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 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. Lolly

Lolly Limmer

Starting life in upstate New York, I was constantly fishing, hiking, catching insects, and rescuing local animals with my father. My mother, a nurse, nurtured my love of medicine and animals by helping me volunteer at a local head injury unit and two local animal shelters. I also worked every spare second at my father’s friend’s exotic pet store, where I cared for a multitude of birds, reptiles, and mammals. Unlike other veterinarians however, I didn’t realize my true calling until after trying my hand in arts and languages, and ultimately feeling that something was missing. After returning from studying abroad in Japan, I spoke with my Buddhism professor and we agreed my future lay in science and helping animals.

After deciding that living abroad was something I wanted to experience more, I went to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies, followed by clinical rotations at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Honing my love of travel, upon graduation, I drove cross-country with all my pets to try my hand as an emergency veterinarian in Northern California before ultimately settling down as a vaccine clinic and general practice veterinarian in Connecticut. My different experiences in various types of practices showed me that I want to be present and available for families in their time of need; a guiding hand during one of their hardest moments. I care for each animal so deeply and aim to give them comfort and relief despite their advanced illness or age. I am honored to provide this serene guidance in their final moments. 

In my free time, I enjoy taking a variety of online courses, reading, painting, crafting, and volunteering to feed the homeless of Hartford, as well as spending as much time as possible with my 2 godchildren. I have a busy household that takes up my remaining time as I care for my 6 cats, 3 ferrets, and my teacup chihuahua, Pippi. 

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 Lolly Limmer

Starting life in upstate New York, I was constantly fishing, hiking, catching insects, and rescuing local animals with my father. My mother, a nurse, nurtured my love of medicine and animals by helping me volunteer at a local head injury unit and two local animal shelters. I also worked every spare second at my father’s friend’s exotic pet store, where I cared for a multitude of birds, reptiles, and mammals. Unlike other veterinarians however, I didn’t realize my true calling until after trying my hand in arts and languages, and ultimately feeling that something was missing. After returning from studying abroad in Japan, I spoke with my Buddhism professor and we agreed my future lay in science and helping animals.

After deciding that living abroad was something I wanted to experience more, I went to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies, followed by clinical rotations at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Honing my love of travel, upon graduation, I drove cross-country with all my pets to try my hand as an emergency veterinarian in Northern California before ultimately settling down as a vaccine clinic and general practice veterinarian in Connecticut. My different experiences in various types of practices showed me that I want to be present and available for families in their time of need; a guiding hand during one of their hardest moments. I care for each animal so deeply and aim to give them comfort and relief despite their advanced illness or age. I am honored to provide this serene guidance in their final moments. 

In my free time, I enjoy taking a variety of online courses, reading, painting, crafting, and volunteering to feed the homeless of Hartford, as well as spending as much time as possible with my 2 godchildren. I have a busy household that takes up my remaining time as I care for my 6 cats, 3 ferrets, and my teacup chihuahua, Pippi. 

"Meghan,

Losing Jack was very hard. Thank you for your support, professional manner and caring at the end of his life. Even though it was one of the hardest things we had to do, you made the situation more bearable. Thank you again and we highly recommend you to anyone who is in need of your service."

Reggie Ouellette
Meriden, Connecticut

"I’m so grateful that I was able to put my sweet girl to rest at home. Dr. Rachel was kind, compassionate and respectful which made the process much easier. My Gracie was comfortable and without stress, best possible scenario for such a difficult time."

Jo Topshe
Southington, Connecticut

"I sadly had to say goodbye to my sweet Clover yesterday and was assisted by Dr Rachel. I couldn't be more grateful for the compassionate care she provided to me and the family during the hardest day of my life. She was patient, calm, thorough and I believe, an angel sent to help us through this difficult process. Clover was surrounded by her family and favorite things and that gave me great comfort. I will recommend this service to anyone going through this heartbreaking transition. Thank you for all you do!"

