Orlando & Surrounding Areas

  (407) 487-4445

  [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$275

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$375

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.

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 rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, fish, goats and pigs - call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 19 pounds$225
Pets 20 - 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$275

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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 19 pounds$75
Pets 20 - 99 pounds$100
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$150

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. 

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. Annie

Annie Dion-Byrd

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. 

 

Dr. Stacy

Stacy Blake

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. 

Dr. Elizabeth

Elizabeth Gill

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.

Dr. Amanda

Amanda Buerk

As a child, animals always had a special place in my heart.  From my first dog, a Newfoundland named Nantucket, who was my shadow, my friend and protector as I grew, to the Polish street dog, Dexter, who chose to stay with me during my stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer and came home with me to the states - I have always known that animals would play an important role in my life, my family, and my career.

I first started my veterinary journey as a veterinary technician in Denver, Colorado.  I quickly realized that veterinary medicine was my calling and I began working toward my goal of becoming a veterinarian.  I was accepted to Ross University, and I completed my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. I followed up my studies with an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Following my internship, I moved to North Carolina.  I started working in general practice for the next 7 years treating many wonderful dogs and cats.  During that time, I shared in the joy my clients had with their new puppy or kitten, but I spent many a sleepless night worrying about the sick ones. My heart wept as I helped my clients say goodbye to their beloved pets and I understood what a privilege it is to help guide families through such difficult moments.

It is truly my honor to provide support, care and comfort for families and their beloved pets through Lap of Love.

Dr. Lauren

Lauren Peek

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 in 2012, 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!

Dr. Maite

Maite Santos-Torres

I’m originally from Puerto Rico and am fluent in both English and Spanish. Growing up, I always had a passion for animals, thus earning my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Puerto Rico in a relevant field. My education led me to the United States where I pursued a career as a Veterinary Technologist upon graduating college. My first Registered Veterinary Technician role involved working for the Exotic-Zoological Medicine Department, Dermatology Department, and ER department at Kansas State University. 

After a few years of employment in the field of veterinary medicine, I realized I wanted to further my education and pursued a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine through Kansas State. Since becoming a veterinarian, I’ve moved to Texas for a short time where I gained experience as an overnight emergency veterinarian. Then, in 2018 my path led me to the Sunshine State where I furthered my career as an associate veterinarian in a general practice in Apopka, Florida. I’ve handled all sorts of cases throughout my tenure, yet have always felt a deeper connection to those pets and families during their final moments. Providing the gift of a peaceful transition is so incredibly important to me and it is an absolute honor to help families in the comfort of their own home at these delicate times. 

Besides my career in veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my fur-babies, exercising, reading, painting, and listening to music. 

Dr. Matt

Matt Renaker

The day my parents brought me home from the hospital for the very first time, the first thing my dad did was to lay me down next to our family dog, Chief. For years after, Chief and I shared many a boyhood adventure and even shared the doghouse from time to time when I was in trouble. Chief taught me many things about the special relationship, that makes an “animal” a companion. Losing him was my first experience with the loss of a cherished companion. I remember my dad comforting me, knowing the right things to say as a dad should.

In 2008, I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout my career as a veterinarian, I have been faced with several end of life decisions both at work and in my personal life, as my wonderful pets have lived and gone. Each experience helps me to better understand what my dad started all those years ago. My aspiration is to pass along some of these comforting words to those who have these special companions as part of their lives. The end of life decisions are very emotional, but we have the opportunity to show true compassion when our pets need it most and provide them a peaceful transition and honor their memory.

I hope that as each person who experiences this loss knows that our sympathies are with them. “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”

About Annie Dion-Byrd

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. 

 

"From the moment I chose to call Lap of Love to send my sweet golden retriever, Dakota, to Heaven, I knew I had made the right choice. The people that I spoke to on the phone were so sweet and compassionate. They asked my name and my dog's name and then referred to him by name. When Dr. Gill came to our home, she continued the feeling that we had made the right decision. It is a heartbreaking decision to make, but having Dr. Gill there made it feel very peaceful. We were able to sit with Dakota and have our other dog come in and lay by him. She gave us time to cry and tell him we loved him. She only continued with the process of sending him home when she knew we were ready.

