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 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.
Since I was 5 years old, I wanted to be an “animal doctor” who cared for pets since they couldn’t talk to us when they were sick. My desire to become a veterinarian never wavered. My first job in high school was at a human nursing home. It was the closest match to a health/veterinary field that my high school could find for me. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at the time, but now I understand that I was being educated about the needs of our geriatric population.
I attended veterinary medical school at Ross University on St. Kitts, followed by a year of clinical rotations at the University of Minnesota. Prior to starting with Lap of Love, I practiced as a residency-trained dentist and oral surgeon for the past 6 years. Although I remain passionate about dentistry, my shift in career occurred as I became more and more interested in integrative medicine/acupuncture and pain control.
Having a pet in your family is so important for purpose and enrichment. I truly believe that these wonderful “fur kids” come into our lives for a reason. During the beginning of my veterinary career, I learned about the human-animal bond. I admit that I thought I understood this relationship early in my career, however, the longer that I have been a veterinarian, the more I have realized that the connections we share with the people and pets we cherish are truly indescribable.
There are so many reasons why I love being a veterinarian but the one that stands out the most is the bond I share with pets and families. Providing comfort for both my patients and their families is an incredibly rewarding experience.
Less than two months before I joined the Lap of Love family, I lost 2 (almost 3) of my 4 cats. I was truly devastated but knew that it was my duty to help them get their angel wings. I am still grieving their passing, but I know they are definitely guiding me down the right path so that I can help the families that I will be meeting.
I was born and raised in New York City but have spent the past X years in Orange county with my family and fur kids. My menagerie includes: Lana (Australian Shepard mix); Peter Parker (terrier), Rupert (chocolate monster cat), and Mrs. Mouse (my 17-year-old matriarch kitty). I’m also a professional bodybuilder, which is very helpful when I have to lift large dogs.
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
"Making the decision to let our Kiki (Kikitsa) go was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make. Kiki came to us over 18 years ago after being rescued from being abused and abandoned as a kitten up in the mountains of Big Bear. She was sick and would likley not have made it on her own. She was taken to a vet who cared for her and brought her back to health. We brought her into our home and in time she came to trust and love us. She became a loving member of our family. She had been happy and healthy until only the last year. With increasing health issues we had struggled over making the difficult decision to let her go. Even after, as a family, we came to the decision that letting her go was the right thing to do it was still difficult. Dr. Hannah came to our home and was caring and compassionate from the time she arrived. She helped us to understand that we had made the right decision. She made us feel at ease. She showed so much care and compassion not only for Kiki but for us as well. She walked us through each step, making sure we understood what what happening and what to expect. It was such a peaceful and loving experience. I cannot imagine having helped our Kiki pass in a more compassionate and loving way. Thank you to Dr. Hannah, and Lap of Love, from the bottom of our hearts <3"
Robyn BelzDove Canyon, California
"Dr. Amanda showed immense compassion and empathy. It was clear that she was fully invested in Barkley's well being and comfort and in easing the emotions and difficult decision of all present as we said our farewells. She smoothly took care of all the logistics and anticipated all the questions, need for time and concerns. It did not feel rushed at all. Barkley slipped away in my arms. I was able to say my farewell. I appreciate the respect and understanding of our love for Barkley and our need to do right by him. It is never an easy thing to do, but it is most often the right thing to do. Dr. Amanda was able to ease this process in helping us see that it is a gift of relief and love. Thank you."
Samantha TullettNewport Beach, California
"Dr. Amanda was wonderful. I cannot give anything but my strongest recommendation for her and Lap of Love."
Dan JaffursSanta Ana, California
"Thank you, Dr. Amanda, for the compassion and care you gave to our family and to Smooch. You made a very difficult and tender time easier because of your kindness and professionalism. I am so grateful for Lap of Love's services. What a blessing to be able to make our kitty's last moments as comfortable and stress-free as possible in his home environment. I would 1000% recommend Lap of Love and especially Dr. Amanda. With love, Terrie Grago and the Grago family"
Terrie GragoLake Forest, California
"Letting go of any pet is difficult and Tag was no exception. He was a truly sweet mannered Blue Merle Australian Shepard who was loved by many. He was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, which had spread from his spleen to his liver and he was in constant pain and anxiety even with pain meds. While he was able to put on a good act, he was unable to sleep for more than a few minutes and struggled walking clumsily from pain. I was torn but made the decision to allow Tag to pass with dignity, while he still had some function and ability to recognize his value. He enjoyed a whole steak for his last lunch and treats. From the minute Dr. Amanda Page came in the front door, Tag immediately bonded with her, checking out her doctor's bag with his lovable curiosity. Dr. Page immediately saw Tag was in pain and Tag also knew she was no threat, in fact he kissed her. When the time was near, Dr. Page sat on the floor and Tag, on his own, laid right next to her, unafraid and preferring her to his other favorite friends he has known and loved for years. We all gathered around Tag and massaged his back, head and tummy. As Dr. Page administered the pain and sedation medication, Tag was able to relax for the first time in weeks. Tag kept checking to make certain I was still there until the sedation dose was completed. He no longer felt pain. When Tag passed, Dr. Page was there to share our grief. Dr. Amanda Page was truly Tag's Angel of Mercy. Tag was truly one of a kind and losing him is especially hard. Tag was the most intelligent, mature and gentle dog I have ever known, with the exception of other dogs who were not friendly or rambunctious. Tag was my shadow for the past four years since I adopted him, going almost everywhere with me and especially loving car rides. Ending his suffering sooner than later was the right decision. I wholeheartedly recommend Lap Of Love and Dr. Amanda Page, truly an Angel for Tag."
Laguna Niguel, California
"I cannot imagine a more caring and compassionate person than Dr. Amanda. Life brought her to us for our beloved Tillie's last day. How lucky we were that Dr. Amanda was available to help us go through this painful experience in our lives. I cannot say enough. Thank you for being there for us."
Clara GathSanta Ana, 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.
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