Inland Empire

  (951) 358-9307

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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$450

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 90 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 49 pounds$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$400
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$500

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 or will be shipped directly to your home within two weeks.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$350

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. 

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 no additional help is available from friends or family to move your pet, please let our team know so that we can schedule appropriately.  The most important thing is that your loved one does not suffer, arrangements for assistance with cremation can be made at a later time. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 5am - 8pm. 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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Brenda

Brenda Ontiveros

I was born and raised in Southern California and grew up with many family pets that I adored. My passion for animals early on in life guided me to work at a local animal hospital during high school. This experience at a young age solidified my interest in helping animals throughout my entire career. Naturally, my path led me to Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California where I ultimately became a veterinarian.

My interest in hospice care peaked after the loss of my childhood dog, Foxy, at the age of 16 years old. I was incredibly fortunate to have her by my side through my preteen and teenage years, and all the way up until my final year of veterinary school. I spent her final months by her side, providing palliative care, and all the love in the world to her. This opportunity to care for her in such a meaningful way and the gift of being by her side in her final moments, while hugging her until she passed is one that will always remain in my heart. Moments like these are incredibly difficult, and my experience with Foxy sparked a desire to help other families through these final end of life stages in a way that is as peaceful and meaningful as possible to them.

After college I spent several years working in general practice. During this time, I grew to appreciate the importance of being able to say goodbye to a pet in the comfort and peace of their own home. Although as veterinarians we try to make those final moments as memorable as possible, nothing can compare to the gift of being able to say goodbye to your furry family member in the place they love the most. This is what steered me to Lap of Love.

My goal is to provide the best quality of life for pets for as long as possible, but when it is time to say goodbye, to honor the pet and their family by providing the gift of peace and comfort.

Dr. Lorry

Lorry Jolitz

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.

About Brenda Ontiveros

I was born and raised in Southern California and grew up with many family pets that I adored. My passion for animals early on in life guided me to work at a local animal hospital during high school. This experience at a young age solidified my interest in helping animals throughout my entire career. Naturally, my path led me to Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California where I ultimately became a veterinarian.

My interest in hospice care peaked after the loss of my childhood dog, Foxy, at the age of 16 years old. I was incredibly fortunate to have her by my side through my preteen and teenage years, and all the way up until my final year of veterinary school. I spent her final months by her side, providing palliative care, and all the love in the world to her. This opportunity to care for her in such a meaningful way and the gift of being by her side in her final moments, while hugging her until she passed is one that will always remain in my heart. Moments like these are incredibly difficult, and my experience with Foxy sparked a desire to help other families through these final end of life stages in a way that is as peaceful and meaningful as possible to them.

After college I spent several years working in general practice. During this time, I grew to appreciate the importance of being able to say goodbye to a pet in the comfort and peace of their own home. Although as veterinarians we try to make those final moments as memorable as possible, nothing can compare to the gift of being able to say goodbye to your furry family member in the place they love the most. This is what steered me to Lap of Love.

My goal is to provide the best quality of life for pets for as long as possible, but when it is time to say goodbye, to honor the pet and their family by providing the gift of peace and comfort.

"Thank you so much Dr. Brenda.

Your visit certainly exceeded our expectations. As you know this wasn’t the first time we’ve needed to euthanize a fur baby. Darrell and I both feel that you were absolutely above and beyond the people we have interacted with for the same need in the past. Your warm and empathetic presence definitely was appreciated and the process couldn’t have gone more smoothly. You gave us options, never rushed us and were caring toward Lilly. I couldn’t have had a better experience in our time of need."


San Bernardino, California

"The end-of-life hospice care was absolutely the finest I could imagine. I never had such a remarkable and positive experience with any other passing. The vet, Dr. Brenda, arrived early, met Lilly and us and Lilly’s sister and brother. She explained the process and was so caring and empathetic with us. We did a paw print and held Lilly as she crossed the rainbow bridge"

Steven Jacobsen
San Bernardino, California

"Dr. Brenda was wonderful and made saying goodbye to our Lilly so much easier. The consideration she showed to Lilly and to us was wonderful. Everyone at Lap of Love was professional, empathetic, and concerned. Thank you all so much."

Darrell Waterman
San Bernardino, California

"Thank you so much for being so thoughtful. It’s so hard and we miss him so much. Luna keeps looking for him and she cries. We went for a long drive today. Our lives forever changed. Thank you again for being so kind, gentle, compassionate and supportive during a time that was so heartbreaking for our family. I am very thankful that it was you that we got to have help us through this all."


Chino, California

"Today was an incredibly heartbreaking day, saying goodbye to our beloved Rat Terrier, Sophie. Sophie was 16 years and 2 months old. She lived a long and active and happy life with our family. Dr. Lorry Jolitz was not only professional, but compassionate and comforting as she explained each step of the way for Sophie’s gentle departure. We are so grateful to have had this experience in our home with Dr. Lorry’s reassuring manner and expertise. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in the Inland Empire, looking for a Home Euthanasia for their dear pet. Thank you so much, Dr. Lorry. ❤️"

Cathy and Greg Maxwell
Riveside, California

"Dr. Lorry was very patient, kind, and reassuring. My 12 year old cat declined very quickly after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the jaw. Being able to say goodbye to my friend at home, and in a peaceful manner was a gift. The whole process was respectfully carried out. I would recommend this service to anyone with a terminally ill pet."

Linda Shareghi
Redlands, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Emergency Clinic

  (951) 695-5044

Emergency Pet Clinic of Temecula

Emergency Clinic

  (909) 825-9350

Animal Emergency Clinic

Pet Loss Support

  (877) 394-CARE

C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Hotline

Emergency Clinic

  (909) 931-7871

Inland Valley Emergency Pet Clinic

Pet Loss Support

  (909) 558-7355

Pet Grief Recovery Group

  (909) 344-5154

California Veterinary Specialist

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in most parts of Inland Empire.  Due to the expansive area covered, there might be a $30-$100 fee assessed for travel time. Please call to learn more.

Pet Memorials
“What can I say about my friend and faithful companion who came into my life 13 years ago? There aren’t enough words to describe my crazy, neurotic, sweet, and funny little fur buddy. She came to me from a rescue organization at a time in my life when I was emotionally challenged and managed to help me through my issues just by being there for me. ...
Steven Jacobsen
December 23, 2020
“Melodi, you are missed already more than you will ever know. The nine years we had together will never be long enough, but am so grateful for having you. You had the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen. You were one of the sweetest and most loving cats I have ever met. You didn't get long enough with us, but I believe you were just too ...
Chelsea Pritchard
October 28, 2020
“Our sweet Betsy we have the most amazing years with you. You were mommy’s baby, daddy’s princess, little brothers protector and sissy’s best friend. We are going to miss you so much. We cherish the many wonderful memories you have given us and will see you again. You will always have a special place in our hearts. As much as we didn’t or were ...
Erica Dean
September 22, 2020
“To our beautiful Sam, you are deeply missed and we think about you all the time. Thank you for being such a great family member. Rest In Peace sweet girl. We Love you

-mom and dad.”
Tally Ramos
September 8, 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 4733
Riverside, California 92514

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This location is owned and operated by Lap of Love

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