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
"We could not have done this without Dr. Annie, she was amazing. She helped make one of the most difficult days of our lives a little easier. She was so very compassionate and thoughtful. I don't really know the words I am searching for. She was a godsend. If your family is questioning whether or not to use Lap of Love, the only suggestion I can give is, without a doubt, YES!!!"
Pam WebbOrlando, Florida
"Dr. Annie was very calm and understanding, and explained the euthanasia process simply. She was reassuring and supportive, and took her time during the visit. She did not rush us into starting the process, or finishing up our good-byes. I could tell she has a love for animals, and my boy Clancy went right up to her and was very affectionate and trusting of her...that assured me that she's a good person and a caring Veterinarian. We also had our young son in the room with us (age 6) and she made it so that it was understandable and not scary to him. It really hurts that cancer took Clancy from us, but we are glad he doesn't have to suffer anymore. The box of his ashes, is beautiful. Their package was beautifully put together. We will cherish his memory forever. Thank you."
Michelle GrandmaisonKissimmee, Florida
"From the moment Dr. Dion-Byrd walked through our door, she was kind, gentle, compassionate, and professional. Her soft voice and sweet demeanor put our pet and us at ease. This transition is so incredibly hard and painful for anyone having to go through it. After having a slightly traumatic experience with our other boy a few years ago at our vet's office, we decided to try in home pet hospice. The difference was night and day. Saying goodbye is so hard, but with Lap of Love it could not have possibly happened with as much peace and smoothness as it did. I feel that opening our home to this organization is one of the best things I had ever done for my beloved pet. It is truly a remarkable service filled with compassion, empathy, and kindness every step of the way."
Elizabeth DavisOrlando, Florida
"This was one of the best things we could have done. The compassion shown by Dr. Stacy made a difficult situation just a little more bearable. This really helped our grieving process and we know our beloved was in the best possible care."
Altamonte Springs, Florida
"Today Dr. Annie came out and helped us stop the suffering our 14yr old yellow lab, Riley. The whole process was amazing. To be able to see our dog of 11yrs go in such a calm manner was so nice. It was hard especially for our 13yr old son. He sat by her head and hugged and petted her the whole time. Dr. Annie did an amazing job. Gave us space when needed and made everyone feel comfortable. She explained the whole process so we would understand what to expect. While I hope not to use her for a long time I would recommend this process to anyone having to deal with this hard issue."
"After weeks of watching my mastiff suffer with bone cancer, I was an emotional wreck. This boy had been my support for over 8 years during some of the darkest days of my life. Soon after Dr. Annie arrived, I realized a peace and comfort I had not experienced since his diagnosis. I was sad, but calm, as I stroked his silky ears while he passed away. He was able to die with dignity at home with everything he loved. Dr. Annie was efficient and soothing during the entire process and I am so grateful this wonderful dog was relieved of his pain and suffering by such kind and caring hands."
Marsha NewmanWinter Park, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Healthcare Associates
The Pet Loss Center
Veterinary Emergency Clinic
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
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Annie Dion-Byrd