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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I can’t imagine a time in my life that I didn’t want to become a veterinarian! From a very young age, I began volunteering with my local humane society, fostering young animals and assisting with their adoptions. When I was 15, I had a job as a kennel technician in an all cat clinic and advanced to become a veterinary technician by the time I had graduated high school. Throughout college and my years leading up to veterinary school, I made it a personal goal to get as much experience as possible with all different kinds of animals. I worked with farm animals, as an equine technician, and was even a reproductive biology intern at Disney’s Animal Kingdom before starting veterinary school.
Since graduation from the University of Florida, I have worked as a small animal veterinarian in both Florida and Tennessee. Euthanasia and hospice care have always been an important part of veterinary medicine for me. I lost my mom to cancer many years before starting veterinary school, so I understand firsthand the importance of hospice care for loved ones and the comfort it brings to their families. Ultimately, that life experience helped lead me to Lap of Love. I am honored to provide this incredible type of care in addition to peace and comfort to both you and your beloved pet. Our pets give us unconditional love, so giving them comfort during their final moments and a peaceful passing in your arms is the best gift anyone can give them in return!
I have always been a Florida girl and recently moved back to my hometown of Orlando with my husband, 2 sons and 2 cats. I am so happy to be back in the Sunshine State and grateful to be a part of the Lap of Love family! It is truly a privilege and an honor to be there for you!
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
"Dr. Stacy was extremely compassionate and very kind to Shirley. She made the experience as painless as possible. She has a wonderful way with dogs and both Shirley and I felt comfortable with her right away."
Jennifer VeldeOrlando, Florida
"I found Lap of Love on Google and contacted them via a form at 10pm and they had Taylor contact me and set everything up before the night was up for my beloved dog Lucy. She asked questions and even told me Lucy's orange fur sounded so beautiful. She and Bethany helped me and were very friendly and calming and told me to have a peaceful evening. This is exactly the phone service you need during this time.
On the day of Lucy's passing we had Dr. Elizabeth Gill who came out to assist us. She walked in the door and immediately got on the floor to greet Lucy who was waiting by the door. She asked some questions about Lucy's condition and called her "mama" and pet her and gave her love. Lucy instantly felt calmed by her. She sat and explained everything from the floor by our front door and I really liked that she instantly talked to Lucy and got down to her level right upon entering. After she discussed with us what would happen, she gave me a pamphlet which I put on the counter because I was in no condition to see anything, but I later will write how much this pamphlet meant to both of us.
Dr. Gill asked where we wanted Lucy's final moments to be, and we chose upstairs by the balcony door that she loved to look out from her dog bed. She gave us time as I read a letter I wrote for Lucy and all the time we needed before administering a sedative to calmly make her fall asleep. We opened the bedroom balcony door and let the breeze come inside and feel like Lucy was outside from the comfort of her bed. As Dr. Gill administered the sedative she told us it may take 10 minutes for her to become sleepy but she will slowly doze off and she pet her the entire time with us and gave her comfort and love just like we were and she felt part of the family. She comforted the two of us as we cried and even got us tissues. We told Lucy how much she was loved as she went from awake and fully alert to drowsy and then eventually sleepy as her eyes closed and she lowered her head. Dr. Gill then confirmed she was asleep by touching her paws and the moving her fingers between her paw pads to make sure she wasn't going to only be slightly sleepy and that she wouldn't feel any pain and she checked her eyes while she touched her paws to make sure Lucy was fully asleep. Lucy had a slight snore to her as she was in her sleep. Dr. Gill told us that whenever we were ready she would administer the final thing that would help our Lucy on her journey home. As she administered it she spoke to Lucy like we would and pet her and comforted her with us as we cried and said our Goodbye's to Lucy and reminded her how good of a girl she was over all the years, it was so sad but Dr. Gill was very comforting and so calm and loving during Lucy's final moments. Lucy didn't react during the euthanasia product, she breathed normally and took a final breath and she stopped. After a minute or so she checked for her heart rate and listened to her chest and confirmed that Lucy had passed on... She then shaved a fur sample and put it in a container for us to keep. She also took her paw and created a beautiful clay imprint of her paw after she had passed...
