Orange County California
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes a brief consultation by the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, paw impression memorial keepsake, lock of fur, and a Lap of Love Pet Loss Booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
"How to know when is time" is the most common question we are asked. During this appointment, the veterinarian will do a brief examination 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. Together, we will come up with a plan to help you determine when the best time to say goodbye will be.
Includes an 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, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.
Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day.
There may be an additional charge for pets over 99 lbs, extended travel (see Service Area below), appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), and aggressive pets.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, fish, goats and pigs - call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely engraved wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks.
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 out to sea.
There may be a fee of $50-$100 if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are proud to offer Aquamation for aftercare in Orange County. Click here for more information about Aquamation. If you would like this type of aftercare for Private or Communal, please let us know. There is no additional cost above the regular cremation fee for your pet and choice of aftercare.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 4am - 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!
I grew up on the Central Coast of California & naturally gravitated to all animals that crossed my path. I would spend countless hours with our family cats and dogs. As I grew older I spent much of my time on ranches working with horses, cattle, goats, sheep & pigs. Some of my fondest memories are when my friend and I would take her goat on road trips and play soccer with my pig Cupcake. I always knew I would work with animals but it wasn’t until I started working at a small animal veterinary hospital that I realized veterinary medicine was my calling.
In the year 2000 I adopted a cat named Hank that would change my life forever. Our unique bond guided me to pursue feline veterinary medicine after my studies at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. After graduation from veterinary school in 2009, I specialized in feline medicine for 7 years. In 2013, Hank was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Grieving Hank’s diagnosis and decline was one of my life’s greatest challenges as he had been my best friend through so much of my young adult life. I facilitated Hank’s passing at home surrounded by his family and our other pets. The loss I felt struck me to my core. Hank has taught me so much about the impermanence of life, unconditional love and that our bond continues in a more subtle way.
I hold a special place in my heart for providing comfortable and dignified end of life care for the beautiful pets I have been blessed to care for & have chosen to focus on this aspect of care. As we enter the transitional phases of our beloved pets life, it can be so difficult to know when it is time to make the selfless decision to provide the gift of a peaceful passing. Providing gentle guidance, unconditional support and compassion along with holding space for families to experience their emotions, grieve, remember and begin the path to healing is an honor I am blessed to fulfill.
I grew up in northern Minnesota, at times a very cold yet beautiful place. As much as I loved living near lakes and having family nearby, I knew I was destined for a warm climate. It is no wonder why I love living here in Orange County. Growing up, I wanted to be around all kinds of animals. Over the years our family cared for ducks, rabbits, chickens, dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, mice, sugar gliders, snakes, frogs and lizards. By age 10, I had written my own veterinarian’s oath and kept it taped inside my dresser drawer where I could see it every day before school. It was my hope that someday I would become a veterinarian so that I could spend my days caring for animals.
When I was 16 years old, our family adopted a 3 year-old cocker spaniel named Lucy. She became my best friend. She was with me through high school, college, travels, relationships, loss and love. She was always there to lend an ear and to snuggle with after a rough day. When Lucy was 13 years old, she passed away suddenly due to a tumor on her spleen. The passing of my furry best friend helped me realize that I wanted to pursue my passion of becoming a veterinarian. I knew that I wanted to help people and their animals through stressful and difficult times.
I attended veterinary school in the West Indies on the island of St. Kitts. Living on the island was one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of my life. The island had an abundance of monkeys, mongoose and stray dogs. On a hike into the rainforest, my classmates and I came upon a stray dog that was nearly drowning in a concrete water reservoir. He was very tired from treading water for who knows how long and could not manage to climb his way out. After we all helped pull him out of the water safely, I felt a deeper understanding of the human-animal bond. I realized at that moment that all that was needed to help a suffering animal was a few humans who cared.
I love being a veterinarian because I help people help their pets. There is no greater feeling than knowing I can help turn a stressful time into a more peaceful one. I strongly believe that reducing unnecessary stress allows us to feel happy and thankful for whatever life hands us.
There is a special place in my heart for old dogs. I truly wish that when it is their time to go, the crossing over the rainbow bridge is the most painless, comfortable and relaxing experience possible. I am honored to be a part of this transition.
When I’m not caring for pets, I enjoy spending time with my husband, also a veterinarian, and our two cocker spaniels, Harley and Gussy
My name is Jenevieve Price, but most people call me Dr. Jeni. I grew up in Los Angeles, but I’ve been fortunate enough to live in several amazing places, including eastern Washington, Scotland, and rural Colorado, before moving here to Orange County.
I told my mom I was going to be a veterinarian when I was four years old, and I guess nobody ever thought to talk me out of it, so here I am! When I was in high school, my superlative childhood kitty Cuddles passed away. Our veterinarian was so kind and thoughtful during that heartbreaking decision, and it truly cemented my desire to provide that same kind of compassionate care wherever and however I could.
Before veterinary school, I spent all my time with a menagerie of animals as well as competing in equestrian events. I was lucky enough to attend vet school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where I loved every minute of all four years (even the rain). Once I graduated, I spent several years in equine and rural mixed (large and small animal) practice, before coming back to California.
I love being a veterinarian, especially when I get to help pets and their families in stressful or intense situations feel a little more peaceful and at ease. I love our older pet friends, especially grumpy old cats! Doing house call euthanasia and hospice care is an amazing way to experience the profound and wonderful bond that pets share with their people, and to help in easing the transition at the end of life.
When I’m not helping pets, I love spending time with my husband and two young children, as well as my own sweet dog and 3 nutty cats.
Born and raised in Orange County, NY, I was one of those children that attracted stray animals like bees to honey, and I loved it! Of course my heart-wrenching story telling became legendary as I created saga after saga about why it was imperative that my parents allow these animals to join our family. One of the most cherished additions was a Samoyed that I had rescued at the Humane Society and named Snow White. The 12 years we shared together were wonderful, and we had grown to be intricate parts of one another's lives.
