Long Island - Nassau & Suffolk Counties
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes a brief 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.
Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints 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.
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 pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. 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 in a pet cemetery called Field of Dreams.
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.
Kristine Campanelli, DVM
I started out as a veterinary technician 20 years ago and knew I would be involved with taking care of animals and their families for the rest of my life.
I earned my DVM degree from Ross University in 2002 and returned home to Long Island to practice small animal medicine. I returned home with Cricket, a tabby cat, and Marvin, a kititian hound, who I adopted during my second semester on the island of St. Kitts. They were great companions to each other and me during my school career. They adapted well to life in the states and lived long, happy lives and each succumbing to a different illness as they grew old together. Marvin developed congestive heart failure and Cricket developed kidney failure. I learned a great deal caring for them and ensuring they had an excellent quality of life, with medications and diet to maintain their heart and kidney function. It was a difficult decision when the time came but my family and I were there with them at the very end to say good bye. I know Marvin was there to greet Cricket at the Rainbow Bridge and my hope is that they are romping around together just like they used to in our living room.
Being in private practice, you watch a patient grow up and grow old. We help patients and their families manage their illnesses on a daily basis but at the very end it comes down to an unfamiliar and stressful place. Many of my pet parents have told me they would prefer the home environment, something I was not able to provide at that time. That is why Lap of Love is so special - keeping pets and their families in a comfortable setting and loving environment. I am blessed to be able to help families through this difficult time in their lives.
Heather Manfredi, DVM
Critters - big and small - have always been fascinating to me. As a longtime equestrian, I understood the strength of the human-animal bond that deepens as you tend and care for an animal that becomes part of your heart and family. I took that passion and love and made it into a career when I happily graduated veterinary school from University of Florida in 2006. I started my veterinary career by helping pets as an ambulatory veterinarian for large and small animals in sunny Florida, where I also grew up. I expanded my experience by practicing in Kansas City, MO where I treated a myriad of animals - from dogs and cats to sheep and llamas! Throughout my tenure, I learned that my goal as a veterinarian is to help people understand the needs of their pets, both for wellness and preventative health, as well as during times of illness and disease.
Now, I currently live on Long Island to pursue a life closer to my loved ones. I enjoy all that Long Island has to offer including spending time outside boating, at the beach, enjoying craft beer, visiting museums and community festivals, and horseback riding. I'm a parent to both two-legged and four-legged babies: Haden - my teenage son, Jewel - my 10 year old Jack Russell terrier, and Ozzy - my 8 year old Abyssinian cat. I'm grateful to have an opportunity to visit families in their home and help them walk through their options when dealing with end of life decisions.
Kristine Campanelli, DVM
"Dr. Kristine was AMAZING! So full of love! She let Leo kiss her face over and over. She was so compassionate. A real angel sent to us!!! My eyes fill up whenever I think of how amazing she was with Leo. He truly loved her and felt relaxed and at peace. I will always be grateful to her and lap of love"
Cindy AssemiNorthport, NY
"Dr Kristine Campanelli gave us a profound gift for which we will always be grateful. She gave our family and our beloved elderly Newfoundland dog Travis, a way to say good bye to one another, with comfort, dignity and love. It was obvious from the very start, that her caring and compassion were genuine and from deep within. Not so much a job for her, but more a mission of love. Wrapped in that love, she guided our broken hearts along with our old friend, to the next place. She did for us, what all good healers do. She helped to take away the pain …and in a peaceful circle of love, on our living room floor -with tears and kisses, we said goodbye. It was right where he needed to be. It was right were we all needed to be. Thank you Dr. Kristine, from the bottom of our hearts."
Dan and Pam MoodyFarmingdale, NY
"Thank you, Dr. Heather, your empathy and caring helped us more than you could imagine. You were a sweet angel that came into our home and with your tender care released Bianca from her misery and battle with the horrible disease that came upon her so swiftly. We appreciated your love and compassion for Bianca and our family. You made this very stressful and heartbreaking time the gentlest experience. - Thank you again for all our love"
Mary Perrone-RizzoFarmingdale, NY
"It takes extraordinary people to do this kind of work and it is clear that Dr. Heather is special. She shares her kindness and skills in a spiritual way. God is in her heart and hands. We will forever be grateful that she guided us through this most difficult time."
Patricia CusumanoDeer Park, NY
"On the late afternoon of January 27th, we knew our beloved 12 and a half year old Golden Retriever, Jacob, was not doing well and he needed help to go to the Rainbow Bridge urgently. We googled "at home euthanasia pet services", called, and nervously awaited their arrival. Within an hour, Dr. Heather Manfredi arrived. She eased us through this painful time with compassionate care and sensitivity. She was very kind and gentle with Jacob and we immediately knew we had made the right decision to call Lap of Love. Dr. Heather Manfredi was truly an angel. Having our boy Jacob go to the Rainbow Bridge right from his own bed in his own house gave him comfort as well as us. We are grieving our loss, but are very thankful we made the call to Lap of Love."
Susan Jurist-BlackSelden, NY
"Thank-you so very much Heather for making the hardest and sad day much easier You were so kind loving and caring.Many tears will still flow for along time but you was so sweet I can't thank-you enough you will be in our hearts forever thank-you againI know now that she is at peace and no longer suffering and with her sisters in doggie heaven Darlene and Paul"
Darlene HendricksonFreeport, NY
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
East End Veterinary Emergency Center
Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists
Animal Emergency Service
ASPCA Grief Hotline
Helping families in the following areas:
Our veterinarians proudly serves Long Island - including most of Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$75 based on your location.
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 LoveHeather Manfredi, DVMP.O. Box 225Deer Park, NY 11729
Lap of LoveKristine Campanelli, DVMP.O. Box 116Mount Sinai, NY 11766