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.
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 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, 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!
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
"Just incredible..thanks again Doc. You were awesome, like we said, I hope I don't see you for awhile but good knowing you guys are here."
Dave LoganSanford, Florida
"I never knew such an awesome and compassionate service existed! I am so very grateful I found the Lap of Love. I could not ask for a nicer group of people. Right from the start, my initial email received a quick and heartfelt response that assured me I had found the right group. A phone call was next and Katie could not have been more awesome and friendly and sincere. When Dr. Annie arrived I was greeted by a warm and caring and funny ray of sunshine. My dog Matilda has been with me for almost 12 years, one failed business, one market crash, one bankruptcy, one tornado, six residences, 3 boyfriends and the loss of my Mom. Matilda has been with me through the most trying times of my life. I could not imagine bringing her to a place she loathed (the vet office.) Matilda could always look forward to a ride in the car and a burger at Wendy's after the vet but that did not mean she had to like it. Dr. Annie from Lap of Love made me feel relief about sending my best friend over the rainbow bridge. Matilda immediately trusted Dr. Annie and even smiled at her which made us laugh. Matilda was the calmest Jack Russell I have ever had or known. Matilda is laying in the sun somewhere because that was her favorite thing to do; lay in the sun until she was so hot she could not take it any longer. Thank you to Dr. Annie and the entire staff at Lap of Love. Saying goodbye to Matilda was the best worst day ever. No person or animal should ever have to go to the cold vet office for the inevitable. Let Lap of Love come to you!"
Jill NelanEustis, Florida
"Dr. Stacey, words can not express our gratitude for the compassion and empathy you showed in our home during such a difficult decision. Your professionalism and understanding means the world to us. Thank you for taking the time to listen to our concerns about making the best decisions for our baby. We miss him intensely."
Lake Mary, Florida
"I said goodbye to my beautiful girl Hemera this past Thursday night and thanks to Lap of Love and Dr. Annie, what could have been devastatingly sad and traumatic, was instead peaceful and beautiful and a joyful celebration of my fur baby's life. She had a wonderful last day with all of her favourite treats and new indulgences, kissing babies, playing with neighbourhood friends and finally making a great new friend in Dr. Annie. That she immediately LOVED Dr. Annie was such a relief for me because it made the process that much smoother and easier. Lap of Love not only provided the beautiful transition of helping her to rest, they helped me to make the right decision for her and accommodated my needs accordingly. I cannot put into words how truly wonderful they are and what they do, but I felt the ease and peace from knowing that she was in great hands and well cared for. They think of every detail and I am deeply grateful to them. They are a wonderful organization made of of incredible people."
Jacqueline MitchellClermont, Florida
"Dr. Blake was very compassionate and helped make this process comforting for my family and other fur babies who were present during this difficult time."
Lisa RomanOrlando, Florida
"Dr. Elizabeth Gill was gracious in helping us with the most difficult decision regarding our beloved cat, Simba. Dr. Gill began by asking us about Simba's medical history and explained his ailments and some of his physical findings. She walked us through the entire procedure and was very gentle and comforting. After the procedure, she kindly excused herself from our home and left us to grieve which was what we wanted.
I would NEVER recommend having this procedure done at a Vet's office. Simba was euthanized in the comfort of his home with us holding him where he liked to "hang-out." We avoided the dreaded car ride to the vet's office, the traumatizing waiting room and the cold stainless steel table with background noises of other suffering animals.
Thank you again Dr. Gill.
Rene and Lauren"
Rene And LaurenWinter Park, 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 $100 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