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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"Thank you so much for your support during a difficult time. We love our Stella dog more than anything, and though we knew she was aging, we weren't ever quite ready to let her go. When the time came we really appriciated the way Dr. Cary handled everything, so that we felt informed, respected, and comfortable grieving with her.
I had never been through the process before as the owner, so I didn't know what to expect. She walked us through everything, and thought of things I would have forgotten. Stella had a knack for finding the softest surface to lie on, and Dr. Cary thought to ask if we wanted to send her with a blanket. Seeing her with it gave me great comfort I didn't expect and I think I would have felt guilt later that I didn't think of it. Instead I feel like we sent her off in the best way we could have.
Thank you for guiding us through and making our puppy happy and relaxed in her final minutes. She was ready to go, and found comfort."
Kelly HamiltonAtlanta, Georgia
"Dr. Lauren is an angel put on earth to help animals and people during one of the hardest times. After helping us work through our decision so that we felt validated knowing it was time, she was amazing every step of the way. She knew what we needed even before we needed it. She asked questions about Baby's history and our memories with her that helped us process the overwhelming sadness at that time. After sedation, she let us decide when to move on. Her treatment of our cat was so loving and gentle - even wrapping her in a soft blanket and placing her gently in a basket to carry her away (she loved soft blankets so that was perfect). She quietly let herself out as we struggled to process the end of a 20 year life for our cat. The whole procedure was so peaceful, easy and loving. My cat fell asleep within seconds in my arms wrapped in a blanket in her favorite room with my husband scratching her head. We are truly thankful there are people that feel compelled to do such important work with their veterinary gifts. Thank you so much Dr. Lauren. Our house feels empty, bu we are totally at peace that it was time."
Lenea EpsteinDecatur, Georgia
"We can't thank Dr. Carey and Lap of Love enough for the caring, compassionate and helpful service they provided to us during a very difficult time. Rose answered all my questions and provided a lot of resources for us in our initial consultation also reassuring us that Dr. Carey would consult with us as well. After we decided it was in our precious Annie's best interest to be put to sleep, Dr. Carey really made what was a sad and traumatic experience into a beautiful memory. We couldn't have asked for a better experience. She cared for Annie as if she were her own. Through all of Rick and my tears, Dr. Carey listened to our stories about Annie and her kitty sister Abby and included it in a beautiful memorial for Annie that we will never forget. We can't say enough about Lap of Love. It can't be an easy job but the service they all provided was truly a gift to our family , We love and will miss our Annie and we love and highly recommend Lap of Love. Love Regina and Rick"
Regina and Rick PettusAtlanta, Georgia
"Thank you so much... The girls in the office kept calling to make sure we were alright and Dr. Ashley made an emergency visit to our house in the evening. Dr. Ashley helped our fur-baby over the rainbow bridge with absolute peace and grace. Thank you."
Laurie CookeRoswell, Georgia
"I cannot speak more highly of Lap of Love. In the midst of our grief of learning our beloved boxer Chelsea had late stage cancer, the entire team at Lap of Love was supportive, understanding, and sensitive to our loss. Thank you Ejay and Dr. Ashley for helping my sons and me say goodbye in a loving and peace filled way. I can’t thank you enough."
Carrie ChristieAtlanta, 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