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
"Like many pet owners I was faced with the agonizing choice of deciding when my 13 1/2 year old golden retriever, Ranger was ready to leave this physical world. I didn't want to end his life too soon or too late. For a week, I was anxiously waiting for the clear sign of when was the right time. I knew it was near as his eye sight was nearly gone, his hind legs and back were getting weaker by the day but there was something inside me that thought he wasn't quite ready and frankly, I wasn't either. There was no good time to say goodbye to my best buddy...until....one day he stopped eating and drinking. I knew he was tired and I had to honor him by giving him peace.
A week prior, I had seen a family being faced with letting their baby go at the vet hospital and I knew if I had a choice, I would NOT want Ranger to spend his final moments in a cold, scary, anxiety-ridden place, I wanted him to be relaxed and comfortable at home. The vet gave me a Lap of Love pamphlet and I called a week later to get information and set up the appointment.
The day of the appointment I was so anxious but when I opened the door and this angel appeared (Dr Amanda) I knew I made the right decision. She immediately made me feel calm and at ease with what was going to happen. She explained everything in detail. There was no urgency just a relaxed, loving, supportive space she created for me and Ranger. She allowed me time to tell her stories about Ranger, cry and laugh, everything was in my timing.
I felt safe and there was a grace that filled the energy. It may sound strange but it was beautiful. I felt peace for myself but more importantly for Ranger. It was the little touches Dr Amanda offered that made it so special, putting roses in Rangers paws, snipping some hair for me to save and the precious paw print is a wonderful memento. My 6 year old daughter made a sign she wanted taped to Rangers back and she insisted it go to heaven with him. Dr Amanda said "Sure, we can do that". My daughter was thrilled to learn later that the sign went with him. Ranger looked so cozy wrapped in a Lap of Love blanket with his roses in hand. I thought I was going to be an emotional wreck but because Dr Amanda created such a serene and safe space I felt peace more than sadness, in that moment, knowing in my heart Ranger made his peaceful transition in the comfort of his own home. I can't thank Dr Amanda enough for making one of the most painful experiences easier to bare. She truly is an angel, a ray of light and I believe she was put here for this important work. Thank you thank you thank you!
Jennifer WilliamsCorona Del Mar, California
"On Monday, April 3, 2017, our dear old golden retriever Cooper, decided it was his time to go. After having many bad days over the past few weeks, he stopped eating and drinking, and could no longer get up. Struggling with the idea of another stressful trip to the vet, I contacted Lap of Love. They sent an amazing vet (Dr. Amanda) out the same day. She was wonderful. She put our sweet boy out of misery in the peace and calm of our own yard, under the shade of his favorite tree. She gave us all the time we needed to say a difficult goodbye. I can't say enough good things about our experience with them. It made his passing a little more bearable. Dr. Amanda was exactly what our family needed. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Amanda, Dr. Hannah, and Lap of Love.
Barbara, Robert, & the Fernandez Family"
Barbara FernandezRancho Santa Margarita, California
"We can't begin to explain how wonderful Amanda was helping us through this process. She was very comforting, compassionate, explained the whole process with us and never rushed us as we said good by to our dog Molly. Although this was such a difficult process for us to go through, her loving, kind words gave us peace and comfort. Thank you Amanda for everything. We truly appreciate you being with us and Molly during this difficult time."
Rick & Tammy GillilandBrea, California
"Dear Lap of Love community,
We wanted to let you know Dr. Amanda was wonderful today. She was so understanding and comforting through this process. I have had to terminate the life of other pets and it has always been in the vet hospital, but having Dr. Amanda come to the house was so much better. Thank you for offering this service!!
Chris and Kim willisHuntington beach, California
"Make no mistake and understand very clearly; you are making one of the most profound decisions of your lifetime.
If you think of your pets as your family, sons and daughters, as well as believe they are equal to you in Spirit. If you have faith that God has blessed you to have them and has anointed you as the Ambassador of their journey here on earth - then the services provided by Lap of Love are without question a requirement, not an option.
Your furry family members have dedicated their entire lives to unconditionally love you. They have been loyal beyond reproach. They have humbly served as your guardian. They did not seek recognition, and they voluntarily accepted all things that came with a life spent with you.
Right now, during this difficult time, with all of their integrity, dignity and honor, they are placing their complete faith in YOU to do the right thing for them.
***Cheryl A. Wyatt, Care Coordinator/Team Lead***
Based on a diagnosis from our primary Veterinarian and other professionals, we thought we had very little time left with our Son.
After hours and days of careful research, we found Lap of Love.
We were fortunate and blessed to have our initial call received by Cheryl Wyatt.
