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
"Saying goodbye to a pet is saying goodbye to a family member. My dog of 10 years has been in decline for some time now and i made the difficult decision yesterday to help end her suffering. Dr. Cary was compassionate, empathetic and professional throughout the entire process which brought significant peace to our family. Thank you for providing this much needed home service for pets and their owners. Her memorial was a sweet tribute that touched my heart."
Katie AlHarDecatur, Georgia
"Over the years we have had to go through the grief and trauma of euthanasia for a beloved pet. It is always a hard thing to do. When our cat Blackie was diagnosed with aggressive cancer we knew we would have to face that choice again. He was terrified of the vet and had gone through invasive diagnostic procedures at the vet's. Now, if you just brought out the cat carrier he would flee and hide. I called our vet about getting something to calm him down before we brought him in when the time came. The vet recommended Lap of Love.
When it was time, I called on a Saturday and made an appointment for the next day. Dr. Ashley came to the house on a Sunday afternoon. She is incredibly kind and caring. She explained the procedure and took her time. It was as stress free for Blackie as possible. He was cradled by my wife on the sofa and gently passed. We really appreciate Dr. Ashley's compassion in making a very difficult situation a little more bareable."
Kirk HensonDoraville, Georgia
"Dr. Jo was absolutely amazing. She comforted us and explained the process very gently. She was sweet with our little boy and I honestly could not have asked for a better experience in this type of tragic situation. I feel like this was the best decision I could have made for my beloved Loki."
Toula MegalisGRIFFIN, Georgia
"I had always heard good things about Lap of Love, but had the opportunity to witness first-hand the lengths to which they will go to care for our pets during their final time of need.
My Golden Retriever Aspen was scheduled for euthanasia at 11 am and I planned to spend a quiet and peaceful morning with her. Unfortunately, she went into an unrelenting seizure shortly before 8 am. I called Lap of Love and they managed to rearrange their entire morning schedule to accommodate what was now an emergency euthanasia. Dr. Cary also called me herself to let me know she would arrive in about 15 minutes. I was so grateful to know that relief for my Aspen was on the way.
After Dr. Cary arrived, she was incredible. She rushed in and immediately gave Aspen a sedative to stop the seizure. Finally, my beloved dog was on her way to a peaceful end. Nothing can make you feel good in this situation, but I knew I was in capable and comforting hands with Dr. Cary. I will forever be grateful for her quick action during that most difficult morning when nothing went as planned for Aspen. Thank you so very much!"
Michelle BernhartAtlanta, Georgia
"We are so grateful to Lap of Love and especially to Dr. Jo. Dr. Jo was with us on one of the toughest days of our lives. It was such a blessing to have our Maddox peacefully cross the rainbow bridge in his bed, in our room, in our home where he would fall asleep every night. Dr. Jo took the time to be present with us and her gentle presence helped us as said our goodbyes. There is no one I would have rather been there. We are extremely thankful for all of the support, kindness, and compassion shown to us during our time of loss and grieving."
Jordon BeasleyAtlanta, Georgia
"Words really cannot express the perfect services that both Lap of Love and Dr. Jo Millard gave us at this worst possible time. Our 13 year old dog, Nola, had been in pretty good health considering her age, but developed an inoperable aggressive tumor at the base of her tongue. Dr. Millard - an impressively competent and deeply empathetic veterinarian - took all the time we wanted to understand what was going on, and gave us excellent advice that actually gave us a few extra quality days with Nola. When the day came, she could not have been better, for Nola and for the four of us suffering through it . Gentle...caring...patient...respectful...peaceful. Absolutely, positively worth every penny."
William CobbDecatur, 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