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
"We want to thank Lap of Love and especially Dr. Lauren for helping us send our beloved Charlie to heaven. She was heartfelt, genuine, reassuring and professional. If you're facing this decision with your own beloved pet we would highly recommend Lap of Love. It was such a peaceful, loving environment. We were able to say our goodbyes where Charlie was most comfortable, surrounded by his family and toys. So much appreciation and gratitude towards this group, thank you."
Rachael SuterFlowery Branch, Georgia
"What can I say about Dr. Lauren?
She's everything you could hope for... in a moment you hoped would never come.
In a time of uncertainty, she is a knowledgeable guide...
In a time of heightened emotions, she is a peaceful presence...
In a time of immeasurable sadness, she is a soothing balm for your broken heart.
To anyone unsure about choosing in-home euthanasia... I urge you to give yourself the gifts of privacy, familiarity, and ease of staying in place with your pet. It's unlike anything even the best clinic experience can hope to offer. There's a dignity to it that cannot be matched and a comfort that cannot be sourced anywhere but your own home.
And to anyone seeking assurance about selecting Dr. Lauren... I encourage you to connect with her. Her genuine warmth, comfortable manner, and compassionate professionalism will likely win you over on first contact. She's simply wonderful to the core and it cannot be overstated how grateful we are for her service.
Lauren, having you there in Truman's final moments is something I will treasure forever.
Thank you for everything. ♥
Kelly KingDecatur, Georgia
"It has been a week since we said goodbye to our sweet baby girl, Madison. It's still very difficult to put all my emotions and feelings into words which makes me feel like I probably did not do a good enough job of showing Dr. Ashley how thankful we were for all that she did. I had never heard of at-home euthanasia so I was very skeptical at first. All of my concerns vanished as soon as Dr. Ashley walked into our home. She sat down on the floor with Madison right at the front door and while my tears were already flowing, she brought a sense of serenity and love with her and it was felt immediately. The pain I felt that day, and the days, weeks, and months leading up to it, was truly excruciating. I kept going back and forth with guilt, not sure if it was actually the right time to say goodbye. Dr. Ashley made us feel confident in our choice that we were making the right decision for our girl, but really showed she understood the love we felt for her. She was so patient with my mom and me, respecting our last hour with Madison, but also did an amazing job at guiding us through the process. She really talked us through each step and never once rushed us. We cried so hard and for what seemed like forever but we also laughed remembering Madison and how much happiness she brought into our lives over the last 16 years.
Thank you Dr. Ashley, for really caring about my girl and the experience for my mom and me on one of the hardest days of our lives. We could not be more thankful."
Jackie HerroSmyrna, Georgia
"Dr. Ashley was amazing throughout the experience of putting sweet Zoe to sleep. She was kind and patient, and genuinely interested in learning about Zoe and hearing some of our favorite memories with her. This painful process would have undoubtedly been much worse without Dr. Ashley, and we are so thankful for her involvement."
Kimmie ColemanAtlanta, Georgia
"Dr. Ashley is the most kind, gentle and knowledgable vet we have ever had the pleasure to know. She came into our lives during a most difficult time, when our 15-year old cat Piper was diagnosed with cancer over Memorial Day weekend. Piper was always a nervous cat and hated going into a crate and travelling to the vet. We did not want to put her through additional procedures or travel, but she was in bad shape when we got home from the marathon visit to BluePearl. We had seen a sweet posting about Lap of Love on a friend’s facebook page and gave them a call. We met Dr. Ashley the next day when she came out to see what she/we could do for Piper. Over the next 10 weeks, Dr. Ashley came out to our house several times – we live over an hour from the Lap of Love office and traffic in Atlanta is terrible, but Dr. Ashley always arrived on time and with a caring attitude for our sweet cat and the rest of our family.
Piper was never one to like a lot of affection and usually hid when strangers came into our house – not so at all when she met Dr. Ashley. Piper let Dr. Ashley pet her and talk to her and once Dr. Ashley knew Piper was calm, she would examine her. She had a wonderful rapport with Piper and our other two cats. She also had a great rapport with the humans. We were scared and nervous and she calmed us as well, with her demeanor, and her knowledge. She reviewed the test results and other history we had for Piper and discussed our options and the prognosis for Piper. We decided to give Piper a chance to recover from the trauma of the diagnosis weekend, and give her as much food, love and attention as possible. Dr. Ashley also recommended we try sub-cutaneous fluids, and the fluids worked a miracle, literally overnight. We moved into a ‘new normal’ with Piper – she recovered most of her strength and appetite and went back to being the alpha in our home. Dr. Ashley taught us how to do the fluids and monitored Piper via email, visits, and phone. We grew to trust Dr. Ashley and depend on her strength, experience and knowledge.
Sadly, this week, our Piper lost her fight with cancer. Overnight she went from climbing the stairs to tell us it was feeding time, to not being able to walk on her own. We first tried to get a next day appointment and quickly realized we needed Dr. Ashley asap. We sent email asking Dr. Ashley to call, and when she did, her first words were “I’m in the car on the way, let me see what the GPS says is my ETA.” We didn’t even have to ask.
Piper left us that night with peace and dignity. We are heartbroken, but we can never thank Dr. Ashley enough for what she did for Piper and for us – she will forever be a part of our family."
Susan HedrickAtlanta area, Georgia
"Pushkin came to us as a mature shelter rescue cat about 5 years ago. Several long-term medical conditions soon appeared, but all were manageable until TCC (transitional cell carcinoma) made her daily life miserable. As the hopes of her improving dimmed, we knew "it was time." We asked our vet's office if they knew of a mobile vet who performed euthanasia. Without hesitation, they recommended Dr. Lauren Cassady with Lap of Love. "She's wonderful," they said. And they were right. We were so fortunate to have such an amazingly understanding, compassionate person as Dr. Cassady help us send Pushkin off to her final sleep. We could say goodbye in the privacy of our home (because we knew there would be tears), and our precious little Pushkin could end her days peacefully where she felt the most relaxed and secure."
Stella and Gordon ChamberlainDecatur, 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