Orange County California
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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 if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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.
Amanda Page, DVM
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.
Hannah Curtis, DVM
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
Mary Gardner, DVM
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.
Jeni Price, BVM&S, MRCVS
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.
Amanda Page, DVM
"Thank you, Amanda Page, for once again providing your special love and kindness to help my family and me say goodbye to our beloved Chance. You made this difficult time much easier to bear because of your gentle nature and loving heart. We are so grateful for you."
Lois ChisholmYorba Linda, California
"Last month, Dr. Amanda helped us through an emotional goodbye to our 12-year-old cat Nala. We are truly thankful for her caring words and gentle touch with our sweet girl. It was a peaceful and serene moment as we said our last goodbyes in the comfort of our home. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Amanda - she is truly special and much appreciated."
Elaine and Kevin TiberAliso Viejo, California
"Dr. Hannah was professional and patient. I explained on the phone that I was going to be a basket case when she arrived and she said we could take as long as I needed. I didn't want to prolong the event, I just wanted it to be over so I could grieve alone. Dr. Hannah had a very soft voice and spoke quietly. It was much appreciated because I wanted this last moment with my Charlie to be peaceful and stress free.
The only criticism I can possibly give is they should explain what "could" happen during the procedure prior to it happening. My Charlie had a seizure in my arms and it took me completely by surprise. I panicked and asked her to give him more medication so he could die peacefully. If I had known that this was a possible side effect, I might have been more prepared."
Christina LynchWhittier, California
"Dr. Amanda Page met Jewel & instantly fell in love with her. She was so caring to us and to Jewel. She spent as much time with us as we needed before helping Jewel cross the Rainbow Bridge. After Jewel had her wings Dr. Amanda was gentle in helping Jewel get ready for her final ride. She tucked her in like the baby she was to us and placed Jewel's bear next to her. Dr. Amanda made this experience as easy as possible with her calm and gentle manner. I so appreciated everything she did for Jewel and for us."
Joanne & John CashmanMission Viejo, California
"My heart cannot express the gratitude that I have for Dr. Amanda Page and Lap of Love. When Dr. Amanda came to our home I was not sure what we were going to do with our Labrador Shasta. Did we keep her alive, or did we allow her to go? Was it too soon? Was she in pain? So many questions, however intuitively I knew the answers. Dr. Amanda talked with us to get know Shasta and examined her. We were incredibly impressed with her loving and gentile way. She explained the three categories of passing to us which allowed us to know that we were doing the right thing by letter her go now. Once we agreed it was time, Dr. Amanda walked us through the most gentile and loving good-bye that we could have ever asked for. My husband and I were by Shasta’s side while Dr. Amanda gently guided us all to her peaceful passing. Dr. Amanda said that we were giving her a gift that day, and I truly believe that was the case.
If you are reading this testimonial and not sure if the services of Lap of Love are for you, I cannot express enough how beautiful and loving our experience was. Dr. Amanda left us with a beautiful and helpful book, Eternal Pawprints. I read through it the night Shasta passed, cried a lot, and paused before I closed the book. I prayed that she was in a better place, feeling young again and doing the things that she loved to do. I asked for some type of a sign, anything to let me know that she was okay. I paused again and then closed the book only to find a photo of a yellow lab, trotting away down a beach on the ocean’s edge, and at the bottom of the page the dog’s name was Shasta. I sobbed with thanks and knew that our girl was happy again. Thank you Dr. Amanda for the bottom of all of our hearts. Thank you and Bless you!"
Susan SlayLos Alamitos, California
"It was an extremely difficult decision to let our Westie, Tara, go after 15 years of unconditional love and companionship. I am really glad I called Lap of Love. Jennifer was very sympathetic and patient on the phone as she took care of setting up our appointment. Dr. Amanda was the vet who came to our home. She was very comforting with her calm explanation of the process and what to expect. As tearful as it was, there was also a sense of serenity with Dr. Amanda there. Tara laid on my dad's lap as we said our final goodbyes. Dr. Amanda was so gentle and loving with Tara the entire time, and showed great compassion towards us. The gentleness with which she took Tara from my dad's lap and tucked her into the basket with a blanket and flowers, was as if she were just laying our Tara down for a nap. We are thankful to Dr. Amanda for allowing us the time needed with Tara and not rushing us through it. She helped make this decision and process bearable. Not only was she a source of comfort that day, but she has followed up with emails to see how we are doing, providing further words of comfort. We are forever grateful to Dr. Amanda, and that she was the angel sent to us on this very sad and difficult day. 😇💜"
Liz NavarroSan Clemente, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Ellie Freedman, MFT heads this wonderful group meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (6:00pm - 7:30pm)
Southern California Veterinary Speciality Hospital
Orange County Veterinary Specialists (24h)
Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic in Garden Grove
Mandi Pratt Artist at Greyboy Pet Prints
Orange County Animal Care Services
Irvine Animal Care Center
Seal Beach Animal Care Center
Helping families in the following areas:
Los Angeles County
Long Beach and Whittier
Normal service areas include the majority of 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 veterinarains are available to travel that far.
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 Love18340 Yorba Linda BlvdSuite 107 #213Yorba Linda, CA 92886
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Mary Gardner