Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$325

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.

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.

Geriatric Consultation$325

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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$250
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted
Mailing of urn to home or work$40
Optional Engraved Nameplate$35

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$110
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$140
Pets 150 pounds or more will be quoted

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.

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, 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.

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, 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. 

Dr. Jo

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.

About 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.

"Dr. Jo was kind, patient, understanding, and skilled. She made a tough experience much more endurable, and she managed to balance being both warm and professional at the same time. The experience felt like closure instead of being clinical and draining. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of pet hospice service."

James Pinkstone
Tucker, Georgia

"Dr. Jo helped us say goodbye to our 16-year old Labrador Retriever, Biscuit, this past weekend, and her gentle and peaceful presence and guidance made such a sad occasion just a little bit better. Thank you, Dr. Jo.

We will miss our sweet Biscuit"

David Barber
Atlanta, Georgia

"Dr. Jo couldn't have been nicer or more professional when we had to say goodbye to our 19-year -old cat, Annie, on Christmas Eve. Though medically time, it was emotional to have to say goodbye to the feline star of the family. Even though we had just met Dr. Jo, we felt no awkwardness processing the event with her there. She seems like a genuinely caring person, and her gentleness with Annie, and with us, was most appreciated. I am getting a bit misty -eyed thinking about how much we miss Annie, but I know contacting Lap of Love and working with Dr. Jo was the right decision."

Janet Marthers
Decatur, Georgia

"From the moment Dr. Ashley entered my home, I could immediately feel her love and compassion. She explained everything and gave me as much time I needed for questions or more time to be with my Lilly. The basket and soft blanket was a loving touch for Lilly's last moments.

I'd recommend Lap of Love to anyone who has to make that difficult decision of saying goodbye."

KAREN MONGE
ALPHARETTA, Georgia

"My sweet Emmy was 15 years old. I had just taken her to the vet for her yearly exam and was told all looked well. I was not expecting to have to think about euthanasia in the very short term. After spending the evening in the ER, however, it became clear that, given the current circumstances, it would be best for Emmy to let her go and prevent any further suffering. I did not want to increase her discomfort or anxiety, so therefore looked for a vet who could come to my home on a Sunday. I could not have asked for a more sympathetic, gentle, or kind vet. Dr. Cary was very sensitive to Emmy and our entire family. She made the worst of situations tolerable. Emmy was very much my child. I felt Dr. Cary was an angel to help me through one of the toughest moments of my life. I highly recommend her."

Mindy Glass
Tucker, Georgia

"The only thing that could make a difficult decision (and an even more difficult experience) better is a loving doctor who has the ability to add light to such a dark moment. Dr. Ashley was truly wonderful and instantly showed Emma love upon meeting her. If I had any doubts about my decision, she took them away with her caring demeanor and the way she listened when I talked about Emma. I was blessed with nearly 14 amazing years as Emma's mom during which we created thousands of memories. She touched the heart of anyone she met, even people who weren't dog lovers. She was my first Old English Sheepdog and just as sweet as can be. I feel as though a chapter in my life has ended now that she's gone and I'll miss her so much. I'll see you on the other side of the rainbow bridge Emmabear! Thank you for your unconditional love, loyalty and your amazing personality. My life won't be the same without you, but I'm so happy you are rid of your tired and aging body and able to run free now! I love you!"

Tiffany Nobles
Alpharetta, Georgia

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (404) 300-3691

Lawrenceville: Christy R. Simpson, LCSW

  (770) 448-1111

Norcross: North Pines Counseling Center

Emergency Clinic

  (404) 459-0903

Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs GA

Emergency Clinic

  (770) 534-2911

An-emerge (after hours only), Gainesville GA

Emergency Clinic

  (678) 238-0700

Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Woodstock, GA

Emergency Clinic

  (770) 424-9157

Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Marietta, GA

Emergency Clinic

  (404) 371-0111

The Village Vets in Decatur, Decatur, GA

Emergency Clinic

  (404) 924-2000

St. Francis Veterinary Specialists, Decatur, GA

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
“I'll always be forever grateful for the 20 years we spent together. I love and miss you, my girl.”
KAREN MONGE
January 11, 2019
“Surround by her Best Friends, with a fire burning in the fireplace and soft piano music playing , Charly was able to fall asleep peacefully on Friday, December 28, 2018. You fought a good fight but your little body wasn't able to hold on. This was so unexpected. You gave a look on Black Friday and I knew you didn't feel good so we went to the ...
Susan Dewberry
December 29, 2018
“Charlie, you were such a great dog, friend, and son to me. I took care of you for almost 11 years but you were there for me anytime I needed someone no matter what. You knew how to make me feel loved and how to make me laugh. You loved everyone I loved. You loved my kids, your siblings, even though when they went to sit next to me or hug me ...
Kristina Shane
December 16, 2018
“Lambert was such a love bug and touched everyone he met. He was very fond of dogs and enjoyed cleaning their ears. Lambert was a big boy that enjoyed hugs. The outpouring of love I’ve received since his passing has been overwhelming, and is a true testament of how awesome Lambert was (even people who don’t like cats have reached out since his ...
Kelly Coleman
December 14, 2018
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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 N. Decatur Road
Suite 246
Decatur, GA 30033

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