PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$425

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.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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$285
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$310
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$365

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$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175

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, but cannot guarantee that.

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

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. Elizabeth

Elizabeth Johnson

I grew up riding horses and hiking in the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee. I knew that I wanted to go into medicine and care for people and animals after joining my dad, a physician, on house calls for his home bound patients as a child. It was my experience working alongside the compassionate, patient veterinarians in my small-town vet hospital as a high school student that solidified my decision to pursue veterinary medicine for my career. 

After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, I worked in a busy companion animal practice outside of Houston, Texas and developed a strong interest in geriatric pet care and end-of-life care. Being able to connect with families and help them during such a delicate time while also providing excellent communication has truly become a passion of mine. 

I later transitioned into the academic realm working with students at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Tennessee before moving to Atlanta to join Lap of Love. Being able to provide this kind of care and support to families is even more special knowing that my dad is now the medical director for a Home Health and Hospice company back home in Tennessee — I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. It is my greatest priority and honor to provide a peaceful passing for beloved pets and a comfortable experience for the people who love them.

Dr. Ashley

Ashley Payne


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


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

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.

"Owning so many pets over the years, I have had to make the gut wrenching decision far too many times. I've laid on the floor in an exam room, emergency rooms and had vets come to my home. When our Sammy could no longer fight his renal failure and CHF, I knew I couldn't let him struggle any longer, I called a mobile vet that had come to our home before. He was at a veterinarian conference out of town for the week. So I got online and I saw Dr. Dani's video. It instantly told me this was who I wanted. They scheduled me for the next day. The staff on the phone were so comforting and caring. When Dr. Jo Millard showed up, she carried a small medical bag and a basket with soft blankets. She got on the bed with Sammy and I. I was able to hold him the entire time and she let me be with him for what seemed like forever. I did not want to let him go. But she was so patient. She stayed out of the room and gave us our private time. When I was ready, I was able to place him in the little basket and wrap him in the plush blankets. She even had a little pillow for him. I cannot say enough great things about Lap of Love. Dr. Jo has no idea the comfort she gave me. I will forever be grateful to her."

Sheree Colton
Atlanta, Georgia

"I never expected the process of saying goodbye to my Brady to be easy. My boys both hate going to the vet so I decided that we would allow Brady to cross the rainbow bridge peacefully here at home. The process, while extremely heartbreaking, was quite peaceful. We had as much time as we wanted to say goodbye and I believe choosing to do it at our home has allowed our other dog to understand that his brother is no longer physically here.

Dr. Ashley's professionalism, and genuine care and compassion for Brady, his brother Bailey as well as my husband and me helped to ease our pain and convinced me that we made the right decision choosing Lap of Love. Any person who chooses to do this on a daily basis must truly be an angel and I believe that's exactly what Dr. Ashley is."

Laura Visconti
Alpharetta, Georgia

"My hands were shaking when I called Laps of Love on June 25, but I knew it was the right thing to do. The veterinary nurse I spoke to helped me to understand a little better the condition of my pet and the chances for a quality life. We spent our last night with our sweet Angel (a 164 pound Great Dane) singing to her and rubbing her and giving her water. She could no longer stand or go outside, and we knew it was time. When Dr. Ashley arrived, she helped us to say goodbye and reminded us of all the love that we had shared with our sweet Angel. Saying goodbye to Angel was the hardest thing we ever had to do, but Dr. Ashley and Laps of Love made it easier. They treated her with such dignity. After a few days, I read the booklet that she left with us and in it there was a letter to the family, the letter was really encouraging and it was coincidentally signed "Angel." Thank you so much for helping us through such a difficult time and following up with us."

Sharon Ricks
Tyrone, Georgia

"Dr Lauren Cassady, with Lap of Love, has been helping us for the last month with our cat, Dobby, who has terminal cancer. Now, she is also helping us with our dog, Cody, whom we just found out this week also has a very large liver mass. She has constantly checked in on Dobby over the last month and is helping us to make sure that she is having the best quality of life as long as possible. She was also very quick to reach out and answer all questions she could about Cody as soon as she her the news. As hard as this has been, especially going through it with 2 very loved pets, Lauren has really been there to make it as easy as possible, to answer all our questions, and to help keep us focused on making medical decisions that are best for each of their situations. It is a very unfortunate situation that has lead us to Lauren, but we are very grateful to have meet her and to have her help us through this difficult time. I highly recommend Dr Cassady and Lap of Love!"

Dottie Shipskie
Roswell, Georgia

"All of the employees of Lap of Love are the most caring and compassionate people I have ever known. They truly understand the hurt a pet parent goes through when a fur baby passes. I will forever be grateful to the Lap of Love staff and especially for the Doctor, she was so compassionate and didn't laugh at me when I song the lollipop song to my sweet girl. I don't have the words that would truly describe how much I appreciate the Doctor and Staff of Lap of Love."

Kathy Johnson
Conley, Georgia

"I am so grateful for the service that Lap of Love provides. The realization that it may be time to say goodbye to our fur born was a tough one. I found it nearly impossible to make the phone call to Lap of Love. I was answered with so much compassion from Dr. Danya. She was patient, compassionate, factual, and reassuring. Dr. Danya took the time to hear all the details about my sweet boy. She was very supportive and comforting, and I began to I feel at peace with quite possibly the most emotional decision I've ever made. Dr. Ashley was so kind and compassionate with our sweet Shimon, but also with my husband and I. She was calm and kind. I really appreciate that she took the time to take an interest in our dog. She asked kind, thoughtful questions that led us to share some sweet memories of Shimon when he was in his prime. She knowingly guided us through the process and intuitively took our cues for when to proceed. Ashley helped make a very, very emotionally draining process as easy as possible. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to accompany my fur babe to his last sleep in the comfort of our home."

Rikki & Amit Ofek
Smyrna, 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
“Keylala Ann (lollipop)
Dogs lives are much too short, their only fault really. (Agnes Turbull)”
Kathy Johnson
June 25, 2019
“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
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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 North Decatur Road
Suite 246
Decatur, Georgia 30033

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