Atlanta & Surrounding Areas

  (404) 519-0466

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COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, 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.

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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$315
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$340
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$395
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$445

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$155
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$180
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$215
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$265

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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. Amara

Amara Hickson

I was born in Corvallis, Oregon but grew up in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Growing up, my family had many pets including Little Buddy the turtle, Freddy the hamster, Freckles the cockatiel, and my beloved dogs Charlie and Roscoe. While I grew up with animals, my father was also a fish biologist so science and zoology quickly became an interest of mine. Having so many pets instilled in me a profound love and appreciation for the human/animal bond and later inspired me to follow my dream of becoming a veterinarian.

I graduated from the University of Georgia and initially practiced as a shelter and spay/neuter veterinarian, then later as a small animal practitioner. While working at the shelter, I encountered many situations where a family needed help with their beloved pet whether it be finding a new home, talking about medical options to make their pet more comfortable, or helping end the suffering of a pet that no longer had a good quality of life. It was at this time that I was able to see and appreciate the best way that I could fulfill my role as a veterinarian while helping both pets and the people who love them.

It is a great honor to be a part of Lap of Love and to help guide people as their pet reaches the end of life, while easing any pain and suffering for their beloved companion. Every pet puts a special stamp on your heart that can never be erased and I strive to make those last moments as peaceful as possible for both owners and their furry loved ones.

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. 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 homebound 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. 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.

Dr. Sydney

Sydney Brehm

I grew up in rural north Georgia on a 14-acre family farm where we raised cows, chickens, hogs, goats, and even peacocks. For a child who loved animals, it was paradise! My family is a funny mix of teachers and nurses, so I feel as though I was born with a medical calling and a desire to help people. Family dinners where my mom and my aunt would regale us with the latest graphic medical dramas they had encountered, while grossing out my cousins, were fascinating to me. It became obvious that veterinary medicine was my calling from a very young age. 

After graduating from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, I was a general practitioner in a busy companion animal clinic. My older patients really stole my heart. Give me a 12 year old chocolate lab quietly thumping her tail on the floor while she rolls over for belly rubs, or a 15 year old tabby cat who just wants to hang out in your lap and purr most of the day, and I melt. After we lost our 13-year-old dobie to a chronic disease in 2018, my passion for helping older pets was really cemented. Even as a veterinarian, what we went through trying to manage her was, at times, scary and overwhelming. Our sweet girl was able to have a peaceful passing at home and I feel it is truly my purpose to provide the type of serenity that we got to experience.

About Amara Hickson

I was born in Corvallis, Oregon but grew up in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Growing up, my family had many pets including Little Buddy the turtle, Freddy the hamster, Freckles the cockatiel, and my beloved dogs Charlie and Roscoe. While I grew up with animals, my father was also a fish biologist so science and zoology quickly became an interest of mine. Having so many pets instilled in me a profound love and appreciation for the human/animal bond and later inspired me to follow my dream of becoming a veterinarian.

I graduated from the University of Georgia and initially practiced as a shelter and spay/neuter veterinarian, then later as a small animal practitioner. While working at the shelter, I encountered many situations where a family needed help with their beloved pet whether it be finding a new home, talking about medical options to make their pet more comfortable, or helping end the suffering of a pet that no longer had a good quality of life. It was at this time that I was able to see and appreciate the best way that I could fulfill my role as a veterinarian while helping both pets and the people who love them.

It is a great honor to be a part of Lap of Love and to help guide people as their pet reaches the end of life, while easing any pain and suffering for their beloved companion. Every pet puts a special stamp on your heart that can never be erased and I strive to make those last moments as peaceful as possible for both owners and their furry loved ones.

"Dr. Sydney was really a blessing. She was very compassionate and caring during this very sad time. I was so grateful to be able to allow Scout to be at home where he was comfortable and had no anxiety. It was so peaceful and loving and we had all the time we needed to say our final goodbye."

JANA PAYAN
Decatur, Georgia

"Making the decision to let Simon go was the most difficult thing our family has ever done. Knowing that it is time, and even right for your pet, does not make it any easier. Lap of Love was a great blessing for us through the entire process. And, when the time came, Dr. Amara was beyond wonderful. She understood our heartbreak, and showed us profound empathy and compassion. There is absolutely no way to have made Simon's passing less heartbreaking, but Dr. Amara helped us through it and enabled us to give Simon the beautiful gift of a peaceful passing."

Kelly Gallimore
Powder Springs, Georgia

"Dr. Hickson was incredibly compassionate and caring. She made a difficult decision and time less difficult."

Bill Tobin
McDonough, Georgia

"Blue was an incredible companion for 14 years. She survived cancer once but the second bout plus her age proved to be too much. While the decision was very difficult, Dr Hickson and staff made the transition easy and compassionate. We will miss Blue everyday."

Bill Tobin
McDonough, Georgia

"This past weekend was so difficult having to say goodbye to our precious Daisy, but I cannot articulate how thankful we are for the coordinators and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson. From the moment she arrived, Dr. Elizabeth carried such peace and compassion even Daisy sensed it quickly. We shared stories while laughing and crying for awhile, and we certainly felt everything moved along at our comfort level. Daisy was able to pass peacefully on her bed surrounded by her family at home. Words cannot express how pleasant it was for such a sad time.

With heartfelt thanks,

Heidi Campbell and Family"

Heidi Campbell
Mableton, Georgia

"I am so happy we decided on Lap of Love to help us end our beloved Lucy's life and send her on to her next adventure. Dr. Elizabeth was so kind and thoughtful and made the entire process absolutely as calm and peaceful as it could be. She immediately "made friends" with Lucy and put her at ease with her calm, kind and reassuring nature. The doctor let us set the pace of everything from start to finish. I got to sit beside Lucy and gently pet her and talk to her while she easily and peacefully drifted off to sleep. Everything was calm and loving with no added stress considering the sadness of the event. I would recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Elizabeth to anyone looking to an ending to their beloved pet's life in a wonderful, dignified manner. I have experienced Euthanasia at a veterinarian's office before and this was a whole different experience and wonderful for my little Lucy who was never a fan of going to visit the veterinarian's office. I can't thank you enough."

Lori Ferrero
Roswell, Georgia

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (404) 459-0903

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital - Sandy Springs

  (404) 994-4128

Saint Francis Veterinary Specialist - Decatur

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
“Thank you, Simon for all the ways you changed our lives. You filled our home with love, loyalty, friendship, comfort, and great happiness. Sixteen years was not long enough, but we are grateful for every moment we had with you.

All our love always,

Your forever family (in order of introduction)

Alden, Kelly, Brad, Alex, Allison, Suzy, ...
Kelly Gallimore
August 4, 2020
“We said goodbye to Blue today. Fourteen years of love, companionship, loyalty, mischievousness, fun, bravery, adventure and friendship. I will miss her everyday as she was my sidekick and partner in crime.”
Bill Tobin
July 26, 2020
“My heart is broken and I miss my Stella more than words can convey. Always at my side, Stella was my everything. I only wish I could have helped her more.
Stella girl .... please wait for me at the bridge.”
Jeannie Cimiotti
July 9, 2020
“For the last 12 years I was blessed to have her, Nora was nothing but pure love. A gentle soul who never met a stranger, whether it be human or animal. She wagged her tail and looked on in excited anticipation like everyone was a long lost friend. Her heart was always open and her favorite things in the world were yummy treats, walks in the park, ...
Jennifer Snyder
July 9, 2020
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
PO Box 12176
Atlanta, Georgia 30355

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