South Florida - Broward & Palm Beach Counties
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
Includes a brief consultation by the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, peaceful 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.
Includes an examination by the veterinarian 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.
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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.
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 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 for an additional fee.
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 by the crematory.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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.
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!
My first pet as a little boy was a long-haired guinea pig named Bogie. We had hamsters in the past, but this was our first pet that was all mine, and I loved him. So when Bogie got sick and soon passed, I was devastated. I did not agree with my friends’ suggestions to “just get another,” because there was no other Bogie, and he was gone. It was really at this point that I realized I was meant to be a veterinarian.
Years later in 2010, I proudly graduated from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Having worked all over the country, I now find myself back where I grew up, in Broward County. The place that has always been home to me. I’ll never forget the memories that Bogie and I shared, and what he meant to me. In joining Lap of Love, I am truly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to help people and their loved ones in their greatest time of need. We can never replace our beloved furry friends, but we can give them the loving gifts of comfortable end of life care and a peaceful passing.
Growing up in rural Oklahoma I had many pets, some of which included dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, and even pigs. I spent nearly all my time with them or reading about them and when I was only five years old I told my parents that I wanted to be a veterinarian.
For my 16th birthday I got a Dalmatian puppy named Molly. Molly was my baby, and she was with me through high school, undergraduate college, and vet school. During my final year of vet school though, Molly became ill with chronic liver disease and 2 days after graduation I had to make the decision to let her go. This was my first time having to make that decision and while it was very difficult I was thankful that I was able to give Molly the gift of ending her pain.
Throughout the past 9 years while working as a Veterinarian, I have helped many people say goodbye to their babies and I feel privileged to have been able to give them a peaceful and loving last memory.
I was born in Maine and have lived there most of my life, where I enjoyed the serenity and cooler climate surrounded by natural beauty. I was inspired to become a veterinarian by my dear friend and mentor - one of only two women in her veterinary class at Cornell - but it took me a while to forge my path into the veterinary field. After raising a family, I finally got up the courage to go after my dreams and with the support of my family, I pursued veterinary school. I graduated in 2010 from the University of Edinburgh and practiced veterinary medicine in Maine primarily for farm animals and horses, along with family pets. In 2015, my husband was offered a position in sunny south Florida so we packed up our sweaters and stocked up on shorts and sandals!
Although I've committed my career to helping pets, I cannot circumvent the inevitable loss of my own pets. I have experienced the devastating loss of three amazing dogs throughout the years. In May 2016, I had to euthanize my 14-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Emma, who finally lost her battle to heart disease. I called her “my sweet girl”. I rescued her six years ago and she really was the sweetest dog I have ever known. In January 2015, the year before losing Emma, I had to make the decision to euthanize Tugnutt (Tug) who was my best friend. Tug was born on our small farm in Maine and he and his mom, Crickett, moved with us to Scotland, where I went to veterinary school. My husband and I used to joke that their bark had acquired a Scottish accent. Before moving back to Maine in 2010, we lost Crickett, our very opinionated fourteen-year-old Springer Spaniel. Her joints and her spirit had finally worn out.
I understand how hard it is to watch your pet grow old and how difficult it is to make that final decision. Every day I watched and evaluated them trying to reach that balance of not waiting too long and having them suffer needlessly and enjoying every moment as long as they had quality in their lives. I feel lucky that I was able to say my goodbyes at home in a very personal way that I know celebrated their specials lives. I have found it rewarding to help families make that difficult decision and help them through the process.
I grew up in California and Arizona. Along the way, I connected with many creatures, large and small, and they have been a core part of my life. Since I was old enough to walk, I played by butting heads with my goat Willie, rode horses with joy, and sneaked around the forest to catch a glimpse of wild deer. I even found a "secret" place for a new kitten amongst my stuffed animals so I could keep her inside the house. As a child, most of my conversations revolved around how my friends’ pets were doing.