JULIE RYDER
New Haven, Connecticut

"We want to extend our sincerest appreciation to Lap of Love. Our fur baby, Chiquis gave us thirteen amazing years. She was just 9 pounds but she had such a large personality. She started to decline in health and towards the end, watching Chiquis decline in health and experience pain was agonizing. I was already unsettled about the thought of putting her to sleep, but the thought of doing it in a cold clinical environment with just one family member just alarmed me. I wanted her last moments to be with the people who loved her and in the place she was most at peace, our home.

When we called Lap of Love and spoke to Shelly, I knew that we were in the right hands. She arranged for Dr. Meghan to come help us, help Chiquis. I can't say enough about how Dr. Meghan took the time to explain what she would be doing. She allowed us to take our time. She accommodated our need to have our family present and while this was an extremely difficult time for us, she somehow got us talking about Chiquis which made us talk about her and we even managed to laugh. Thank you Dr. Meghan for what you have given Chiquis and our family. We will never forget your kindness."

Yvette Bello
Hartford, Connecticut

"We want to extend our sincerest appreciation to Lap of Love. Our fur baby, Chiquis gave us thirteen amazing years. She was just 9 pounds but she had such a large personality. She started to decline in health and towards the end, watching Chiquis decline in health and experience pain was agonizing. I was already unsettled about the thought of putting her to sleep, but the thought of doing it in a cold clinical environment with just one family member just alarmed me. I wanted her last moments to be with the people who loved her and in the place she was most at peace, our home.

When we called Lap of Love and spoke to Shelly, I knew that we were in the right hands. She arranged for Dr. Meghan to come help us, help Chiquis. I can't say enough about how Dr. Meghan took the time to explain what she would be doing. She allowed us to take our time. She accommodated our need to have our family present and while this was an extremely difficult time for us, she somehow got us talking about Chiquis which made us talk about her and we even managed to laugh. Thank you Dr. Meghan for what you have given Chiquis and our family. We will never forget your kindness."

Yvette Bello
Hartford, Connecticut

"We want to extend our sincerest appreciation to Lap of Love. Our fur baby, Chiquis gave us thirteen amazing years. She was just 9 pounds but she had such a large personality. She started to decline in health and towards the end, watching Chiquis decline in health and experience pain was agonizing. I was already unsettled about the thought of putting her to sleep, but the thought of doing it in a cold clinical environment with just one family member just alarmed me. I wanted her last moments to be with the people who loved her and in the place she was most at peace, our home.

When we called Lap of Love and spoke to Shelly, I knew that we were in the right hands. She arranged for Dr. Meghan to come help us, help Chiquis. I can't say enough about how Dr. Meghan took the time to explain what she would be doing. She allowed us to take our time. She accommodated our need to have our family present and while this was an extremely difficult time for us, she somehow got us talking about Chiquis which made us talk about her and we even managed to laugh. Thank you Dr. Meghan for what you have given Chiquis and our family. We will never forget your kindness."

Yvette Bello
Hartford, 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
“My best friend for 11+ years, my road trip buddy, hiking buddy, work from home partner all through the pandemic. I hope you know how much I love you, I will miss you more than I can ever express. I will miss our daily walks, our daily talks, your kisses, your smiling face, waking up to the sound of your wagging tail every morning. My sweet, ...
Jo Topshe
January 8, 2021
“Chiquis was born on July 11, 2007. Not long after she joined our family, she became such an important part of our lives. She was a constant comforting presence in our home. She was with us during all of our ups and downs. She was so special. She was gentle with small kids and in her way taught them kindness. She was a mom of three litters and ...
Yvette Bello
December 10, 2020
“Rest In Peace my little Buddy.”
Geri Daly
December 6, 2020
“Alden...Aldie...baby boy. You are forever our first baby who will never leave our hearts. You have us so much love and happiness that even our short time with us will last us our whole lives. We will never forget your soft fur, your cuddles and your warming purrs and meows. We are sending you all the love in the world over that Rainbow Bridge ♥️”
Bryanna Novak-Rich
November 16, 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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