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
"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
"I want to thank Dr. Tina for the compassion and care she showed my Andy. It meant a lot to me to have him be so comfortable and be in his favorite spot surrounded by his toys. It made all the difference in the world. Andy was the last of three cats I have had over the last 20 years. . He was my baby and a very sweet and special boy. I wish I knew about this service for my other cats. Thank you again, Dr. Tina."
Kathy GenoveseValley Village, California
"Saying goodbye to Dottie was the most painful thing I remember ever having to do in my life to this point. Dr Tina made the experience as easy and sweet as possible. Her kindness, compassion, and pure sweet-soul came through. It was apparent from the moment she quietly walked in the door (as requested), until she left with my baby wrapped snuggly in a blanket placed lovingly in a basket and carried away as though she were just sleeping. Dr Tina was so kind and even funny in appropriate moments. She had me smiling and laughing between tears as much as possible in such a terribly sad situation. I already have a co-worker who took down information on Lap of Love and Dr Tina for when she will unfortunately be in a similar situation with her own kitty (we hope not for a very, very long time); it may sound a bit gloomy but that is how impressed she was with my description of Dr Tina. I also want to say how much I appreciated the support-call-person who I originally spoke with at Lap of Love: Stephanie Rogers. Another beacon of kindness in a truly awful situation. I would recommend these folks to anyone in a heartbeat."
Jennifer ChaoLos Angeles, California
"Our Tybalt was the sweetest, and sassiest little cat I've ever had the pleasure of knowing and we are so grateful to have enjoyed living life with her for the past 12 years. She was so affectionate and so very spunky. It was so hard to face the fact that her life was ending. It became clear that she was fighting to be present out of a love for us but her pain simply became unmanageable and unbearable, I think. I know they say cats aren't like that but they haven't met Tybalt! :) Dr. Tina made Tybalt's transition a deeply meaningful moment for us. She was so kind to Tybalt and to us. She was very direct and yet extremely gentle with Tybalt as well as with our fragile emotions. I wasn't sure we were doing the right thing, but after seeing our beloved cat resting in peace means so much. I don't think I'm being very articulate, and I apologize for that. My heart goes out to anyone who has to go through this process, but you and your companion cat or dog are in good hands with someone like Dr. Tina, I can promise that."
Cauleen SmithLos Angeles, California
"We got Stella Bean when she was 7 weeks old, the runt of a litter of 10. She grew up to be a 51 pound beauty. She was quirky, manipulative, she hated other dogs, and she managed to eat the most amazing things and somehow survive to shortly before her 15th birthday. My wife and I loved her with all our heart and soul. She was a tough old girl, enduring spinal stenosis and heart disease but with medication and weekly shots, she was able to still enjoy the things she liked best, like her walks and her treats. When she came down with pancreatitis, it was just one thing too much for her to handle and as painful as it was, we knew it was time to let her go. I did not want to take her to the vet to have it done as I wanted her last moments to be peaceful and stress free. Our vet recommended Lap of Love and Dr. Tina came out to the house to help us send our beautiful Bean on her final journey. We couldn't have asked for a better person to be there for Stella's final moments. Dr. Tina was wonderfully kind and supportive and allowed us all the time in the world to say our goodbyes. The bargain you make when you get a pet is that you will love each other unconditionally and they will bring you joy and companionship and ultimately, break your heart by leaving too soon. In those horrible final moments, it is a great comfort to have someone like Dr. Tina to send your loved one off with kindness, compassion and love."
Bart TangrediVan Nuys, California
"Shen and Pip have been with me since they where two weeks old. Their mother was a stray in an Atlanta suburb and Shen's dad was a Maine Coon and Pip's a domestic short hair. No one ever believed they were brothers. They spent every day of the last 11 years together. Shen sat on the center console of my truck when we drove from Atlanta to Denver, and from Denver to Los Angeles. Shen would rile up Pip and then end up on the chair with Pip batting at his bushy tail. Shen's heart eventually became enlarged as is common with the breed and he spent the last 20 months on a cocktail of meds. He continued to look healthy but lost almost half his body weight at the end and a few nights ago could no longer breath. We thank Dr. Tina for helping us through this process, it was quiet, peaceful and painless. Pip, David, Scott, and Dr. Tina were there with Shen on his favorite heated stone floor in our bathroom at the end. We love you Shen. We will be sure to play with Pip like you did.
That's Shen in the front and Pip in the back."
Shenendoah Finke-ReynoldsWest Hollywood, 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