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 wooden urn (optional engraved nameplate) and will be available to pick . They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee of $25.
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 in a garden at the crematory.
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.
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.
"Words are hard to find to express how much Dr. Tina helped me through a very painful and heartbreaking decision. I’m very grateful to have met such a beautifully kind and compassionate lady, who loves her work and let’s it show in her actions.
In September of 2016, my wife of 36 years (Chris) died from stage 4 Colon Cancer. I’m grateful she no longer suffers, but some days I miss her so much it hurts. Chris was my best friend and soulmate. She was the one who wanted cats and I loved her, so we rescued 4 cats. The strange part is, I’m very allergic to both cats and dogs. It’s been a huge challenge living with the 4 cats since Chris died, they slept with her. Since her death I’ve been struggling to breathe and to just be able to care for my girls.
A friend from work had come by and noticed that my two oldest cats (Millie & Lena) were suffering and suggested that I consider making their quality of life better by putting them down. Needless to say, that was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make.
I reached out to a local Veterinarian to see if they knew someone who could come to my home to help and was lucky to be given Dr Tina’s number. I’m feel so blessed to have met such an Angel to help my through this troubling life transition. Dr. Tina is the most loving and kindest Veterinarian I've ever met. She made what I had thought was going to be a horrible situation, into a positively uplifting experience. Her inner beauty (light) truly matches her outer beauty. Dr. Tina was kind, loving and made me feel and know that I had made the right decision to help my girls. She filled my house with love and made me feel at ease and happy we could send my girls to the rainbow bridge where their mother was waiting to bring to them other side. I’m so grateful to have met Dr Tina and I really consider her to be an angel.
May God bless you Dr. Tina for all of the lives you’ve helped and for the mercy you’ve brought to all the animals you’ve helped, they all have been lucky for meeting you and sharing the love you give.
Namaste sweet lady and thank you from my soul to yours. Blessings and Peace, Steve Vallo"
Steve ValloBurbank, California
"Dr. Olivieri was very kind and empathetic towards us. She showed kindness to our Sasha and was very respectful towards our feelings. We are so grateful to have met her."
Claudia RodriguezNorwalk, California
"Dr. Tina has such a huge heart, and endless compassion and love for helping at the most difficult time.
We had to send our dear sweet Sierra (13+ years old) to heaven on August 22, 2017. She is deeply missed. Our hearts are broken but we have the peace and comfort of knowing that she no longer has any pain and that she left us in the place, and surrounded by the people, she loved most.
Thank you Dr. Tina. You are such a gift, and we love you so much for gentle, kind and loving support and understanding.
Dayna, Larry, Morgann, Connor & Saige"
Dayna FleckGranada Hills, California
"Parting with a loved one is not easy. It is the hardest thing anyone can ever do. To look into the eyes of your pet and see that they are still there but that their body's are failing - heartbreak is not a strong enough word. To finally make the decision to let them go to sleep, well, it is a haunting, horrible, unforgiving decision. But we made it because we loved our Gracie so much.
I had a great amount of fear and anxiety about allowing our doctor at the dog hospital do this terrible thing. The coldness of the facility, the noise, and having others see our pain so up close and personal. We were recommended by that doctor to go to Lap of Love.
We researched Lap of Love online while our girl nobly laid nearby. We watched the videos they had about the decision. The family agreed to go with them.
My wife called and to her great surprise, she was genuinely comforted by the person who answered the phone - not phony, business, 'this-is-what-we-do - yeah-yeah-yeah' comforting, but real genuine human to human, I feel your pain, sincere comforting.
We had Dr. Tina Olivieri come to the house. She was/is so completely wonderful. Her presence was calming and comforting. We all sat with our dog, petting her, talking to her, taking time to know and understand her. Dr. Tina examined her very gently and confirmed what we all ready knew. She explained what was going to happen, how it was going to happen and what might happen at each stage. When we were ready, she proceeded.
The passing was actually, beautiful. So peaceful and our Grace was so relieved and relaxed. The process was almost non-intrusive. We are so lucky to have found Lap of Love .
Afterward, Dr. Tina stayed with us, petting Gracie with us, talking with us about her life, the next steps and helping us with our guilt over having made the decision. She is just so amazing and special and kind and wonderful and understanding.
I cannot recommend her and her services strongly enough if you find yourself in this unfortunate, but inevitable circumstance.
We are grateful."
Jeffrey OkunEncino, California
"We had to send our darling little Lilly away to be free of pain and old age. It was the hardest decision to come to but when it was finally made we were so blessed to find Dr Tina and the Lap of Love Family. Mary in the office helped to ease my pain at the very beginning during my first phone call when I was crying and so very confused.
This sad and painful circle of life experience was thankfully made better. It was like someone was holding my hand and walking with our family the entire time. Dr Tina looks like an angel when you meet her and she is not less in her composure and actions. Not only is she an angel but also she is professional and knowledgeable. We felt so comfortable with what we had to do. I show this picture of Dr Tina taking Lilly’s paw prints. This was a beautiful added event that was a surprise and now so treasured. See how she takes such care with Lilly’s little paw. Our hearts will be filled with love for a beautiful event that was the passing of Lilly and we can thank Dr Tina for guiding us and holding us all in her tender loving care."
Adrienne BlackmanLos Angeles, California
"Honestly, above and beyond doesn't begin to describe what Dr. Tina did for us. Being able to keep Murray at home for this process was an invaluable gift. More than that though, Dr. Tina was patient, gentle, loving, sensitive, and comforting. She made Murray's last moments so lovely and peaceful. I'll be forever grateful to her for that. From the Lap of Love phone staff all the way to the incredible Dr. Tina, this experience was made as painless as possible, for Murray and for us who loved him.
Thank you so very much for what you do."
sara ghaffarlos angeles, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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City of Angels Veterinary
Animal Surgical and Emergency Center
Grief Recovery Institute, Beverly Hills
Animal Bereavement Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
Dr. Tina proudly offers 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.
Lap of Love6230 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1185Los Angeles, CA 90048