Yes, you will pay more than you would going to your vet, but being in the comfort of our own home and not making Dakota nervous was so worth it.

Going to the vet was not Dakota's favorite thing. He would shake and pace. Since his back legs were not working anymore and he could not see very well at all from his skull sinking due to cancer, we did not want to put him through that.

Dr. Gill did an imprint of Dakota's paw right there on the spot and I also got a lock of his hair.

If you love your pet and feel like being in your own home for your animal's passing is what you want, I would highly recommend Lap of Love.

Thank you Dr. Gill and Lap of Love for your kindness and caring in such a difficult moment.

Sincerely,

Tim and Wendy Hartman

Lake Mary, FL"

Wendy Hartman
Lake Mary, FL, Florida

"Dr. Elizabeth was wonderful. Very caring and professional. Keely was at peace with Dr. Elizabeth and went right to sleep with no struggles. Thank you Dr. Elizabeth"

Florence Barnes
Lake Mary, Florida

"Elizabeth was very kind and explained the process to us so that we were prepared. She offered words of comfort and explanations to help support us in our decision to utiize Lap of Love. Indy was treated with total respect and care throughout, and we did not feel rushed."

Darlene Killen
Orlanoo, Florida

"Dr. Amanda was very professional and sincere when she came to the house to help my dog Kai be put to rest. She told us what was going to happen step by step and made the process clear. She gave the family plenty of time to grieve during the time she spent there and did and excellent job ensuring Kai didn't feel a thing when it was time. While I hope not to go through this experience again any time soon, I would gratefully welcome the vets of Lap of Love into my home to help with the process again."

Joshua Minkler
Clermont, Florida

"Dr Gill is an absolutely sweet person. She helped two of my babies cross over the rainbow bridge. She was so sweet and understanding. Dr Gill took her time and helped us in a very difficult time in our lives. Thank you dr Gill for being there for my babies and for my family during this time. You are a true angel."

Melanie Hoyt
Kissimmee, Florida

"Annie, thanking you seems so small for all you did. We will forever be grateful that people like you exist. Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts."

Gary Kelly
Orlando, Florida

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Loss Hotline

  (352) 392-4700

University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine

Emergency Clinic

  (863) 324-3340

Veterinary Healthcare Associates

Pet Loss Resource

  (321) 821-4871

The Pet Loss Center

Emergency Clinic

  (407) 438-4449

Veterinary Emergency Clinic

Emergency Clinic

  (407) 273-3336

Animal Emergency Center (Pet ER)

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

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.

Pet Memorials
“My Aussie, my best friend, passed away today at the age of 15 1/2 years. Keely went everywhere with me. Always by my side. She knew what I was going to do just by which shoes I put on. Sleep well sweet one. Cross that rainbow Bridge and find Chip, your friend, and enjoy life together.”
Florence Barnes
August 8, 2020
“You never forget your first dog.

Indiana Jones acquired over 850 documented visits to schools, mental hospitals, and assisted living facilities in his therapy dog work.

Indy was a PetSmart Training Demonstration Dog, Canine Good Citizen, AKC Therapy dog member, Be An Angel Therapy Dogs member, and Alliance of Therapy Dogs team member. For ...
Darlene Killen
August 6, 2020
“Kai was one of a kind, as many owners will say about their own pets. He was smart (to smart at times) he loved children and didn't have an aggressive bone in his body. He loved everyone, even strangers and all he wanted to do was play and make friends. He was a big part of the past 11 years of my life and it's hard to think about not having him ...
Joshua Minkler
August 5, 2020
“Missing my Chewy so much ❤️ I remember the day he came home from a local shelter. He was just an 8 month old puppy with tons of energy. I fell in love with him immediately. He and I had a bond that was unique. He was my little man who I adored even when he was acting naughty. I am missing a piece of my heart without him near💔 I hope to see him ...
Melanie Hoyt
August 3, 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 916613
Longwood, Florida 32791

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Annie Dion-Byrd.

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