Indianapolis & 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 with engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory at no extra charge.
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 in a garden.
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.
I grew up in northeastern Indiana, and knew from the time I was in high school that I was going to be a veterinarian. After completing my undergraduate work at Butler University I spent two years working toward a master's degree in veterinary microbiology at Texas A&M University. I completed my DVM at Texas A&M in 2003. After returning to the Indianapolis area I spent one year in a private practice internship and nearly 12 years in small animal private practice before dedicating my services to end of life care.
During my years in private practice I discovered that I had an aptitude for end of life care and euthanasia. Many clients have told me that they feel it must be the most difficult part of being a veterinarian. My response has always been that it's all about how you view it. I have always viewed it as on opportunity to allow an animal to pass peacefully and comfortably, a final gift of kindness to them.
I grew up in Lebanon, Indiana. After living in several states as well as a different country, I returned home to raise my family. This is the place where I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian. When I was 4 years old, the family veterinarian saved my cat, Yellow, after he was hit by a car. Yellow returned home with his hind leg amputated but I was in awe of the doctor's compassion. I knew I had found my calling. I worked in a veterinary clinic as soon as one was willing to hire me. While in high school, I also discovered a love for aviation and decided to pursue a degree in it at Purdue. During an internship with a regional airline, I knew I had to return to my original passion for veterinary medicine. I started my pre-veterinary studies at Lincoln Memorial University in East Tennessee. Afterward, I completed my DVM at Ross University, with my clinical year done at Purdue, in 2012.
After graduation, I spent several years in private practice and emergency medicine. From my first experiences as a high school student working in a clinic to practicing as a Doctor, I have always viewed euthanasia and end of life care as a gift to the patients. I have lost many beloved pets throughout the years. Each loss has given me a deep appreciation for my colleagues that helped us through their final moments.
I know how difficult it is to say goodbye to a pet, and I appreciate how selfless this final act is for you. We are blessed in this field to have the opportunity to end a pet's suffering. My priority is to do so with respect and tranquility.
Daniel Genatiempo, DVM
"Dr. Dan was so kind and compassionate. He truly helped me with his passing. He made sure Angus was pain free before he passed and treated him with the respect and dignity he deserved. I will always remember and be grateful for you and what you did for Angus! Thank you!!"
Judy NolanIndianapolis, Indiana
"Having to put down our friend of 18 years was one of the toughest things I've ever had to do. Dr. Dan helped make the process a little easier. He allowed us as much time as we needed and was kind and patient. I believe the service is much better for both the animal and for the owners. It relieves some of the stress involved and it allowed my other fur babies to know that their friend was gone instead of him just disappearing."
Gina & Joel DowlingIndianapolis, Indiana
"Dr. Mary Kovach made what was one of the most devastating days bearable. Her kind and supportive manner was truly a blessing. Thank you for being there for our Jess when she needed us the most."
Michele BollingerIndianapolis, Indiana
"Our family will be forever thankful for the kindness and compassion that we experienced through Lap of Love. Our sweet dog Buster had been a member of our family for his entire life, 11 years. Making the decision to let him go was the hardest step to take. Every individual that we worked with was very compassionate and caring. The office receptionist listened to me cry as I called for information and to schedule an appointment. There was never any rush; only patience and calmness. When Dr. Dan arrived at our house on the scheduled day, he was greeted at the door by 6 crying family members! Dr. Dan was truly a gift on that day. He was calm and patient. He greeted Buster and interacted lovingly with him. There was no rush whatsoever....Dr. Dan explained the entire procedure to us and told us what to expect. He sat patiently on the couch while we all held and loved on Buster to say our goodbyes. He said that we could take all the time that we needed; just to let him know when we were ready. The deep sedation that was given to Buster allowed all of us to witness his peaceful sleep state. I was able to hold Buster in my arms, wrapped in his favorite blanket, with all of us loving on him when the euthanasia injection was given. He truly had a peaceful, loving passing. Afterwards, Dr. Dan allowed us all of the time that we needed until we were ready for him to take Buster. He was gentle and respectful in carrying our sweet dog out of our house. As difficult of a day that this was for us, we thank God for the care and comfort that was given to us by Dr. Dan and all of the staff at Lap of Love."
Jody PerezIndianapolis, Indiana
"Saying goodbye to our very favorite cat was the hardest, most unexpected thing we had to do. Dr. Mary was very kind in the process. She supported us and our children as we faced our deep sadness. We would not have done this any other way."
Annie RoofIndianapolis, Indiana
"Dr. Dan was kind, loving, and patient. He was respectful and allowed us to grieve as long as we needed to. We are beyond grateful for being able to say goodbye to our sweet Bella in a such a peaceful, supportive manner."
Bella FoustIndpls., Indiana
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Humane Society of Indianapolis
MedVet Indianapolis9650 Mayflower Park DriveCarmel, IN 46032
VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center7712 Crosspoint CommonsFishers, IN 46038
IndyVet5425 Victory DrIndianapolis, IN 46203
Helping families in the following areas:
Our veterinarians proudly serve families in the greater Indianapolis area including surrounding Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Madison, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, and Hendricks counties. There may be a travel fee of $30-50 based on distance and travel time.
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 LoveP.O. Box 387Zionsville, IN 46077
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