Orlando & Surrounding Areas
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.
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), 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 between 5-7 days. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.
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 in a pet cemetery.
There may be a fee if additional 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.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
Being a veterinarian has been my calling since I was around 7 years old. I was lucky enough to have three very close neighbours who were veterinarians working in different fields of veterinary medicine. I spent my childhood volunteering at our local humane society, helping farmers to care for their animals and improving their quality of life, and also working at a family owned pet store. Then, I became a veterinary technician and worked in small animal veterinary hospitals for several years.
I received my degree in Veterinary Medicine from University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada in 2005. I have been practicing in small animal hospitals in Florida ever since and enjoy caring for pets and helping them feel better day after day.
I feel privileged to help pets and their family every day, but I also think that I am blessed to have the opportunity to end a pet's suffering. I believe that pets are appreciative, like most of us would, to be able to go in peace where there is no more pain, in the comfort of their home and in the arms of their beloved family members.
Stacy Michele Blake, DVM
I was born and raised in Decatur, IL, the “Soybean Capital of the World.” One of my fondest childhood memories is from my eleventh birthday, when a gray kitten wearing a pink bow jumped out of a box and into my heart. Being my first pet cat, Hilary (named after a character on "All My Children" in the 80s) was a gift that would pave my road to veterinary medicine. Through the years, she gave me comfort and made me laugh. I couldn’t imagine life without her. I’d always loved animals, but I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” Then one day, I honestly had one of those “aha moments" while standing in a pet store at the local mall. I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to caring for animals!
While in veterinary school at the University of Illinois, I gained experience with horses, cows, pigs and goats, but cats and dogs were still my favorites. I graduated with my DVM degree in 1999, and could not wait to escape the cold Midwestern winters to start my career in sunny Orlando, FL. Of course, Hilary moved along with me. She was starting to show signs of her advancing age. A few years later, while battling several chronic illnesses, I could see a decline in her quality of life and I knew it was time to say "goodbye." I loved Hilary for 18 years, and she taught me first-hand, the strength of the human-animal bond.
I have worked in small-animal, general practice now for over fifteen years, and I enjoy seeing excited “new parents” with puppies & kittens, but I find the challenges of caring for older companion animals to be much more rewarding. I have such respect for my aging patients, and I have had the privilege of seeing many of them through their entire lives. Our pets are living longer, and I strive to make their “golden years” the best they can be. And when it’s time, I want to make the end-of-life process less stressful and more peaceful for these beloved animals.
Elizabeth Gill, DVM
Even as a child growing up in Clearwater, Florida, I had a strong desire to help animals in need. I finally convinced my parents to let me have a puppy, then a kitten, and ultimately a horse, a little girl’s dream come true. It was ultimately that horse that led me to become a veterinarian. When I was 16, she suffered a severe injury and I was faced with a life or death decision. I took it upon my 16 year old shoulders to nurse her back to health and from that day forward I dedicated myself to learning all that I could about veterinary medicine and I have strived to provide the very best care I possibly could to all my furry patients.
I graduated from the University of Florida with my DVM in 2005, and started my veterinary career as an equine vet. A few years into that career path, I was pulled into companion animal medicine and though I still love horses, I have dedicated the past 9 years of my life to helping the smaller varieties of pets. I have spent my career trying to extend animal’s lives as long as possible, and I now feel privileged to be able to provide as peaceful a passing as possible to those furry beloved family members who are no longer experiencing the quality of life they deserve.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
"As any pet lover knows, the decision to put your pet down does not come easy! I researched an enormous amount of information before making this decision! I had decided it would be less stressful on my sweet Lucy if we could take this step at home and I found Lap of Love. Even though I love my regular vet, Lucy does not enjoy the experience of visiting the vet. Lap of Love was a great option and exactly what I was looking for to help with this final step. They set everything up and made suggestions on how to make things easier. Dr Elizabeth showed up on time and was extremely understanding! She let us take our time, walked us through every step, reassured my decision was the correct one, and was loving and patient the entire time. Dr Elizabeth put me at ease and was such a comfort during this extremely difficult day!
I would recommend Lap of Love and will most certainly use them again! I have already recommended them to a friend.
Thank you so much Dr Elizabeth!"
Kimberly BrinkWinter Park, Florida
"Dr. Annie was amazing. So incredibly kind, compassionate yet professional. She understood what our family was going through when we needed to give peace to our beloved Bobby Sox (15 years and 3 months old family dog). I didn't know what to expect, but Dr. Annie explained everything which made everyone feel better. She was truly a gift and we were so blessed that she was the doctor that helped us in our time of need. Thank you so much Dr. Annie for taking the time we needed to help us at such a difficult time. <3"
Heidi EftaLongwood, Florida
"Stacy was kind compassionate and respectful. I was very emotional, she was lovely. Her assistance and quiet professionalism was greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Stay Michele Blake"
Shannon MerleOrlando, Florida
"Dr. Annie came into our home on one of our hardest days with the Clow. She made such a difficult and correct decision one of the most peaceful experiences possible. We will forever be grateful for your compassion and love shown to our baby, Clow. You were so gentle and loving as if you, too, had known her for 17 years yet had just met her. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. When we have to make this decision again in the future, you will be our caregiver of choice. Thanks you so much!"
Mary Clifton-FrinkDeltona, Florida
"Dr Gill was so kind and really patient and supportive . We had to say so long for now to our 15 year old Lab Mylo last Sept .and Dr Gill gave us all a private moment for each us to hold Mylo . It is very hard to make the call to have Lap of Love come to your home, but the doctor does a examine of your pet and asked questions about the lifestyle and the quality of life your pets as had . Dr Gill reassured us that Mylo doesn't feel any pain and passed with us in his own home with all of us around him . Dr Gill was so gentle and when leaving with Mylo she assured us that his remains are returned to us and they were in a very timely manner."
KAREN KAPALOOviedo, Florida
"This was the most serene and loving experience I have ever encountered with helping a loving pet toward the Rainbow Bridge. Dr. Annie was such a gentle and kind person and helped ease the difficult moments in saying goodbye to a friend we have known and loved for 17 years. From the moment she arrived and until the moment she drove away, Dr. Annie was the most gentle and kind person we could ever hope for during the difficult moments of saying goodbye. From the time my wife first made contact with Lap of Love till the final moments of our precious kitty's life, Lap of Love was caring and thoughtful. Our hearts ached a little less and I recommend them to anyone going through this difficult and challenging of pet ownership."
Darrell FrinkDeltona, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Healthcare Associates
Veterinary Emergency Clinic
The Pet Loss Center
Lotus Therapy Center, Holly Cox, LMFT - Winter Park, FL
Animal Emergency Center (Pet ER)
Helping families in the following counties:
Our veterinarians proudly serve all or some of the counties named above. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of up to $60 based on the distance and travel time from the veterinarian. Please call for more information.
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.
P.O. Box 916613 Longwood , FL 32791-6613
WKMG Local 6: Painful process made easier with in-home service