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.
Leon Schermerhorn, DVM
"God sent an Angel to us on Friday 4/5/18 in the form of Dr. Leon Schermerhorn. He was one of the most kind and special people I have ever met in my life. From the time he called me until the time he left our home, his words and actions comforted me and my family so much...it is hard to express our gratitude in mere words. His heart is pure and his love for animals and what he does is very apparent. Even though it was one of the hardest days of my life, he has helped me be strong and I know that we did the right thing for your Abigail. Thank you so much Dr. Leon, you are truly an Angel to us and we will never forget your kindness, professionalism and your sweet spirit. God Bless....
The Uribe Family"
Wendy UribeRancho Cucamonga, 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