Portland, Salem & Surrounding Areas
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 optional engraved nameplate (additional $25) 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 on private property.
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.
Lori Braun, DVM
Like most veterinarians, I’ve always been drawn to animals. After meeting a kinkajou at a school program in 5th grade, I knew that any career I had was going to be working with animals! After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Zoology, I started my career as a zookeeper. I delighted in the variety of animals I was able to work with. However, after almost 10 years, I knew that something was missing - keeping me from the job satisfaction I wanted. Conversations with the zoo vets ended up steering me to considering medicine, which I happily did at St. Georges University. After completing my clinical year at Auburn University, I moved to Oregon to start life as a veterinarian.
General practice was a wonderful experience for me – I loved all aspects of the job. The medicine, the variety of surgeries, educating clients – everything clicked for me. During my 10 years of practice, I realized that I had developed a passion for providing the compassionate care that is needed when a loved one is ready to go. While I still loved the prevention and treatment aspects of veterinary medicine, I felt drawn to working with pets (and their families) as they reached their final days.
I believe that the job of a veterinarian is to ease suffering. Sometimes it is through preventative care, sometimes it is through treatment interventions, and sometimes it is through helping them to die with dignity and without pain and suffering. I take pride and am honored to be able to help families come to terms with, and find comfort in, the difficult decisions that are faced as beloved pets reach their later days.
"Dr Lori is a very special person! She took the time to explain to us the process all while petting and giving our dog Shelby a lot of attention. She eased the pain we felt of losing our furry family member. She was compassionate throughout the entire process. Thank you so much!"
Amy WalkerForest Grove, Oregon
"We cannot say THANK YOU enough to Dr. Lori B. for coming to our home and helping us with this very difficult and painful, but right decision. Her kindness and sensitivity was incredible. We are eternally in debt to her for helping our baby move on to find peace and comfort again.
Tim, Christine, and Frodo"
Timothy GrimSalem, Oregon
"December 9th was such a difficult time, saying goodbye to my beloved Bubba boy - and for what it was, it couldn't have been done any better. The compassion, attention to detail, the emotional support- was all more than I could have ever asked for. Thank you so much for helping us guide Bubs over the rainbow bridge with love."
Kristie MarecekSalem, Oregon
"We had our 15.5 year old dog, Rex, put to sleep last week and we could not have been more happy with Lap of Love. Lori made the whole experience so calm and peaceful. Thanks so much for offering this service to people. It made a huge difference for us to be able to say goodbye to him at home."
Anna YeagerSalem, Oregon
"Thank you so much Dr. Lori. I'm at a lost for words still but please know you made a world of difference in a painful situation. ❤❤❤ Oscar's mommy"
Yvonne RandallHillsboro, Oregon
"Thank you Dr. Lori.
You are a very special veterinarian. You have a way with our companions and their human family. You really care and it shines. It was so very important to us to have you there. I'm sure all of the doctors would have been wonderful, but having you there made it extra calm and special. It felt right and helped me accept the decision and know that it was the right choice. You made the sad day a happy memory. It was a wonderful goodbye. Thank you for your kind words. Most of all, thank you for what you do and for caring so deeply about our furry family."
Kerry HemphillStayton, Oregon
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Dove Lewis Pet Loss Support Program
Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Salem
VCA Salem Animal Hospital, Salem
Dove Lewis, Portland
VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital, Portland
Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Tualatin
Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency, Beaverton
Willamette Humane Society Pet loss and bereavement support group
Washington State University Pet Loss Hotline
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Portland & Salem areas. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50- $100 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 LovePO Box 325Hubbard, OR 97032