East Bay and Surrounding Areas

  (510) 900-3079

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$450

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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. 

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$275

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 private location with no visitation. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician. Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 4 am - 8 pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

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 Doctor

Dr. Torie

Torie Neff

I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC where we had a few family cats and I took every chance I could to ride horses or even just hang out at the barn.   I rode horses extensively through high school and college, where I studied biology but without a definitive plan for using my science background.  I found a position working as an assistant in a veterinary practice after school, where I enjoyed being able to develop relationships with families that we saw frequently, and ultimately made my way to the University of Missouri for veterinary school.

Along the way, I adopted an 11-year-old beagle mix, who will always hold a special place in my heart as my first dog and fostered my continued love of all senior dogs.  Her spot on the couch is now filled, but never replaced, by a younger Corgi mix and the cat who tolerates her.  Since graduating from veterinary school, I’ve worked primarily in emergency medicine, through which I’ve realized how much it means to me to give families the chance to be with their best friends in a comforting way at challenging times, whether prior to hospitalization or to say a final good-bye.  I feel privileged to now be able to honor these special bonds we develop with our pets in a comfortable setting and in the most peaceful and loving way.

About Torie Neff

I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC where we had a few family cats and I took every chance I could to ride horses or even just hang out at the barn.   I rode horses extensively through high school and college, where I studied biology but without a definitive plan for using my science background.  I found a position working as an assistant in a veterinary practice after school, where I enjoyed being able to develop relationships with families that we saw frequently, and ultimately made my way to the University of Missouri for veterinary school.

Along the way, I adopted an 11-year-old beagle mix, who will always hold a special place in my heart as my first dog and fostered my continued love of all senior dogs.  Her spot on the couch is now filled, but never replaced, by a younger Corgi mix and the cat who tolerates her.  Since graduating from veterinary school, I’ve worked primarily in emergency medicine, through which I’ve realized how much it means to me to give families the chance to be with their best friends in a comforting way at challenging times, whether prior to hospitalization or to say a final good-bye.  I feel privileged to now be able to honor these special bonds we develop with our pets in a comfortable setting and in the most peaceful and loving way.

"Dr Neff was a kind gentle spirit who helped me; not only lose my precious cat, but understanding the irreversible trajectory of his

disease.

She helped me make his last moments calm and peaceful despite how sick and in pain he was! It was so much better then

Taking him to the vets office with the loud noises and dogs barking. I am grieving the loss of my cat but thanks to Dr. Neff I

am able To process his death without feeling overwhelmed with remorse and regret . I would highly recommend the incredibly

sensitive and loving.Team of professionals."

Kathy Snyder
Richmond, California

"Doctor Torie was kind, gentle, caring and explained everything to us. She showed compassion and let us spend as much time as needed with our furry family member."

Pam Krol
Concord, California

"Dr. Torie was an incredibly compassionate and thoughtful veterinarian and her understanding and kindness made our dear cat's last day much easier. I am just blown away by how well-thought-out the Lap of Love service is -- everything is taken care of with patience and respect so that you can concentrate on your love for your pet and the time you had with them. We have said goodbye to a few cats over the years and I will never again take them to the vet for euthanasia -- I will definitely call Lap of Love so they can pass away at home in comfort surrounded by their family and a familiar place. I would definitely recommend Dr. Torie and Lap of Love to anyone who has a pet nearing their final days. Thank you to Dr. Torie and all the staff who helped us."

Catherine B.
Pinole, California

"Lap of Love was so great from start to finish. I am so thankful that they offer their services during this COVID-19 situation.

Our beloved Maddie has always been so anxious when going to the vet that it was such a relief to be able to say goodbye to her in her own home with all her family surrounding here. Dr. Torie was incredible and we really appreciate the fact that she explained the whole process to us, was so kind and thoughtful, and gave us all the time and space to be with Maddie at the end. I also really appreciate the person who took my call and that they were able to accommodate our request so quickly as we didn't want to prolong Maddie's suffering any longer. Their service was so caring, and definitely made an incredibly sad event so much more bearable."

Jennifer Lin-Jones
Castro Valley, California

"Dr Torie could not have been more patient and considerate. It was a very tough time for us and she made us feel completely comfortable going slow with the process, answering questions as needed and waiting until we were ready for his passing."

Tom Rose
Concord, California

"We had to say goodbye to our sweet boy of 16 years. Dr. Torie was professional, empathetic. kind and gentle. I can't imagine anyone making a very difficult time for us any easier than she did. Thank you Dr. Torie."

Polár Muir
Vallejo, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (510) 879-4888

OakVet Animal Specialty Hospital - Oakland

  (925) 887-5678

Animal Rescue Foundation Pet Loss Support Group - Walnut Creek

  (510) 483-7387

VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists - San Leandro

  (510) 393-1359

Berkeley Humane Pet Loss & Grief Counseling - Berkeley

  (510) 548-6684

PETS Referral Center - Berkeley

  (415) 554-3000

San Francisco SPCA Pet Loss Support - San Francisco

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our veterinarian proudly serves East Bay. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Heavenly Nap - You lived your nine lives here with us, our loyal and loving friend. God took you up to Paradise to live life number ten. We know you're peacefully lying upon an angels lap. Purring there, without a care having a heavenly nap. We'll miss you, but our friendship will not end. Time will pass and then at last, you'll be on our laps ...
Pam Krol
September 1, 2020
“Our dear orange tabby Tiberius passed away peacefully at home on August 12, 2020. Tiberius was a sweet and loving cat who "groomed" his humans as though they were kittens and asked for his twice-daily pills, which he allowed to be fed to him in a docile manner unlike most cats, with a loud "meow" that could be heard anywhere in the house. He slept ...
Catherine B.
August 14, 2020
“He was a big dog, with a big heart, who brought so much happiness and love to our family. He was the most loyal and cuddly 130 pound dog we could have ever asked for. Always by our side (especially if food was near), through good times and difficult times.

Our hearts are heavy, but we know you are now frolicking about in a beautiful meadow, ...
Tom Rose
July 20, 2020
“My dearest Lily baby,

I love you so so much! Thank you so much for being part of our family's life for 11 years. You are the best first dog I could ever ask for. Not too chill but always sweet, goofy and naughty enough to keep things interesting and fun. You have been with me all through my twenties and have helped me though many huge ...
July 7, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 2351
Berkeley, California 94702

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