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.
Lauren Cassady, DVM
"Dr. Cassady helped us see Levi off to his next adventure in the most compassionate and gentle way we could have asked for. There is no easy way to express how losing such a loyal friend impacts a person. Dr. Cassady listened to my stories about Levi and I hope his last moments were in a place he wanted to be."
"We knew years ago that when the time came we wanted if at all possible for Ben to pass comfortably at home in our arms. Dr. Lauren made the come true. Had as it was to say goodbye, he was surrounded by love. This is one of the best things we can do for those that give us so much."
Randy & Johnnie Beck-WarrenAtlanta, Georgia
"I cannot express how thankful I am for Dr. Lauren Cassady. I knew Spanky, our 14-yr old Chihuahua, was deteriorating rapidly. I had just taken him to the vet about 2 weeks ago to have his congestive heart failure checked. He got so nervous while there that he passed out and they had to give him oxygen to get him to come to. I took him home without even having him checked out any further. I knew if I took him back, he wouldn't make it through the visit. I co-worker told me about Lap of Love and Dr. Lauren. I made an appointment for a geriatric in-home visit. In my heart, I suspected it was time to put him down. Dr. Lauren agreed, but gently gave me all my options. By the end of the visit, I knew it was best for Spanky to let him go. Dr. Lauren never rushed me, never pushed me to do anything I wasn't ready to do, and she talked us through the whole process. We got to spend the last moments with Spanky in our home where he was comfortable. He was never scared and never in pain. Then she let my daughter and I cry for as long as we needed (and I mean UGLY cry!). It was the first pet I ever had to put down. I can't imagine ever doing it another way. It was SO worth it to have Spanky pass so peacefully. Dr. Lauren could not have been any sweeter to us and to Spanky."
Dana KeithSmyrna, Georgia
"We love that Paris was able to transition at home. She was our baby and we wanted her to be in a surrounding that was familiar and comfortable. I would totally recommend this to anyone that is capable of doing hospice for their family pet. Dr. Cassady was kind and comforting. She knew Paris was tired and ready, which made of feel we were doing the right thing for her. Thanks so much for making this easy but special."
Keli JonesAtlanta, Georgia
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about Lap of Love. The kindness of their staff, from the very first phone call (that I cried all the way through), to the preparatory emails providing information we needed, to the visit to our home, made this very difficult process much easier. Dr. Cassady and her assistant were so gentle and kind, were tender with our grieving hearts, and incredibly gracious with our beloved Bella. They explained every step and were very compassionate. Before this experience I had no idea an in-home euthanasia option even existed, but if we ever have to put another pet down, they are the only service I will consider using. Dr. Cassady and her staff are absolutely amazing."
Jenna RMarietta, Georgia
"We knew it was time to let our beloved dog go. Although we have received wonderful vet care over the years, my dog hated to go there. It was stressful for her and not the way we wanted her to spend her last moments.
My vet recommended Lap of Love. We scheduled an appointment for euthanasia. Dr. Lauren was gental and very clear about the process. My husband, Dr. Lauren and I sat with Socks in the sunshine, on our back porch. She got lots of love and bacon in her last moments. It was as good as it could have been. Every detail was handled with care and great respect.
Putting a dog down has to be one of the saddest things I've ever had to do. Dr. Lauren made it peaceful and painless. It allowed us to say goodbye to our sweet Socks in our own home. A big thank you to Dr. Lauren and Lap of Love."
Addie TurnerGrayson, 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