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 amazing. I would recommend him to anyone. Very kind and made it as easy as it can possibly be in such a sad time."
Beth HohlierCarmel, Indiana
"From the first inquiry via e-mail, Lap of Love went above and beyond. Once Dr. Mary was here, she was a friend, a great listener, and a gentle presence for us. We loved our 17 1/2 year old Persian Cat, she was our family & Dr. Mary was such a wonderful guide for us during our grief. Thank you so much for all your help and love you gave our girl."
Rose FineIndianapolis, Indiana
"Thank you. It has been a rough couple of days but I know time will heal. We really appreciate your warmth and kindness through this experience."
Jacqueline GoldsteinIndianapolis, Indiana
"It has taken me a month to post about my experience with Lap of Love, but I needed that time to put into words what this experience gave me. Dr. Dan did an evaluation of my sweet West Highland White Terrier, Toby about 4-5 weeks prior to coming back for his final day with me. My special boy was 16 and couldn't hear, see or even remember me anymore. Dr Dan talked with me about options and ways to help improve his quality of life, he never pressured me or made me feel uncomfortable about any decisions. The quality of life guides on the lap of love website really help you take a step back and look at whats best for you pet. About 5 weeks later we collectively as a family knew it was time to let our Toby go. Dr Dan never made me feel rushed or bad for any decisions I made. I never felt judged, especially when I held my sweet boy in my arms for that final goodbye and cried hysterically (a really terrible ugly gasping cry). I was able to kiss, hold and love on my sweet Toby as long as I needed before he took his final breath. It was extremely peaceful and a quiet way to leave this world. I have read the reviews of many of the doctors on the website and they all sound so wonderful and compassionate, but I know there is a special place in heaven for Dr Dan. Our community is blessed to have such and incredible, compassionate doctor to provide this service in your home. The entire staff made a terrible situation bearable and even positive. The cards they send, postings on facebook, and the communication with your personal veterinarian make it easier on you and give your special boys and girls the respect they deserve. I can't say enough about the services of Lap of Love and especially Dr Dan."
Anna Lisa ThomasFishers, Indiana
"We have had to go through this process a few other times. This is the first time we realized this was an option. Dr. Dan was patient, kind and very understanding. He wasn’t rushing us and allowed us the time needed through everything. Sherman was able to pass peacefully and no suffering at home with his family who loved him. Dr. Dan gave him dignity in death and what a fantastic gift to give. I will never have another member of our family taken to a clinical setting for this to be done. Our Sherman was the best and Dr. Dan helped us so much through this awful moment we all must face."
Cammie. & Scott DuncanIndianapolis, Indiana
"Dr. Dan was both supportive and professional for our family and Sapphire experienced a very gentle transition. Dr. Dan provided the euthanasia service in the comfort of our home which made it easier for all concerned. Excellent service and highly recommended by us."
Larry WebberIndianapolis, 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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