Orlando & Surrounding Areas
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.
There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, 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 between 5-7 days. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.
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 by the crematory.
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 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.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
Being a veterinarian has been my calling since I was around 7 years old. I was lucky enough to have three very close neighbours who were veterinarians working in different fields of veterinary medicine. I spent my childhood volunteering at our local humane society, helping farmers to care for their animals and improving their quality of life, and also working at a family owned pet store. Then, I became a veterinary technician and worked in small animal veterinary hospitals for several years.
I received my degree in Veterinary Medicine from University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada in 2005. I have been practicing in small animal hospitals in Florida ever since and enjoy caring for pets and helping them feel better day after day.
I feel privileged to help pets and their family every day, but I also think that I am blessed to have the opportunity to end a pet's suffering. I believe that pets are appreciative, like most of us would, to be able to go in peace where there is no more pain, in the comfort of their home and in the arms of their beloved family members.
Stacy Michele Blake, DVM
I was born and raised in Decatur, IL, the “Soybean Capital of the World.” One of my fondest childhood memories is from my eleventh birthday, when a gray kitten wearing a pink bow jumped out of a box and into my heart. Being my first pet cat, Hilary (named after a character on "All My Children" in the 80s) was a gift that would pave my road to veterinary medicine. Through the years, she gave me comfort and made me laugh. I couldn’t imagine life without her. I’d always loved animals, but I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” Then one day, I honestly had one of those “aha moments" while standing in a pet store at the local mall. I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to caring for animals!
While in veterinary school at the University of Illinois, I gained experience with horses, cows, pigs and goats, but cats and dogs were still my favorites. I graduated with my DVM degree in 1999, and could not wait to escape the cold Midwestern winters to start my career in sunny Orlando, FL. Of course, Hilary moved along with me. She was starting to show signs of her advancing age. A few years later, while battling several chronic illnesses, I could see a decline in her quality of life and I knew it was time to say "goodbye." I loved Hilary for 18 years, and she taught me first-hand, the strength of the human-animal bond.
I have worked in small-animal, general practice now for over fifteen years, and I enjoy seeing excited “new parents” with puppies & kittens, but I find the challenges of caring for older companion animals to be much more rewarding. I have such respect for my aging patients, and I have had the privilege of seeing many of them through their entire lives. Our pets are living longer, and I strive to make their “golden years” the best they can be. And when it’s time, I want to make the end-of-life process less stressful and more peaceful for these beloved animals.
Elizabeth Gill, DVM
Even as a child growing up in Clearwater, Florida, I had a strong desire to help animals in need. I finally convinced my parents to let me have a puppy, then a kitten, and ultimately a horse, a little girl’s dream come true. It was ultimately that horse that led me to become a veterinarian. When I was 16, she suffered a severe injury and I was faced with a life or death decision. I took it upon my 16 year old shoulders to nurse her back to health and from that day forward I dedicated myself to learning all that I could about veterinary medicine and I have strived to provide the very best care I possibly could to all my furry patients.
I graduated from the University of Florida with my DVM in 2005, and started my veterinary career as an equine vet. A few years into that career path, I was pulled into companion animal medicine and though I still love horses, I have dedicated the past 9 years of my life to helping the smaller varieties of pets. I have spent my career trying to extend animal’s lives as long as possible, and I now feel privileged to be able to provide as peaceful a passing as possible to those furry beloved family members who are no longer experiencing the quality of life they deserve.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
"It took me a while to be able to post this, I am still taking it hard I had to put my dog down(Freeway).
Dr. Elizabeth was very professional and was on time called about 15 mins before she arrived.
She made Freeway and myself at ease during this time. It was the hardest thing I had to every do.
Wanted to thank Dr. Elizabeth and the whole crew of Lap of Love, during this time.
scott austinCasellberry, Florida
"When it was time to say goodbye to our beloved cat, Capri, my veterinarian recommended Lap of Love. This was the best suggestion he could have made. Though it was heartbreaking to say goodbye to our sweet girl, Dr. Annie was so gentle and understanding--not only with her but also with us, and her patience and kindness made us feel very comforted. We all wish for our loved ones to go peacefully in their sleep, and this is the closest we could come to ensuring this would happen. Capri was very much my shadow, and I miss her more than words can say. Yet I am grateful that I have no regrets about her life OR the manner of her death. Though I only met Dr. Annie for a short time, she will remain in my heart forever. What a beautiful gift she gave us."
Erica KeckleyOrlando, Florida
"Dr. Stacy was so good at helping us make Stella's transition a peaceful one. She put us at ease and created a very positive energy that made the whole process stress-free. I could not have asked for a better angel, thanks, Dr. Stacy.."
Lisa PetersonOrlando, Florida
"I would like to thank Dr. Annie Dion for her help yesterday with my Bella. She was so caring and showed so much compasion for Bella and my family. You are a amazing person and I am so thankful that you were there for Bella when she needed someone who understood her suffering. I hope you stay as you are a true blessing from God to all of us who have to make such a painful decision.
Thank you so much
The Kingston family"
Connie KingstonOrlando, Florida
"Two angels came into and left our lives yesterday. Our angel, Auggie, was a sixteen year old tabby cat. She was so much a part of our life, it upsets me how that was taken for granted sometimes. The smallest things make me cry as I think of the ways her presence made my day. The hardest things are looking at her familiar and favorite hang-outs in the house, and seeing them vacant. I miss her adamant meows when she wanted something, and her little chirpy sounds as she patiently waited. Seeing her curled up in her favorite resting places, watching her at the window sill in the mornings, remembering all her Christmases when she would get into her gift, but love the tissue paper the most .The hardest thing is going to come home at night and her not being at the door to greet me--I dread that.
But, as with all living things, her time had come and as I watched her go peacefully to sleep, I was happy somehow. Dr. Annie was the second angel yesterday. When she came to the house, I felt immediately assured that she would do it respectfully and compassionately. Whatever doubts I had that she would encounter "Ninja cat" as she phrased it, and not be able to do for Auggie, were quickly put to rest. She was very calm and confident that everything would be fine. And, it was and I am forever grateful to this wonderful service that provided me with Dr. Annie, and the peace of mind I now have.
Anyone who is agonizing over the final decision, please know that you will find comfort and caring with Lap of Love, and should you be lucky enough to have Dr. Annie, you are blessed to have her at that most difficult time."
Sandra WilliamsOrlando, Florida
"It has been one year since Dr. Annie came to my house to help our sweet 15 year old dachshund, Rupert, make his final journey. Dr. Annie's love and compassion have carried me this far, and I think about that day with peace in my heart rather than sorrow. I am so grateful to her for making that time so much easier for Rupert and my family. I still cry and miss my boy, but his last time on earth was the best that anyone could hope for.
Thank you, Lap of Love,, and Dr. Annie, I wish many blessings to you,
Lora MacPhersonOcoee, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Healthcare Associates
Veterinary Emergency Clinic
The Pet Loss Center
Lotus Therapy Center, Holly Cox, LMFT - Winter Park, FL
Animal Emergency Center (Pet ER)
Helping families in the following counties:
Our veterinarians proudly serve all or some of the counties named above. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of up to $60 based on the distance and travel time from the veterinarian. Please call for more information.
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.
P.O. Box 916613 Longwood , FL 32791-6613
WKMG Local 6: Painful process made easier with in-home service