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.
Daniel Genatiempo, DVM
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.
Daniel Genatiempo, DVM
"A year ago it was spring in Pittsboro with green grass unlike now with snow and cold. My wife walked Petey 5 mi. in 3 walks and I had a solo walk with him at the end of the day. Pete was enjoying his last day on earth in Pittsboro, with a salmon dinner before he peacefully went over the rainbow on a blanket in our yard with my wife & I loving and stroking him before he passed. Dr. Dan was very kind and compassionate to all of us. We loved our furry boy to the moon and back.
Pete was the best dog a person could have. He never complained. Heck when we adopted him we did not know if he could speak. We found out he could when a cat tempted him from a far. Then we knew. He had a booming voice when interlopers approached the house or when he was home alone and someone approached from the outside. We felt very safe with Pete around yet he was so gentle. He would let the neighbor children romp with him and lay on him. He was so gentle when giving him snacks. It as not a chomp but more of a little gentle use of his lips to sneak it away. He mastered a very cool trick of take caps off water and soda bottles. He could remove a screw cap in 5 seconds. It was amazing.
He loved swimming in the lake to retrieve water bottles and other floating toys. He kept me in shape. We would do our before bedtime walk every night; rain, shine or snow at 9:30 PM. On Saturdays, particularly in winter when the ground was snow covered, we would walk the neighborhood or walk the neighbors farm looking for deer. If he saw one he would spring up from his hind legs to get a better view, like being on a pogo stick. He would follow me on cross country skis.
I remember one spring, when all the snow was melted except one patch by the drive. It was a warm day so Pete decided to take a nap laying down on the snow pile. He really liked cold weather and snow. In the fall his coat would turn a rust red along the sides of his black saddle.
I miss him every day."
Bob HunchbergerPittsboro, Indiana
"Dr. Dan was coming for a consultation but Annie took a turn for the worst and our meeting turned into a final goodbye. I can not imagine a more gentle, soft spoken, comforting and caring goodbye he granted us. We have gone through this before but it is never easy, always heartbreaking. We appreciated the time he gave us with her before and after. He was compassionate and for that, we were so grateful. Annie's passing was quiet and peaceful. We thank Dr. Dan for his care of our girl. God Bless"
Susan WeaverNoblesville, Indiana
"Lap of Love was there for us in our time of need. Dr. Dan treated our special dog Brandie with caring & love. Very difficult decision and time it was but glad for taking care of our needs."
Sherree & Jerry TBrownsburg, Indiana
"I highly recommend Dr. Dan from Lap of Love, and am eternally grateful for his compassionate and comforting presence as we said goodbye to sweet Sara. He exhibited great kindness, care, respect and consideration for Sara during the entire process, even after she had passed.
Forever etched in my memory is the delicate care he took to make sure her paws were safely tucked in as he situated her on the stretcher before carrying her away.
Thanks to Dr. Dan, Sara’s last moments were spent with family laying in the sunny spot of the living room that was her favorite. To be able to say goodbye in the comfort of home was priceless. I wish I had known about you last fall when we said goodbye to Sara’s sisters, Katya and Sandy.
The fur clippings and clay imprint of her paw that Dr. Dan gifted me with are keepsakes that I will always treasure. The follow-up email, touching on-line memorial and sympathy card that Dr. Dan sent afterwards were a great comfort.
Dr. Dan, thank you dearly for providing this important service. I am forever grateful to you for helping us say goodbye in such a loving and peaceful way. Many blessings to you."
"Poor Dr. Dan. Being present during such a painful time for a family is unimaginable. He was kind, quiet and patient. He sent a follow-up note with link to a facebook memorial about our sweet boy that he posted that day. He noted that we might want to include a memorial of our own—that it could sometimes be cathartic. And it has been. Nothing can really take away the pain, but it's nice to share the story of our beloved Hank."
Pam LinsleyIndianapolis, Indiana
"Smokey is really the only pet I have ever had as an adult and I had never gone through the Euthanasia process. Since our kitty tended to be a nervous cat anyway, we would never have been able to take him outside of the house for this process. I found out about Dr. Dan and made an appt for the procedure. We were very nervous and so, so sad. Dr. Dan came in and was so kind and explained everything to us before he did anything. Smokey fell asleep with his head in my lap and it was so nice to be able to experience it in our home that way. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Dan helping us say goodbye in such a loving and peaceful way."
Charissa AmbroseINDIANAPOLIS, 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
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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