Atlanta & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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) or mailed to you for an additional fee of $40.
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 scattered by the crematory.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lauren Cassady, DVM
"As heartbroken as we are, we would not want to have done this any other way. Drs. Cary and Ashley were both patient and kind throughout the end-of-life process for our cat, Loki. At nearly 18, he was ancient and ailing, and we are thankful that when the time came, it could be done in the peaceful surroundings of his home. We are grateful for what Dr. Cary and Dr. Ashley could provide, and we have recommended Lap of Love to friends and family who are faced with the same end-of-life issues."
Philip AdamsAtlanta, Georgia
"My sweet Lily was almost 17, and had been my constant companion for all of that time. She was never more than 8 pounds and a few ounces so she went with me everywhere. She was a "Velcro dog" and we both liked it that way. Friends and family alike adored her, and because she was such a good dog, she was always welcomed everywhere. She never made a mistake or a wrong move. She was just naturally perfect. Letting her go was like losing a limb and it was certainly the hardest decision I've ever made, but she was starting to suffer and I couldn't let that happen. I asked a lot of questions of her vet, and finally decided to invite Dr. Cary Mackey to be with us and help Lily to let go of the pain. Dr. Cary was a godsend. She was so compassionate and gentle. She reassured both of us. Her gentleness with Lily was in keeping with the life Lily had always lived, and I was able to share our last private moments with my baby in the room she loved best. I will forever be grateful to Dr. Cary for the concern and respect she showed to my sweet little girl. She treated her with love and respect and I could not have asked for more."
Pat FlemingVinings, Georgia
"Dr. Jo was kind, compassionate and loving as Happy passed. She even followed up with an email expressing her condolences. We will love and miss Happy forever."
Bruce MlottAtlanta, Georgia
"There are no words to express how grateful my family and I are to have had Dr. Ashley help our dear Lucky over the Rainbow Bridge. My vet recommended Lap of Love so I knew we'd be in good hands but I had no idea what an extraordinary angel they would send to our house. We all knew instantly how special Dr. Ashley was but perhaps the best endorsement was from our surviving dog who literally doesn't trust ANYONE. She barked once and then was completely calm and accepting of Dr. Ashley, that speaks volumes about the sort of person she is. Dogs always know. She was so kind and compassionate and made sure we were all comfortable with every step of the process. She was comforting without being sticky sweet and never rushed us. She made a really sad day actually peaceful and uplifting and something we will remember positively. We so appreciate the way she cared for Lucky like he was her own family member. Admitting that "it's time" is one of the hardest decisions a pet owner ever has to make, but now that I know about Lap of Love, I won't dread it in the same way. Saying goodbye will always be a sad experience but it can also be beautiful thanks to the amazing work of people like Dr. Ashley. THANK YOU!!!"
Wendy GuariscoAltanta, Georgia
"Dr. Ashley was just simply amazing. She is kind, patient, professional and compassionate. She made a difficult and sad time peaceful and filled with love. She is a credit to her profession and to humankind. Her special, small touches were greatly appreciated and I am and will be forever grateful to her."
Darlene BlischokRoswell, Georgia
"Dr. Jo was so compassionate and caring. She felt like a family member. She helped Kashmir’s transition be as peaceful as possible and as easy on me as possible. This was the best decision I made and if I have to make this decision again, I will not hesitate to call lap of love."
Jennifer LollisAtlanta, Georgia
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Lawrenceville: Christy R. Simpson, LCSW
Norcross: North Pines Counseling Center
Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs GA
An-emerge (after hours only), Gainesville GA
Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Woodstock, GA
Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Marietta, GA
The Village Vets in Decatur, Decatur, GA
St. Francis Veterinary Specialists, Decatur, GA
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.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of Love2107 N. Decatur RoadSuite 246Decatur, GA 30033
Fox 5 Atlanta: Pet Owners Say Goodbye At Home
The Atlanta Journal: Veterinarian Brings Hospice Care to Pets
We Are deKalb Magazine: Lap of Love Brings In-Home Pet Hospice Care