San Fernando Valley and Surrounding Areas

  (818) 946-1188

  [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$375

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$475

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 99 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 Eve, 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 wooden urn and returned to your primary care veterinarian. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

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. Depending on the aftercare provider, ashes are either scattered in a garden at the crematory or scattered at 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 additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

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. Marlene

Marlene Anschultz

I grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley (California), and traveled away for both my Undergraduate Degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After finishing college, I returned to my hometown to raise my own family, and with the desire to give back to the same wonderful community I was raised in. I wanted to use the knowledge and skills I acquired as a veterinarian to make a meaningful impact on those around me. 

I will never forget my first experience with an in-home euthanasia and the impact it made on my life over 20 years ago. He was my first love and heart dog, Zacky. The moment was quiet, peaceful and beautiful, the exact opposite of what I had anticipated it would be. The veterinarian who helped Zacky maintained an impeccably calm demeanor and devotion throughout the entire visit, leaving an everlasting imprint that I’ve carried with me all throughout my career, and ultimately leading me down the path of veterinary end of life care. To this day, the memories of those final moments with Zacky inspire me to assure that each family receives the same attentiveness, dedication, and care we felt that day. It is an honor to provide this gift to families and their beloved pets.  

In addition to my passion for veterinary medicine, I can be found enjoying my own (two-legged and four-legged) family, and exploring the beautiful world around us through camping, hiking, and boating.  

Dr. Stephany

Stephany Lewis

Growing up in New Jersey, I always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. I grew up riding horses, which taught me responsibility, compassion, and the strength and importance of the human-animal bond.

I went to veterinary school at Tufts University in Massachusetts, and I found meaning in every aspect of veterinary medicine. I have worked as a companion animal, emergency, exotic pet, and as a wildlife veterinarian in Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and California! In all these roles, one thing that always stood out to me was how important it was to provide all my patients with a peaceful passing. No matter the species, every creature deserves to leave this life with kindness and dignity, and I feel honored to be given the tremendous responsibility to provide that for my patients.

A few months after moving on my own to the other side of the country, I found myself alone at 4 AM in a strange emergency vet exam room facing the most daunting decision of my life; euthanizing my best friend of 6 years, an elderly beagle named Alice. It was there, that I truly, personally understood the impact of those final moments. I understand how difficult this time is for pet parents, and I am honored to be able to provide comfort to pets and their families in the solace of their own homes.

I love living in Southern California with my boyfriend, our two birds, Franklin and Susan, and our beagle/chihuahua mix Phoebe. 

About Marlene Anschultz

I grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley (California), and traveled away for both my Undergraduate Degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After finishing college, I returned to my hometown to raise my own family, and with the desire to give back to the same wonderful community I was raised in. I wanted to use the knowledge and skills I acquired as a veterinarian to make a meaningful impact on those around me. 

I will never forget my first experience with an in-home euthanasia and the impact it made on my life over 20 years ago. He was my first love and heart dog, Zacky. The moment was quiet, peaceful and beautiful, the exact opposite of what I had anticipated it would be. The veterinarian who helped Zacky maintained an impeccably calm demeanor and devotion throughout the entire visit, leaving an everlasting imprint that I’ve carried with me all throughout my career, and ultimately leading me down the path of veterinary end of life care. To this day, the memories of those final moments with Zacky inspire me to assure that each family receives the same attentiveness, dedication, and care we felt that day. It is an honor to provide this gift to families and their beloved pets.  

In addition to my passion for veterinary medicine, I can be found enjoying my own (two-legged and four-legged) family, and exploring the beautiful world around us through camping, hiking, and boating.  

"Losing our girl has been a tough one. Ava was a complete rock star. Smart as a whip, loyal and loving. It was a complete shock to wake one morning to find that Ava had completely lost use of her hindquarters literally overnight. She wasn't in any physical pain but she was confused, sad and helpless. After three opinions in 24 hours it was decided to be Degenerative Myelopathy which is incurable and only gets worse over time, leaving the dog completely paralyzed. There was never a question about what was the best, most loving and considerate decision for our girl. Unfortunately it was going to be the hardest option for us. The last thing that we wanted for Ava was for her to feel any fear or stress. We were wishing that there was some other way to help her besides transporting her to a place she didn't know in her final moments with us. I began looking around and we are so thankful that we found Lap of Love. From the very first moments of the inquiring phone call I was met with compassion, empathy and kindness. I was never once made to feel like a prospective customer, only a pet mom in need. I was blessed with care coordinator, Danya Linehan who listened to me and responded with the immediate and exact help that we were hoping for. She arranged for Dr. Stephany Lewis to come to our home. From the moment that Dr. Lewis arrived I felt comfortable in our choice. She is compassionate, knowledgeable and her demeanor is perfect. She let us know immediately that everything that would be done was on our timeline and that there was no rush. This was for Ava and it was for us as well. Dr. Lewis came to Ava and greeted her, assuring her that she was of no threat to Ava's family. Ava liked her immediately. Dogs know who the good people are. Dr. Lewis mentioned that she had brought some jerky treats along. We began giving Ava the treats and she was happy. Her confusion seemed to leave for that time. We gave the doctor the word and as Ava enjoyed the treats Dr. Lewis administered the first painless injection that would help Ava relax and fall to sleep. Ava literally snacked herself to sleep on her favorite blanket with all of us loving her on the floor. She was content and happy and not scared in any way whatsoever. When Ava was in a deep sleep, snoring contentedly we gave Dr. Lewis the word and she administered the second injection as I rubbed her ears, kissed her nose and told her how awesome and loved she is and that we will see her again. Less than a minute later Ava's gentle snoring stopped and we knew she was free. Dr. Lewis checked and confirmed that she had crossed the bridge. It was the most loving, peaceful and ideal scenario that we could ever have asked for. When we were ready, and not a moment before Dr. Lewis went to her vehicle and returned with a stretcher and a blanket. We helped to tuck her in lovingly and then help Dr. Lewis to her car with Ava. We said our final goodbyes to Ava then Dr. Lewis drove her directly to the funeral home for cremation. We were told that they came to meet her there with a stretcher, a soft pink blanket and a pink rose. Lap of Love, Dr. Lewis and Danya were absolutely top notch. All details were handled in advance, compassionately and thoroughly so that the time that we had with Ava during the Dr.'s visit would be all about Ava and the love we have for her. The next day I received an email from Dr. Lewis following up with us and offering some information on adolescents and grieving, as our teenage son was present and involved with saying goodbye. Dr. Lewis totally understands that to families like ours, Ava wasn't just a dog and that her death is truly a tremendous loss. We completely recommend Lap of Love to anyone facing this impending loss. They somehow managed to help us take an unbearable situation and turn it into a beautiful goodbye to our four legged child. Thank you, Dr. Lewis, Danya and Lap of Love."

