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.
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.
Jess Wilson, DVM
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.
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
"My family cannot express how much we appreciated having Dr. Amanda Page help our sweet Monty cross the rainbow bridge. We initially had the service scheduled for 4/21 but on the 15th we knew Monty was ready to move on. Brian was very understanding of our situation and was very accommodating. He told us Dr. Page had an appointment in Long Beach at 5pm and then would head to our house right after. When Dr. Page arrived you couldn't tell that she just drove quite a distance to get to our house, late on a Sunday and on a late notice. Her kindness and warmth put my family and Monty at ease. We had our 3 kids participate and she was very patient with all of their questions and curiosity. I knew Monty was happy as well because he was more relaxed than he had been all weekend. She did not rush the process and allowed more than enough time to say goodbye to Monty. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Page for your amazing service and compassion."
Manuel RochaRancho Santa Margarita, California
"I had to leave another testimonial for Dr. Page. She came to our house on a last minute appointment and was amazing. It made us feel better that Monty was comfortable in his last moments and it was due to Dr. Page and her compassion for what she does. She is a true professional and my family is thankful that she was the one assigned to help guide us through this difficult process."
"Dr. Hannah was so nice and caring. She took all the time that we needed and she was extremely compassionate. I am so happy I went with Lap of Love and I am even more grateful for Dr. Hannah's assistance in all of this."
Nathaniel TuttleMission Viejo, California
"I cannot say enough kind words about Dr. Amanda. She handled our very sick kitty with love, dignity, and compassion and helped him cross over the Rainbow Bridge in such a peaceful way. Our cat, Ace, meant the whole world to me, and I had worried so much about how I would decide when the time was right for him to go. Dr. Amanda was so very gentle with him. I could not have imagined a better end-of-life transition for Ace, and it created a great deal of closure for me. I am so grateful that I can now celebrate Ace's entire life without feeling terrible about the end. I received his ashes in a beautiful wooden box, paw prints, and other various keepsakes from Lap of Love that I will always cherish."
Erin BreeneNewport Coast, California
". At 11:00am Dr. Jess of Lap of Love arrived at our home. When she saw Leo she started to talk to him in that special voice that we all reserve to use when speaking to our fur babies and even called him “Bubbas” as a term of endearment. We knew that the right person for us had been sent to us. We picked up Leo for the last time and gently place him on his large, round, furry cat bed and placed him on our bed between us, his favorite place to be - our favorite place to be. We had the window shades pulled down but for one allowing sunbeams to softly illuminate our bedroom. I had a vanilla CREAM scented wax cube melting to add to the ambiance of this moment. We kissed Leo through our tears as Dr. Jess calmly explained the steps we would all take together for Leo’s passing. At one point Dr. Jess used lavender (my favorite, how did she know?) oil to mix with her supplies and then she eventually told us that Leo had “made it.” He finally made his journey to The Rainbow Bridge to meet our other 3 Cream Maine Coon boys we lost suddenly in 2011. Dr. Jess took a paw print of Leo’s right paw (the one he would constantly use to touch me) and she trimmed a tuft of his fluffy fur from his glorious tail and a whisker, all for our keepsake of Leo. With tears and hugs we said good-bye to Dr.
Jess. Thank you Lap of Love and especially Dr. Jess for your light and compassion-you truly are an angel of mercy."
Liza RiosSanta Ana, California
"Dr. Hannah showed us such love and compassion in those final moments for Mr. Chance. We are forever grateful she took such sweet care of our baby boy. Blessed Lap Of Love exists, allowing our fur babies to cross the rainbow bridge at home."
Alice HaugMission Viejo, 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