Atlanta & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes a brief 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.
Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief 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 pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. 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 and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within a week. They can also be made available directly from the crematory (no charge) or mailed to you for an additional fee of $40.
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.
Lauren Cassady, DVM
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and I always had a cat by my side. Although I had an interest in medicine during high school and college, I did not know that I wanted to become a vet until my junior year at Furman University. Our cat, Lilly, had escaped from the house and had been in an accident. She was rushed to the vet where her life was saved. That summer, I began working for the doctor who helped Lilly. Through my family’s experience and the compassion of Dr. Stark, I realized that pet parents can be healed on an emotional level by veterinarians helping their pets. I knew from that point forward that I wanted to be a veterinarian.
In my career, I have been a general practitioner, emergency vet, and practice owner. The one interaction during all the stages of my career where I feel like I can make the biggest difference in the lives of both pets and their families’ is during the final days and minutes of a pet’s life. When I can ease the suffering of a pet in a way that the family feels at peace with their decision, then I know I have done my job. I am honored to be working with Lap of Love, and helping families in this unique way.
Cary Mackey, DVM
I grew up in Tidewater Virginia in a house filled with animals. We have always had at least three cats and one dog at any given time. My close association with animals from birth naturally cultivated a love for taking care of them and learning all about them. This led me to follow my family roots to the Deep South for college and veterinary school receiving my Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Auburn University. In veterinary school, I developed special interests in surgery, feline medicine and dermatology but since starting in general practice, I realized there is a great need for learning how to care for geriatric pets and pets at the hospice stage. No time is more important with your pet than at the end of their long life. I believe we have a wonderful gift of euthanasia in our profession that helps our pets pass with dignity and in peace. I am honored to serve you, your family, and most importantly your pets with Lap of Love.
Ashley Payne, DVM
I was born and raised in Alpharetta, GA and attended Woodward Academy. My journey to becoming a veterinarian began when I got my own dog at the age of 7. My wish had finally come true!
I grew up in a medical family and knew that I wanted to pursue medicine in some fashion, but it wasn’t until my freshman year at Auburn University that I found my calling. I was working in a veterinarian’s office when my beloved Sheltie got sick and had to be hospitalized. As an employee at the veterinary office, I witnessed first-hand the compassion they showed to both my dog and me. It was then that my love and animals and medicine came together. I returned to Auburn and changed my major to Zoology. After that, I was accepted to the University of Florida College of Veterinarian Medicine and earned my DVM.
I feel so privileged to be able to guide other families through the process of helping their pets, whether it be to improve their quality of life or end their suffering.
Jo Millard, DVM
I grew up on a small farm in southern Michigan and have always had multiple pets. From a young age, I always wanted to "help" the sick barn cats and save the baby pigs; I loved it whenever the vet came out for a farm visit! Thus began my quest of becoming a veterinarian to help animals. I ecstatically began my veterinary training at Michigan State University, and despite life's twists and turns, very successfully completed and received my DVM from Cornell University in 1994.
But 1994 also brought some unexpected life changes - the death of my father and the birth of my son, who a year later developed progressive special needs. I have since spent the last 20+ years in central New York learning how to balance caring for animals with caregiving for people. Along the way, I’ve realized that by caring for pets, we are helping their human caregivers as well! I have found that I help the most when I can take time to be present with clients, listen to their concerns and offer compassion.
As no journey is ever straight, my most recent life "twist" has brought me to Atlanta to further assist my son—now a young adult—in pursuit of his dreams. And as fate would have it, I can continue to pursue my own as well. I have a great desire to assist families making end-of-life decisions for their pets in the comfort of their homes. As a Lap of Love veterinarian, I can be present, caring, and compassionate with pet caregivers in their deepest time of need, and give their cherished companions the dignity and respect they deserve. I look forward to serving families in the metro Atlanta area.
