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 Doctor

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

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 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).

"My cat was 17..almost 18. She had been diagnosed with cancer almost 3 years ago. Her prognosis wasn’t good and she was certainly not expected to live more than a year. But here we were..3 years later. Within a day or two, she became extremely ill and I knew it was time. Her vet, was not allowing clients in due to Covid. There was no way I was dropping her off to be euthanized. So my vet recommended several at-home pet euthanasia services. After reading up on the website I decided to give Lap of Love a call. The woman on the phone was respectful and very kind. I knew I had made the right choice. When Dr. . Rachel Burns came to my house she was very sincere and empathetic. She walked me through the entire process in detail and allowed me to ask as many questions as I wanted to. She never rushed me and never made me feel uneasy. When the procedure started I completely melted down. Dr. Rachel took over in making sure My cat felt secure and loved. She didn’t go alone, but went in the arm of and pets of Dr. Rachel. When she has passed, she was placed in a lovely basket with a pillow for her head and blanket underneath her and a blanket over her. She looked so peaceful and cute. I got to pet her and kiss her goodbye. It was almost as if she was just sleeping. She was pain free and in the arms of Jesus. I want to thank Lap of Love for what they do, especially during Covid. I can’t thank your company and Dr. Burns enough. I will and have already begun to tell everyone I know about Lap of Love and Dr. Burns. If you have any doubt in your mind wether or not to put your pet down at your local vet, I can assure you that Lap of Love can do a better job."

Jill Portera
Bristol, Connecticut

"Dr. Burns was just wonderful. From the moment she came in until the time she left, she was nothing but compassionate, loving and kind. She was so gentle with our Lucky. I felt very comfortable with her. You could just tell that she loves animals and is a very special person. We were so pleased with her!"

Angela Corentin
Lebanon, Connecticut

"Putting a family member to rest is never an easy decision especially during a pandemic; however, when stumbling upon Lap of Love I felt more at ease after speaking with an associate. They were very kind and compassionate knowing the decision you are making is one of the hardest decisions you have to make throughout your life.

When Dr. Burns came to our home she took the time to get to know our beloved 13 1/2 year old Pitbull Blaze. She was very compassionate, genuine, and sensitive towards are feelings. She was very respectful and didn’t rush anything she instead took her time to make the last few moments we had with our blaze to be special. The best part was we were able to spend the last few moments at home with our forever cherished Boo Bear. Dr. Burns was very professional and I would highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Burns to anyone who is going through a difficult time. She made me feel like I was doing the right thing and helping Blaze from no longer suffering.

Thank you Dr. Burns and Lap of Love. I am forever grateful."

Nicole McKeon
Kensington, Connecticut

"Putting a family member to rest is never an easy decision especially during a pandemic; however, when stumbling upon Lap of Love I felt more at ease after speaking with an associate. They were very kind and compassionate knowing the decision you are making is one of the hardest decisions you have to make throughout your life.

When Dr. Burns came to our home she took the time to get to know our beloved 13 1/2 year old Pitbull Blaze. She was very compassionate, genuine, and sensitive towards are feelings. She was very respectful and didn’t rush anything she instead took her time to make the last few moments we had with our blaze to be special. The best part was we were able to spend the last few moments at home with our forever cherished Boo Bear. Dr. Burns was very professional and I would highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Burns to anyone who is going through a difficult time. She made me feel like I was doing the right thing and helping Blaze from no longer suffering.

Thank you Dr. Burns and Lap of Love. I am forever grateful."

Nicole McKeon
Kensington, Connecticut

"Dr Rachel turned one of the toughest days of our lives into one that we could bear. She was compassionate, kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable. Dasher, my 13.5 year old golden was doing great - until he wasn't. He made it clear that he was ready, but, due to COVID, our regular vet was not available. The thought of not being with my best friend through this process was unimaginable to me, and we needed a solution whereby I could be with him, and ideally my son and significant other as well. Rachel Burns to the rescue. Dash was out on our favorite spot on the lawn, we were all masked but able to be with him, pet him and love on him while he rested comfortably with his people. Dr Burns was appropriately respectful, affectionate and loving toward Dash and informative without being insensitive. She did a pawprint and trimmed a lock of his hair. She was truly a gift to us during a horrific time. Dasher went peacefully and then he was laid, cuddled up in a blanket, in the back of Dr Burns' car. He almost looked like he was just going for a ride. I will be forever grateful for this experience and her service, as it made a difficult day as easy as it could be. I am going to recommend Lap of Love to everyone I know....this is a wonderful and very needed service. Dr. Rachel, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

Stephanie Stone
Windsor, Connecticut

"Facing the decision of putting your pet down is never an easy one. We contacted Lap Of Love for our dog, Brady.

We loved her for 15 years, she gave us so much joy and unconditional love. Dr. Rachel Burns came to the house and what a peaceful and respectful experience for something we were dreading. I cannot say enough of this organization. I appreciate you all and all that you did for our family. RIP Brady xoxoxo"

Tina Caron
Chester, 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
“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
“It is with a heavy heart and incredible sadness that I had to say goodbye to my best friend Blaze aka Boo Bear. The decision made was one of the hardest of my life as I never wanted to let go of such a bond we had, but I could no longer see you suffer. Mentally I knew you were still a pup pup, but physically the damage couldn’t be repaired. I knew ...
Nicole McKeon
July 22, 2020
“Well, it's final. My sweet Thor began his journey on the rainbow bridge on an appropriate stormy evening.
I was fortunate to be there when he was born and 13 years and 15 days later he passed peacefully at home in my arms.
I was so privileged to have him in my life. Thor was wonderful with the kids. He was a wonderful brother to Artemis and ...
Jessie Bouclier
June 12, 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

Lap Of Love Locations
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin