PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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$425

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.

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 Eve, 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$225
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$300

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$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$225

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
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).

"Dr. Rachel was by far the Nicest most compassionate professional veterinarian I have ever met.. Her personality turned a situation with our beloved Moo for my boyfriend and I into more as if I was doing the right thing helped with my gut wrenching guilt of having to make that lonely terrible decision.. just her way from the start all the way through and when it was done helped me to not Fall apart with sadness I would recommend her to anybody. Best decision ever...my baby wasn't scared she was in back yard on her blanket she had since a kitten on a beautiful day in a quiet familiar surroundings.. she's now not in pain anymore or suffering we Thank you Dr. Burns wouldn't have done it any other way.."

Diana and Damian C.
Oakville, Connecticut

"Dr. Rachel was the kindest, most compassionate, and patient guide through Katie's final journey that I could have ever asked for, She provided Katie with the utmost comfort in her final moments along with providing support to myself and my other fur babies. She was so sweet and understanding as was the Lap of Love staff. Thank you for allowing me give Katie the peace she deserved in her final moments. I am forever grateful."

Sarah Doyle
Plainville, Connecticut

"She was so sweet and caring. She wouldn’t do anything until i was ready. She informed me of so much and confirmed i was doing the right thing. After he passed, she put him in a basket that was set up like a bed and tucked him in like the baby he was. My baby. I would recommend her to everyone."

Michelle Gaudreault
Hamden, Connecticut

"I will never be able to adequately thank Lap Of Love and Dr. Rachel Burns for the compassion she showed, the patience, the love and even the little bit of humor (we desperately needed). This is exactly the way I needed Jakes passing to be. At home, surrounded by family, on his own bed, in his favorite room and all of his familiar surroundings. I am empty right now and sad beyond words but I take so much comfort in knowing that he passed in that way. Thank you SO much!"

Sue Nelson
vernon, Connecticut

"It was such a hard decision to make. My poor dog had cancer and I couldn't let him suffer . Dr. Rachel was warm,caring ,patient and had the upmost concern for both my dog and myself in such a heartbreaking situation. She made it comfortable having this procedure done at home where my dog was not stressed or anxious. I cannot say enough or thank her enough for her kindness."

Diane Sword
Hamden, Connecticut

"Dr. Rachel was wonderful. She called us about 20 minutes before arriving. Once she got there we had already decided that Our Zoey was going to be euthanize outside at her favorite spot that she liked to sit. Dr. Rachel met Zoey and we talked for a bit. She was very caring and not pushy with lets get this done. She explained everything that she was going to do. Once we were ready she started the procedure. Our dog was very calm and not like she would have been if we did this at the Vets office. once Zoey was at peace, Dr. Rachel gave us all the time we wanted before taking her away. I feel she made this entire process very smooth for us as well as our dog. We highly recommend Lap of Love as well as Dr. Rachel.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

The Filintarakis Family."

Bill Filintarakis
New Britain, 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

  (860) 646-6134

Bolton Veterinary Hospital

  (203) 569-9070

Gentle Goodbye's Virtual and In-Person Grief Support Groups

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
“Muffin A.k.a Moo Moo you are gone but you will never be forgotten my baby girl.. we miss you so much! House and back yard are definitely Not the same without your presence.. I miss you running to my side when you heard the fridge door open knowing chicken or turkey was coming your way.. all your little butt shakes on cabinet door to show you we're ...
Diana and Damian C.
August 18, 2019
“One of the worst parts about losing a furry member of your family is that, unlike their biped counterparts, they don’t get an obituary, services, or the other traditional gestures to honor their life. So I’m going to do my bet to give my girl what she deserves here….

Princess Katherine (Katie) of the Ridiculous – October 2002 – August 11, 2019 ...
Sarah Doyle
August 12, 2019
“Yesterday i had to say goodbye to my baby and best friend Poopiekin Buns 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
I first saw him at central hospital in a cage in the lobby with his siblings 16 years ago. They were put in a box and left at the front door of the hospital the night before. Out of all his siblings, i chose him and filled out a form to adopt him ...
Michelle Gaudreault
August 3, 2019
“Jake, I hope you're running with all your friends who went before you. No more arthritis, no more tumors, your legs are now strong and you are forever young.
I will never forget you. I know you loved me and I hope you know I loved you and always will. See you again one day, my handsome boy.”
Sue Nelson
July 28, 2019
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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