Lauren Cassady, DVM
"I cannot speak more highly of Lap of Love. In the midst of our grief of learning our beloved boxer Chelsea had late stage cancer, the entire team at Lap of Love was supportive, understanding, and sensitive to our loss. Thank you Ejay and Dr. Ashley for helping my sons and me say goodbye in a loving and peace filled way. I can’t thank you enough."
Carrie ChristieAtlanta, Georgia
"Putting a pet to sleep is one of the hardest decisions you make as a pet owner. Our sweet boy was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma in October 2017. At 14 years old, we decided to not pursue treatments that would most likely shorten his time with us. It was at this time I started to research heavily about who we would call to help him pass at home. Our guy was not a fan of the vet and was probably one of the only dogs that really hated car rides! So we wanted to make it as stress free for him as possible. He went down hill quickly on a Thursday and we knew it was time. My research had led us to Lap of Love. The reviews are honest and heartfelt and I can tell you that we had the best experience on one of the worst days for our family. The women we spoke with (Jenny, Bethany, and Erin) were so kind and caring. You can feel the kindness and that just means the world. Dr. Ashley Payne was the veterinarian that came to help us. From the moment we met her, she just put us at ease. She was kind and loving towards us and most importantly, our sweet boy. We had moved him out onto his favorite lounge chair on our porch and she was happy to sit on the floor next to him as she introduced herself to him and walked us through the process. She told us that part of her job is to make sure that it actually is time as most of us have a lot of guilt around when is the right time. His type of cancer goes downhill quickly, so it was time. Dr. Ashley gave us all the time we needed and treated our sweet boy with so much love. A week later and we still talk about Dr. Ashley and how much of an impact she made on our family that day. Our dog was part of our family for 14.5 years and he was family. He deserved the best and we gave him the best. Lap of Love will make you feel loved and cared for before and after."
Jessica ForrestPowder Springs, Georgia
"Letting go of our 17 year old orange kitty was a very painful experience - it was and still is hard to imagine a world without him in it. However, Dr. Ashley treated Jakey and me with incredible kindness, compassion, and empathy. If you must say goodbye to your beloved pet, Lap of Love is the only way to go."
Jessica SchmollDecatur, Georgia
"Dr. Jo was amazing and helped me get through a very difficult time with my dog Hugs. Hugs had been with me since he was 2 days old and died after 18 years. Dr. Jo helped me understand that this was an act of kindness and to remember the good times I had with Hugs. I decided that our time would be private and Dr. Jo supported me through the process which was important since my family was away. I can't thank Dr. Jo enough for her time and kind words."
Kimberly DuncanDunwoody, Georgia
"We called Lap of Love to help us say goodbye to our beloved cat, Espresso. Dr. Jo came and helped us through the process. She was kind and sympathetic which was just what we needed. She gave us time to be with our pet and grieve his passing. Although it is a difficult situation, she made it as easy as possible for us. I am so thankful for Lap of Love. They are professional, caring and come to your home, which lets you have a more relaxed atmosphere for the final moments of the pet's life. Thank you, Dr. Jo, for coming to our home and being so gentle, professional and compassionate with us and Espresso."
Janet SloanPeachtree City, Georgia
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Lawrenceville: Christy R. Simpson, LCSW
Norcross: North Pines Counseling Center
Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs GA
An-emerge (after hours only), Gainesville GA
Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Woodstock, GA
Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Marietta, GA
The Village Vets in Decatur, Decatur, GA
St. Francis Veterinary Specialists, Decatur, GA
Helping families in the following areas:
We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in Atlanta and surrounding suburbs. Travel fees may be assessed based on distance from veterinarian's home, beginning at $30 for travel over 20 miles.
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.
Lap of Love2107 N. Decatur RoadSuite 246Decatur, GA 30033
Fox 5 Atlanta: Pet Owners Say Goodbye At Home
The Atlanta Journal: Veterinarian Brings Hospice Care to Pets
We Are deKalb Magazine: Lap of Love Brings In-Home Pet Hospice Care