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.

"Lap of Love is an outstanding organization. I learned about them from a previous neighbor, in another State, and this was my first experience. While euthanasia was a last, and dreaded option for my furry friend of 15 years it was such a relief for Parti Marty to pass away at home. Lap of Love’s response time, professionalism, and communication exceeded expectations. Dr Desiree Thomas was great, and very kind and considerate. I’m grateful to have been introduced to this organization."

Robert Cruse
Naples, Florida

"Thank you Dr Maggie for helping us through the most difficult time. I don't know if we could have gotten through the process without your support and comfort during and after. Thanks for taking great care in Simba's comfort."

Cynthia & Kevin Karnik
Fort Myers, Florida

"There are few things more heart breaking than parting from your dog. Our faithful, best dog-in-the-world, Jack, got to the point in his 15 year, 10 month life, where he could go no further.

Having had to put pets down before, we were eager to try Lap of Love as an alternative to a sterile vet's exam room. We were very pleased to have our "boy" lying across our laps, on his favorite sofa, as he passed to the big doggy run in the sky.

Dr. Thomas was compassionate, and highly professional. As heart-wrenching as it was, we could not be more appreciative and thankful for the Lap of Love service."


NAPLES, Florida

"I am beyond thankful for the compassion and amazing energy that we all received on such a horrible day.. I will always be thankful"

Kimberly Ann
Cape Coral, Florida

"Desiree, thank you so much for making this very difficult and emotional time a bit easier for us to endure. You will always be in our hearts for the special way you treated our baby girl. Much love, David and Nick"

David Schubert
Fort myers, Florida

"Dr. Thomas provided an amazing and very caring service. Of the four local services we contacted she was the only one able to accommodate us in the time we needed. She was very professional and sympathetic and made us feel at ease during our hard time. This was a wonderful way to do this very hard thing as we didn't want our beloved cats last moments to be away from home. They offer a couple different options for keepsakes of your animal that we took advantage of and are glad we did. She explains the process every step of the way so we knew what to expect which was nice. If you are considering this service I highly recommend it as it made this very tough decision as easy as it could be."

Jeremy Larson
Fort Myers, 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
“If we could have but one more day,
we'd walk the wall, your favorite way,
family together as before,
but no, alas, you are physically no more.
No belly rubs, no bowl to fill,
your lead hangs limb, your brothers mourn by laying still,
no welcome bark, no peaceful snore,
an empty space in your bed or on the floor.
If we could hold you once ...
Cynthia & Kevin Karnik
January 19, 2021
“Rue is the most beautiful, intuitive, warm soul I have ever met. I am blessed to have shared almost 17 years with him ❣️”
Kimberly Ann
January 13, 2021
“Our sweet “Bella” aka “Bossy” aka “BeeWee” is with the angels now. She put up a really good fight for herself and for her daddies. She’s been on palliative care for a while but her suffering has come to an end. She is at peace now and is with angels who came before her and watch over nick and I ...Liberty, maverick, Brittany and Bevo!

Bella ...
David Schubert
January 12, 2021
“Sky was an amazing family member to our family. She loved everything and everyone.
She always greeted everyone that came to visit by running out to them sideways wagging her
Tail as fast as it would go. She loved going for rides, chasing fireworks and fishing poles,
But most of all she loved her family and we loved her back. She was so ...
Joann walters
January 9, 2021
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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