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 returned to your primary care veterinarian 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 veterinarians in your area.
Growing up, I was surrounded by animals. There were cow farms just down the road. My neighbors would let their dogs out to play in our secluded rural enclave. My first cat, Buster, was the queen of the castle and everyone in the house knew it. As she got older, she became sick with what I now recognize as kidney failure. Her quality of life began to decline and unfortunately, she passed suddenly. None of us had a chance to say a proper goodbye. I still remember saying my farewells while laying her to rest under the birdbath in the backyard. Looking back, this was the first step in my journey to becoming a veterinarian and eventually joining Lap of Love!
Upon entering college, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian, but the road was a tough one to travel. After completing my Bachelor’s in Animal Science at Rutgers in New Jersey, I started at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During my education there, I focused heavily on research and pathology. This allowed me to understand how our beloved friends age as well as how to best care for them. However, all the research and lab experience could not replace the feel of warm, wet puppy kisses, or the love (and judgment) our feline friends give us for not feeding on time!
During clinical rotations, my passion for quality end-of-life care began to manifest. I had the privilege of helping families who came to us in dire circumstances. The ability to give their best friend the sacred gift of a peaceful passing was deeply moving. It fundamentally changed my motivation and perspective. I was no longer fulfilled from solely working in a lab. I wasn’t drawn to traditional general practice or emergency medicine either. In surveying my options, I attended the VMX Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Florida. It was either by chance or divine providence that I met and immediately connected with everyone from Lap of Love! Our conversations reminded me of my cat, Buster, my patients in clinics and the loss of my grandparents. I have immense gratitude towards my friends, family, and the professionals who stepped up to comfort me when I lost my grandparents. This conversation with Lap of Love made me realize that this was the career for me. These were people who fundamentally understood my motivation to do good work for families and pets in need on a daily basis.
In joining Lap of Love, I am proud and honored to serve you by providing peace, comfort, and the relief of suffering in your beloved pets during this difficult time. This work is the purest expression of my oath: to prevent and relieve animal suffering. I consider it a privilege to be there for you during this process. As your veterinarian, know that I am here for both your pet and you. We will get through this together.
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.
Leon Schermerhorn, DVM
"Dr. Lorry arrived with soft words and kind hugs. It is a sad and hard time for every pet owner, to have years of love & dedication and then need to make that last choice. My kids hadn't ever gone through the process, since TJ was 16. Dr. Lorry was so wonderful, explained all the steps and what was going to happen, yet she never intruded on our time with TJ. For what it is, an end of life, it was beautiful because of Dr. Lorry and her amazing way of making it peaceful and dignified. I am so grateful."
Amee ulloaRancho Cucamonga, California
"Hailey was my first cat and I had her half my life. I have never had to deal with this kind of pain or the loss of a family member like my sweet Hailey. I was hesitant about even being present when she had to be put down but I wanted to be there for her on her last day. I wanted it to be in the comfort of her own home, in her favorite room. I called Lap of Love and was set up with Dr. Leon to come to the house. This voice on the other end of the phone was so calm and so comforting. When Dr. Leon arrived, he was very gentle and kind. He sat with us on the floor and explained everything in great detail. He was very gentle with Ms. Hailey and had a very professional and comforting way about him. He told me how he had toured the crematory and assured me the staff there are very professional and Hailey would be in good hands. My husband and I were dreading having to go pick her up from our local veterinarian after the cremation as it was not going to be an easy thing to do. To our surprise, Dr. Leon called and said he would like to bring her ashes back to us personally. My husband and I were completely in shock that this kind Dr. was going to go out of his way for us. This very hard experience was handled with such care and such compassion. Lap of Love and Dr. Leon especially have exceeded our expectations in every way. We can't thank you enough for the way everything was handled from start to finish."
Bethany CarlsonCorona, California
"I cannot thank you enough for offering this service. Our beautiful bulldog Churchill has always been a member of our family and not just a pet. He was 10 years old and had typical bulldog health problems. We were so unprepared when we woke up this morning and saw he had gotten much worse. We didn't want him in pain but didn't want him to leave us either. When we called for information we we're lucky to speak to such a kind and compassionate person. When Dr. Lorry came she made us feel at ease. She sat on the floor with us and Churchill and pet him. She explained everything and it was very clear. She hugged us after he passed and we knew it was genuine.
Putting a loved family pet "to sleep" is an emotional decision. We are so grateful for the genuine compassion shown to Churchill, and us. Having him at home with us made it so much easier. We will never forget how Lap of Love made this day bearable for us.
Lorraine and Richard Garcia"
Lorraine GarciaBeaumont, California
"Love this place ~ from my first phone call, talking to the kind and compassionate lady about my situation, to when Dr. Lorry stepped foot out of her car and she greeted me with a big hug as I cried! Absolutely and truly beautiful people with truly kind, caring and compassionate hearts! We will definitely be calling Lap of Love again, when such a time comes. All my furbabies are rescues; we are now at 4 dogs and 6 cats, and we will continue to help many, many more!"
Jeannie CelayaMENIFEE, California
"I called Lap of dog love when I took him to the vet then to ER to make an appointment with Dr. Leon but unfortunately he passed before he met him but Lynn was very nice and caring from my grief from losing him, I wish Yoshi got a chance to meet Dr.Leon."
Yvonne PanFontana, California
"Times like these are never ever easy. Dr. Leon made this entire crossing so much more bearable. He was outstanding and so compassionate. His sincerity and kindness were so much appreciated. He gave us time to process all that was happening and gave us confidence that we were making not only the right decision but the best decision for our believes Tilly. We appreciate his efforts."
BRENDA SUE THOMPSONHighland, 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