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
"Lap of Love was a true blessing is a very sad time. The ability to put our beloved pet to rest from the comfort of our own home helped to put our minds at ease, knowing we would not be making the process more stressful for Frances than it had to be. Dr. Annie Dion-Byrd was wonderful! She was very kind and warm in her delivery. She also took the time to fully explain the process and anything that may happen during or after. She gave us plenty of time to fully understand and spend our last moments with Frances, never once making us feel rushed. I highly recommend Dr. Annie, and Lap of Love to anyone who has to make the difficult choice of putting down their pet."
Kim & Jeremiah BaumbachOrlando, Florida
"Our kitty Chase was diagnosed with large cell lymphoma. Within a week week of his diagnosis he was unable to eat and we had to call Lap of Love. Dr. Annie was wonderful. She had recently lost her senior cat and understood what we were going through. It was a very difficult day for us, but she made it as easy as possible and was very compassionate."
Tina W.Lake Mary, Florida
"Turbo went to heaven January 16, 2018 at 1:28pm. 18 years ago, this little bundle of joy ran into my apartment while my door was opened and never left. A true blessing for me all of these years. Turbo was my family.
I highly recommend Dr. Stacy for anyone who needs the support, love, knowledge, and guidance to transition their loved one to peace and comfort. We couldn’t have done this without Dr. Stacy. We not only appreciate her wealth of knowledge and compassion, but we love her for all that she is and does.
God Bless You Dr. Stacy (Hugs)
Cori (And Turbo)"
Cori CochraneApopka, Florida
"Dr. Stacy was one of the kindest Veterinary Doctors that Turbo and I have had the pleasure of meeting!
As difficult as it was to put my Turbo to rest after 18 years of joy and companionship, I can’t thank Dr. Stacy enough for her kindness, in helping me through Turbo’s final transition to heaven. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. With the help of her guidance, love, compassion, patience, and knowledge, she helped Turbo and I through it and I know if Turbo was here and healthy, she would be sitting on Dr. Stacy’s lap right now loving on her and thanking her too for the gift of peace. Turbo would not have withstood being transported in a car to a veterinarian office as she was in too much pain and very weak.
The service and care Dr. Stacy provided for Turbo was outstanding and I’m truly touched and grateful.
We love you Doctor Stacy. And I know in my heart that Turbo is smiling down from heaven, thanking us for letting her go in my arms in the comfort of her own home, and giving her the gift of peace.
God Bless You (hugs)
"Clairse was such an unusual kitty. She loved me unconditionally and tolerated my husband. She was banned from vet visits as she tended to be aggressive when approached. So she lived her 17 + years content in her kingdom getting and receiving love from my husband and me. When sickness came suddenly we were at a loss. We knew it was time for her to leave but did not want her final moments to be filled with anxiety and fear. I was hopefull she would pass in her sleep but, i understood that rarely happens. I found Lap of Love on line and made an appointment. I continued to be extremely anxious a I knew Clairse would not welcome anyone in her space. Dr Elizabeth called and assured me that she would use a process which would help Clairse transition peacefully. She was absolutely wonderful and the process was flawless. Clairse was able to go to sleep quickly in her favorite place. Thank you Dr Elizabeth!"
jacque cockrellWinter Gatden, Florida
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Jeff KingWinter Springs, 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