Naples & Ft. Myers Areas

  (239) 204-2404

  [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

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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$400

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$350

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$175
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
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 at their Zellwood, FL location. 

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. Desiree

Desiree Thomas

Growing up in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., in one way or another, animals have always been part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are of following our family poodle around our home. After a trip to the zoo in kindergarten, I set my sights on becoming a zookeeper. Of course, I also knew every dog and cat in the neighborhood. By middle school, my desire to work with animals evolved to wanting to be a veterinarian. I always wanted to know how to help injured or sick animals, whether it was the baby squirrel that fell out of a tree, or the neighborhood dog that was injured by a car. When we would take our own dog to the vet for care for epilepsy, I remember paying close attention to everything the vet did and said (and looking around at everything, including examining the vet's diploma). During high school I even worked at a small vet clinic, cleaning kennels, washing dogs, and helping around the clinic. 

I attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. My time there included volunteering in the wildlife ward and working in the emergency room as a small animal technician. After graduation I worked in a small animal clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, then later moved to the New River Valley in southwest Virginia continuing to practice for multiple years at a busy small animal/emergency clinic. I moved down to southwest Florida to be closer to family. My cats moved with me from Virginia to Florida, and I don't think they have ever looked back. My geriatric girl, Kiddo, loves to sun and snore out on the lanai while my young adult boy Zebedee loves chasing anole lizards every evening.

Working as a vet, I’m honored to help pet parents take care of their furry loved ones; from preserving quality of life to the eventual end of life care and helping alleviate suffering. Easing that passing with the pet at home, surrounded by family, is the most loving and compassionate gift that we can give to our beloved pets and it’s a privilege for me to help provide that care.

Dr. Maggie

Maggie Mottram

My earliest memory of veterinary medicine is taking our new golden retriever to get her first set of vaccinations when I was a young child. My mom says after that moment, I set my heart on becoming an animal doctor and nothing was going to change my mind. Many years later, I attended The Ohio State University for my undergraduate degree in Animal Science. After growing tired of the snow and cold weather, I completed veterinary school at St. George’s University located in the Caribbean on the island of Grenada. While I was there, I spent my time coordinating free health clinics for people and their pets. It was those clinics and moments that taught me the importance of the human-animal bond. People didn’t mind waiting in the heat or the rain; they just wanted to make sure their family pet was healthy.

After graduating veterinary school, I moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida to be closer to my family. After a couple of years in general practice, I realized I had a passion and calling for hospice and end of life care.  I find it extremely rewarding to help families find ways of providing a good quality of life and comfort to their pet in the final days, and to help guide and support them when it is time to say goodbye. It is such an honor to provide this service to pets at home, in an environment where they’re most comfortable and surrounded by loved ones. While our pets are only here for such a short time, they make such a large impact in every part of our life.

Much of my spare time is spent with family and our multitude of golden retrievers. I often recommend a good lint roller to anyone who comes to our family gatherings.  My golden retriever is named Beemer and he is well known for his crazy antics around the house. His two partners in crime are my cats, Harley and Arthur.

About Desiree Thomas

Growing up in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., in one way or another, animals have always been part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are of following our family poodle around our home. After a trip to the zoo in kindergarten, I set my sights on becoming a zookeeper. Of course, I also knew every dog and cat in the neighborhood. By middle school, my desire to work with animals evolved to wanting to be a veterinarian. I always wanted to know how to help injured or sick animals, whether it was the baby squirrel that fell out of a tree, or the neighborhood dog that was injured by a car. When we would take our own dog to the vet for care for epilepsy, I remember paying close attention to everything the vet did and said (and looking around at everything, including examining the vet's diploma). During high school I even worked at a small vet clinic, cleaning kennels, washing dogs, and helping around the clinic. 

I attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. My time there included volunteering in the wildlife ward and working in the emergency room as a small animal technician. After graduation I worked in a small animal clinic in Baltimore, Maryland, then later moved to the New River Valley in southwest Virginia continuing to practice for multiple years at a busy small animal/emergency clinic. I moved down to southwest Florida to be closer to family. My cats moved with me from Virginia to Florida, and I don't think they have ever looked back. My geriatric girl, Kiddo, loves to sun and snore out on the lanai while my young adult boy Zebedee loves chasing anole lizards every evening.

Working as a vet, I’m honored to help pet parents take care of their furry loved ones; from preserving quality of life to the eventual end of life care and helping alleviate suffering. Easing that passing with the pet at home, surrounded by family, is the most loving and compassionate gift that we can give to our beloved pets and it’s a privilege for me to help provide that care.

