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.
Jordan Taheri, DVM
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.
Tiffany Matheson, DVM
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.
Julie Greenlaw, BVMS
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.
Kimberly Moen, DVM
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.
Amanda Grant, DVM
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.
Kim Simons, DVM
What do you want to be when you grow up? A veterinarian of course. I always knew that was my calling. I graduated in 1997 from University of Miami with a bachelor in science and a minor in psychology and chemistry and then pursued veterinary school at the University of Florida and graduated in 2001. I still enjoy my work especially the wonderful relationships I develop with loving pet owners and their pets. After losing my Doberman Lizzy, my life changed. I still miss her to this day. Now my focus in veterinary medicine is providing end of life care for our beloved animal companions. This stage of life is so emotional for us as pet owners and trying for our pets as well. I am comforted knowing I can provide a peaceful transition for our beloved companions and provide some support for the grieving family.
Matt Renaker, DVM
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.”
Robyn Baldwin, DVM
I have been a pet owner my entire life. I got my first pet, a loveable “Benji-type” mutt, when I was just a year old. We grew up together, and he lived until I was in college. In my first year of vet school, I bottle-fed and hand raised a litter of 5-day-old kittens. From this litter, I kept an adorable tabby named Mitzi. She went with me to class every day, either staying on her leash or sitting on my shoulder when she was not sleeping on the chair next to me. She was a special part of my life throughout vet school and in the early part of my veterinary career. The day that she died was one of the hardest days of my life.
I continue to keep a menagerie of pets, all of whom seem to find me. I have raised several litters of orphan kittens (and always wind up keeping one). My sweetest dog Velle was found by on of my hospital staff members. Velle gave me those eyes that said, “Won’t you please take me home?” She provided my husband, my children, and myself 15 years of treasured companionship. Towards the end, she had an ongoing list of medical issues, and the decision to have her euthanized was not an easy one for any of us.
I feel very fortunate to have chosen a profession that allows me to provide euthanasia as a beneficial service for pets and their owners. To me, the ability to end a pet’s suffering is a blessing. It is never easy, but is one of the most important services that I can offer. Being able to provide this in the pet’s own home is an additional blessing.
Laura Allison, DVM
AND EVER HAS IT BEEN THAT LOVE KNOWS NOT ITS OWN DEPTH UNTIL THE HOUR OF SEPARATION -Khalil Gibran This passage is so true that I placed it on the memorial cards I sent to friends and family when Raisin, my Chocolate Labrador, passed away. To this day, I feel the depth of loneliness without her. It is for this reason that I am a Lap of Love veterinarian. To be called upon in a family’s time of need and share the passing of a beloved pet is a sacred experience and one that I am honored to be part of. My love and devotion to animals started at the age of 2 when baby robins were born outside my window and I witnessed for the first time, an animal family. Since that time, a veritable menagerie has lived in my home and all these wonderful creatures have left something indelible upon my heart. How lucky I have been to share their lives. As with many young girls, I had dreams of becoming a veterinarian and in 2004, that dream became reality. It is with joy in my heart that I am able to be of service to humans and animals alike. It is an endeavor to be cherished. During my years as a veterinarian, I have witnessed the uncompromising strength of the human-animal bond and the great lengths pet parents will go to for the comfort of their pets. It is something extraordinary to behold. Realizing all too well the agony of deciding when to let go, it is my mission to ease the burden of this decision and bring some measure of peace to a grieving family. With as much love as I sent with Raisin to earn her wings, I can only wish to do the same for all the beloved and special pets I have the honor of saying goodbye to.
Mary Gardner, DVM - South Florida
Raised in rural New York, I was one of those children that attracted stray animals like bees to honey, and I loved it! Of course my heart-wrenching story telling became legendary as I created saga after saga about why it was imperative that my parents allow these animals to join our family. One of the most cherished additions was a Samoyed that I had rescued at the Humane Society and named Snow White. The 12 years we shared together were wonderful, and we had grown to be intricate parts of one another's lives.
But in 1999 fate dealt me a shattering blow as she unexpectedly passed due to a systemic infection. The only positive I can take away from this tragic event is that I was able to say good-bye to my best friend as she lay in my arms and breathed her last breath. I was her last glimpse of a life that was filled with love, compassion and companionship. Although stricken with grief as I mourned my loss, I knew at that very moment that I wanted to follow a long held dream of becoming a veterinarian in order to help people care for their cherished animal friends.
