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. Payne was outstanding. My wife and I were both nervous about the whole thing. She blew us away with how clearly she listened to our wishes and how emotionally agile she was in working with us. She was patient, thoughtful, and caring; and she seemed authentically all of those things even though we were just getting to know her. Strongly recommend."


Marietta, Georgia

"Dr. Cary was wonderful and incredibly compassionate during a very difficult time. Lap of Love provides a wonderful service, and Dr. Cary arrived within 2 hours of my call which was what my dog needed. Thank you and I would recommend Dr. Cary and Lap of Love very highly."


Atlanta, Georgia

"I lost my best friend of 15 years, Roxy, on Friday, April 12, 2019. She was so healthy and active I sometimes thought she would liver forever. But one day very suddenly her age caught up with her. She began having difficulty moving about. She stopped wagging her tail. She walked away from her dinner. She didn't get up to greet us. The bright light of excitement was no longer in her eyes. She never once complained, but we could tell she was tired, and hurting, and ready. This is the second most traumatic time in my life, second only to losing my 20 year old son. Roxy helped me survive that; she is the only reason I am here today. She graced me with her presence every day for 15 years. Dr. Jo was so compassionate, gentle, understanding and comforting to us. She made the process peaceful and serene. Roxy was in our bed with us and her brother Jack when she finally laid down her head and went to sleep. Peacefully and painlessly. I can't say enough about Dr. Jo and how she eased us all through Roxy's transition. I will be forever grateful for the wonderful service Dr. Jo and her counterparts provide."

Shawn Harlan
Stockbridge, Georgia

"Dr. Cary made this the most peaceful experience it could possibly ever be. Our baby girl Molly (Brittany Spaniel) of 13 years will forever be missed! The most loyal, well behaved companion any one could ever ask for! We feel so blessed that we had the opportunity to be a part of her life!"

Jim & Jennifer O'Keefe
Auburn, Georgia

"We cannot thank Dr. Jo enough for her compassion, understanding and professionalism during this very difficult time. She helped us put our baby to rest and assured my daughter we were doing the right thing for our sick baby. Emma passed in her bed on our sofa where she was comfortable. I could not imagine her last hour being in a sterile office that made her afraid. Dr. Jo and Lap of Love is brilliant and I will highly recommend to all of my clients and friends. Thank you again Dr. Jo for all you did for our baby and family!!"

Joyce Ott
Atlanta, Georgia

"There really aren't sufficient words to describe the degree to which I felt supported by Dr. Jo when she euthanized my precious fur child, Solomon. Her compassionate and gentle demeanor comforted me at a time when any measure of comfort seemed out of reach. Somehow, she knew just what to say, when to listen, and when to let me lead...her instincts are solid. The "where" was critically important to me and she went above and beyond to ensure that Solomon could transition peacefully at a spot that he most enjoyed. Just as I will never forget the many heart wrenching moments of that day, I will also never forget Dr. Jo's many kindnesses. She is truly an angel on earth."

Beverly Kimmons
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
“Roxy was my dog soul mate and was truly a gift from God. She had an incredible personality and everyone who came into contact with her loved her. She is missed beyond words. I love you Roxy.”
Shawn Harlan
April 13, 2019
“My sweet Bonnie, Bronnie, Bronton, Brontanamo, Barney, Barnacle, Bromley. You were my best friend. You were honestly so cute you didn’t look real, I’ve seem the burliest beasts of men giggle just looking at you. I loved you so much and you had such an impact on my life. My shop will be sadder, motorcycle rides less fun, road trips longer, camping ...
Manon Soprano
April 5, 2019
“With loving care from Lap of Love and surrounded by her heartbroken family, my precious, little Georgia peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon. After 16 wonderful, memorable, adventurous, fun-loving, effervescent years with her, my new normal is going to take a lot of getting use to. If you knew Georgia, you loved Georgia. She never ...
Ansley Keiser
March 4, 2019
“Javi was the best little guy. Diagnosed with nasal cancer in 2017 he went on to fight it for 15 months. We were so very lucky to have that extra time with such a special little dog. Even during such a terrible illness he never lost his hilarious and loving spirit. In his final weeks when he was spending a lot more time sleeping he would still get ...
Joelle Jobson
February 25, 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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