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
"Dr Blake was wonderful.
We can not thank her enough for allowing us the time we needed. She was so gentle with Peanut. So patient. Thank you Dr Blake for your beautiful compassion, and for helping our girl pass on so peacefully."
Vanessa HaroutounianOrlando, Florida
"I had taken in a stray black cat 18 years ago, she was abused, almost died, the Vet said he did not think she was going to make it. She spent a week in the hospital, I went to visit her every day, with IV's in her little legs and as sick as she was, she would stand up to give me a kiss. She came home after that week, we had to keep her in a private room for 1 month, but she made it and gave us 18 years of love and joy. She hated the carrier as she was in a shelter because of a horrible neighbor who abused her and then put her in there. This beautiful little cat saved my Mother's life when she had a stroke, if it was not for her crying and making noise, my Mother would have died. She was sweet and strong willed at the same time, but very smart. She loved our dog Rocky and her buddy Kitty. It was the hardest decision I had to make, letting her go. She was sick, but I knew she was fighting to stay here with me, I believe she believed she was taking care of me. My Vet told me about lap of love and I was blessed to have Dr. Elizabeth come to our home. She was kind and gentle, Blackie never had to be in a cage going to a Vet's, she was in my bed, on her pillow when she went to sleep. She is now buried next to Kitty and not in pain. I have told everyone about this service and how wonderful and kind Dr. Elizabeth was. It has taken me almost 3 months to be able to write this note as I still miss my little girl. Dr. Elizabeth, please know how grateful I am that Blackie and I were blessed with you.
Thank you and God Bless you,
Dorothy B MallarOrlando, Florida
"Dr. Annie has become a family friend in our time of need. She has come to us now twice and would not have it any other way. I feel relieved and comforted when Dr. Annie is here. She is truly a compassionate person for pets and pet parents."
Dawn PantkeSorrento, Florida
I do apologize for taking some time to send a message. 1 - I couldn't see through my tears, and 2 - I truly do not have the words to express how grateful we are that you were sent to us in Waggsy's departing moments.
We adopted Waggsy as a stray when he was four months old, and he passed at the ripe age of 12.5 years. For a black lab mix, this is pretty awesome.
When his brother, Jackson, and sister, Suzi, unexpectedly passed in late 2014, we really thought Waggsy would go by way of "Where the Red Fern Grows," but he shocked us by being with us for another three years.
Waggsy loved the beach, made the move with us from Seattle to Orlando, and became a big brother to our son Gunnar. He was a true, true friend, and there will never be another like him.
Now, onto the "Lap" stuff... (-:
I had no idea August 30 was going to be "the day," but the call had to be made. Since I was such a wreck, I had to have my sister call to make the appointment.
The staff at Lap of Love was FANTASTIC and so understanding. As they state, they were able to get us in for a same-day visit.
Dr. Annie is courteous, gentle, kind, so understanding. Never in the time she was here did we feel rushed. While she was very sympathetic to our - Waggsy's humans' - needs, she was above and beyond with ensuring that Waggsy passed in a happy environment with his dignity intact. We had time to cry, hold, hug.
Every detail (to be real honest, it's mind-boggling) is tended to. Walking in the house. Ensuring comfort. Accepting "Twilight" band-aids from our 22-month-old son. Transfer to the gurney. Placement to look as though he's in a peaceful sleep. Follow-up messages.
We had a private cremation, and the box Waggsy arrived in yesterday blew us away. It's gorgeous. It has his name on the top.
I truly cannot say enough about Dr. Annie and this amazing practice. Dr. Annie was a Godsend during a moment when we were barely able to cope with the shock of what was happening.
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for everything. While we don't hope to see you again (you know what I mean - in this capacity), your number will definitely be kept handy and we will absolutely be sharing your information with anyone who will listen."
Anni EricksonOrlando, Florida
"Dr. Stacy was amazing. She was empathetic and very understanding. Even though I was emotional and had difficultly speaking at times, she was understanding and let things move at a pace that we were comfortable with. She was also quick to explain everything that was going on and helped making Bo's passing occur in a way that was comfortable and special.
Even though this is a very tough thing to go through, I would definitely recommend doing things this way. I look back and it was special and dignified. My pup was comfortable and at ease, instead of anxious and scared.
Dr. Stacy, thank you so much for being there for us!"
Joe KWindermere, Florida
"It has been about six weeks since I lost my precious boy, Jaxson. He was my sunshine, my smile and my soul. I am so thankful to Dr. Annie and Lap of Love for their amazing service - done with integrity, compassion and grace - from the first phone call I made. When Dr. Annie arrived, my anxiety level was high, but as soon as she walked through the door, I began to calm down. Her confident yet caring demeanor helped me know that the difficult decision I was making was the right one. I couldn't imagine a better veterinarian walking this journey with me. She was understanding and thoughtful in her delivery of what was going to happen and let me go through each step in my own time as it does take some time to accept what is about to happen. My sweet boy loved her and trusted her and we both showered him with kisses and belly rubs until the time came. It was loving and peaceful and who can ask for more than that. Thank you to Dr. Annie for making a very difficult situation as good as it can be. I don't know how you do what you do every day, but I'm forever thankful that there are people like you in this world to help people like me through these tough times. Much love!! Chandra"
Chandra WatersOrlando, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Healthcare Associates
Veterinary Emergency Clinic
The Pet Loss Center
Lotus Therapy Center, Holly Cox, LMFT - Winter Park, FL
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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