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 by the crematory.
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
"There was no easy way to say goodbye to our baby boy, but Lap of Love made what was the hardest decision in our lives easier. Atticus was full of love, laughter, snuggles, and brought so much happiness to our family.
Atticus had been diagnosed with cancer and the time had come that we knew we had to say goodbye so he could be pain free in heaven. Dr. Gill brought calmness and love into our home. Dr. Gill 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 Atticus to heaven. Thank you Dr. Gill and everyone at Lap of Love. We love and miss you very much Atticus. Mom, Dad & Ginger"
Erica & Mike EgeliOrlando, Florida
"On July 3, 2017 my best buddy in the whole wide world had done his job and decided it was time to move on, to the next realm of existence and help someone else experience joy, laughter and unconditional love. It is so hard to say to our pets " it's ok to go", but that's what they are waiting for, because they worry so much about us that they struggle to be there. Toby left me on July 3rd, it's been a couple of weeks now and I can still hear his footsteps and look back to see if it is him. But he has gone to the next level already, I know this and all of us should as well, they will be waiting for us one day and they will say, even though I could not speak, you heard my call for you to allow me to move onward....."To infinity and Beyond". Tears are universal, unconditional love may be what our beloved pets are trying to teach us, all you need is love and just so happens that it is unconditional. Dr. Stacy Michele helped us allow Toby to transcend to the next level, she was so comforting and loving kindness, that is something that is not taught, it just is. So Toby went and it was well with Our Souls. What a great thing it is that we are able to learn and grow as humans from just loving our other spirits and knowing that they love us back without conditions, tears will come and go, but just remember the day that you brought your kindred one home, what a joy it is."
Jeffrey GarrisonOrlando, Florida
"We had to say goodbye to our sweet chocolate lab, Mimi, on July 1st. She had been doing well, despite being diagnosed with mast cell CA, but took a huge turn for the worse during the night and we knew we could not let her suffer a moment longer. I called Lap of Love that Saturday morning, and felt like we were thrown a lifeline. Ashley was as sweet and compassionate as she could be, answering all of our questions, and scheduled Dr Annie to come early that same afternoon. Dr Annie is the nicest, most compassionate person and was such a huge help and support at a horrible time for our family. Going to the vet would have been so stressful, not to mention painful, getting our girl in and out of the car, and it was certainly not her happy place. A typical lab, Mimi never lost her appetite, despite not being able to stand on her own. She had a bowl of ice cream while we all sat with her on the kitchen floor, then we said goodbye to our sweet, sweet best friend and family member for the past 9 years. We are telling everyone we know how wonderful Dr Annie is and what a great service Lap of Love provides. God bless you all."
Marge BuschbomOrlando, Florida
"Forced with the decision of when to help Bentley move on from this world, we knew we didn't want it to happen outside of our home. This is where he was loved and most comfortable. We were referred to Lap of Love by our Vet as an alternative to a vet visit and we are very happy they sent us to Dr. Elizabeth.
Making the decision to euthanize is never easy, but Dr. Elizabeth helped ease our worries. She came into our home and allowed everything to move at our pace. She asked a lot of questions and gathered a lot of info about Bentley and his health. She has a very caring and kind demeanor towards animals, this was obvious immediately. She was very open and informative about the process and what could be expected.
Bentley really despised going to the vet's office. He would become extremely stressed while there, having the option to have a professional, caring vet like Dr. Elizabeth come to our home was fantastic. It made the process a much more humane and respectful process, and this allowed us the opportunity to celebrate Bentley's life much more.
A huge thank you to Dr. Elizabeth!
-Josh and Sarah Scheid"
Josh ScheidWInter Park, Florida
"I had no idea what to expect when I was faced with this decision but Dr. Blake was very comforting. She walked us through every step of the process in the most compassionate way. It was the hardest thing I've every had to do but Dr. Blake absolutely made is bearable. I appreciate you more than I can put into words right now. Thank you from the bottom of my broken heart Dr. Stacy."
Airron DavisOviedo, Florida
"In 2014, my beloved Cheetarah was diagnosed with cancer. At 11 years old, she was not a candidate for chemo and her quality of life had already been suffering for nearly a year. We had to make the sudden and difficult choice to end her suffering. I was given a brochure about Lap of Love at AVS when I took Cheetarah to get a sonogram. After they found her tumor, about 3 days later she had a turn for the worse. I had never had to put down a pet before but I reluctantly called Lap of Love and they came the next day.
Dr. Annie came to my home and she was so comforting, soothing, understanding, and gentle. I think I needed her more than Cheetarah did. She was very patient with us and let us spend as much time with Cheetarah as we wanted. She thoroughly explained everything and answered all questions. Her visit lasted a few hours and Dr. Annie did not mind it at all.
She did everything in stages and made sure Cheetarah was comfortable and that we were ready for the next step. She was in my lap, on her favorite blanket, peacefully sleeping. My then-fiance had one of her paws in his hand and I had her other.
Afterwards, she let us bring Cheetarah down and into her car and reassured us that she would be brought to her home, not some cold stale warehouse. The entire process as sad as it was, was very bearable due to Dr. Annie and her loving nature. I would recommend Dr. Annie to anyone who is going thru a similar situation with their loved one."
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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