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, peaceful 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 an 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.
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 wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee.
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 by the crematory.
There may be a fee if addtional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. 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.
Jordan Taheri, DVM
My first pet as a little boy was a long-haired guinea pig named Bogie. We had hamsters in the past, but this was our first pet that was all mine, and I loved him. So when Bogie got sick and soon passed, I was devastated. I did not agree with my friends’ suggestions to “just get another,” because there was no other Bogie, and he was gone. It was really at this point that I realized I was meant to be a veterinarian.
Years later in 2010, I proudly graduated from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Having worked all over the country, I now find myself back where I grew up, in Broward County. The place that has always been home to me. I’ll never forget the memories that Bogie and I shared, and what he meant to me. In joining Lap of Love, I am truly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to help people and their loved ones in their greatest time of need. We can never replace our beloved furry friends, but we can give them the loving gifts of comfortable end of life care and a peaceful passing.
Julie Greenlaw, BVMS
I was born in Maine and have lived there most of my life, where I enjoyed the serenity and cooler climate surrounded by natural beauty. I was inspired to become a veterinarian by my dear friend and mentor - one of only two women in her veterinary class at Cornell - but it took me a while to forge my path into the veterinary field. After raising a family, I finally got up the courage to go after my dreams and with the support of my family, I pursued veterinary school. I graduated in 2010 from the University of Edinburgh and practiced veterinary medicine in Maine primarily for farm animals and horses, along with family pets. In 2015, my husband was offered a position in sunny south Florida so we packed up our sweaters and stocked up on shorts and sandals!
Although I've committed my career to helping pets, I cannot circumvent the inevitable loss of my own pets. I have experienced the devastating loss of three amazing dogs throughout the years. In May 2016, I had to euthanize my 14-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Emma, who finally lost her battle to heart disease. I called her “my sweet girl”. I rescued her six years ago and she really was the sweetest dog I have ever known. In January 2015, the year before losing Emma, I had to make the decision to euthanize Tugnutt (Tug) who was my best friend. Tug was born on our small farm in Maine and he and his mom, Crickett, moved with us to Scotland, where I went to veterinary school. My husband and I used to joke that their bark had acquired a Scottish accent. Before moving back to Maine in 2010, we lost Crickett, our very opinionated fourteen-year-old Springer Spaniel. Her joints and her spirit had finally worn out.
I understand how hard it is to watch your pet grow old and how difficult it is to make that final decision. Every day I watched and evaluated them trying to reach that balance of not waiting too long and having them suffer needlessly and enjoying every moment as long as they had quality in their lives. I feel lucky that I was able to say my goodbyes at home in a very personal way that I know celebrated their specials lives. I have found it rewarding to help families make that difficult decision and help them through the process.
Amanda Grant, DVM
Growing up as an only child, I found my brother in a cat named Smokey. Smokey would ride in my doll stroller as I pushed him on walks. He didn’t leave my side when I was sick, always there to comfort me. Then he was my protective older brother always sitting between me and the boyfriend during the teenage years. Smokey was with me for 22 wonderful years. Through him, I discovered the strength of the bond between humans and their devoted pets.
I knew, even back then, that my life needed to be dedicated to the preservation of this bond. Since then I have shared this special bond with my other cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, rabbits, and even fish. Each one of these wonderful creatures shared the same bond with me in their own unique way and deserve the same merit. I then learned eventually, this bond must be shared beyond this world, and that I could help others make the difficult journey with dignity and respect, honoring the love that they shared with their “Smokey”.
My heart goes out to those who are near the end of their earthly journey with their pets, whatever species they call their friend, and I hope to help preserve those precious memories and ease their transition.
Kim Simons, DVM
What do you want to be when you grow up? A veterinarian of course. I always knew that was my calling. I graduated in 1997 from University of Miami with a bachelor in science and a minor in psychology and chemistry and then pursued veterinary school at the University of Florida and graduated in 2001. I still enjoy my work especially the wonderful relationships I develop with loving pet owners and their pets. After losing my Doberman Lizzy, my life changed. I still miss her to this day. Now my focus in veterinary medicine is providing end of life care for our beloved animal companions. This stage of life is so emotional for us as pet owners and trying for our pets as well. I am comforted knowing I can provide a peaceful transition for our beloved companions and provide some support for the grieving family.
