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 wooden urn and returned to your primary care veterinarian. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
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.
There may be a fee if addtional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, 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.
Tina Olivieri, DVM
Growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida, my family never had a shortage of animals. Whether it was kitties, doggies, pot-bellied pigs, iguanas, guinea pigs, gerbils, sugar gliders, parakeets, cockatoos, rabbits, mice, turtles, or chickens…I have loved them all . Animals have always had such a special place in my heart since childhood, so becoming a veterinarian wasn’t even a choice…it was just the next step.
After Vet School graduation, I began an internship in Reproduction at Oklahoma State University. Studying the reproductive aspect of veterinary medicine gave me a profound respect for the gift of life. Being able to hand deliver calves, kids, foals, and puppies gave me an overwhelming appreciation for the life cycle of animals. The opportunity to assist with the magic of birth was a truly priceless experience that I am forever grateful for.
When I completed my internship, I moved into small animal private practice, relief medicine, and wellness clinics in both Oklahoma and Southern California. I have continued to study predominantly small animals, but not a day goes by that my Mom doesn’t ask for help in Oklahoma with her horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, birds, and of course…her beloved dogs and cats!! No animal will ever be off limits for me…I truly love them all.
Throughout my life, I have known all kinds of animals, both old and new. But one thing that I have grown to understand and respect, above all, is the bond between owners and their beloved pets. In my opinion, there is no greater unconditional love or everlasting friendship. That is what brought me to Lap of Love. I consider it a privilege to know each animal I have ever met, and I have extreme respect and compassion for YOU… their owner. To me, there is no greater honor than being able to comfort, acknowledge, support and understand both pets and their loving owners through such difficult times.
I myself have experienced pet loss many times in my life, and it doesn’t get any easier or any less heartbreaking. Being able to provide pain relief, peace, and comfort to our babies when they need it most…is everything. I truly believe that the love and compassion we give to our pets during their life should be given to them in their final moments, and I am forever honored to be a part of that process.
To all of the wonderful families that have allowed me to be a part of their beloved baby’s journey: I am honored, touched, and forever inspired by your selflessness.
Christine Baldwin, DVM
Animals have been a major part of my life since I was very young. I was always surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. I started in the veterinary world working as a licensed technician in New York and knew that I was meant to be a part of this field. My experiences, both personal and professional, have forged a deep appreciation in me for the connection between animals and people.
After graduating veterinary school, I moved to rural upstate NY to practice as a mixed animal veterinarian working with all types of animals from dogs and cats to horses and goats. After 2 long winters, I moved back down to Long Island, where I worked in small animal practice. After working in different types of practices, I am honored to be able to work with pets and their dedicated families in the comfort of their own home.
Tina Olivieri, DVM
"Dr. Tina was amazing. We met her in October when she helped our other senior dog, Elvis, cross the bridge. We were so conflicted about our path with Heidi - the signs were not as clear. After horrible seizures on New Years day, we'd been managing the seizures with meds but she had lost any quality of life with the side effects. She hadn't eaten in three weeks, despite a huge effort with many variations. We are so grateful that we had Dr Tina to turn to - both for her counseling and for making Heidi's passing so peaceful, pain free and filled with love."
Sherri AkersLOS ANGELES, California
"It is never easy loosing a family pet and it is an even harder decision to put them down. But Dr. Tina completely allayed our fears and worries and made the entire process an act of love rather than an act of desperation. We are so grateful for Dr. Tina and her gentle disposition as she guided us through the process.
At first, I was hesitant to do in home euthanasia and feared it would be far to difficult and emotionally draining for the entire family. But after going through the full experience and talking with Dr. Tina I realized this is a true act of love bestowed upon our pet that will make their passing easy and painless. In all honesty, this is the way I would like to go. Surrounded by love ones in a safe place (my home) while gently falling asleep.
Thank you Dr. Tina and Lap of Love for helping us through this difficult process. I don't know what we would have done without you. Thank you from the entire family."
Chris CunninghamSan Gabriel, California
"Christine was wonderful. She spent time explaining the process and made me feel comfortable about my decision. Her compassion for both Fritz and myself was touching. I can't say enough about how impressed I was with the way she took care of Fritz. Thank you Christine!"
Karen KennedySherman Oaks, California
"LilyKat was more than just a pet to Beverly and I. We treated her as if she were a child, and we were blessed with a deep, meaningful relationship for seven wonderful years. Whenever we woke up in the morning or went to bed at night, LilyKat was right there with us, purring up a storm. It was a wonderful way to begin and end every day.
LilyKat possessed a gentle, kind and loving spirit, with an inner strength and she never fussed even when her health took a turn for the worse. She loved being with us whoever we were at home, whether sitting next to Beverly while she played piano, singing along while Beverly played harmonica to sprawling all over my homework to tell me she wanted a tummy and butt massage.
LilyKat was more than a pet, we called her our baby and even though we had only seven short years together, she made a profoundly positive impact in our lives and she will always be missed and we have many, many great memories that will last us the rest of our lives."
Beverly Williamslos ángeles, California
"Our beloved 12 year old red and tan Doberman, Rocco, passed away last week in our arms in the comfort of his bed at home. Thank you, Dr. Tina, for being so kind, supportive, gentle, and loving towards Rocco (and us). He was in late-stage congestive heart failure and was in respiratory distress, and I take comfort in knowing he is not suffering anymore, and that you helped make his transition pain free for him. We miss him so much. Thank you for rushing over after-hours to help us after he became in distress. You helped save him from dying in the vet's office, which he hated. I so appreciate the care and attention you took and your gentle nature with him. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Noelle M.Sherman Oaks, California
"It has been over six weeks since we put our beloved dog, Pepper, down and I want to say how much we appreciated Dr. Tina!!
She was loving and patient throughout the process and spent several hours with us. Her warmth, compassion and expertise was evident in the course of assessment of Pepper and the sensitive process that followed.
I do not have enough superlatives for Dr. Tina and the wonderful care that Lap of Love provides. I have told all of my neighbors about your services and will not hesitate to use you in the future!
Polly, Jamie, Ellie & Joni Anderson"
Polly AndersonGlendale, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Dr. Sandra Grossman
VCA TLC Animal Hospital
Grief Recovery Institute, Beverly Hills
City of Angels Veterinary
Animal Bereavement Support Group
Animal Surgical and Emergency Center
Helping families in the following areas:
Our doctors proudly offer services to families in the Los Angeles area and most cities in Los Angeles County. A travel fee may be assessed based on distance and travel time from the veterinarian's home.
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.
For Dr. Tina:6230 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1185Los Angeles, CA 90048For Dr. Christina:18340 Yorba Linda BlvdSuite 107 #213Yorba Linda, CA 92886