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 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
"D.r Kovach was absolutely amazing. Letting Zena go was truly the hardest thing our family has had to do and that speaks volumes, Dr. Kovach was caring, compassionate and just truly special. I cannot thank her enough for helping us take care of our girl and make her feel comforted and at ease. Thank you so much for being so amazing."
Wendy ThorntonEminence, Indiana
"Dr. Dan was very nice and he told us what to expect and he didn't rush us with our dog he said to take all the time you need. It was like it was his pet too!
Thank you Dr. Dan for caring and helping us with our fur baby in this difficult time.
Toni ReyesIndianapolis, Indiana
"I phoned Lap of Love at about 9AM on a Saturday. Dr Mary arrived at my house by 11AM. When Dr Mary entered my house she brought a soft confident air with her. She explained the process in detail, and examined the discharge papers I had from the IndyVet Emergency Hospital. She let me know nothing would be rushed and that I could dictate the pace. Then we went into the room where Artie (RT) was resting. Dr. Mary, a friend who was there to support me, and I gathered around him.
He was quite miserable which was breaking my heart. RT had been my husbands all time favorite cat and he also somehow became my all time favorite as well. I knew Artie was depending on me to help him to stop hurting.
The process was quiet, respectful and went at a gentle pace. There was no scrambling to get an unwilling cat into a crate. No hated car ride. No fear of a strange place. Artie went peacefully to sleep surrounded by people who gently helped him over the threshold. He knew I loved him and he was not afraid.
Dr. Mary was gentle, compassionate, and competent. Her kind reassurances staved off any guilt or remorse after. I am so grateful this service is available and that such a compassionate vet as Dr. Mary came to my house in a time of great need. I will call of Lap of Love the next time I need this service, and I have already recommended them to several of my friends. Thank you Dr. Mary."
Kathy ShackelfordIndianapolis, Indiana
"They told me they were sending a Veterinarian but they sent an angel instead. She is a beautiful, caring, soul."
Earl TharpArcadia indiana, Indiana
"We cannot express enough our gratitude for Lap of Love and Dr. Dan!!!! It was so comforting to have our baby girl here at her own home when she passed to the rainbow bridge. These past few years were so difficult taking her to her regular twice a year vet appointments so we had lots of anxiety of how her final day would of be if we had to take her to the office. But thanks to Lap of Love, she was able to go peacefully in her loving home! Thank you Dr. Dan! You’re a true angel!"
Shawn MathiasFishers, 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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