While practicing small animal medicine, my most enjoyable moments are creating close relationships with the families of the pets I treat. Early on I had recognized this dynamic kinship between animal, owner and practitioner and was bestowed with the most distinguished Human-Animal Bond award in Veterinary school. The awareness of this bond makes the task of assisting clients with the difficult decision to euthanize their pets all the more arduous. I've come to appreciate the very fragile balance of a pet having a good quality of life and knowing when it's time to be selfless and let your pet pass with dignity and without suffering. Although a difficult task, I am always honored to be a part of the family's last moments with their beloved pets.
Over 10 years later, I still think of and miss my lovely Snow White every time I must help a family say goodbye to their pet. I've chosen to focus on this aspect of Veterinary medicine because helping families say goodbye to a beloved pet is a difficult yet important part of the human-animal bond. Creating a loving and nurturing environment for both pets and owners is instrumental in helping them to find closure at such a difficult time. While I comfort the families left behind, I like to think that every pet that I help is greeted by my Snow White as they cross the rainbow bridge.
Jordan Taheri, DVM
"Our beloved 17 year-old Westie, Sparky, began declining rapidly when his kidney's started to fail. Sparky brought so much joy and love into our home that he will never be forgotten. Sparky's love was unconditional and his love of people knew no bounds. I can honestly say that I took more from him than he took from me. He was a constant companion and we were blessed to have had him for so many years.
Once we realized that he would not recover or continue to have good quality of life, we made arrangements to help him.
Dr. Robyn was an angel - her care and ministrations were the kindest, gentlest and most loving possible. She was a gift in a time of crisis.
Though we knew he would not live forever and prepared ourselves for the eventuality of his passing, we just weren't ready. I don't believe anyone is ever ready but I was ready to stop his pain and discomfort.
Sparky's departure was so peaceful; he just went to sleep. It's the way we had hoped he would go naturally but his illness was not going to allow that so we are eternally grateful to Dr. Robyn and Lap of Love for helping our boy move on so serenely.
I choose to remember him scampering in the back yard, running through grass while we played fetch. His sunny disposition and genuine and unlimited affection will live on in our hearts; we will carry hi love with us always."
Cynthia CabreraHallandale Beach, Florida
"Dr. Julie Greenlaw made what could have been a very sad event in releasing our Jackie from all her suffering , more tolerable.
Her real compassion, understanding, and patience was truly a gift.
She will always be in our prayers, and we will never forget the act of kindness she gave to us."
Michael ChesenWeston, Florida
"I want to thank Dr. Julie Greenlaw on behalf of my wife and myself for the incredible compassion and caring in freeing our little Jack Russell Terrier, Jackie from the suffering she was going through.
Dr. Greenlaw was very patient and understanding at a time that we needed that badly. She could not have more sympathetic to our plight of having to put down our little girl to finally afford her some peace.
Although our decision was a necessary one, it was none the less an extremely painful one to let go of our puppy after a lifetime of
joy and many happy memories.
We will forever remember with fondness Dr. Greenlaw and how she did her very best to make an incredibly sad occasion tolerable.
Thank you Julie from the bottom of our hearts."
"Thank you Dr. Matt Renaker, for being such an amazing and caring individual. I was completely reassured by your genuine caring approach. You are a gift to Lap of Love and all the pet owners and families you have no doubt assisted and guided through the otherwise sad and sometimes fear filled moment of passage of their beloved pets."
Steve EdbrilPompano Beach, Florida
"Dr. Kimberly was so caring and gentle. She took the time to comfort our pet and wanted to hear the stories of his life.
When we said our final goodbyes, she administered the shot, and our kitty passed peacefully in my arms in the home he had for 17 years. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Kimberly and Lap of Love; you are a true blessing."
BJ OBrienDelray Beach, Florida
"We lost our pup, Violet, much earlier than expected due to aggressive spread of cancer. We had a few months to prepare, however, nothing quite gets you ready for the day you lose a loved pet - who for us was very much a family member. Lap of Love arranged same day service, which was hugely appreciated. Dr. Matt arrived and immediately provided a genuine sense of empathy, support, and thoughtful preparation. At not point did we feel rushed or unable to truly appreciate the last moments we had with Violet. I cannot thank Dr. Matt enough - he was an absolute professional, even following up with personalized cards and notes. Many many thanks, Dr. Matt."
JJ DesaiMiami, 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