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 scattered by the crematory. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, 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.

Meet the Doctors

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. 

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.

"The day that you lose your pet is one of the worst days of your life. We had originally planned to use one of the vets that had helped treat his cancer but had recently left the practice and does in-home euthanasia now. However, the day before she cancelled. A co-worker had recently had to use Lap of Love and had great things to say, so I immediately called and they were very supportive and able to schedule an appointment for the next day. Dr. Cassady was extremely professional and courteous, she talked to us about Orion and his condition, talked us through the process, and always kept us and him as her top priority. Being so late in the day I'm sure she was ready to be done, but not once did we ever feel rushed. Having to make the final decision is awful, but Dr. Cassady and Lap of Love helped make it a little easier."

Tim Loop-Tapp
Avondale Estates, Georgia

"Dr Lauren was wonderful. We knew our Newnan boy was ready to pass and Dr Lauren gave him peace at last. This was the hardest thing we have ever had to do, and Dr Lauren guided us in such a loving and peaceful manner. The box Newnan's ashes were returned to us in is absolutely beautiful. For a day we hoped would never come, Dr Lauren made the process as peaceful and beautiful as it could be. We will love you forever, sweet Newnie Boy."

Katie Hall & David Tesnar
Atlanta, Georgia

"Dr. Cassady was such a wonderful, calming presence in our home. She was so kind in her explanation of the process and the timing was completely up to us. Dr. Cassady let us know how well we cared for our sweet cat.

We all felt part of the goodbye, including our young daughter. We are so thankful Corabelle's passing was lovely and peaceful."

Jennifer Taylor-Porter
Decatur, Georgia

"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 Ailshie
Kennesaw, 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 Dunn
Atlanta, 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 Mueller
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
“The last few years of his life were tough - he had a hard fought battle with cancer that eventually led to seizures and involved multiple surgeries and a long list of daily medications. Through it all he never lost his sweet spirit. Orion loved the couch, belly rubs, treats, and playing with a laser pointer. But more than anything he loved being ...
Tim Loop-Tapp
July 9, 2017
“When we adopted Gatsby, our goal was to give him the quality of life he deserved in his golden years. Lap of Love allowed us to fulfill that promise to him to the end. Your kindness and compassion will not be forgotten.”
July 4, 2017
“Dear Corabelle,

The house is now too quiet, too stilll. We imagine you sitting on the table or jumping from one wall to the other or taking a nap in the sunshine or sitting in our dormer window. How we loved driving up to the house and watching you in that window.

We miss you most in the mornings when we read books, or maybe it's nap time ...
Jennifer Taylor-Porter
May 25, 2017
“To our sweet, loving, crazy dingo Rudy. Words can not express how lucky we were to have you in our lives, even if it was for a short time. You taught us unconditional love and will be missed greatly.”
Ian and Samantha Dunn
May 17, 2017
Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
2107 N. Decatur Road
Suite 246
Decatur, GA 30033

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