Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$325

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.

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.

Geriatric Consultation$325

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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$250
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted
Optional Engraved Nameplate$35

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$110
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$140
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted

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.

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, 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.

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. Ashley

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. 

Dr. Jo

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.

About 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.

"Dr. Ashley was our Guide through this tough and emotional time. She was so patient and loving with us, never making us feel rushed. We shared stories with her and cried until we were ready. She loved on Bogey like he was her own and we couldn't appreciate that more. We highly recommend this company and everything it has to offer. Thank you again Dr. Ashley for being so kind to all of us."


Duluth, Georgia

"Over the years I have helped transition six loyal and loving canine family members. However, it has always been at the veterinarian's clinic. The clinic has always been compassionate and caring but you have to walk through the reception area passing by other clients and their healthy animal friends at a time when you just would probably like to be alone. Also, transporting a large dog who may not be very mobile is difficult as well as stressful for the dog.

I met Dr. Lauren Cassady at a business meeting in our town and that is when I first became acquainted with Lap of Love. The concept of in home hospice and euthanasia intrigued me. So when it came time for my Jenny, a 19 year old Akita/Husky mix, to be relieved of pain and to join my other canine companions, my first thought was of Dr. Lauren.

The entire staff from the person who answered the phone to Dr. Lauren exhibited professionalism and compassion. They were very accommodating to my schedule. You can tell that the work they do is a calling for them. I highly recommend Dr. Lauren and Lap of Love."

Nancy Bour
Decatur, Georgia

"Dr Millard was a true Godsend when we had to make the heartbreaking decision to let out 16 yr old kitty, Ig go. From calling to make the appointment early on Monday morning to finally having the courage to make an appointment Monday night her and her office were kind, patient and understanding.

At our home, she didn’t rush us and give us all the time we needed to say our goodbyes, before and after his passing. She was so respectful and loving to us and our Cat, we cant thank her enough."


Atlanta, Georgia

"After my cat Verdandi's last vet visit, I knew it was time to make a decision. I had never experienced this in my adult life. Of course I had pets growing up, but my parents were the ones who had to sometimes make these difficult decisions on behalf of our entire family. How do you prepare for the death of a loved one? All I could feel was sadness and grief, but I knew the time had come to read the Lap of Love pamphlet given to me by our veterinarian.

From the first phone call to Lap of Love, to the moment Dr. Jo left our home, I was beyond impressed with the level of care and compassion we received during such a painful time. I didn't know what to expect. I'd never seen any living creature transition from life to death, let alone a family member. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to handle it and be strong for my sweet kitty's transition. On top of that, I was nervous to invite a stranger into my home when I was already in such a vulnerable state. My guard was down because all I could think about was saying goodbye.

Once Dr. Jo arrived, she came into our family room and asked questions about Verdandi and her symptoms. I was confused as to why she was asking because she was there to end my cat's life; what was the point of this? I was ready to say goodbye and didn't want to continue to hope that something magical would happen in this moment to bring us all peace through our grief. But something magical DID happen. Something I wasn't expecting or even knew I needed.

Dr. Jo asked about Verdandi's symptoms because she told us that she will never end a life unless it is absolutely necessary. As I listened to her speak, I began to realize this person I'd only just met 10 minutes prior was giving me the peace I'd been desperately seeking over the last several days. I was afraid I was making the wrong decision; that we could run more tests and maybe we didn't need to end her life at all. But Dr. Jo's words put my mind at ease. That was the very first time I was truly able to be at peace with this decision and say goodbye.

Words can't express how thankful I am to Dr. Jo. She was very warm, compassionate and caring. It felt like I'd always known her and that Verdandi knew her too. She felt like a friend offering strength when I was falling apart. There were no surprises during Verdandi's transition as Dr. Jo prepared us before the medicines were administered. She stayed close to us the entire time, walking us through every single moment until Verdandi's passing. We never felt rushed or pressured during the process. I was a sobbing mess (much like I am now writing this) and Dr. Jo offered to be a tier of support whenever we needed her to be. She gave us all so many hugs and it felt like she was just meant to be there. I wasn't expecting to smile throughout the entire process, but Dr. Jo managed to make that happen naturally through her kind disposition. She shared stories with us about a couple of her personal losses which were very touching. I wish I had met this person under different circumstances because she was absolutely wonderful.

I can't imagine how difficult it must be to work with grieving families each week, but I'm so grateful for the service Dr. Jo and Lap of Love provide in helping our loved ones with a peaceful transition. In a world filled with cruelty and negligence toward humans and animals, I'm thankful to know that there's at least one person out there who has genuine love and compassion for both. Thank you, Dr. Jo."

Kisha Bertrand
Atlanta, Georgia

"Dr. Ashley made a tough time much easier for my family when I had to say goodnight to my sweet Stella. Dr. Ashley was sweet and compassionate, she explained the process very well and let us take the time we needed to say goodbye without rushing us. I would recommend Dr. Ashley and the rest of the Lap of Love team for anyone who has to make this difficult choice. Saying goodbye at home was so much more comfortable for my girl and was easier on us, as well."

Alexis H
Atlanta, Georgia

"Bailey, our horse of a chocolate lab, joined our family twelve years ago as a spritely one-year-old. He quickly took over our lives, not only through his 100 lb mass, but through his 100 lbs of drool, kisses and loud barks. He never met a stranger and won over many a 'OMG that dog is scary big' new friend. When it was time to give him back to Heaven, Lap of Love was recommended to us, and we couldn't have asked for a more peaceful passing. Dr. Ashley was so compassionate and gentle, and made it easier for my husband and I, as well as our two-legged children, to say goodbye. Thank you for loving Bailey as much as we do."

Jennifer Dempsey
Dunwoody, 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
“In loving memory of Bogey,
He passed away in his home with his mom by his side where he always loved to be. He will be greatly missed by his family.”
June 15, 2019
“This is Verdandi. She was 10yrs old, but I was fortunate enough to know her five of those years. Verdandi loved to sit and watch the world unfold. Her eyes were always beaming with curiosity and wonderment. She was the most laid-back, quiet, and loving cat I had ever met. She would never flee from new people; shyness was not in her cat-vocabulary. ...
Kisha Bertrand
June 1, 2019
“The best whistle yawner, trick master with shiny ears -THERE EVER WAS!”
Marianna Brucker
May 29, 2019
“Our dear girl Roxy crosssed the rainbow bridge just 11 days short of her 17th birthday. To say she was the joy of our lives in an understatement. She was my husband and I's first baby and she taught us so many things about life, love and caring for others. She taught us it's ok to take a nap in middle of the living room floor; that we should ...
Dederick Family
May 18, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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 N. Decatur Road
Suite 246
Decatur, GA 30033

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