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 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
"My wife and I rescued Pearl 12 years ago at the age of 2. She quickly became a part of the family so when she began to show signs of serious illness we knew that our time would be short. Unfortunately her deterioration was quicker than we had hoped. We saw that the numerous back and forth trips to the Vet put a tremendous amount of stress on Pearl each time we traveled. We struggled to figure out when it was time. We saw the signs as difficult as they were to accept. Contacting Lap of Love was the best decision we could have made. Dr Leon arrived and immediately put us at ease and reassured us. Knowing that we were able to say our goodbyes in the backyard which was her favorite place to hang out made it even so much easier for all of us. I could not imagine driving her to the vet office and saying goodbye in a sterile exam room. After being a part of our family for 12 years she deserved so much more than that. As far as Dr. Leon I have never met anyone as compassionate and caring as he. He did not rush us and in fact encouraged us to take our time. He made a difficult situation just a little bit easier. We have other pets and when that fateful days comes we would not hesitate calling Dr. Leon Schermerhorn and Lap of Love. This service is worth every penny if you care about the dignity of your loved pet. All we can say is Thank You for helping us through this tough time.
Larry and Karen"
Larry OslieRiverside, California
"Dr. Jolitz was the best...she had the most peaceful aura around her and made my pups passing as peaceful and smooth as possible and continued her support by checking up afterwards.. I highly recommend her."
Andrea MelgarejoMenifee, California
"The minute Dr. Leon walked through our front door, I lost it. He was so kind and hugged me and comforted me. As we moved into the living room where he met Terry, he was so compassionate. He gave us plenty of time and walked us through every step. He did not rush us and kept telling us to take our time. When it was time to go, he hugged all of us and continued to comfort us. I really appreciate how compassionate and understanding Dr. Leon was through this difficult time. He helped make a difficult day go smooth and relaxing which is what we needed to make Terry feel comfortable and safe as she left us."
Melissa MendozaMURRIETA, California
"When faced with knowing we had to put Belle out of her pain we thought long and hard about our choices. I could not bare the thought of having to take Belle to the vet, a place that terrified her. I wanted the best for my girl, I wanted her to be in her home, in her bed and surrounded by her family. We chose Lap of Love, Dr. Leon came to our home, sat and explained the process and gave us as much time as we needed before starting. He sat with her and loved on her too. He was so thoughtful and even kept consoling and hugging us. He was gentle with my baby through the whole process. It was peaceful. I would highly recommend using this service over taking your fur child to the vet."
Crista McCauleyRiverside, California
"Hearing Dr. Leon's gentle voice on the phone letting me know that
he was in my driveway, caused me to begin to cry but I opened
the door to him and he was so very, very kind and I knew that
I had just met the very best person that I could meet for my
Scrapper. Dr. Leon wasn't in a hurry - he let me cry and talk
and love on my guy for quite some time...when he left he
promised that Scrapper would be right next to him on the front
seat of his car and he would keep his hand on him the entire
way...he made it peaceful and beautiful and I will be grateful
to him forever. Thank-you, Dr. Leon, more than I can ever say."
Lisa AlexanderRiverside, California
"Dr. Leon is an angel. He was so thoughtful and kind. In the most difficult situation, he brought peace and comfort into our home when we needed it."
Lindsay NicolsRancho 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