me out of it, so here I am! When I was in high school, my superlative childhood kitty Cuddles passed away. Our veterinarian was so kind and thoughtful during that heartbreaking decision, and it truly cemented my desire to provide that same kind of compassionate care wherever and however I could.
Before veterinary school, I spent all my time with a menagerie of animals as well as competing in equestrian events. I was lucky enough to attend vet school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I loved every minute of all four years (even the rain). Once I graduated, I spent several years in equine and rural mixed (large and small animal) practice, before coming back to California.
I love being a veterinarian, especially when I get to help pets and their families in stressful or intense situations feel a little more peaceful and at ease. I love our older pet friends, especially grumpy old cats! Doing house call euthanasia and hospice care is an amazing way to experience the profound and wonderful bond that pets share with their people, and to help in easing the transition at the end of life.
When I’m not helping pets, I love spending time with my husband and two young children, as well as my own sweet dog and 3 nutty cats.
Mary Gardner, DVM
"Lap of Love was recommended to us by our vet and friend when she could not come herself. Dr. Amanda came to our home when we suffered the decision to say goodbye to our beloved Sadie. She treated this incredibly difficult time with care and compassionate for me and my husband as well as Sadie. Sadie left us quietly and peacefully which is what we wanted for this treasured family member. We can't thank Dr. Amanda enough for her compassion. 😇"
Linda WeaverBrea, California
"Dr. Amanda got to our home right on time. I had just taken our friend Sandy out for a final walk. When Amanda got there, Sandy took to her right away. It was easy to see that she has 'a way' with animals. We shared some stories and talked about her condition. (She was 14 and had arthritis.) She did not push one way or another and we decided to put her down.
I don't know what I was expecting as I had never had to do this before but I could not believe how peacefully she passed. Dr. Amanda was not rushed and made sure that I had recovered (as much as can be expected) before she left. I could not be happier that I made the decision to use Lap of Love and have Sandy pass at home rather than a vet's office.
I am also happy that I 'got' Dr. Amanda. She was amazing and helped me through this difficult process."
Mark FinchSanta Ana, California
"We were referred to Lap of Love by two different people who both had wonderful praise for them, and now I know why. We loved our baby so much, and even though we could see that he was suffering we didn't know if the time was right to help him go. Dr. Amanda arrived at our house, greeted Gabe and sat right down on the floor with us. She watched Gabe, petted him, and talked to him and us, all the while evaluating his condition. She explained to us how a vet would evaluate the situation, but she did this in such a patient, kind and loving way. She sat with us, listened to us, asked us questions, and patiently took all the time we needed to come to our decision. Once we were ready, she calmly explained everything she was doing. The whole process was very peaceful and calm, despite the great sadness. Dr. Amanda was also prepared to help us with the things we had to do afterward. She really just came alongside us and supported us with her knowledge, experience and compassion. We have only had to make this decision once before, and we didn't know there was any other way than to take our doggy to the vet's office. This experience was completely different, and so much better - in our own home, with a kind, compassionate professional helping us. I would recommend Dr. Amanda and Lap of Love to everyone who is in this difficult situation."
Valerie WiegmanHuntington Beach, California
"Very Nice and Friendly Dr. Price was very understanding through out the difficult process."
Babak KavoossiOrange County, California
"Dr. Amanda was great. She was very patient with me and asked questions so I could share stories about Jojo when she arrived (which I would have been reluctant to do without her prompting). She was just the right balance of compassionate, informative, and supportive and I felt like she genuinely liked my baby even though she just met him. I did not feel rushed, but she moved quickly when I became uncomfortable. Thank you for making a tough time/decision a little easier."
Kristi GallegosCosta Mesa, California
"I couldn't have asked for a kinder, sweeter, more understanding and gentle person to arrive at my home to help my sweet Katie go on to her new world. I really didn't think I would be able to handle it, but Dr. Amanda helped me, too. She has a special place in my heart forever. Thank you, Dr. Amanda, for everything."
Pam RogersAnaheim, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Ellie Freedman, MFT heads this wonderful group meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
Southern California Veterinary Speciality Hospital
Orange County Veterinary Specialists (24h)
Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic in Garden Grove
Mandi Pratt Artist at Greyboy Pet Prints
Orange County Animal Care Services
Irvine Animal Care Center
Seal Beach Animal Care Center
Helping families in the following areas:
Los Angeles County
Long Beach and Whittier
Normal service areas include the majority of Orange County California and a few sections of LA County. Extended Service areas include but are not limited to Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel & San Juan Capistrano. Typical fee is between $25-50 depending on distance.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of Love18340 Yorba Linda BlvdSuite 107 #213Yorba Linda, CA 92886
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Mary Gardner