As soon as she answered the phone, I knew this was the right person, and that this was the right place. Unlike the other calls I had just made to different companies, I did not feel rushed. We did not discuss costs and I did not feel like I was simply getting added to "sales funnel".
Instead, what immediately happened is that I could no longer hold back my tears. Cheryl encouraged me to cry. To just let it out, and to feel safe that she was there just for me. To know that we have all the time in the world and we can talk all day long if needed.
Cheryl Wyatt's sensitivity, support and empathy was/is priceless.
Looking back, we feel that Cheryl was put in our path by God and we have no question about that.
We were thankfully blessed with an extra year with our sweet Kossy. Throughout this time, Cheryl was there with us. Taking our calls, provided us with so much information that is not readily available anywhere, and above all, she continued to be understanding and very kind.
Again, and to remind you, even at this point we still had not talked about dates or costs! Just to reiterate, those two items were the very first things the other companies I called talked about!
At this phase, you don’t want to rush anything, nor do you want your babies to suffer. Having Cheryl with us, she became a sort of Rock of Reason. She was that Lighthouse that you hope to find while lost in the middle of a hurricane.
The time came for our Sweet Kossy to be with God and our family members that were already there waiting for him. Cheryl's information during the final week was beyond comforting. Her professional knowledge of the stages he had been through this past year to his final stage resulted in us being very confident that we were making the right decision and that in fact, the timing was correct.
It’s really hard to put all of our thoughts into words that will properly serve as a "review". If you’re still reading this and are in the same situation, just pick up the phone and simply call Cheryl Wyatt at (855) 933-5683.
***Amanda Page, DVM (Angel from Heaven)***
Dr. Amanda completely opens her heart as soon as she walks in the room. You can feel it. Your animals can feel it. Love is all around, as well as a sort of Peace. Our Kossy was able to meet her, look into her eyes and know that she was an Angel sent from God to help him.
She is very present, and attentive.
She was aware of every single thing going on. It’s as if she is subtly studying the environment and the condition of our baby. She has years of dedicated Professional Veterinarian experience that she is applying 100% for our baby right there on the spot.
She agreed that it was time for him to graduate. We are absolutely sure that if he could stay with us for even just one more day, Dr. Amanda would have let us know and would have simply come back.
She was with us for a very long time that night. She advised us on what his brother (Bilbos, a ragdoll cat) should do during the procedure. We talked about every step of the process and so much more. Together with Kossy and Bilbos, we all talked as a family. We shared stories, cried, and even laughed a bit. She got to know Kossy very well.
We were even more reassured that she was the right person put on our path by God.
Again, it’s hard to find all the words to adequately portray our experience with Dr. Amanda.
His departure was peaceful, graceful, and with the utmost dignity. It was everything he deserved from a life of loyalty, selflessness, and love. We know he was welcomed by God and is now with our family members that have passed.
We have often think about how hard this must be for Dr. Amanda emotionally, and we pray for her to continue to be strong.
***Cheryl Wyatt and Dr. Amanda:***
The sensitivity and support from both of you helped us through a very difficult time.
We will never forget your kindness, understanding and patience. Above all, we will always remember how you both opened your hearts unselfishly for our family.
There is no way to put into words; the level of appreciation for the both of you for your parts in Kossy's journey.
If either of you ever need anything, you are both family, so please do not hesitate to call."
Ernie and DanicaLaguna Niguel, California
"From the moment we realized Ivy was near her time to cross rainbow bridge, we prayed for her to leave us peacefully in her sleep, rather to than have to make that last final decision in her best interest. We decided on a few signposts to guide us--if she stopped eating (not letting her to starve to death); if she quit drinking water (not letting her dehydrate to death); if she could not control her bowel movement or hold her bladder (not robbing her of dignity); or if she could no longer walk with our assistance ( no longer had a quality of life). At twelve years, nine and a half months, the day before we crossed her over the rainbow bridge, she lost all mobility. It was a beautiful day in our SOCAL neighborhood, and Ivy had visitors in her favorite yard in front of our house until sundown. She ate her favorite human foods all day including vanilla ice-cream. We had to prop her up, as she was too weak when a day earlier she had walked outside in the morning, as wobbly-legged as she was.
We had Dr. Amanda Page over to meet Ivy, to hear a Reader's Digest version of Ivy's life story, and to relax her for her journey beyond this life. We loved Ivy through with our hands massaging her until she was gone. We helped her on a stretcher and helped to place her in the vehicle Dr. Page has set up for this service. Everything was done with compassion, and professionally managed to every little last detail. We have a clay paw print taken of Ivy to keep from that day. We would do it all over again just the same, as Ivy deserved all that we did, and we would recommend Dr. Amanda Page to you."
Angie WrightFountain Valley, 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