SHARON MILLER
SUNLAND, California

"Thank you so much Dr. Marlene for helping us through this difficult time with so much care and compassion. You were so awesome from the phone call to the end. Thank you so so much.🐾💕"

Brenda Hans
Santa Clarita, California

"To Dr. Stephany,

You are one of the loveliest persons I've ever met. If you've ever wondered if you found your true calling, I can assure you that you indeed have. I couldn't have asked for any one more suited to assist me in helping Chrissy cross the rainbow bridge. I will be forever grateful to you and Lap of Love."


Sherman Oaks, California

"My 12 year old lab became very sick suddenly. I was told on Friday at the vet of her condition & that she needed hospitalization. I declined to put Sunny in the hospital as a RN of 17 years I knew what was happening logically but Sunny was my baby girl. So it wasn’t easy to let nature take it’s course!

Then came trying to find a vet to put her to sleep at home. The 1st place I made an appointment with didn’t say anything until the end of the conversation that they actually wouldn’t come inside so if I could bring her to the door or backyard. I understand about COVID but no that’s not what I wanted, that wouldn’t be peaceful for either of us! So I canceled the Thursday appointment.. I considered turning my garage into a bedroom but again did I want to spend my last hours with Sunny doing that? No!

And then God somehow had me click on something and I found lap of love and Dr. Marlene!!! And she would come inside and Sunny could go to her forever sleep where she loved to be on HER bed...(the left side of my king size bed) Sunny always slept there beside me. When she couldn’t jump anymore I had to get her stairs to get up there! While we waited for our appointment I made a playlist for her, put lavender in the diffuser and lit candles to create a peaceful calm environment for everyone. Sunny was an aggressive dog with strangers especially in our home but she wagged her tail when she saw Dr. Marlene. The Dr. explained what was going to happen and was so gentle & brought a calmness & sense of love & peace that brought me so much comfort I can’t put it into words. When she was giving her the 1st shot Sunny turned her head so the Dr. changed the needle to a smaller size. It’s those little things that tell you how much a practitioner cares about their patient. Afterwards, she told me that I had absolutely done the best thing for Sunny because when she listened to her heart it was working so hard and there were several other she mentioned that supported my decision. I thought I would be a total wreck & distraught afterwards but that night I found peace and It was worth every penny! She even sent me a card a week later. There aren’t enough stars to give Dr. Marlene!!!"

Katie Smith
Stevenson Ranch, California

"Losing our beautiful Charlie has left us very sad, but we’re grateful for the joy, love and companionship he gave us for 12 ½ years. We, therefore, truly appreciate your consideration and kindness in making our parting time with him special. Thank you.

The house does seem a little emptier and a little quieter, but we’ll look forward to completing the process by scattering Charlie’s ashes in his favorite meditation spot. Yes, to the delight and amazement of everyone who know him, Charlie did meditate almost daily in the late afternoon in his spot in the yard. He sat with his eyes closed and nose pointed skyward for several minutes; you could almost hear him chant “ohm”. He would then smile (see pix) and walk off. We think of him now as being at that great tennis ball chase in the sky doing what he loved doing best.

Thanks again for your special attention and for making a difficult process easier to bear."


Woodland Hills, California

"Dr Marlene was so kind and compassionate.....and all our animals must have sensed that as well.. when she came into our house.. they all got up to greet her.. and would not leave her side....It is always such a difficult decision to put your animal to sleep.. but Dr Marlenes compassion toward Daisy and her kind words made me feel at ease...."

Diane Woodward
West Hills, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (661) 291-1121

All Creatures Veterinary Center - Newhall

  (818) 881-5102

VCA McClave Animal Hospital - Reseda

  (818) 363-7444

VCA Chatoak Animal Hospital - Granada Hills

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Our doctors proudly offer services to families in San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. Due to the expansive area covered, there might be a $30-$100 fee assessed for travel time. Please call to learn more.

Pet Memorials
“Our Precious Chloe was a part of our family for almost 15 years. She had a big determined personality. She was very spoiled .
Thank you so much Dr. Marlene for making our day a little easier. You we so kind and compassionate with our precious girl. She will be missed.”
Brenda Hans
October 2, 2020
“Rest in Peace with the Angels.. Godspeed...”
Diane Woodward
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 964
San Fernando, California 91341

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