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
"Our dear Casey was our 18 1/2 year old deaf cat. She was the sweetest cat we've ever had. She began to stop eating and drinking last week. We knew it was time but we also knew that the final trip to the vet would be a stressful experience for her. A friend of ours told us about Lap of Love. It was the perfect solution. Dr. Brad Bates made this sad situation as painless as possible for all of us. He was very compassionate and understanding. He handled Casey in a very gentle manner, making the process go smoothly. We have already begun to tell our "pet friendly" friends and relatives about this wonderful service. We are truly advocates for Lap of Love."
Suzanne and Glenn EverittLanghorne, Pennsylvania
"I just wanted to say thank you so much for helping us with Smokey and allowing her to pass peacefully with us.
It meant a lot to me to be able to be so close to her during the process. I feel so lucky that we were able to do this and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way!"
Nina Bar-GioraBala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
"I would like to thank Lap of Love and Dr. Brad for helping us with the passing of our loved Corey. To know there are people that truly care about you and your pet's needs is a blessing and to see the compassion and care given was amazing. To have Corey at home and to have all the family with him was beautiful. We all are still deeply sad that we had to let him go, but with Dr. Brad and Lap of Love it was made a little easier and we know that he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you again for all that you did."
Scott EllerProspect Park, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Brad was so genuine and compassionate in his care for Reilly. He took the time to explain and confirm what we had be noticing, and to reaffirm to us that it was her time. As much as she loved people, our dog did not like going to the Vet. It made her so anxious. She was able to pass lying on the couch at home, surrounded by her family. She was so calm throughout. As sad as a day it was for us, we will be forever grateful for his tenderness to Reilly. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
Brian DurkinHavertown, Pennsylvania
"We were grateful to hear about this service just days before we needed it. So that when the time came, we knew we could call and have someone out to our home to help us through Cassie’s final hour. The woman who answered the phone (Layla) immediately put me at ease, which in itself was some kind of a miracle, considering the fact that I was clearly already grief stricken. Such a phone call is one of the most difficult I’ve ever had to make, and before I picked up the phone I could not even think of how I was going to say what needed to be said. Thankfully Layla made that part as easy as possible. She was able to set an appointment for us in three hours, which we appreciated, because we had already had 2 days of heartbreak watching Cassie deteriorate.
I think we sobbed crying from the time we greeted Dr. Brad at the door until he left with Cassie. He was kind and thorough. He explained in advance how and when everything was going to happen. The whole experience is disturbing, disorienting and surreal, so the vet present needs to be a calm, stabilizing force, which is what we found in Dr. Brad. Even through the pain and sadness , we couldn’t help but feel deep gratitude that this service exists and that Dr. Brad was perfect for us at this time in our home."
Patricia and Paul ConroyJenkintown, Pennsylvania
"Words alone cannot express adequately the profound gratitude our entire family extends to Dr. Brad and Lap of Love. Clearly, this is a calling and a commitment for him to serve the most vulnerable members of our families during their time of greatest need. Thanks to the extraordinary care and time taken by Dr. Brad, our beloved cat, Buffy, was able so peacefully to pass with dignity from her temporal life surrounded by the love and all that was familiar to her in her beloved home of sixteen years. She was not frightened, nor were we. There is so much to be impressed by in Dr. Brad’s approach. He spent unhurried time with us, and, with an astonishing amount of professional knowledge, was able thoroughly to assess the progress of our Buffy’s illness and explain it in lay terms. He was so reassuring and calm that what could have been a very traumatic experience will remain in Buffy’s and our memory as a tranquil transition to a happier place. This is a gift. Yet there is more. Perhaps unlike any other, Dr. Brad follows up with an outreach program, offering even his own personal support, if needed, in the days and months that follow of what can be, at times, overwhelming grief. His insights come from his own deep relationships formed as a pet parent. Dr. Brad even lit a candle on the memorial site for our beloved cat, which meant so much to us. Who will take the time to do this? You will also learn from the wisdom he imparts along the way! God has truly called Dr. Brad and Lap of Love’s circle of caring hearts to this mission. Buffy and our family are forever grateful and will always carry our gratitude in our hearts."
Patricia KellyRiverside, New Jersey
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