I cannot express how peaceful this was. This was a very hard decision for us and this was so peaceful for Lucy and I couldn't have asked for a better setting or person to help us.
After Lucy had passed she left us alone for a few minutes and went to her vehicle to get a stretcher to take her downstairs. We helped move Lucy from her bed to the stretcher and she had a beautiful purple blanket with dogs on it (and I cannot express how thankful I was that it was a soft plush blanket and not a basic sheet) that she covered her with, and she strapped her in. I asked her if we cover her head and she told me "no, I like to leave their head uncovered so it's like she is sleeping". She asked for help down the stairs with Lucy since she was a large dog, and we insisted that we carry her out of the home on the stretcher as we brought her into the home and would like to be the ones to lead her out. We commented that Lucy's ears had perked up after her passing and Dr. Gill expressed that "I'd like to think that it's from the excitement of her new surroundings". We loaded Lucy into the car and she allowed us to say our final goodbye's and she gave us both a hug. We waved goodbye and she waved back as she left with Lucy.
This process was very peaceful, and loving. I couldn't thank Dr. Elizabeth Gill enough!! After she left, we sat down and read their after care pamphlet which was so nice and filled with poems and a letter in first person style from your pet and it was the most beautiful letter ever, we cried happy tears while reading this and everything in the pamphlet was written by Lap of Love staff and people. It was so comforting, and not something you read when you're handed it but afterwards reading it was beautiful! Even their receipt was itemized as "angel wings" as the service provided to Lucy which is truly what she was given. They included a certificate of passing saying that Lucy had left this world on today's date, and it was worded so sweet and peaceful. Thank you so so so much, you have no idea how much I appreciate your team and Dr. Gill! This was the first pet I've had to say goodbye to and I truly couldn't have asked for a better more kinder, and sensitive person to assist our girl in her final moments."
Kyle PeavleyDavenport, Florida
"Dr. Annie helped me yesterday with my 15 year old lab who could not stand or walk any longer. She was incredibly kind and caring. She explained everything while she worked and made a very difficult situation a little easier. While I miss my dog already I know she was peaceful right to the end. I can't thank the doctor enough for being so professional and gentle through the whole process."
Phyllis DonofrioKissimmee, Florida
"I have had an exceptional experience with Lap of Love. I first called to get veterinary opinions on my dog and spoke to Dr. Stevie and Dr. Sharon, both of whom imparted helpful information to me which made making this tough decision a lot easier. The support staff made it simple to schedule the appointment. Dr. Annie is amazing. She visited us so we could lay my dog of 14 years, Dolce, to rest with peace and dignity. She made a horrible situation so much easier. She was prompt, professional, friendly, kind, easy to talk to, and even managed to make us laugh a few times to lighten the situation, which I truly appreciated. She showed a great amount of respect and compassion for Dolce and was also very respectful and concerned about his fur-brothers and humans. I was so relieved to let him pass in such a peaceful way and I can't thank Dr. Annie enough for being there for us. If I ever find myself in need of this service again, I will absolutely contact Lap of Love and ask specifically for Dr. Annie."
Kristen KingOrlando, Florida
"It has been a little over 3 months and I am finally able to type this. Thank you, Dr. Annie.
Dr. Annie was so gentle with our Joker. Letting him go was tremendously hard, but it was best. Cancer is so cruel. Dr. Annie helped us know that it was time.
Thank You so very much."
Lynn SimmonsWinter Park, Florida
"Dr. Peek was absolutely wonderful. She was very caring and gave us as much time as we needed with our dog Bailey. Thanks to Dr. Peek Bailey was able to have her final moments at home feeling happy, safe, and loved. The peace that Bailey and our family had at her death was irreplaceable. It was the best possible situation at a terrible time. We will be forever grateful for extraordinary care we and our dog received."
Kate HutchingsLongwood, 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 $100 based on the distance and travel time from the veterinarian. Please call for more information.
To make the experience as peacful 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.
P.O. Box 916613 Longwood , FL 32791-6613
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This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Annie Dion-Byrd