"My beautiful Roxy was diagnosed with bone cancer on Oct 6th. The cancer was very aggressive and her condition deteriorated quickly. On top of the cancer, Roxy had been dealing with arthritis in her legs for about 5 years. Roxy got to the point that she couldn't hardly walk and she stopped eating and wouldn't take her medication. My husband & I had to make that difficult decision that it was time. I was very concerned about how to get her in the vehicle to take her to the vet. My vet stopped by on Tuesday 10/20 to check on Roxy and he bought me the brochure for Lap of Love. At first I didn't want to do it at the house. After thinking about it I decided it would be best for Roxy. I called Lap of Love and after talking to them on the phone my mind was made up that this was definitely the right decision. Dr. Desiree Thomas was great and very passionate. Lap of Love and Dr Desiree Thomas is a God sent. Roxy was able to be home and in her favorite spot, outside by the river, instead of the vet's office. It's still hard and it hurts but Roxy is no longer in pain. We are so glad we chose Lap of Love to help us during this difficult time.

Thank you & God Bless

Allen & Sandy Meyers"

Sandra Meyers
Bonita Springs, Florida

"I want her back! That is my first thought about my 14 year old 30# beautiful rescued Belgian Malinois mix named Fiona.

During my life I’ve seen my parents,siblings, my husband, son and others pass from this world. Tough stuff but none of it was about my choice.

This is about choice. As I watched Fiona deteriate and knew her time was drawing to an end I asked my vet about in home euthanasia and was given information about Lap of Love. Dr. Desiree came to our house and we three sat in the shade of a live oak in my front yard. Fiona was sniffing the fresh air and the doc quietly gave her the shot to sedate her. As she relaxed we talked about her and life in general. The final injection was given and it couldn’t have been more peaceful.

Even though I still want her back (and look for her around every corner) and will mourn for a time, I’m also grateful to have found Dr. Desiree and been able to give my baby the gift of a peaceful passing to doggie heaven. I pray she will be waiting for me!"

Lois Levy
Naples, Florida

"Dr. Desiree Thomas and the Lap of Love made an unbearable time as comforting and peaceful as possible. From the first phone call to the very end of the process they were absolutely wonderful❤️ I would highly recommend Dr. Desiree and Lap of Love to anyone that needs caring, compassionate assistance with their loved ones."

Pamela Omer
Naples, Florida

"It was awful making the decision to put my sweet Gabriella, a faithful, loving companion of 15 years, down. But I thank God that I found Lap of Love. All of them, from their incredibly compassionate and detailed support staff to Dr. Maggie, the wonderful Vet who came to my home, were just the best. As painful as this process was, Lap of Love gave my Gabby a loving, dignified, peaceful exit and who can ask for more? On top of that, I chose a Private Cremation & Dr. Maggie - who brought what looked like a little baby basket to carry my Gabby out in - wrapped her in her favorite, ratty blanket and took her to Pet Angels for the cremation. The Pet Angels staff handled her with dignity and compassion as well. If you love your pet as much as I do, choosing Lap of Love to assist you is the best thing you can do for your pet, and for yourself."

Lisa Longo
Fort Myers, Florida

"We wanted our Zoey’s final moments to be filled with love. She became very nervous lately and we didn’t want her to be afraid. Dr Desiree has an aura of calm and compassion about her. Zoey was completely relaxed and content. She got her wings surrounded by the ones who love her most including her best friend Darcy. It was important to us that Darcy understand the happenings since Zoey was always with her since Darcy came to us as a puppy. We didn’t want her to be frantically looking for Zoey. We could not have asked for a better experience! Peace is the best world to describe how we felt afTerwards. Thank you Dr Desiree for your compassion and care."

Cindy McCarty
Cape Coral, Florida

"Desiree was very helpful in the transition. She was very calming and set our family at ease. She helped make my 8 year old girls feel comfortable with the process. She explained the whole process. This was a hard day for our family but Desiree made it easier then being in a veterinary office."

Steve Acx
Naples, Florida

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (239) 947-0588

Specialized Veterinary Services - Ft. Myers

  (239) 993-8878

Florida Veterinary Referral Center - Estero

  (239) 261-4404

Avow Pet Loss Support Group

  (239) 992-8387

Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists - Bonita Springs

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Naples and Ft. Myers areas. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a $30-$100 fee based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“Shiloh you were a protector and sweetheart to our family for almost 16 years. We have been through a lot together. You were a very special friend and always there when we needed an emotional lift. You outlived 2 of your sisters and had a very good life. Our family will miss you very much. We are glad you are resting and at peace.

Love You”
Steve Acx
October 5, 2020
“Last Thursday we lost our "Buddy". We rescued him 8 yrs ago and that was the best decision we could of made. It's true what they say about rescue animals. He brought such love, joy, devotion and the truth to man's best friend to our family. We are so heartbroken, and we feel so empty with him not being by our side. Buddy loved people and other ...
Lynda & Mickey Edwards
September 23, 2020
“Joey was born in the Cayman Islands and was initially raised for his first 2 months by the Humane Society there.”
Terry & JoAnn Burke
September 23, 2020
“Chloe- our hearts are broken. You were the perfect girl, and everyone loved you. We were always getting compliments from strangers about how beautiful you were. And you were. Inside and out. You were never any trouble and always polite. You were forever the “Mary Poppins” for babies and dogs. You watched over them and kept everyone safe. You ...
Christy Noe & Kim Cavanaugh
September 10, 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 61166
Fort Myers, Florida 33907

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