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.
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 Michele
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 am originally from a small town just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. After many vacations to Walt Disney World, my family decided to make the move to sunny Orlando, FL around my tenth birthday.
Shortly after moving to Florida, my sister and I expressed adamant interest in getting a puppy. After months of persistently begging our parents for a Dalmatian, they finally gave in, and we were allowed to bring home our furry companion, Taffy! Throughout her early years, our sweet girl suffered from underlying skin allergies, causing us to make frequent visits to the veterinarian. Oddly enough, I thoroughly enjoyed joining Taffy on her vet visits, which quickly made me realize my interest in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
Upon graduating high school, I became a kennel technician at the same animal hospital Taffy frequented, and eventually advanced to a veterinary technician while completing my education. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree through the University of Central Florida, then went on to receive a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
It was during my second year of veterinary school that my family had to say goodbye to our beloved Taffy after fourteen years. Taffy was a best friend to me, and by far one of the toughest losses I have ever faced. She taught me the strength of the human animal bond, as she had been by my side from elementary school through vet school. In fact, she is the reason I am a veterinarian today, and for that, will always hold a very special place in my heart.
Losing Taffy showed me first-hand how hard it is to say good-bye to an adored pet. Our pets have a unique way of loving us and becoming an integral part of our family. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to honor that special bond by allowing a peaceful way for families to say good-bye in the comfort of their own homes.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
"We met Dr. Elizabeth almost a year ago to say goodbye to our wonderful and loving golden, Atticus. We did not want to be in the same position almost a year later to say goodbye to Ginger. Ginger had the biggest brown eyes, she was an extremely sweet and lovable pup. She filled our lives with unconditional love and happiness for 15 years.
Dr. Elizabeth brought calmness and love into our home. Dr. Elizabeth and Lap of Love are the ultimate professionals. Very sad day for our family, but they helped in so many ways so we could peacefully send Ginger to heaven, where Atticus and our loved ones were waiting. Thank you Dr. Elizabeth and everyone at Lap of Love.
Ginger, we know God is holding you in heaven and you are now relaxed and pain free. We all love and miss you very much!
Love, Mom & Dad"
Erica EgeliOrlando, Florida
"Dr. Annie Dion-Byrd, YOU ARE THE BEST!!
We held Nate's home-going until our oldest daughter could make it home for her military leave. Dr. Annie, who assisted us with our precious Kenya, came over on her day off to help us see our little man off in the most peaceful way possible. Her compassion and gentle-loving and genuine investment in our family will not go forgotten. We really love you as a person and consider you a member of the family.
Pamela LloydDebary, Florida
"Our Kobe declined quickly after being diagnosed with chronic renal failure. After learning that his condition would not improve and watching him struggle with weakness and breathing we made the tough decision to let him go. It was important to us to have it be at home, surrounded by his family. We were referred to Lap of Love who allowed for us to make arrangements quickly and minimize how long our Kobe had to suffer.
Dr. Dempsey was kind and thoughtful, and provided us with the comfort of knowing how things would happen, what to expect, and allowing us our time to grieve in the moment. We were still in shock and it felt surreal to have to let our Kobe go so suddenly, yet she reassured us that he truly was very ill and we had made the right decision. She also asked us if we wanted to get his pawprints and some of his hair, which we now treasure and are so glad to have. By far, we know Kobe was able to be at peace and feel how loved he was and in the midst of the circumstances, Lap of Love and Dr. Dempsey allowed us to give him that in his last moments. We are forever grateful."
Elisa HerreraClermont, Florida
"I had heard of Lap of Love through a friend so when the difficult time arrived, we did not hesitate to contact this wonderful service for our dachshund, Rocky. Dr. Dempsey was here within an hour and a half from the time we made the call. We are comforted in knowing that Rocky passed peacefully with his soft blanket and in his own home. Our personal vet told us they think Lap of Love is a great organization which made us feel better about our decision."
Frances MelvinOrlando, Florida
"It was unfortunate that Dr. Stacy had to return to my home just 7 weeks after a previous visit, but I knew that she was who I wanted to assist in the transition of Maleficent. I’m grateful for people like her who can provide ease and comfort in the most difficult times when you are faced to say goodbye to your best friends. Thank you for being so kind and gentle with my babies."
Beck HarnerKissimmee, Florida
"Dr. Gill was so kind and gentle when it was time to euthanize our little cat, Pono. She didn’t rush us and we were able to hold Pono on our lap so she was surrounded in loving arms. We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter farewell. We highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone having to make this difficult decision."
Patricia WehmanCelebration, 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
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This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Annie Dion-Byrd