PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$280

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$380

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

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.

"Today was the most difficult and heartbreaking day for our family, we had to put our beautiful Stella to sleep, she was 14 years old and we have been so very lucky to have her since she was 8 weeks old, the most loving and gentle soul i have ever been around 💙 i truly feel like my heart has been ripped out😥 . I called to make the appointment 2 days ago and made the arrangements with Kara, she was so compassionate and kind and put me at peace to make my decision. Today dr Torie came and she was absolutely wonderful, so loving, kind ,comforting and amazing , it truly takes a very special person to come into your home under such sad circumstances and we will always remember you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Pia and family 💙"

pia butler
oakland, California

"Dr Torie was wonderful throughout the difficult moments. She was very respectful of us and Zeke, clearly explaining the procedure. She gave us time to say goodbye to Zeke and was extremely well organized. I really appreciated her expertise and compassion. I would highly recommend Laps of Love."

Monica Ravanello
Fairfield, California

"Dr. Torie was very kind and compassionate and very patient with our dogs who were trying to get her attention away from her duties. We were given plenty of time to say goodbye and when it was over she carefully took Hermione away. The pawprint and little bit of fur is a nice way to remember our kitty and the following day we received an email just checking in which is very kind and thoughtful."

Kelly Koehn
Oakland, California

"Dr Torie Neff is a perfect angel and she made our experience in an extremely difficult time as easy as possible. She was kind, patient, and absolutely perfect. My husband and I are so grateful for her help in making Tobi's last moments as easy and pain free as possible. Lap of Love and Dr Torie are amazing. Thank you so much for everything Dr Torie"

Ariel Goldman
Concord, 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
“Zeke,
You were so loving, curious, fun and cuddly. We are so fortunate to have spent 12.5 years in your presence! Your departure is leaving an incredible void in our lives and our home, we remain hopeful that someday we will be reunited with you and Abby your sweet sister.

Monica, Mike and Bella”
Monica Ravanello
June 28, 2020
“We will miss you Hermione.”
Kelly Koehn
June 16, 2020
“Tobi was part Maine Coon and a whopping 24 lbs in his prime. As many ginger cats are, he was a very snuggly and affectionate cat. He would follow my husbandand I around the house meowing and crying till one of us would sit down and give him a lap to snuggle up on. He was a gentle giant of a cat. He will be dearly missed.”
Ariel Goldman
June 14, 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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