Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$225
Evenings and Weekends$255

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.

Euthanasia$225
Evenings and Weekends$255

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.

Geriatric Consultation$225
Evenings and Weekends$255

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.

Additional Appointment Fees

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.

Other 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$230
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$280
Pets over 150 pounds$315

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$85
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$145
Pets over 150 pounds$170

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. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

Availability

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 8am - 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.

Meet the Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area. 

Nancy Rodriguez, DVM

Growing up as a child in New York City, I had an array of “apartment” pets: cats, birds and hamsters. During my summers I would visit my grandparents in Puerto Rico and help nurse piglets, brush horses and help with the cows. I decided early on that I wanted to be a veterinarian, and I was fortunate to attend a high school that helped me towards that goal. My veterinary career started in academia where I pursued a specialty in Laboratory Animal Medicine so that I could work with monkeys.

During my residency, I worked on the weekends in an emergency clinic which allowed me to maintain my exposure to a variety of pet animals. Over the years I had a rewarding career assisting cancer, diabetes and neurological research in Laboratory Animal Medicine, but after some time I realized that I was “missing something.” I realized that I needed to refocus my efforts to a more personally fulfilling role. As I tried to define what that role would be, I reflected on my past experiences. Our family has been blessed to have shared our life with a variety of pets (of all sizes!).

As our pets became older or chronically ill, I had meaningful discussions with my children to help them understand quality of life and know when it’s time to say goodbye. In addition, I have assisted close family and friends as they’ve wrestled with the same decisions with their animal companions. It has been those experiences that have brought me a sense of accomplishment and gratification that I was able to assist someone in their most vulnerable time.Those reflections have empowered me to assist others with making difficult decisions for their pet companions and providing an improved quality of life through better pain management practices for geriatric and chronic illness pets.

I currently live in Aiken, SC with my three children, husband, two dogs, one cat, three chinchillas, 7 chickens and six horses. We enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at the beach or the mountains.

Sunday Cozzi, DVM

As a kid, it never occurred to me that I could be a veterinarian, although animals always held my fascination. I was an only child, living with my mom—a busy graduate student. What a big deal it was to me to have my very first pets—a pair of gerbils. I’ll never forget how thrilled I was to watch them run on their exercise wheel and snuggle down in their nest together. I loved visiting the petting zoo near where my dad lived—feeding the animals and riding the resident camel. I couldn’t get enough! When my dad and stepmom got a kitten, I was over the moon! I absolutely adored him. When they got a Golden Retriever named ‘Jenny,’ I was beside myself—she was the four-legged sister I’d never had! We played hours of fetch where I would throw slobber-drenched balls as deep into the woods as possible. Since then, I have been blessed to welcome many more animals into my life—each one a special member of my family. I went on to finish high school and pursue a telecommunications degree at the University of Florida. Frankly, I was a little intimidated by science and math.

After graduation, I worked for a public radio station for a couple of years. I enjoyed my work, but felt like something was missing. I had the opportunity to hang out with some veterinary students and vet techs. Their conversations were so interesting and their work so rewarding. After volunteering at a small animal clinic and with the UF Foal Unit, I knew that vet school was for me. I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. I worked for many years in small animal private practice, where I was able to really experience the depth of the human-animal bond. The most memorable moments of my career have been when I knew that I’d not only helped my patients, but helped their owners as well—through one-on-one education or counseling. I remember so many times when the waiting room was full at the end of the day, but I had a teary client in an exam room with their terminally ill pet. It was so important to me to help them and never rush them through the decision-making process and euthanasia. That is so difficult to do in a clinical setting.

As a pet owner who happens to be a veterinarian, I have had the opportunity to experience euthanasia of my beloved pets both in a clinic and at home. In fact, it didn’t occur to me to do it at home until my very anxious and fearful cat Mookie became too ill to go on. She had gotten to the point that she preferred to stay in my walk-in closet. I was able to help her leave this world peacefully and painlessly in the place where she felt safest. Wow! What an epiphany for me—why hadn’t I been doing this all along for my four-legged kids?! Knowing what I know now, I would never consider any other way for my own pets, and I feel blessed to be able to offer this to other folks who feel the same about their special family members.

About Nancy Rodriguez, DVM

Growing up as a child in New York City, I had an array of “apartment” pets: cats, birds and hamsters. During my summers I would visit my grandparents in Puerto Rico and help nurse piglets, brush horses and help with the cows. I decided early on that I wanted to be a veterinarian, and I was fortunate to attend a high school that helped me towards that goal. My veterinary career started in academia where I pursued a specialty in Laboratory Animal Medicine so that I could work with monkeys.

During my residency, I worked on the weekends in an emergency clinic which allowed me to maintain my exposure to a variety of pet animals. Over the years I had a rewarding career assisting cancer, diabetes and neurological research in Laboratory Animal Medicine, but after some time I realized that I was “missing something.” I realized that I needed to refocus my efforts to a more personally fulfilling role. As I tried to define what that role would be, I reflected on my past experiences. Our family has been blessed to have shared our life with a variety of pets (of all sizes!).

As our pets became older or chronically ill, I had meaningful discussions with my children to help them understand quality of life and know when it’s time to say goodbye. In addition, I have assisted close family and friends as they’ve wrestled with the same decisions with their animal companions. It has been those experiences that have brought me a sense of accomplishment and gratification that I was able to assist someone in their most vulnerable time.Those reflections have empowered me to assist others with making difficult decisions for their pet companions and providing an improved quality of life through better pain management practices for geriatric and chronic illness pets.

