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. Sydney was kind, compassionate and very loving and came out during the COVID 19 outbreak to euthanize our sweet Lili. Lili had passed on her own the night before our appointment but Dr. Sydney came to take her away for us and was very understanding of our grief. Wonderful loving and caring vet. Thank you!"

Karen Wagner
Marietta, Georgia

"Dr. Ashley came to my home and from the moment she arrived, there was love and compassion for both me and my Harley. She explained everything she was going to do and was very gentle and didn't rush me or Harley when it was time to say good bye. She gave me his paw print and also some of his hair for me to keep with me forever. When it was time for Harley to go with her, she gently put him in the basket she had brought with her and covered him with the blanket and very carefully took him with her. I knew he was safe with her. Thank you Dr. Ashley for all you did me for during this difficult time."

Rita Gable
Atlanta, Georgia

"It has been 3 weeks we said goodbye to our beloved elderly Chocolate Lab, Diva. She had been living with terminal cancer for over a year and it was very clear to us that there was no more quality of life. We have gone through the euthanasia process in the past with other pets, but always in the vet office, and it always felt cold and sterile. We wanted something more peaceful for Diva (who never liked the vet), which is why we called Lap of Love.

Dr. Sydney was an absolute GIFT to our family - she was incredibly compassionate, talked us through everything that was going to happen, encouraged us to tell stories and share memories of Diva and was just wonderful. She was incredibly gentle with our girl and gave her a sedative to relax her which was incredible - for the first time in weeks, I saw the pain leave Diva's eyes, and her tail started to wag! We then brought in her favorite treats and had a lovely little "picnic" in the living room for her. Then, when we were all ready to say goodbye, she administered the drug to help Diva cross the rainbow bridge. To say something was heartbreaking AND beautiful sounds like an oxymoron, but that's really the best description. It was honestly the most beautiful and peaceful send off you can imagine.

I will be forever thankful to Dr. Sydney for her compassionate and loving service that day.

And thank you to the founders of Lap of Love - I will recommend your service to any and all who are facing this difficult chapter."

Tracey Axnick
Lawrenceville, Georgia

"Dr Jo was incredible. I can't think of how anyone could be more caring and empathetic during this most difficult time. She helped prepare us, gave us time to say goodbye and was so so kind. Thank you Dr Jo you made all the difference."

Linda Curtis
Alpharetta, Georgia

"Dr Jo and Lap of Love made this dreadful, yet inevitable, day so much easier. Dr Jo was so kind and caring. We were able to say goodbye to Max in such a loving manner. I cannot say enough about how the caring and thoughtful approach made a difference. Max was such a joy and brought so much unconditional love and laughter to me my family and friends. It was difficult to let go but I take comfort in knowing that he is at peace."

Linda Curtis
Alpharetta, Georgia

"Dr. Johnson was simply the best. She was loving and kind and gentle and she listened to everything we had to say. She set things up perfectly and knew exactly what to say and when to say it. It all went perfectly and I can't say enough good things about the process from start to finish. The only possible time we could have done it was on a Sunday afternoon and Lap of Love had no problem arranging that. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Johnosn and Lap of Love for helping Nellie feel no more pain and cross that rainbow bridge in the most beautiful manner possible."


Atlanta, 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
“Well-loved by all totally spoiled and indulged younger sister of our fabulous GSD Zena who passed in June 2019.
Always served organic raw food and spring water (but liked to sneak in to sip toilet water). Goofy, interior decorator (moved our throw rugs around constantly), demanded her after dinner licks and Vitamin B infused ice cream, gave ...
Karen Wagner
March 31, 2020
“Harley was a faithful companion for 14 years to me and my family. He gave me many years of laughter and love and had to leave this earth much earlier than I was ready to let him go. Harley may have been small; however, he had a large presence. No matter where he went, he was always making friends with humans because Harley thought he was a ...
Rita Gable
March 30, 2020
“Max loved car rides, the dog park, the dog beach, walking , treats and rolling in any scented location. As a pup one of his favorite things was to snuggle on the floor or the couch by leaning into you and then rubbing his back against your hair -he loved the smell of shampoo! Max was my constant companion; I took him everywhere. He would run ...
Linda Curtis
March 15, 2020
“Nellie was the kindest and most loving dog ever. We rescued her as a puppy and we are privileged and honored to have known her for almost her entire life. She always wanted to be around her humans and she loved everyone she ever met. She loved her walks just as much as being around her humans. She was a loving big sister to Allie and helped ...
March 10, 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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