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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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.
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 incredibly patient and understanding. He has the perfect demeanor for this kind of work. We so appreciate his loving kindness and understanding."
Jonathan KraeszigIndianapolis, Indiana
"I always knew if I ever had to make this choice in life I was going to call Lap of Love to help me in this moment. I had the opportunity of meeting Dr. Dani a of couple years back and never looked at my pets leaving this world the same. Dr. Mary was so kind and took the extra 15 minutes to wait for my husband to come home to be with his dog during his final moments. It wasn't a rushed process and everything was handled with amazing etiquette and decorum from the time I called to schedule the appointment until the time she drove away with our pup."
Melinda CondonINDIANAPOLIS, Indiana
"I can’t begin to express the depth of our gratitude to the entire staff at Lap of Love. From the initial heartbreaking call to the final moments with our beloved “Bear”, we were treated with absolute kindness and respect. Dr. Mary handled our boy with such care. It was a day we had all dreaded and it couldn’t have been handled better. Bear was our 12 1/2 year old Newfoundland. He loved his family, and this decision was a brutal, but necessary one. Lap of Love REALLY took care of us and took away any feelings of guilt that we were feeling. It was time and Bear deserved peace. We are heartbroken, but certain that it was the right thing to do for our boy.
In our opinion, there is no better way to go through this.
Thank you again to everyone at Lap of Love.
The McLaughlin family"
Jane McLaughlinNoblesville, Indiana
"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
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.
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.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 387Zionsville, IN 46077
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