I currently live in Aiken, SC with my three children, husband, two dogs, one cat, three chinchillas, 7 chickens and six horses. We enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at the beach or the mountains.

"Dr. Nancy,

It's been a few months since you came to our home and helped with Asher's passing. I wanted you to know how much we appreciated your compassion and kindness during his final moments. It was such a peaceful experience for us and we knew that Asher was feeling calm and loved as he went to sleep. We wished we had known about your service when we had our cat put to sleep last year.

I have given your name and mentioned the experience on many occasions to fellow pet owners.

Thank you so much for providing this service and providing it in such a meaningful way.

Best regards,

Laura"

Laura Dobbins
Evans, Georgia

"It has taken me a while to get used to my sweet Dylan dog being gone. By far the hardest thing I have ever done. I wanted him to live forever, which we all know is just not reality. Dr. Sunday was incredibly wonderful through out the entire process and I could not of asked for a better way for him to leave our world."

Lisa Hamilton
Evans, Georgia

"During a difficult time, we were sent a sweet spirit in the form of Dr. Sunday, who helped us with the passing of our precious Beau. We could not have asked for a more compassionate, loving atmosphere during this time of terrible loss. Thank you, Dr. Sunday and Lap of Love."

Susan & Eddie Huff
Aiken, S. Carolina

"Nancy - I am so sorry it took me so long to post this - I finally feel strong enough to do this, as I sit here typing through a stream of tears I am really not so sure I am. You are forever in our hearts. The honor of being able to hold our sweet boy while he took his final breath, and the last beat of his heart, it means the world to me. When it was time for Digetts to cross the rainbow bridge, we were not prepared. We thought we were going in for a shot, but it wasn't the case. Our vet was / is amazing - but for months and months ever time I closed my eyes I would see Digetts lifeless body laying on the cold metal table and it was unbearable. Being with him, holding him, that is a gift that I have no way to repay you for. This is the only way, should we ever have to make this choice again, that we will ever help our beloved fur babies make that journey. We are eternally grateful - Love the Joneses"

Lisa Jones
Aiken, S. Carolina

"Dr. Sunday was very sweet and kind, what you really want in a person during these times. She was very professional and made the process as easy as possible. I couldn't have hoped for a better person to be with my Gordon during his journey."

Heather Whitfield
North Augusta, S. Carolina

"Dr. Nancy was the best at making the hard decision memorable. Dr. Nancy stepped in and acted as though she had known Red her entire life. She held him up as he was weak, offered his favorite snack, and had a shoulder for me to cry on. Having to make this type of decision is so very hard, thank you for being there to help me with it."

Teresa Sheppard
Aiken, S. Carolina

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Counselor

  (706) 496-3935

Cindy Foster, LCSW, NBCCH

Emergency Clinic

  (706) 733-7458

Augusta, GA: Augusta Animal Emergency

Emergency Clinic

  (706) 860-6617

St. Francis Animal Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (803) 798-3837

South Carolina: SC Veterinary Emergency Care

Pet Loss Support

  (803) 407-3185

Joy in the Morning

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in the Central Savannah River Area including the following listed below. Our veterinarians are willing to travel upwards of 50 miles and travel fees will be determined based on distance from the doctor's home ranging between $30-$100. Please call us to learn more about pricing for your area.

  • Aiken
  • North Augusta
  • Augusta
  • Evans
  • Martinez
  • Beech Island
  • New Ellenton
  • Jackson
  • The Valley area
  • Trenton
  • Edgefield
  • Johnston
  • Ridge Spring
  • Monetta
  • Windsor
  • Wagener
  • Lexington
  • Hephzibah
  • Waynesboro
  • Barnwell
  • Saluda
  • McCormick
  • Batesburg/Leesville
  • Grovetown
Pet Memorials
“The house is so much quieter and Dixie, Beau's sister, seems a tad lost without her Beau. We are making efforts to spoil her a little more as she adjusts to being an only pup. We have been blessed with the best pets and have been honored that they have been a part of our life. Through the 12 years we had the privilege to be a parent to Beau, ...
Susan & Eddie Huff
February 9, 2017
“Spotty boy - We will always love you and we miss you every day. The house is so quiet without you. Your chubby brothers are probably going to lose some weight - they don't "request" food at exactly 6:45 am, 3:40 pm, and 7:30 pm like you always did! I miss sleeping with you, "brother" misses being woken by you, and believe it or not, Beckham and ...
Lisa Jones
January 27, 2017
“Gordon came into my life when I was 23y/o after I experienced a heartbreak. I purchased him from a breeder in Georgia. When I arrived to pick him out, several of his brothers and sisters greeted me with much energy, Gordon was different, he was very calm and relaxed. I wanted him because I shared his personality. We got along perfectly and he ...
Heather Whitfield
January 26, 2017
“I missed you yesterday, and I miss you today. I miss our daily times of telling each other secrets. You are always in my thoughts, your footprints on my heart. I will love you always.”
Teresa Sheppard
January 24, 2017
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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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 5296
Aiken, SC 29804

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is independently owned and operated by Drs. Cozzi and Rodriguez.