I formed a strong bond with my childhood dog, Katie Mae. She was a Labrador/Husky mix who sang beautifully with the coyotes at night and befriended my guinea pig, Skittles, who shared veggies with her. We took care of each other for ten amazing years. When, Katie suffered from a systemic infection beyond treatment, it crushed me. I have endured the loss of many beloved companions over the course of my life, and deeply understand the strong the connection between an animal and a human.
It was inevitable that I would take the Veterinarian's oath to help animals, to prevent and relieve their suffering. So, I proudly graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine after doing my clinical rotations at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. I then went on to gain experience through general practice. Now, it is my desire to support and connect with people and their beloved animals alike. Through providing in-home hospice and peaceful transitions, I achieve this goal. For me, it is a beautiful thing to offer comfort and guidance to people during their most challenging and selfless gift to their furry family members.
Growing up as an only child, I found my brother in a cat named Smokey. Smokey would ride in my doll stroller as I pushed him on walks. He didn’t leave my side when I was sick, always there to comfort me. Then he was my protective older brother always sitting between me and the boyfriend during the teenage years. Smokey was with me for 22 wonderful years. Through him, I discovered the strength of the bond between humans and their devoted pets.
I knew, even back then, that my life needed to be dedicated to the preservation of this bond. Since then I have shared this special bond with my other cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, rabbits, and even fish. Each one of these wonderful creatures shared the same bond with me in their own unique way and deserve the same merit. I then learned eventually, this bond must be shared beyond this world, and that I could help others make the difficult journey with dignity and respect, honoring the love that they shared with their “Smokey”.
My heart goes out to those who are near the end of their earthly journey with their pets, whatever species they call their friend, and I hope to help preserve those precious memories and ease their transition.
The day my parents brought me home from the hospital for the very first time, the first thing my dad did was to lay me down next to our family dog, Chief. For years after, Chief and I shared many a boyhood adventure and even shared the doghouse from time to time when I was in trouble. Chief taught me many things about the special relationship, that makes an “animal” a companion. Losing him was my first experience with the loss of a cherished companion. I remember my dad comforting me, knowing the right things to say as a dad should.
Throughout my career as a veterinarian, I have been faced with several end of life decisions both at work and in my personal life as my wonderful pets have lived and gone. Each experience helps me to better understand what my dad started all those years ago. My aspiration is to pass along some of these comforting words to those who have these special companions as part of their lives. The end of life decisions are very emotional, but we have the opportunity to show true compassion when our pets need it most and provide them a peaceful transition and honor their memory.
I hope that as each person who experiences this loss knows that our sympathies are with them. “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”
Jordan Taheri, DVM
"The decision to put down my Tigger was by far the most difficult decision I've ever had to make. Having been a member of the family for 17 1/2 years, my wish was to send him off in the most loving, comfortable and peaceful way possible. Enter Lap of Love. From the first phone call I made where I fought to speak through tears for several minutes, the comforting voices on the other end assured me that I was in a safe and loving environment.
Yesterday, I held my baby as Dr. Taheri gently explained how the process would work. His tone was extremely comforting and my family and I didn't feel rushed in the slightest. His demeanor made the absolutely heart-wrenching process just a bit easier to bear.
I'd absolutely recommend Dr. Taheri and Lap of Love to anyone looking to ensure that their beloved fur baby passes to the other side in the most loving way possible. I can't thank them enough."
CHRISTINA FLORENCECoconut Creek, Florida
"Dr. Jordan Taheri was most wonderful. He was so considerate of Kano and myself. He allowed us all the time we needed before and after. He drove around to the back of our apartment building so as we could say goodbye in the privacy of our back yard, in the grass, where Kano loved being and had been for days as he was throwing up a lot and wanted to go outside to do so and other situations he was dealing with. So laying there in the grass he performed the procedure. The sky was amazing. Dr. Jordan also was thoughtful enough to pull his truck up to Kano so any neighbors wouldn't see and we had our continued privacy and peacefulness. It was an absolutely awesome way to handle this horribly difficult experience."
