PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$425

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.

ADDITIONAL FEES

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$285
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$310
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$365
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$415

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).


COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$225

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 returned to the earth. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

Availability

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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet The Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Lauren

Lauren Cassady

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.

Dr. Cary

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. 

 

 

 

Dr. Elizabeth

Elizabeth Johnson

I grew up riding horses and hiking in the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. I knew that I wanted to go into medicine and care for people and animals after joining my dad, a physician, on house calls for his home bound patients as a child. It was my experience working alongside the compassionate, patient veterinarians in my small-town vet hospital as a high school student that solidified my decision to pursue veterinary medicine for my career. 

After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, I worked in a busy companion animal practice outside of Houston, Texas and developed a strong interest in geriatric pet care and end-of-life care. Being able to connect with families and help them during such a delicate time while also providing excellent communication has truly become a passion of mine. 

I later transitioned into the academic realm working with students at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Tennessee before moving to Atlanta to join Lap of Love. Being able to provide this kind of care and support to families is even more special knowing that my dad is now the medical director for a Home Health and Hospice company back home in Tennessee — I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It is my greatest priority and honor to provide a peaceful passing for beloved pets and a comfortable experience for the people who love them.

Dr. Ashley

Ashley Payne


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. 

Dr. Jo

Jo Millard


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.

About Lauren Cassady

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.

"I feel so fortunate to have had Dr. Millard help Holly pass. She was gentle, compassionate, and honored both humans and animals. She helped make an unbearable situation a little more bearable. Holly got the kind of death she deserved because of Dr. Millard's kindness and skill and I will forever be grateful."

Melissa S
Pine Lakeq, Georgia

"Gentleness, kindness, honor, time. We knew our Gizmo was sick, but he had a very sudden and severe downturn. We are so grateful that Dr. Lauren Cassady was able to come quickly so he would not suffer any more. Her presence was a gift to all of us. It was enough that she was incredibly kind, but her expertise was reassuring as well. We were guided through each step and were able to take as much time as we needed to say goodbye. It meant everything that we didn't have to move Gizmo, as he was in pain. He just went to sleep in his own bed, in his own home, surrounded by our love and the light of Dr. Lauren. We can honestly say, we have never met someone as kind as Lauren Cassady. We will always be grateful for what she gave our family."

Jack and Jill Barnes
Decatur, Georgia

"I cannot express the kindness and caring of Dr Jo Millard at such a difficult time. These things are never easy but she helped us through the process to make it as peaceful for Sadie and my whole family. I would certainly recommend her if you are ever in this situation to help guide you through. Thank you for such kindness and compassion during this difficult time."

Diane Torchio
Woodstock, Georgia

"Using Lap of Love is not a service that anyone enjoys using necessarily but I must say that every person I dealt with was the most compassionate and caring person without exception. Making the initial call was certainly the one of the hardest parts for me personally and the each time I called, I was just allowed time to catch my breath or cry. It is a very difficult call to make and I was treated with such care and understanding.

Dr. Ashley came to my home and was even able to come a little earlier when I knew it was time to say goodbye. She was most the most caring person and showed me and my cat Bobo such tenderness. I was slightly nervous given I had never experienced this before and Dr. Ashley spent so much time with me and my pet and made me feel very comfortable with the process. I actually felt a sense of peace knowing I had the gift to say goodbye at home without causing any more stress to my cat which was priceless. I even received a follow-up note and was provided support to ehlp me through my grief afterwards. Lap is Love is wonderful and every person I worked with was a gift in my time of grief."

Beth Stewart
Atlanta, Georgia

"Dr. Lauren was a beautiful soul and I'm so happy that she was the person to help our Lucky move on. It was a peaceful process and she was kind and thoughtful."

Ashley Hoffenberg
Atlanta, Georgia

"We are beyond grateful for the care, attention, gentle guidance, and professionalism of Dr. Elizabeth Johnson on the day we had to say goodbye to Ruby, our dog of 14 years. We couldn’t have asked for a kinder veterinarian to help us through this devastating process. To have been able to give Ruby the gift of mercy in our own backyard with the sun on her face as she lay on her blanket was so very special. Dr. Elizabeth was present but never pushy. She gave us the space to cry, say goodbye, and provided kind encouragement before leaving. Thank you, Dr. Elizabeth and all the compassionate veterinarians who are part of Lap of Love."

Sara & Rob Laycock
Atlanta, Georgia

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (404) 300-3691

Lawrenceville: Christy R. Simpson, LCSW

  (770) 448-1111

Norcross: North Pines Counseling Center

Emergency Clinic

  (404) 459-0903

Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs GA

Emergency Clinic

  (770) 534-2911

An-emerge (after hours only), Gainesville GA

Emergency Clinic

  (678) 238-0700

Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Woodstock, GA

Emergency Clinic

  (770) 424-9157

Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Marietta, GA

Emergency Clinic

  (404) 371-0111

The Village Vets in Decatur, Decatur, GA

Emergency Clinic

  (404) 924-2000

St. Francis Veterinary Specialists, Decatur, GA

SERVICE AREA

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.

Pet Memorials
“It has taken me some time to write this tribute because losing Holly was so hard. She was the sweetest, kindest and quirkiest dog. She was only five and had much more living to do. But in loving our pets, we agree to take on more pain so they will feel less. Holly, my life was so much richer because you were in it. And isn't that all we want out ...
Melissa S
September 12, 2019
“Sadie was the best dog ever. She was such a joy to have in our lives and we will miss her dearly. Rest In Peace my sweet soul.”
Diane Torchio
September 4, 2019
“We adopted Lucky when he was a young adult, and gave him a loving home for 12 years. I'm so thankful he joined our family, as he provided many laughs, purrs and snuggles through the years. His 5 am wake up calls and drooling lap visits will not go unnoticed. 😄 He was the quirkiest yet sweetest animal I've ever met. I'm grateful he's no longer in ...
Ashley Hoffenberg
September 2, 2019
“To my Dear Bambi. I miss you beyond words my baby. I miss the clickety-clack of your nails following me everywhere. I miss your greeting and wagging tail every time I come back into the house, even if I was outside a few minutes. I miss seeing your little head looking out the window with your perked ears looking for us outside. I miss having ...
Karla Schuster
August 25, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
2107 North Decatur Road
Suite 246
Decatur, Georgia 30033

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