Tiffany Matheson, DVM
Growing up in rural Oklahoma I had many pets, some of which included dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, and even pigs. I spent nearly all my time with them or reading about them and when I was only five years old I told my parents that I wanted to be a veterinarian.
For my 16th birthday I got a Dalmatian puppy named Molly. Molly was my baby, and she was with me through high school, undergraduate college, and vet school. During my final year of vet school though, Molly became ill with chronic liver disease and 2 days after graduation I had to make the decision to let her go. This was my first time having to make that decision and while it was very difficult I was thankful that I was able to give Molly the gift of ending her pain.
Throughout the past 9 years while working as a Veterinarian, I have helped many people say goodbye to their babies and I feel privileged to have been able to give them a peaceful and loving last memory.
Matt Renaker, DVM
The day my parents brought me home from the hospital for the very first time, the first thing my dad did was to lay me down next to our family dog, Chief. For years after, Chief and I shared many a boyhood adventure and even shared the doghouse from time to time when I was in trouble. Chief taught me many things about the special relationship, that makes an “animal” a companion. Losing him was my first experience with the loss of a cherished companion. I remember my dad comforting me, knowing the right things to say as a dad should.
Throughout my career as a veterinarian, I have been faced with several end of life decisions both at work and in my personal life as my wonderful pets have lived and gone. Each experience helps me to better understand what my dad started all those years ago. My aspiration is to pass along some of these comforting words to those who have these special companions as part of their lives. The end of life decisions are very emotional, but we have the opportunity to show true compassion when our pets need it most and provide them a peaceful transition and honor their memory.
I hope that as each person who experiences this loss knows that our sympathies are with them. “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”
Robyn Baldwin, DVM
I have been a pet owner my entire life. I got my first pet, a loveable “Benji-type” mutt, when I was just a year old. We grew up together, and he lived until I was in college. In my first year of vet school, I bottle-fed and hand raised a litter of 5-day-old kittens. From this litter, I kept an adorable tabby named Mitzi. She went with me to class every day, either staying on her leash or sitting on my shoulder when she was not sleeping on the chair next to me. She was a special part of my life throughout vet school and in the early part of my veterinary career. The day that she died was one of the hardest days of my life.
I continue to keep a menagerie of pets, all of whom seem to find me. I have raised several litters of orphan kittens (and always wind up keeping one). My sweetest dog Velle was found by on of my hospital staff members. Velle gave me those eyes that said, “Won’t you please take me home?” She provided my husband, my children, and myself 15 years of treasured companionship. Towards the end, she had an ongoing list of medical issues, and the decision to have her euthanized was not an easy one for any of us.
I feel very fortunate to have chosen a profession that allows me to provide euthanasia as a beneficial service for pets and their owners. To me, the ability to end a pet’s suffering is a blessing. It is never easy, but is one of the most important services that I can offer. Being able to provide this in the pet’s own home is an additional blessing.
Laura Allison, DVM
AND EVER HAS IT BEEN THAT LOVE KNOWS NOT ITS OWN DEPTH UNTIL THE HOUR OF SEPARATION -Khalil Gibran This passage is so true that I placed it on the memorial cards I sent to friends and family when Raisin, my Chocolate Labrador, passed away. To this day, I feel the depth of loneliness without her. It is for this reason that I am a Lap of Love veterinarian. To be called upon in a family’s time of need and share the passing of a beloved pet is a sacred experience and one that I am honored to be part of. My love and devotion to animals started at the age of 2 when baby robins were born outside my window and I witnessed for the first time, an animal family. Since that time, a veritable menagerie has lived in my home and all these wonderful creatures have left something indelible upon my heart. How lucky I have been to share their lives. As with many young girls, I had dreams of becoming a veterinarian and in 2004, that dream became reality. It is with joy in my heart that I am able to be of service to humans and animals alike. It is an endeavor to be cherished. During my years as a veterinarian, I have witnessed the uncompromising strength of the human-animal bond and the great lengths pet parents will go to for the comfort of their pets. It is something extraordinary to behold. Realizing all too well the agony of deciding when to let go, it is my mission to ease the burden of this decision and bring some measure of peace to a grieving family. With as much love as I sent with Raisin to earn her wings, I can only wish to do the same for all the beloved and special pets I have the honor of saying goodbye to.
