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 engraved wooden urn and will be shipped directly to your home within two weeks.
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 out to sea.
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 4am - 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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area.
As a local southern Californian who was born in Orange County and lived in San Bernardino County for the better part of my life, I am honored to have the ability to provide such a special service to the pets and families who love them, in my hometown. I grew up surrounded by all types of pets: dogs, cats, birds, goats, and several other species. The interactions I built with them from a young age helped me to realize the beauty of the human-animal bond, and the importance of a pet’s quality of life in order to help support that bond. I’ve always felt a sincere satisfaction in connecting with animals and knew that my path would lead me to a career in veterinary medicine.
Growing up, I had a very special best friend. He was a wonderful, muscular, yellow-eyed, black cat named Scat (after the Aristocats character). At the age of eighteen, he passed suddenly and the only thing I could do was to hold and comfort him in my arms. I realized then and there that I never wanted to go through that experience with any of my pets again. Little did I know at the time though, that Scat would remain such an influential part of my future.
Prior to veterinary school, I volunteered at the International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, California, where I had the opportunity to work with various species of wild coastal birds. To this day, that experience still remains one of my most treasured memories. During vet school at Western University in Pomona, California, I was lucky enough to travel to Sanibel, Florida, to complete an externship at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. Working with wildlife both prior to, and in veterinary school, taught me the importance of euthanasia, amongst many other valuable lessons.
While my original goal after veterinary school was to continue working with wildlife, I ended up gravitating toward general practice instead. The exposure to euthanasia through the volunteer programs I participated in guided my confidence in helping families when the time came to assist their pets. I felt extreme satisfaction working closely with these clients but was limited to the level of connection and care I could provide due to the short appointment times allotted in general practice.
Finding Lap of Love was such a natural next step for me and is helping me to fulfill a long-time purpose. Through my years of helping pets at the end stages of life, I always keep in mind my precious boy, Scat. My ultimate goal as a veterinarian is to preserve quality of life in all animals, while offering a compassionate and supportive alternative when that quality can no longer be achieved. Scat’s memory is one that I carry to every single appointment. I see my undeniable love for him in each family that calls upon me for help and am honored to assist their beloved pet with exactly what they deserve: a painless and comfortable transition over the Rainbow Bridge.
Lorry Jolitz, DVM
"Such a loving service. Dr. Lorry was so very kind and gentle to our sweet Max. She was very compassionate toward us as she knew this was such a hard process and knew the pain we were experiencing. She did not rush us and gave us as much time as we needed to say good bye."
Susan DillonHighland, California
"I knew we had to put our Roxy girl down at home. The thought of dragging her through the vet doors to end her life just seemed cruel, but mostly wrong. Roxy was our family, not our pet. She deserved the best.
Dr. Lorry was incredible. Since we only had 48 hours before we knew we were putting down our 5 yr rottie, Roxy, it was pretty emotional. I didn't know what to expect, or how I should act. But from the moment she walked in the door, my super sick baby greeted her. Dr. Lorry instantly said...."I love rotties" and I knew right there it was going to be okay.
She made us all feel comfortable and explained everything to us step by step. She didn't rush anything, just took her time. I felt like she loved my baby from the minute she saw her.
At the end she thanked us for being good dog owners. That meant a lot. I don't know why, but it did.
Thank you Dr. Lorry for helping us with what was one of the most difficult things we have ever had to do. Thank you for your compassion. Thank you for what you do."
Debbie ZahnNorco, California
"Dr. Lorry was absolutely amazing with us!! We were outside when she drove up. She got to meet us and Louie before coming into the house and that seemed to make it easier. She put us at ease and Louie was kissing her. So we knew right then that this was the right person to help us with this. She took her time never seemed to be in a rush. She explained everything to us. She took notes about Louie and made it so we were all comfortable!!
You are very lucky to have someone who is so easy to be around during a time when you have to go through helping your pet go to the other side!!
Thank you, Dr. Lorry, for everything!!"
Juanita LeBlancTemecula, California
"Dr. Lorry was definitely called for this in life. She was great and comforting. Thank You."
Jose PinaSan Bernardino, California
"Dr. Lorry is truly amazing. Thank you for coming to our home and helping my family during this difficult time."
Andrew QuintoPinon Hills, California
"I couldn't have asked for a more kind and compassionate soul than Dr. Lorry. She greeted me warmly with a hug and met the rest of my crew (dogs). She took her time and explained everything to me. I am truly grateful that she was there to assist Jack in his Transition. Thank you Dr. Lorry."
Sheila BradshawRiverside, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Hotline
Emergency Pet Clinic of Temecula
Animal Emergency Clinic
Inland Valley Emergency Pet Clinic
Pet Grief Recovery Group
California Veterinary Specialist
Helping families in the following areas:
We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia throughout Inland Empire. Due to the expansive area covered, there might be a $30-$100 fee assessed for travel time. Please call to learn more.
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.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 4733Riverside, CA 92514