Philadelphia & Surrounding Areas | South Jersey | Delaware
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 at Nonantum Vet Clinic in Landenberg, PA.
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.
Brad Bates, VMD
People often ask me why I do what I do. For me, the ability to help pets and their loving families through a difficult time, and in doing so provide more comfort for everyone involved, is more than enough reason. It is a huge honor to help pets spend their last days or weeks or even months in more comfort, and with their families by their side. Everyone speaks of the difficulty of providing hospice care, but for me it is never difficult. Each and every pet and family I help shows me a deeper appreciation for the human animal bond. I feel the love between a family and a pet every time I step into a new home. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of, and to make a difficult situation better is exactly the reason I became a veterinarian.
I received my veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Although I have experience in a wide array of small animal care, end-of-life and hospice care has truly been a calling for me. I'm so grateful that I can share my experience and understanding to you.
Like most veterinarians, my home consists of many pet children: I have 3 cats and a chinchilla. Like most pet parents, I understand the fear involved when they are sick. The fear of not knowing what to do, how to help, what is too much and most importantly when is it an appropriate time to let them pass peacefully. These are tough decisions, and you need the assistance of someone that will focus on you and your pet specifically. I offer the service I would want in return when those sad days happen to me. Being at home, surrounded by loved ones, and a peaceful goodbye.
One thing I’ve learned after being blessed with such great pets in the past, is that you have to enjoy the time you have with them. Time is less important than quality of time. I remember my little Laker. He was a sickly kitten, born with FeLV infection. He was sick with a severe respiratory infection due to his diminished immune system. His mother had to push him away from the litter. I cared for him and nursed him to health and he became a happy healthy kitten. But at aged 2 he developed lymphoma secondary to FeLV. Poor Laker was quite sick and I tried to help. But there was no medicine that could make him better. Once I thought his quality of life was diminishing and not improving, I let him pass peacefully with the help of my colleague. It was the most difficult day of my life, and that time was the most difficult time of my life to this day, and probably forever. But the thought of him suffering or becoming sicker was worse. I thank the stars every day that I was able to let him pass peacefully before he suffered to death. He will be in my heart forever.
Spoil your pets and enjoy the laughs they bring when they are silly. Honor and remember them when they have passed. I never think of the day I will be without my pets. It helps that every day they make me laugh and smile.
Dr. Brad - In the News:
Brad Bates, VMD
"I would like to thank Dr. Brad from the bottom of my heart. Words can not express the kindness, compassion and professionalism Dr. Brad showed my Dad as he had to make the hard decision to put his beloved Sammi Girl to rest. I really don't think we would have been able to make this decision without the guidance and kindness from Lap of Love. Truly a God send! I can't say enough good things about Lap of Love & Dr. Brad. I would recommend them to everyone. Dr. Brad was so kind, gentle and efficient. You can tell that he truly loves animals. That really meant a lot to me & my Dad. So even though I can't put into works how grateful we are, please know how you really helped us!"
Karan BeaumontCinnaminson, New Jersey
"We are very grateful to Dr. Brad for his sincere compassion and kindness that made the difficult situation of saying goodbye to our beloved Howie much easier to bear. He was understanding of our grief, and so very gentle and sweet with Howie. We are truly appreciative of all he did for us - thank you, Dr. Brad."
Laura SMedford, New Jersey
"We want to express how grateful we feel to have met you during such an emotional period in our lives. You were there for us and our beloved Dukie all the way to the final moments of his life. I could not think of anyone else I would even consider sharing such a personal moment in my family. YOU are a GODSEND and made Duke's passing so much easier on us. I will never forget your kindness, empathy and compassion during our loss.
Thank you again, Dr. Brad. You truly are a very special man"
Moorestown, New Jersey
"We had to make the heart breaking decision to put our beloved dog Riley to sleep this weekend, and Dr Brad was absolutely wonderful to both Riley and our family. He was extremely sensitive, courteous and empathetic to our situation, and took every measure to ensure we were at peace. My heart is still broken about losing our beloved dog of 11 years, but feel Dr Brad and the team's approach made my last memory of our loving pup a very peaceful and loving one."
Suzanne LawtonBlue Bell, Pennsylvania
"Words do not express the gratitude I have for Dr. Brad. Having Simba for 15 years is a long time. We have been through so much together. He was always my comforter. There is a huge difference between being in the comfort of your own home and taking your cat to the Vet. Simba was always freaked out. This made me freak out. Simba transitioned to the other side in calming, peaceful serenity. It was the least I could do for him. Dr. Brad was gentle, kind and loving. I highly recommend this as an option for that time."
Deborah WASCOWBroomall, Pennsylvania
"Thank you, Dr. Brad, for helping me say goodbye to my best friend, my buddy, my confidante, my heart and my everything. I knew that the day would come when I'd have to say goodbye, but nothing ever prepares you when it actually comes. From the first phone call to the last goodbye, everyone was so kind and compassionate. My heart is broken and nothing will ever fill the hole left by my Jack. Thank you again and I will not hesitate to recommend you to all my friends with fur-kids."
Nicole MacLeanHavertown, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
U Penn School of Veterinary Medicine
VSEC: Philadelphia, PA
Day by Day Pet Support
Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware: Newcastle, DE
VSEC: Levitown, PA
Metropolitan Veterinary Associates: Norristown, PA
Keystone Veterinary Emergency and Referral: Havertown, PA
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serves the Greater Philadelphia area, including New Jersey and Delaware. Travel fees ($30-$75) may apply based on distance travelled from our veterinarian.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash. All major credit cards are accepted.
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 63583Philadelphia, PA 19147