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.
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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.
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
"I found Lap Of Love in a moment of desperation and deep sadness. I had to say good-bye to my sweet golden chow of 15 years who was very sick. Dr. Tina came to my house and the moment she entered the door she brought such love, kindness, warmth and understanding. My sweet Bella took to her immediately and so did I. She gave us so much support and spent time with us both until we were ready to send Bella on to a place of peace. Dr. Tina explained everything and was patient and caring. You would have thought she was a friend of the family for years. This is one of the hardest things I've had to do in life, and I can't thank Dr. Tina enough for helping me through this. She was very comforting and followed up after to see how I was doing. I'm very moved by her kindness, and I'm forever grateful that she was there with me to to send my sweet girl on her way to a better place.
Thank you Dr. Tina.
My sincerest gratitude,
Heather HusongLa Canada, California
"I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Tina. I will be forever grateful to her for the compassion, patience and understanding that she showed to us. I still cannot believe how bowled over I was when I finally met her in person. She is everything I thought and more - if that is possible. We had talked quite a few times on the phone, as it was the hardest decision for me to come to - and I had a lot of questions. Dr. Tina is so responsive and beyond thoughtful. She really understands what all of us go through when we lose our most beloved "kids". I miss my boy Sheppie more than words can ever say. Still not used to not having him with me. My gratitude and love for Dr. Tina will be everlasting; as she made the "dreaded" moment actually something that was beautiful, sweet and eternally kind. On top of it all, Dr. Tina is an amazing vet filled with skill and professionalism."
Jennifer TashLos Angeles, California
"Nearly five weeks ago, I had to make the most excruciating decision ever – to let go of my beloved 17-year-old poodle mix, Annie. She has occupied a huge place in my heart since I rescued her a little over three years ago. Annie fought her multiple ailments bravely and had the strongest will to live I have ever seen in an animal or human. When I had taken Annie to the vet a few days before for euthanasia, I couldn’t go through with it and brought her home.
So, when my girl could no longer go on, I knew that I wanted a peaceful ending at home. I called a local service only to find that they were booked and couldn’t get to me for two more days. I then found Lap of Love online. Dr. Tina arrived within three hours. Shortly after scheduling, I received a preparatory e-mail from her colleague with the following quote: “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. -A. A. Milne / Winnie the Pooh.” My nickname for Annie was “Pooh Bear,” so I took this as a sign that I was making the right decision.
Dr. Tina arrived, and her presence could not have been more comforting. It felt like she was part of the family rather than someone we had just met. Dr. Tina followed our lead on how we wanted to proceed, was patient, respectful, and so caring. She sat down with Mom and me on the couch, where I was cradling Annie, and took time to learn about my girl’s story. Talking with her helped take some of the sting away from these painful moments. With Annie resting in her bed, Mom and I said the Lord’s Prayer as I held Annie’s paw during the first part of the procedure. As the medication took effect, I then played ‘our song,’ a version of Sea of Love (“Do you remember, when we met. That's the day, I knew you were my pet. I wanna tell you, how much, I love you.”).
I am convinced that God sent Dr. Tina to us that day. I am so grateful that she was the one to release Annie over the Rainbow Bridge. After Annie passed, Dr. Tina made a pawprint impression and cut locks of her fur for me as a keepsake. She then presented us with a helpful and touching booklet to assist with our grief.
Having had to euthanize pets in a veterinary office and now at home for the first time, I can say that the latter option is the only way in which I will proceed when it is time to say goodbye. Annie exhibited no anxiety during this procedure. Also, I now have a peaceful memory of that most difficult day and can take comfort in knowing that I did right by Annie even during her final moments. Thank you, Dr. Tina, for your compassion and support. We will never forget you."
Kelly NardoniArcadia, California
"I decided to have Lap of Love euthanize my 21 year old cat Patches because I didn't want her to have the stress of the car ride and the vet's office.
The whole experience was beyond what I could have hoped for. Dr. Tina was so sweet and kind and attentive. She took the time to talk to me and learn about Patches. The whole experience was gentle and loving. At the end, she wrapped up Patches in a blanket and put her in a basket with such care.
Dr. Tina brought a peacefulness to the situation that I didn't know could exist.
I cannot recommend Lap of Love or Dr. Tina enough."
Michelle WaffnerNorth Hollywood, California
"Dr. Tina was a lovely, compassionate Veterinarian on our doggy's last day. We had our lab, Lizzy, for 15 wonderful years, since she was a puppy. Our kids grew up with her and she taught us so much about unconditional love and acceptance. We are still heartbroken, but trying to heal in our own way. I would definitely recommend Dr. Tina & Lap of Love. She made a very difficult time a little easier by talking us through the whole process and assuring us that it was time & we were giving Lizzy a gift in that she could pass so peacefully.
Unfortunately, I cannot get any photos to upload, but she was a beautiful lab. Lizzy, please give us a sign that you are doing well.
We would strongly recommend Dr. Tina to anyone facing this agonizing decision. She is an angel on earth."
La Crescenta, California
"Thank You Christine for coming to our home today to take care of Moma. We were really impressed with your service, your empathy. It made a dreaded moment more palatable to withstand. But we are still devastated over our loss. As you know, Moma was with us for 17 years, and we think she was probably about 2 years old when she arrived on our doorstep. I've had three cats in the past that i have had until they passed (Moma was the 4th, and was the most unique of them all, with her intelligence and awareness). With that being said it is going to be very hard for us to move on. We think its going to take time. Walter & Michael"
Walter HypesLos Angeles, 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. Christine:18340 Yorba Linda BlvdSuite 107 #213Yorba Linda, CA 92886