But in 1999 fate dealt me a shattering blow as she unexpectedly passed due to a systemic infection. The only positive I can take away from this tragic event is that I was able to say good-bye to my best friend as she lay in my arms and breathed her last breath. I was her last glimpse of a life that was filled with love, compassion and companionship. Although stricken with grief as I mourned my loss, I knew at that very moment that I wanted to follow a long held dream of becoming a veterinarian in order to help people care for their cherished animal friends.
While practicing small animal medicine, my most enjoyable moments are creating close relationships with the families of the pets I treat. Early on I had recognized this dynamic kinship between animal, owner and practitioner and was bestowed with the most distinguished Human-Animal Bond award in Veterinary school. The awareness of this bond makes the task of assisting clients with the difficult decision to euthanize their pets all the more arduous. I've come to appreciate the very fragile balance of a pet having a good quality of life and knowing when it's time to be selfless and let your pet pass with dignity and without suffering. Although a difficult task, I am always honored to be a part of the family's last moments with their beloved pets.
Over 10 years later, I still think of and miss my lovely Snow White every time I must help a family say goodbye to their pet. I've chosen to focus on this aspect of Veterinary medicine because helping families say goodbye to a beloved pet is a difficult yet important part of the human-animal bond. Creating a loving and nurturing environment for both pets and owners is instrumental in helping them to find closure at such a difficult time. While I comfort the families left behind, I like to think that every pet that I help is greeted by my Snow White as they cross the rainbow bridge.
Amanda Page, DVM
"During one of the most difficult times in my life, the Angels from Lap of Love came to my aid. I could not have asked for kinder, more understanding human beings to assist me and Buddy during this ordeal. I am forever indebted to the beautiful souls who are part of this amazing organization."
Rosiemarie CruzLong Beach, California
"During one of the most difficult times of my life, the veterinarians from Lap of Love were like Angels sent to help me through my pain. I will forever be grateful for their kindness and their compassion."
"Probably the most difficult decision in my life, has been to send my beloved Italian Greyhound, Charley, to the "Rainbow Bridge".
When Dr. Amanda Page appeared at our front door, our boy greeted her as best he could. I immediately felt a sense of peace and calm. Dr. Page was here to honor our charming Charley and help him earn his angel wings in the kindest way possible. And so she did. This wonderful, kind, considerate and respectful human being is devoting her life to helping our animal families in their last moments. We are so privileged and lucky to have found her. Charley took his last breath, peacefully, in his daddy's lap.
We will miss him forever, but I'm sure our beloved boy will be first in line at the "Rainbow Bridge" watching for us to come through the Pearly Gates to join him in eternity.
Thank you, Lap of Love, and our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Amanda Page.
Abboud and Sonja Semaan"
Sonja SemaanFullerton, California
"Dr. Amanda treats the family as well as the pet and that is truly such a gift. We will never be able to thank her enough for being there and holding us up during this terrible time, I really don't think we could have gotten through it as well as we did without her. She not only helped Maddie, she was happy to the end and never scared, but she truly helped us through it as well.
Dr. Amanda's heart and compassion are huge and she shows it with every word and action and we are so thankful. Dr. Amanda holds a very special place in the hearts of our family :)"
Maddie's FamilyMission Viejo, California
"I just can't say enough or thank Dr. Amanda enough for her compassion and caring for our dog, Cooper. Cooper was diagnosed with lymphoma and had been doing okay for a few months. We knew we were getting close to letting him go and unfortunately, it happened early in the morning on Thanksgiving Day. My heart sank as I was thinking I'd call, get voice mail, only to be told they aren't available because of the holiday and our boy would have to suffer through another day. Well, none of that happened. The call was taken - at 6:00 a.m. A wonderful woman, Paola took the information and called us back within minutes to say Dr. Amanda would be at our home in about 3 hours. When she arrived, she was so comforting to Cooper and to us. She did not rush the process and explained exactly what she would be doing. She was like an angel sent to help our boy cross that rainbow bridge. My husband and I have numerous times expressed how grateful and wonderful she was to friends and family.
We will be forever grateful to her and Lap of Love."
Barbara ColeOrange, California
"Dr. Amanda treated my babies with so much compassion and love. I had to put one of my dogs down, Belle, due to kidney failure. She was about 15 years old, her hind legs immobile for about 5 years & I assisted her every 5-6 hours to use the bathroom. She's my soul mate. She was there for me for 11 years through heartaches, laughter and growth. We grew and experienced so many things together from traveling across the country for our move, camping, hiking and meeting so many people and so many dogs.
This was my first time losing my best friend and its been over a week now and I'm still struggling with my daily living. Having Dr. Amanda there and being a part of this was more than what I could ask for. I would give anything for my babies and Dr. Amanda was meant to be there with us. Even under the circumstances, Dr. Amanda felt like a lifelong friend/family. She made sure Denali our other dog was comfortable and a part of what was happening. Thankfully, that same day when I knew it was time Dr. Amanda was available. She made us feel so comfortable and walked us through the procedure. She was so kind to my fiancé, Denali and myself. Thank you for taking care of my sweet Belle."
Rachelle LlanesLong Beach, California
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Helping families in the following areas:
Los Angeles County
Long Beach and Whittier
Normal service areas include Orange County California and a few sections of LA County. Extended Service areas may be in Los Angeles, Inland Empirer or Ft. Pendleton when pre-arranged and veterinarians are available to travel that far.
To make the experience as peacful 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.
Lap of Love18340 Yorba Linda BlvdSuite 107 #213Yorba Linda, CA 92886
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Mary Gardner