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.
There may be a fee if addtional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
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.
My dog Odie was a rescue who weighed just one pound and fit in the palm of my hand when he arrived in my care. He was my snuggle buddy throughout vet school and together we made many road trips from Florida to Kansas and back. After Lap of Love helped my Odie boy on his final journey, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Lap of Love family.
I am a true Florida native, born and raised. I attended the University of Florida for undergrad and Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I returned home to Florida after vet school and spent nearly a decade in general practice helping furry friends and their families. I embarked on a new journey with Lap of Love and strive to give every family the peace and comfort that my family and I experienced with Odie’s passing. I know how precious life is and the opportunity to help others is an extraordinary honor.
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
"Dr. Kimberly was amazing and very caring to us and our precious Stew"
Karen SweeneyLoxahatchee, Florida
"Dear Dr. Jessica,
Thank you so much for all your caring, you truly are an angel. Yesterday was one of the hardest days in my life to loose my beautiful Domino. My heart is so broken. I just want you to know that you made saying goodbye less painful. You wrapped our beautiful Domino in a soft blanket that I know he would have just loved. You treated him with such tenderness and care. I am forever grateful.
With Love: Janice Scott, Bella and most of all Domino"
Janice SchiffCoral Springs, Browa, Florida
"Thank you so very much for your kindness, patience and compassion. Your guidance and assurance put our hearts at ease. and made the transition a peaceful, loving experience. Thank you so much for being wonderful.
So raise a glass to our dear, little Tula...God knows she'd be drinking out of yours if she could!
We miss you terribly, Tula-flower."
Carrie StrattonWeston, Florida
"Dr. Jessica was warm and compassionate during one of the hardest moments of our lives. She provided comfort and space during the right times. Thank you for helping us through that process of sending our girl to the rainbow. Our Sandie will be missed and she is loved forever. We will remember you Dr. Jessica <3"
Lauren KalpakianTamarac, Florida
"Dr. Tiffany was very patient, caring and understanding. Took her time according to how I was. Very gentle with my Katie. And thoughtful with me."
Nikki HerreroPalm City, Florida
"We would like to thank Lap of Love and Dr. Matt. From the moment we called about our dog, Murphy, we received nothing but concern and compassion. Dr. Matt arrived early on a Saturday morning. He was gentle, respectful, and allowed us to be as involved as we wanted to be. In what was clearly an emotional time, Dr. Matt briefed us on what to expect and gave us room to grieve and to say goodbye. We are grateful for the level of care that Murphy -- and we -- received, and we feel great comfort in knowing that Murphy was in excellent hands and is able to truly rest in peace."
Kevin LoudOakland Park, 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
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice49 N. Federal Hwy #170Pompano Beach, FL 33062
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Mary Gardner