Hartford & New Haven Areas

  (860) 840-2122

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$450

Includes a brief 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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL FEES

There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER SPECIES

Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$250
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$250

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 in their private pet cemetery located in Foxboro, MA. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.

Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet The Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Meghan

Meghan Danby

I am originally from Mahopac, New York in Putnam County. I realized early on that my family was not just my parents and my two human brothers, but also our pets. I viewed the dog and several cats we had around the house as family members, too. I started giving my very sweet and patient furry family members “exams” after seeing them cared for by our local veterinarians, so it came as no surprise to my family when I decided that I wanted to be a veterinarian as I was entering grade school.

I worked hard through my early education to earn grades good enough to enter school, while training with the veterinarians who cared for my own family members. I graduated from St. George’s University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, and began practicing in Everett, Washington before moving back home to the east coast to be closer to my family. I have been fortunate to have helped many families to get their pets well, and also to cross over the rainbow bridge when the time came. I have even helped my own furry family members through illness and eventually to pass peacefully in our house.  The loss of my beloved cat Alonzo inspired me to want to help other families say goodbye in a peaceful setting.  Saying goodbye to my baby in the place he and I felt most comfortable really made me appreciate how special it is to help our family members pass on with peace and dignity in their homes surrounded by loved ones.

In my free time, I love hiking and keeping flowers and herbs year-round for cooking. On my days off I am usually reading a good book with my cats and dogs nearby, as they are always waiting for a scratch or some treats from mom. In addition to sharing my home with my husband and daughter I have two cats, Biscuit and Fry, and two dogs, Reggie and Bear, who make my family complete. 

Dr. Rachel

Rachel Burns

Growing up in eastern Ohio, I was encouraged to explore and appreciate the natural world at a young age. I played with insects, collected rocks, raised ducklings and pressed flowers. It was far from a surprise when I majored in Zoology at The Ohio State University, where I found myself repeatedly drawn to learning about human and animal interactions, especially when it came to the emotional bond between people and their pets. I decided that this was how I wanted to contribute to a better world - by caring for companion animals that bring happiness and so much more to the humans who love them. 

I attended Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts and upon graduating, I worked as a small animal general practitioner in Portland, Oregon for several years before moving back to the east coast. During those years, I learned a lot about myself as a person and more importantly as a doctor. I learned so much about the aspect of quality of life and about how to help families better understand it. I believe in the importance of the human-animal bond and the power it has to change lives. At Lap of Love, I am excited to have the opportunity to help owners care for their pets in the face of chronic or terminal illness. I want to keep that sacred bond strong so that it can be fondly remembered when it is finally time to say goodbye. We all want our furry (or feathered or scaled) loved ones to be happy and comfortable until the end. It is my honor to be able to strive for that every day as a Lap of Love veterinarian. 

When not working, I love exploring new hiking trails, running, painting like no one is watching, and spending time with friends and family. I enjoy a good pun and would rather write by hand than type. On a nice day, I can often be found in the back yard with my two hens (Hillary and Camilla) and I am joined indoors by my guinea pigs (Piggy Smalls and Gil), parakeets (Marvin and Francesca) and hermit crab (Indiana Jones).

About Meghan Danby

I am originally from Mahopac, New York in Putnam County. I realized early on that my family was not just my parents and my two human brothers, but also our pets. I viewed the dog and several cats we had around the house as family members, too. I started giving my very sweet and patient furry family members “exams” after seeing them cared for by our local veterinarians, so it came as no surprise to my family when I decided that I wanted to be a veterinarian as I was entering grade school.

I worked hard through my early education to earn grades good enough to enter school, while training with the veterinarians who cared for my own family members. I graduated from St. George’s University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, and began practicing in Everett, Washington before moving back home to the east coast to be closer to my family. I have been fortunate to have helped many families to get their pets well, and also to cross over the rainbow bridge when the time came. I have even helped my own furry family members through illness and eventually to pass peacefully in our house.  The loss of my beloved cat Alonzo inspired me to want to help other families say goodbye in a peaceful setting.  Saying goodbye to my baby in the place he and I felt most comfortable really made me appreciate how special it is to help our family members pass on with peace and dignity in their homes surrounded by loved ones.

