PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA $300

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$400

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, 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.

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.

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. 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. 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 homebound 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. 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.

Dr. Sydney

Sydney Brehm

I grew up in rural north Georgia on a 14-acre family farm where we raised cows, chickens, hogs, goats, and even peacocks. For a child who loved animals, it was paradise! My family is a funny mix of teachers and nurses, so I feel as though I was born with a medical calling and a desire to help people. Family dinners where my mom and my aunt would regale us with the latest graphic medical dramas they had encountered, while grossing out my cousins, were fascinating to me. It became obvious that veterinary medicine was my calling from a very young age. 

After graduating from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, I was a general practitioner in a busy companion animal clinic. My older patients really stole my heart. Give me a 12 year old chocolate lab quietly thumping her tail on the floor while she rolls over for belly rubs, or a 15 year old tabby cat who just wants to hang out in your lap and purr most of the day, and I melt. After we lost our 13-year-old dobie to a chronic disease in 2018, my passion for helping older pets was really cemented. Even as a veterinarian, what we went through trying to manage her was, at times, scary and overwhelming. Our sweet girl was able to have a peaceful passing at home and I feel it is truly my purpose to provide the type of serenity that we got to experience.

About 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. Johnson is an amazing veterinarian who made a terrible day a little bit better. My cat had oral cancer and when she stopped eating, I knew it was time to end her suffering. I had never had to make that decision before and decided to use Lap of Love because Ariel did not travel well and would get extremely stressed out at the vet. Having her go peacefully in my arms in her house was very important to me. All the way through, Dr. Johnson was incredibly nice and understanding of how emotional this time was. She walked me through the process before I brought Ariel out so as to minimize the talking she would have to do during the procedure (Ariel was also not fond of strangers). While waiting for Ariel's sedation to take hold, she asked me questions about Ariel and my other cat and allowed me to share some funny memories that helped me with saying goodbye. She also examined Ariel and confirmed that I had made the right decision and that she was no longer going to be in pain due to her oral tumor. After the procedure was over, she quietly left me to grieve with Ariel and to allow my other cat, Sebastian, to come out and examine her so that he would know what had happened. After that she gently tucked Ariel into a basket with a soft blanket and gave me a final chance to say goodbye. Throughout it all she was respectful, upbeat but caring, and overall made me feel much more positive about everything than I had anticipated I would. If I ever have to use Lap of Love again (hopefully not for a long time), I will be specifically requesting Dr. Johnson again."

Shelby Smith
Atlanta, Georgia

"I just wanted to pass along my sincere "thank you" to Dr. Sydney Brehm. We had to euthanize our almost 16 year old dog and this was the first time we experienced this stage of the life cycle. Dr. Sydney was so kind, compassionate, spoke softly to us and guided us through the process. It could not have gone better given the circumstances. I wish she could be our veterinarian for our other dog! She is the best - THANK YOU!"

Sue Gumbs
Atlanta, Georgia

"Dr. Jo was so kind to us during this time of intense grief and sorrow. She provided exceptional care and support.

This is the second time I have had to use Laps of Love and I can’t say enough about the wonderful end of life care they offer to pets and pet parents.

Thank you for your help Dr. Jo."

Christine Tenley
Roswell, Georgia

"There is never a right time or an easy time to make the very difficult decision to let one of your loved ones cross the bridge. I want to thank Dr. Elizabeth for her kindness and compassion when my sweet Findlay's time had come. Being at home and letting her go peacefully made this transition so much easier, for both of us. Thank you for coming out in all of the craziness to help my little angel, I will always appreciate that it didn't stop you from helping in our time of need. My very best regards, Diane."

Diane Billmaier
Dahlonega, Georgia

"Dr Sydney! WOW!!!!

What a fantastic person she is! Compassion and caring exude from this very sweet and wonderful Vet. She asked for info on Scoie (One of his his nick names)....and not only made him comfortable, but made each of us there comfortable as well.

Thank you Dr. Sydney for your care compassion, concern and empathy through out this very difficult time. You made the process easy! God sent you my way! Thank you for your help with this...I am blessed to have found you all!!"

Julie Brooks
Lawrenceville, Georgia

"Dr. Jo was comforting, competent, and caring - the 3 C's. We had a very special last day at home with Sissy and thank Dr. Jo and Dr. Ashley (she'd seen us before and helped us with putting off the inevitable for a time). Lap of Love is a tremendously needed service."

Alan Bier
Duluth, Georgia

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (404) 459-0903

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital - Sandy Springs

  (404) 994-4128

Saint Francis Veterinary Specialist - Decatur

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
“This past Friday we had to let our precious Lucy go. She was suffering from hemagiosarcoma and lived approximately one month following her splenectomy. Sadly the cancer aggressively spread to her liver and was causing a fatal bleed. We are grateful for the additional month we had with her though.

Lucy was surrounded by her dog mother me, her ...
Christine Tenley
May 31, 2020
“Although still Raw with pain from his passing, I am so pleased with my choice to contact Lap of Love this past week with our need for Roscoe. From the moment I called in for info to the hug for me from Dr . Sydney...the event could not have been any easier for me. The decision was the hardest part...and for any of you when dealing with a loving ...
Julie Brooks
May 26, 2020
“Sissy was a calico colored cat who spent the first 11 years of her life living with intense second-hand smoke and developed terrible lung disease and obesity. Her owners no longer wanted her and we rescued her and adopted her. She lived her last 18 months with us. Although we saved her, in return she showered us with love and affection. I have ...
Alan Bier
May 24, 2020
“You no longer greet us as we walk through the door.
You’re not here to make us laugh and smile with you.
Life seems quiet without you.
You were far more than a pet to us.
You were a loving family member and friend,
A loving soul we will never forget.


Mopps was a happy, loyal, and loving dog. We were blessed to have him for 14 years. He ...
Ashley Largo
May 5, 2020
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
PO Box 12176
Atlanta, Georgia 30355

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