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. Lauren helped us say goodbye to the best family pet we've ever had, Georgia. We got her from a rescue when she was just a puppy and she was with us for many years. She was loyal, loving, and especially fond of little kids. At the end of Georgia's life, Dr. Lauren was great in helping her slip quietly and painlessly away to a better place. Should we ever need these type of services again, we wouldn't consider using anyone else."
Steve & Sue AilshieKennesaw, Georgia
"Dr.Cassady was extremely helpful and compassionate. I would recommend her to anyone that has to go through something so unfortunate."
Ian and Samantha DunnAtlanta, Georgia
"I am forever grateful for the love and compassionate care provided by Lauren Cassady during Daisy's illness. From the moment I met her, she put my heart at ease. I knew I had found the best Doctor to help me make decisions on behalf of my girl....I never doubted for a moment that she had Daisy's best interests at heart, with the most important aspect being pain management for my precious girl. Thank you for your care, warm demeanor, and compassion during our most difficult decision. Daisy passed peacefully surrounded in love; I could not have asked for a better way to say goodbye. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Melissa MuellerAlpharetta, Georgia
"I first learned of Lap of Love when I lived in Miami. Dr. Dell did a hospice consultation for ^Autumn^ and then Dr. Glenda helped me say goodbye.
Now in Atlanta, I knew when ^Berta^ started to develop aging issues, it was time to call Lap of Love again. Dr. Cary came over for a geriatric consultation. And then Dr. Lauren helped me say goodbye last Monday.
If you're reading this, no doubt you're an animal lover. We don't want our furry family to suffer and make it as easy on them and us to say goodbye. Lap of Love helps to make this happen. I'm so grateful."
Pam KlineAtlanta, Georgia
"We greatly appreciated Dr. Lauren of Lap of Love for assisting us with our sweet cat, Smith. It was a hard enough decision to make, but having Smith at home, in his own environment, made the transition easier for him and us. I will forever be indebted to Dr. Lauren and Lap of Love for helping us give Smith this final gift. Thank you."
Cindy AllenMcDonough, Georgia
"It's been a week and our house is so lonely without our sweet Ryan. I keep thinking I see her. Processing the sadness is going to take a long time, but something I take solace in - when the missing gets really hard - is that her last moments were so gentle and alleviating, which is a gift that Dr. Lauren gave her through a calm and compassionate presence. She patted Ryan and let her sniff her hand and talked to her. Ryan was my first pet, so I had no idea how anything worked or what to expect. Dr. Lauren was there for Ryan and for me, and I will always be grateful."
Katharine NAtlanta, GA, 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