Mary Gardner, DVM - South Florida
Raised in rural New York, 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.
Jordan Taheri, DVM
"I first spoke with Donna on the phone. She was great. Then Dr. Kim came over. Dr. Kim talked me through this very difficult decision and was so caring for me and our dog Albert. Every step of the way and afterwards Dr. Kim was kind and caring. I cannot say enough about Dr. Kim and your service. Me and my family are at ease. Thank you so much."
Robert RodriguezWellington, Florida
"My family and I are so grateful to Dr. Jordan, Donna and Lap of Love for helping us with this difficult time. Monty's last moments were handled with grace, respect and kindness. As hard as it was to say goodbye to Monty my husband and I felt comforted that we were able to let him go in such beautiful manner.
Janet JosephPlantation, Florida
"Kindness and compassion are the best words to describe Dr Amanda. Our precious Labradoodle, Harvey had a stroke just before his 11th birthday. We were hopeful that he would bounce back, as so many canines do, but sadly, this wasn't part of Harvey's journey. For 8 days I was hopeful while taking care of him. But on the night of Jan 30, he had a major seizure and we knew that we had to call Lap of Love for him. It is heart breaking to see your sweet furry child go through something like this. Dr Amanda came in, laid on the floor with us and just talked and stroked Harvey. He was calm. He was beautiful. When the time seemed right, Harvey passed away peacefully. Somehow, Dr. Amanda being there made this easier to accept. I miss Harvey everyday. He was a joy from the moment he entered our lives. His friend Buddy, our yellow lab, lost his best friend. We are all coping together and know that one day, we will all meet again. Thank you from the bottom our hearts to Dr Amanda."
Marcie SharpFt. Lauderdale, Florida
"Dr. Matheson was so comforting and understanding. She helped us help Abby to "doggie heaven" or "rainbow bridge" in the best possible way. We reminisced, cried, held her. Most importantly of all, Abby went peacefully, and we are left with our memories of her. We cannot thank Dr. Tiffany enough for her compassion, and for how she helped Abby relax enough to be set free of fears and cares."
Wendy McFaulWellington, Florida
"It's been 2 months since we said a loving goodbye to our beloved cat, Caesar. It is a very difficult decision. We rescued Caesar and his 2 liter mates 12 years ago. We kept them together all their lives. Caesar was nicknamed "Dennis the menace"........but I say he kept the other 2 young by cuddling with them, or playing with them. Caesar quickly took a turn for the worse. Within a week we discovered he had kidney disease and he also had a heart murmur. The treatment for the kidney isn't good for the heart. We knew it was time for him to leave us peacefully. I emailed Lap of Love in the evening and by morning we called to arrange the procedure. Dr. Tiffany was at our house by 10:30 a.m. She was very quiet and loving to us and our Caesar. She calmly explained what would happen. She never rushed us. Dr. Tiffany was so gentle. Caesar was placed in a basket with a beautiful purple blanket to be taken. We received Caesar 2 weeks later in a beautiful carved little box with a name plate. We also received a letter advising us the Lap of Love had made a donation to the University of Florida Veterinary program in Caesar's name. We are so thankful for Lap of Love and the love and caring they have for a fur babies. I recommend them. They are wonderful."
Tina CoxJupiter, Florida
"I do not know how to thank Dr. Tiffany. She was so kind and understanding under such miserable circumstances. She comforted me while I was crying and talked to me about what was taking place. She answered all my questions with compassion and understanding. She totally gets the pain we feel when a beloved family fur baby is suffering and gently comforts the pet as well as the owner. I have had many pets in my lifetime and had to go through this time before, but I must tell everyone there was no better experience than Dr. Tiffany and Lap of Love."
Carolyn FarnsworthLoxahatchee, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Coral Springs Animal Hospital has monthly support meetings
Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists - West Palm Beach
(855) 738 - 5677
Lawrence Kaufman, LMFT
Coral Springs Animal Hospital
Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Palm Beach Gardens
Helping families in the following areas:
Palm Beach County
North county only - call for details
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 Love Veterinary Hospice49 N. Federal Hwy #170Pompano Beach, FL 33062
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Mary Gardner