In my free time, I love hiking and keeping flowers and herbs year-round for cooking. On my days off I am usually reading a good book with my cats and dogs nearby, as they are always waiting for a scratch or some treats from mom. In addition to sharing my home with my husband and daughter I have two cats, Biscuit and Fry, and two dogs, Reggie and Bear, who make my family complete. 

"Thank you so much do Dr. Rachel for being so patient and helping us be at ease during this whole thing."

Kristin Cruz
Southington, Connecticut

"Dr Rebecca Burns was professional and down to earth.. handled the situation well and put our boy down smoothly.. couldn’t of asked for a better experience."

Hershey Bowns
Naugatuck, Connecticut

"Never having used Lap of Love services previously, we did not know what to expect. Dr. Burns arrived at our home, and immediately put us at ease with her kindness, compassion and caring actions. She explained everything to us, spoke to our big boy in soft calming tones, and when we were ready, we sent our Ozzie man over the Rainbow Bridge to run with his packmates. Dr. Burns compassion was of great comfort to us in such a stressful time. Thank you Dr. Burns, from the bottom of our hearts, from all of us at the ranch. Shari, Frank, Katie, Emma, and Kona...."

Frank Bugaj
HADDAM, Connecticut

"Our sweet Sadie was suffering with a brain tumor. We didn’t want to bring her to a strange metal room as her last memory, so we invited Lap of Love into our home. From the moment I called to schedule our appointment, I knew Sadie would be in good hands. The care coordinator was so kind and understanding. We gave Sadie a nice juicy steak and all the snuggles before Dr. Rachel arrived at our home. She was so compassionate and made sure we were ready before proceeding with each step. She got to know our family and even had us laughing on such a terrible day. She also welcomed that we have our other dog present. She gave us time alone with Sadie and respected all of us every step of the way. I would recommend Lap of Love (and Dr. Rachel specifically!) to anyone who is ready to have their pets cross the rainbow bridge with dignity. Thank you with all of our hearts."

Tyler & Creya Casale
Enfield, Connecticut

"I discovered Lap of Love in a desperate search for a home service so our kitty, Lynx, did not have to spend his last moments in an unfamiliar place. Dr. Rachel made the process as peaceful and serene as it could have been and our "big boy" was able to spend his last moments on his favorite bench outside in the sun where he loved to be. I'm am truly devastated by his passing but it was a good as an end could be thanks to Lap of Love and Dr. Rachel."

Darlene Scirpo
Chester, Connecticut

"Dr. Burns is an exceptional person. Putting my baby down was the hardest thing I have ever done. Dr. Burns was so kind, patient and compassionate. I would recommend this extraordinary Dr, to anyone , and everyone, who has a fur baby. Thank you Dr. Burns, you will always be in my Heart..God Bless.."

Kay Bartalotta
Meriden, Connecticut

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (860) 236-3273

Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut Pet Loss Support Group

  (860) 347-8387

Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center

  (860) 205-8584

Andrea Seader, Association of Pet Loss & Bereavement Certified Pet Bereavement Counselor

  (203) 679-0849

Soul Friends, Animal Assisted Child and Adolescent Therapy

  (860) 646-6134

Bolton Veterinary Hospital

  (203) 865-0878

Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine - New Haven

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Hartford and New Haven areas. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a $30-$100 travel fee based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“One of my favorite memories of our dear Luna was when was younger she accidentally wrapped around our fire pit that was in storage. She scared herself and started running around the parking lot, dragging the whole thing with her. She was the sweetest dog you’d ever meet. Truly unforgettable personality and love. We love you forever Luna.”
Kristin Cruz
October 29, 2020
“Hershey , we are heartbroken. You were the best dog ever.. kind and such a gentle soul. We miss so much about you but knew it was your time.. hope your days are better now.. until we meet again..💔”
Hershey Bowns
October 2, 2020
“You will always be in my heart. You were my best friend and have been there with me through life’s most difficult challenges. I will never be able to thank God enough for teaching and showing me what unconditional love means. I will never forget all the moments you made me smile and laugh. The times when I wanted to hug you and kiss you so much I ...
Jill Portera
August 1, 2020
“Oh my little Lucky! How blessed Poppy and I were to have you in our lives. I remember the first time I saw your picture and I knew that you would become a member of our little family. You stole my heart and even though you came into our lives for a short time, the happiness and joy you brought us was tremendous. You are my sunshine, my only ...
Angela Corentin
July 23, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 2087
Meriden, Connecticut 06450

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