PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA $300

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$400

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
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$415

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
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$225

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. 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.

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.

"Lauren was so kind, calm and understanding."

Anna Morgan
Marietta, Georgia

"Dr. Jo was exceptionally kind, patient, and helpful when she helped our Marley cross over the rainbow bridge. We are so grateful that Marley could be at home, with the people she loved, and with her favorite toys when she passed."

Natalie Gallagher
Atlanta, Georgia

"This is the second time we have had to utilize Lap of Love to help us say goodbye to one of our dogs. At such a sorrowful time, Dr. Elizabeth was genuine and caring. She helped us understand the process, told us what would happen every step of the way, and gave us as much time as we needed both during and after the process. It is comforting to know our sweet dog was cared for so tenderly. I would highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone going through this painful process."


Peachtree Corners, North Carolina

"Dr Ashley was 100% grace and comfort. I literally can't say enough good things. 100% glad we chose Lap Of Love."

Carlin Fravel
Marietta, Georgia

"Would just like to say that Dr. Millard was extraordinary - so kind and supportive during this incredibly difficult time. Allowing your dog to pass in the comfort of their home is much appreciated."

Susan Harris
Lithonia, Georgia

"Dr. Ashley was truly remarkable during this difficult time. We could not have asked for a more compassionate, kind, and considerate doctor to be by our side. She was very respectful of Dakota and us. She did not rush us but let us decide when it was the right moment to let our Dakota go. She made this much easier on all of us."

Tonya Washington
Sandy Springs, Georgia

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
“The Morgan Family was blessed and lucky to have ole Lucky dog in our lives for 12 + years.”
Anna Morgan
November 14, 2019
“Our beloved Marley (aka "Snuggy Cat," aka "The Chonk," aka "Nugget") crossed over the rainbow bridge after a short and dramatic battle with chylous effusion. She was only 7 and far too young to go so soon, but we know she's in kitty heaven now, where the chicken-salmon are abundant and there are endless fields of nip and sunshine.”
Natalie Gallagher
November 12, 2019
“This precious angel, my baby, crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday and I have never felt such grief.
But, I also have never felt that kind of love, 100% devotion, 100% pure love. For that I am blessed and
grateful. My heart hurts so deeply, but the love we had for each other will forever make me smile.”
Carlin Fravel
October 28, 2019
“Baxter had to leave us last Friday. He was a beloved member of our family and he will be sadly missed by us and Addie, Mannie, and Taz, his canine brothers and sister. Baxter was a sweet, loving boy who never met a stranger and who rolled over when anyone approached so you would know he was giving himself to you. He lived a good life but ...
Susan Harris
October 28, 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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