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. 

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.

"I could not have done this without Dr. Ashley, she literally made all of the difference in the world with our transition. Such a warm and caring person, who gave me piece of mind, a hug when I needed, compassion and all the time I needed for my baby."

Robyn Kinney
Decatur, Georgia

"Really great Vet to handle a very tough situation. She was very patient and never rushed any step along the way. She was very gentle with R.D. and constantly asked before moving forward. I would highly recommend having a pet put to sleep in a comfortable home and I definitely recommend Dr. Jo."

Wes Yoakam
Kirkwood, Georgia

"Dr. Jo - We cannot thank you enough for the compassion you showed us during the very difficult end of life decision. Our Roxy girl was our whole life. You made an extremely stressful situation more bearable. Thank you for the information on the grieving process as well. It has also helped us in the last couple of weeks.

Tom and Laura Malsby"

Tom and Laura Malsby
Fayetteville, Georgia

"It was the hardest call to make, but ultimately the best call to make, when we called Lap of Love. We were so torn about having to make the decision to let our baby go. In the end the decision was one we had to face, and in light of that decision, Dr. Jo was a huge blessing. When she arrived, she was so calm, understanding and peaceful, and she took care of Mia, our other dog, and even our 3 year old son as part of the whole process. It takes a special person to do this work,

and we certainly found Dr. Jo to be a welcome and loving presence during such a difficult time for us. It was as if she had known Zeus as we had, and Zeus clearly responded to her in the same way. She treated him with the utmost respect and love, which meant a great deal to us that day. She helped us to know that we had made the right decision, although a heartbreaking one. Thanks so much Dr. Jo, and Lap of Love, for all you do. Zeus had the best life, and now we know, the best, most peaceful passing that we could have asked for him."

Noemi Kurylo
Johns Creek, Georgia

"Dr. Ashley was a great help in a very difficult time. I appreciate the time she spent getting to know me and my dog Lupe. She was so gentle with Lupe, and she made the whole process of her passing as peaceful and calm as is possible. Saying goodbye to my beloved dog in the safe comfort of the home we shared was the best ending for her life I could hope for. I really want to thank Dr. Ashley."

Susan Grimes
Atlanta, Georgia

"Our vet recommended Dr. Millard when we asked possibly putting our beloved cat, Gooky, to sleep in the most peaceful manner at home. Gooky was an indoor cat who never traveled well to begin with so to cause him anxiety was the last thing we wanted to do on his final day with us. Dr. Millard was sensational. The moment you met her you could tell she was a kind soul. She was warm, compassionate and worked around our needs. The passing of our baby was one of the more difficult things we had to do in our lives but if there was a single way to make it a process with dignity, heart and soul...Dr. Millard made it all happen. It was a peaceful, painless, heartfelt ending to the life of our gentle, loving cat.

THANK YOU DOC!"

Jeff and Melinda Gopen
Vinnings, 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 stumbled across a baby Rocco Kinney on petfinder.com 17 years ago. She was the cutest little thing, enough so that I got in my car and drove to Macon to adopt her. I was told she was a chihuahua and would be 10 pounds. Months later, she grew to be about three times longer than she was tall and was 20 pounds! All I could do was laugh at how she ...
Robyn Kinney
July 17, 2018
“Zeus was our first baby. He gave us 14+ years of happiness, companionship, entertainment, nuisance, drama, you name it. He left our world almost a month ago now, it just has taken this long to find the right words to express both deep love and loss. Zeus was naughty, as you can see in his face, and we loved that about him. When we first adopted ...
Noemi Kurylo
July 14, 2018
“Lupe was a rascal and a joy every day of our life together. I could not look at her without smiling. She was smart and mischievous and understood more words than any dog I've every had. I loved going on walks and hikes with her and playing fetch for hours and the school next door to my house. She never lost her playfulness.

I miss having her ...
Susan Grimes
July 5, 2018
“Opus is the litter mate of Caymus, who is still with us. Opus was diagnosed late with severe heart disease and when his health began to fail it happened quickly. Because of Dr. Gil Jacobs (heart specialist), we had Opus for at least two more years - and years with great life quality. Opus was the sweetest, loving little dog you can imagine -- ...
Ed French
June 28, 2018
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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