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.

"We can not say enough wonderful things about Lap of Love. Our Daisy was 14+ and was failing fast, then the time came quickly on a Saturday morning. I called the number on the brochure and the most heavenly voice answered the phone. Every detail was explained and there was no rush for any thing to happen. The doctor called me on her way just to talk and answer any questions. Upon arrival she took care of everything with such respect and dignity. My husband and I were suffering from extreme grief and we were handled with such compassion. I would like to recommend this organization to any one who is in need of their services. As my husband stated " they knew exactly how to manage the situation". No one could have provided a better way to say good bye."

Clint and Ann Belk
Cape Coral, Florida

"Dear Lap of Love,

Our family cannot thank you enough for how compassionate and caring your team was during our extremely difficult time. Our beloved Giovanni is remembered in a very different light because of the amazing Dr. Maggie. After 12.5 years of being "our son", Giovanni developed health issues and it was his time. Two weeks have passed and our hearts are very heavy without him. Yesterday though, we received an absolutely amazing card from Dr. Maggie that brought us to tears but in a good way. Every day is a different challenge for us but having him here with us and more importantly how he spent his last moments means the world to us. We have told everyone possible how amazing Lap of Love and especially Dr. Maggie was through Giovanni's journey to peace! We cannot say thank you enough!!!

Desiree, John, and Giovanni"

Desiree Ludwig
Naples, Florida

"When I called, I never dreamed the person on the other end would be so kind and generous as she was. She relieved my mind of any inhibitions I may have had as to what would happen to our “sweet” Kenzie, as she kept referring to her. She explained everything that would happen from start to finish including the price. When Dr. Maggie got to our home she was just as kind. She let us know everything that would happen and gave us ample time to get prepared for the process. I only wish we had known about this service in the past. We would never use any other service after having this beautiful experience. Thank you so much for what you did for us."

Brent & Jeanette Copeland
Ft Myers, Florida, Florida

"Today has been 1 week since we had Lap of Love come into our home and assist our youngest baby, Hobbs, cross over the rainbow bridge. Dr. Desiree was really great and sympathetic. I had only moved to FL a year ago from NH and have not found an extremely trust worthy vet I wanted to bring him to at this point in life. Especially with all this COVID-19 restricting access to being with pets in appointments, I wanted to ensure that Hobbs had his entire family around him for support. So I am so happy that Lap of Love is still offering euthanasia services. Hobbs has his dad (my husband) and I along with his brother Scowt (chihuahua sibling). This has been the worst week of my entire life without Hobbs, our little buddy. My grief has been so heavy it’s making it difficult. But the compassion that Dr. Desiree provides eased our pain in the process, as much as she could, so we stayed focused on Hobbs during the time he needed us all most. My only regret was not taking a locket of fur, not that it’s any fault of theirs, my advice is to get all the extras and do what you will with it later on, you can not go back in time and get those things done. I am trying to gather what I can from his bed and special places he hid during storms. This is a great service and I highly recommend it, the ease of the pet being in their own home is priceless."

Em Blodgett
Cape Coral, Florida

"Dr. Desiree made the hardest time in my life feel comfortable. She explained everything to us to make sure we were all as comfortable as possible in that moment. I honestly don’t think I could of gotten through this time without her. Without her kind words and support."

Rebecca Earley
Cape Coral, Florida

"We knew it was time for my dear sweet girl Reagan. I was so blessed to have had her for 16 1/2 years. I couldn't imagine taking her in to the Dr.'s office, we wanted to have her final time at home ,where she was most comfortable. A fellow dog lover told me about Lap of Love and I knew when it was time that this was the way I wanted to go. Dr. Desiree was incredibly compassionate and gentle with both us and our girl. Everyone at lap of love was so kind and understanding and they handled everything beautifully even when I couldn't stop crying I would recommend them to anyone that has to make this difficult decision."

Susan Bell
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
“Cheech, you have left the biggest whole in my heart and Ithe day can not come soon enough until I can hold you again and look into those big brown eyes.”
Rebecca Earley
August 6, 2020
“Kelso “Fuzzie” Garcia
My hardest goodbye.
9/4/06 - 7/28/20♥️

“Just look inside my heart, you’ll cry.” 💔

Almost 14 years ago, a cream color little ball of fluff came into my life. I knew when I picked him up, he was the one. I knew I’d love him, I just didn’t know at the time how deeply. I didn’t know how ...
Michele Garcia
July 29, 2020
“Here’s to Sammy! His first five years seem to have been tough, and he was literally saved at the 11th hour for 13 bonus years (see the next tab). In them, he patiently waited for his two adopted brothers to go over the rainbow bridge, and then he flourished! He was a lover, a goofball and, on rare occasion, a nipper (thank you Feliway!). His ...
John & Dee Wharton
July 23, 2020
“Boomie, you are so dearly missed! Feeling a little lost right now! Though my heart hurts,
I know you are able to run and jump and free of pain now!!!”
Denise Mullen
July 13, 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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