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
"We are so grateful for Lap of Love, Dr. Elizabeth for all her help.
You were there for all our questions and needs.
I highly recommend them, they are special people, not anyone can do what they do.
Just having Dr. Elizabeth assist Molly to help her pass on in her/our home was so comforting,
She gave us the time we needed to say goodbye, she walked/talked us thru the process, explained what she was doing, how long etc. she gave us the time we needed
We will forever be grateful for your kindness and compassion you gave Molly and us in her final hr.
Your a special person, beyond words, Thank You Dr Elizabeth 😇"
Mary PehonskyWinter Garden, Florida
"There aren't enough words to describe how amazing Dr. Annie is at what she does every day. This is the second time she has been in our home helping us say goodbye to our sweet dogs, the first with Tyson and now ERA. On both occasions, Dr. Annie took her time explaining our options, she showed our dogs so much love and compassion both before and after it was time to send them home. Dr. Annie cried with us, hugged us, gave us the time we needed, shared stories with us and simply did whatever she could to help us get through two of the worst days you have to experience when saying goodbye to your fur babies. Before finding Laps of Love, we had to say goodbye to our two other labs (Max and RBI) in a cold unfamiliar vets office and it made the process twice as bad because we could see they were afraid of what was happening and not comfortable being there. We are so grateful that we found Laps of Love because being able to stay at home in your babies favorite spot with no added stress or fear is a gift we would happily pay any amount for our best friends final goodbye to be filled with love, comfort and the peace they deserve. Dr. Annie and Laps of Love are a gift from God and somehow are able to bring you comfort that you simply can't get anywhere else. Thank you, Dr. Annie, for your hugs, tears, words of encouragement and for all you have done for my family and our best friends. There simply aren't enough words or thank you's."
David and Lisa SantilloOrlando, Florida
"We appreciate Dr. Annie’s genuine care and compassion she demonstrated not only to us, but to our beloved Stuart.
She made what was the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do so comforting.
We are forever grateful for her patience and understanding while we said our final goodbyes to our little boy."
Richard & Ray WattsWindermere, FL, Florida
"I am truly thankful for the at home euthanasia services performed by Lap of Love. After euthanizing 2 prior animals within a vets office, I could see the stress my animals were under before being put to sleep. I didn't want them to experience that within their last moments. I learned of the at home services through a colleague and decided when it was time for my elderly King Shepherd Hunter, that he was going to pass surrounded by his family and in the comfort of his home. To make the call was difficult, however Stephanie was helpful and reassuring that we were making the best decision. She walked me through the process showing care and empathy through the entire process. Dr. Annie was truly amazing. She worked at our pace and made sure to educate us to each step of the process. Her calm and gentle demeanor put Hunter at ease and he knew at her arrival that she was his Angel there to take him home. I couldn't have asked for a more comfortable and peaceful passing, and knowing he was no longer in pain was the biggest relief. I thank Dr. Annie and the staff at Lap of Love for making a difficult time a little less painful and definitely highly recommend their services."
Jennifer DelaneyLake Mary, Florida
"We are so grateful to Dr. Annie for helping to make our last moments with our 11 year old Rottie, Apollo, as peaceful and loving as possible. When she came in, Apollo was happy to see her. He could not get up, so she sat with him to pet him for a while. You could see the smile in his eyes, so happy with the attention. In addition to his severe arthritis, she was able to tell us right away after looking at his gums that he was also in liver failure, and we were doing the right thing and the right time. She explained the process in detail and gave us as much space and time that we needed. At her suggestion, he was happily eating his favorites of cheese and ham as he slowly nodded off. I was touched at how she treated his body with such care and compassion afterwards. I feel that she was an angel sent to us in our time of need and I can’t imagine anyone else having done a better job. After going through the process in the comfort of our home and with Apollo in his bed versus having to load a pained and arthritic dog into a car and carry him into a cold exam room at the vet’s office… I would gladly pay any amount, yet I do not feel that it was more than what we would have paid a vet’s office and the opportunity to be at home was priceless for our hearts. Bless the vets at Lap of Love that perform this service in our time of need."
Nahir ClintonApopka, Florida
"Thank you Lap of Love and Dr Elizabeth for helping us through such a sad experience. Your compassion will never be forgotten. We had Helios with us for 13 years and were able to give him love and attention through his bout with cancer and FIV. He was such a wonderful companion, and we miss him terribly. Lap of Love is a wonderful group of caring people. Thank you Donna who was so sweet and helpful when I called and Dr. Elizabeth who came to our house and helped us let go of our big guy. You will never be forgotten.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Lesli and Bill"
Lesli WhiteWinter 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