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 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.
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
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.
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.
Amanda Page, DVM
"Dr. Amanda Page was so incredibly kind and thoughtful through the whole process. She really listened to us with a compassionate ear and not only made sure that Howie was comfortable, but that we were okay as well. She provided us with resources to help our daughter heal as this is her first experience with loss. We are so thankful to Dr. Page for giving our beloved Howie a peaceful passing at home where he wanted to be, surrounded by his loved ones."
Thao HuynhSanta Ana, California
"Dr. Hannah acted with kindness, caring, and compassion, not only for my husband and I, but for Hornet as well. She was clear and concise on the procedure, and gave us every opportunity to ask questions.
Thank you Dr. Hannah for helping our fur baby transition peacefully."
Darcy FrankLaguna Woods, California
"My husband and I knew in our hearts it was time to let our sweet Maltese Marley go but we were so afraid and didn't know where to turn. I had called my Vet the day before and just didn't feel comfortable taking Marley there she was always so nervous and we didn't want her last moments on this earth to be terrifying for her. Things were not looking good and the next day 2 people had recommended "Lap of Love" to us......I called the office and the voice on the other end was so sweet and kind (I knew we were in the right place)...however it still took me 3 calls that day to actually set up a time for them to come...we were beyond heartbroken. So later in the afternoon the dreaded knock on the door from "Lap of Love" and in walks Dr. Amanda Page an Angel from God........Our sweet Marley actually stood up and got so excited to see her she even wagged her tail something we hadn't seen in a month. What can I say about Dr. Amanda Page she is loving, kind, patient an Angel here on earth.......The process was very calm and we felt like our sweet Marley went to sleep with no fear. This is one of the hardest things we have ever gone through but Dr. Page and the Lap of Love made it very peaceful. I have cried so very much and so has my husband but we know that we did the right thing for our Marley with the up most love and dignity for our sweet fur baby Marley....."
Margo YegsigianAliso Viejo, California
"The decision to put down our beloved Leia came with a heavy heart. Her brother, Luke, died the year before and we took him out of the comfort of our home to a vet to pass on. This is something we regret (learning the hard way is never easy) and knew we had to do better by Leia. My friend told me about her experience with Lap of Love and it sounded amazing. Lap of Love far exceeded our expectations. Dr. Amanda was wonderful with all of us. She arrived to take car of our cat when really, she was there to take care of our whole family. Her kindness and patience with us was both generous and loving. It did not feel like a stranger came into our home but a family member. I knew immediately that Leia was in the best hands. It was also kind of her to let us know we were making the right choice. It is always difficult to make this decision and you want to be certain; having a professional confirm this path allows for some comfort during the grieving process.
Thank you, Dr Amanda for taking care of our sweet Leia. We miss her terribly and appreciate knowing the best person possible helped her to the Rainbow Bridge."
Chris WaskoDana Point, California
If you are reading this testimonial, you may be contemplating the day that you wish would never arrive. The day you have to say Goodbye! I said goodbye to my Fender, 18 year old min pin on September 2, 2017. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, however I always told myself and Fender that I would never let him suffer. NEVER! Fender was my loyal friend and companion for 18 years, and I wanted the honor and privilege to send him to his final resting place. Fender hated the Vet and because I knew about in home euthanasia, I knew that would be the only option for me and him. Lap of Love and Dr. Amanda made the experience loving, peaceful, and calm. It was incredible holding my boy in my arms and kissing him while he passed. The last time I cried this hard was when my Dad died 8.11.11. What I realize is to have life, you have death and that God, or whatever it is you believe placed Dogs on this earth because they are special, perfect and love. Humans are flawed and Dogs can inspire us! I also had adopted a 2nd dog 3 months ago, and now I realize Fender placed her in my place because he knew my heart would be shattered!
Bless Lap of Love for making Fender's transition painless and peaceful. You are angels on earth! You provide a very special experience, and I will never forget your compassion and care."
Chris CollettLaguna Beach, California
"With a heavy heart, our family agreed that the time had come to put our 15+ year old Wheaten Terrier Koda to sleep due to complications from old age and arthritis. Dr. Amanda Page and the staff at Lap of Love showed us compassion and kindness through this difficult process. Dr. Page went above and beyond the call of duty and we are grateful for her assistance. We're so fortunate to have discovered Lap of Love; Koda was terrified of going to the vet and giving him the ability to peacefully pass in his own home with his dignity intact was the best final gift we could've given him. Beloved by so many; a loyal member of our family for a very long time. Rest in Peace Koda."
Bob MichaelianNewport Beach, 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