Cindy GravesDania Beach, Florida
"My sweet Christmas came into my life 18 years ago. My mother rescued him from our local Humane Society as a gift for Christmas in 2000. He was only 4 months old. Needless to say, I feel like I spent a lifetime with him as he was by my side through many ups and downs and phases of life. My grief is still raw, and it's difficult to document anything so soon after his passing, but I feel it's important to let Lap of Love and anyone reading this testimonial know how grateful I am for Dr. Jordan's help a few days ago. As Christmas' health rapidly started to decline around the Thanksgiving holiday, it was becoming painfully clear to me and my husband that this time around he was not going to turn that corner to a better quality of life. Making the decision to help him on his way to avoid a more painful and tragic ending was excruciating for the both of us. However, the evening that I shared with my family what I thought was the best decision to make for Christmas, a family member shared with me that a friend of his had used Lap of Love for the passing of her dog. After reading many reviews and consulting with our primary veterinarian, it seemed that if all went as well as documented by others, this would be the best gift that we could give to our sweet companion. I am so pleased to be able to say that Dr. Jordan made this experience go as peacefully as I hoped that it would. Lying on his favorite "nester" bed, in his favorite spot of our patio with the sun shining down on his face, Christmas was able to pass very peacefully with his family by his side. He showed no signs of fear, anxiousness or nervousness as Dr. Jordan sat on the ground with us to gently do the things he needed to do to assist Christmas. I could not have imagined a more peaceful and gentle way to have passed for him. From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful to Dr. Jordan for his compassion, professionalism and kindness throughout this process. Thank you Lap of Love."
"Kimberly instantly put our family at ease when she arrived- her kind demeanor and professional approach gave us what we needed in this time of grief. She assured us that we made the best decision for the happiness and comfort of our pet and talked us through the process with love and patience. Thank you Kimberly, we appreciate you very much."
"When our beloved cat, Skampy, was nearing the end of his life, we decided to try an at-home euthanasia service, since it had always been so stressful for him to be put in a carrier and taken to the vets. Our vet had recommended Lap of Love and they were absolutely wonderful! The day came sooner than we thought it would, and when I called on somewhat of an emergency basis, thankfully Tiffany was able to schedule us that very same morning. She was so sympathetic and reassuring throughout my tearful conversation with her, and that was my first positive experience with Lap of Love.
l can't say enough great things about Dr. Jordan and the way he handled the whole situation, but the best part was that he was so discreet that Skampy (who is afraid of strangers) never even knew that he was there, and therefore was completely calm throughout the procedure. That alone was the best thing we could have hoped for. Dr. Jordan was empathetic, listened to everything I had to say, letting me take as much time as I needed, and explained everything that he would be doing and what to expect.
I will forever be grateful to Dr. Jordan, Tiffany and Lap of Love for the care they provided for us. They made a heartbreaking decision for us so much more bearable. Over the next few days, Dr. Jordan followed up with an informative email and a handwritten sympathy card, both of which were much appreciated.
We would highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone considering doing this in the comfort of their own home. They are compassionate in providing an invaluable service for pet owners, and I am so thankful that they were there for us when we needed them."
Lea LongerbeamOakland Park, Florida
"Dr. Jordan was very kind and compassionate. He gave us as much time as we needed, explaining every step. Saying goodbye was unbearable and having Dr. Jordan there to help us through this difficult time was comforting. We will forever be thankful that he helped our baby boy go peacefully."
Natascha AmbrePembroke Pines, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Coral Springs Animal Hospital has monthly support meetings
Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists - West Palm Beach
(855) 738 - 5677
Lawrence Kaufman, LMFT
Coral Springs Animal Hospital
Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Palm Beach Gardens
Helping families in the following areas:
Palm Beach County
North county only - call for details
To make the experience as peacful 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.
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice49 N. Federal Hwy #170Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Steve Dale Interview: Mary Gardner - Lap of Love
The Associated Press: Hospice Care Offered to Ill Pets, Grieving Owners
The New York Times: All Dogs May Go To Heave. These Days, Some May go to Hospice
Sun Sentinel: Dr. Mary Gardner interview on Pet Hospice
April Claxton Radio Interview: The Movement Within
Sun Sentinel: Aging Pets: Dogs (and Cats) are Having Their Day
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Mary Gardner