Greater Boston Area
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 an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.
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 at the 17 acre pet cemetery in Foxboro which is open to public.
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.
Lauren Shell, DVM
I am a Texas native who has recently found herself in the beautiful state of Massachusetts. I grew up in Spring, Texas, and since my earliest childhood memories animals have always played a central role in my life. Whether it has been a photo of me at age three holding a cat (who was almost as big as I was!), or my subscription to Zoobooks (remember those?), or the report I wrote about cheetahs when I was seven (learning to type seemed much easier when it involved cats), my love for animals was apparent from the beginning. And while it seems I have always had a love for pets, I did not discover my interest in science and medicine until I began college at the University of North Texas. Becoming a veterinarian was a way for me to turn these passions into a career. I graduated from UNT in 2008 with a degree in Biology and then went on to veterinary school at Texas A&M University. I graduated from veterinary school in May of 2013.
My four-legged companion throughout most of my life has been my cat, Tsuky (pronounced Sookie). I adopted him as a kitten when I was eleven years old, and he has been by my side ever since. Because of the large part he has played in my life, I have a special love for feline medicine.
My goal for all of my visits is to be a calm and reassuring presence, and I am committed to making my visits a stress-free experience for my patients. It is a great privilege to be invited into your home and to take part in the bond you share with your four-legged family members. I love all aspects of this profession, but I have found that the biggest honor of all has been the ability to help pets in the comfort of their home, and to work my hardest to give peace to their families who have cared so much for them.
Sally Lynch, DVM
Growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana, I was the little girl who preferred the company of cats and dogs to other kids. Whether it was my neighbor's Doberman Pincher or my babysitter's collection of stray kittens, the sincere companionship and complexities of animals fascinated me even at a very young age. I started volunteering at the local humane society when I was in second grade. From that time on, my career path was clear...I wanted to become a veterinarian!
In 2002, I moved to Memphis to attend Christian Brothers University where I majored in Natural Science. I quickly fell in love with the city of Memphis and was fortunate enough to work and volunteer for some of city's wonderful nonprofits including the Memphis Zoo, the Shelby County Humane Society, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It was not long before I claimed the Bluff City as my second home!
After graduating from CBU, I completed a Master's degree in Public Health from Louisiana State University where I focused much of my research on the health benefits of the human-animal bond and pet ownership. In 2010, I moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and began my four years of veterinary school. It was a long road, but in 2014, I graduated, finally achieving my dream of becoming a veterinarian! After vet school, I completed an internship at Nashville Veterinary Specialists where I was exposed to a variety of challenging cases and complex medical procedures. In August of 2015, I moved back to Memphis and began working in small animal medicine in Cordova before joining Lap of Love in 2017. Within months, I moved to Boston with Lap of Love and have been welcomed by the most amazing clients and neighbors. It has been an extraordinary journey, and I am so excited to make Boston my hometown!
Despite being so enamored with animals as a child, I was not able to get my first dog until I was 13 year old, but on that very special birthday, I was handed a tiny, black puppy...and I immediately burst into tears of joy! Rocko and I had many adventures together throughout my young adult life, and being his pet parent taught me more than I could have imagined about responsibility, friendship, and, above all, unconditional love. We spent many years walking our neighborhood together, and with every mile, he listened to me talk through my hopes and dreams, my concerns, and my fears. I know that everyone says this about their dog, but he was the best...a piece of my past, and a piece of my spirit...always.
Lauren Shell, DVM
"Dr Shell was so very kind, gentle and compassionate to Drambouie and us. She explained everything, took her time, encouraged us to share stories, emotions and "love on him" throughout the process. We can't thank her enough."
Andrea and Glenn LundquistWhitman, Massachusetts
"Dr. Lauren Shell,
Thank you so much for bringing your warmth and love to this tough process. And making my final goodbye to my sweet Bailey something I will always cherish because you made it a touching and beautiful tribute to his life."
Emma OrniasCharlestown, Massachusetts
"On January 7th 2018, I had to make one of the hardest decisions I've ever been faced with, and that was to let my beloved 13 year old fur baby go. He had constant urinary tract issues and with further evaluation and tests discovered he had a huge mass in his kidneys. On top of this, he had not been eating for quite some time and had dropped an alarming amount of weight leaving him weak and lethargic. Because of this, I had serious doubts about the surgery that was proposed for him and agonized over the few choices I was given. The surgery wasn't a guarantee and the doctors also suspected that perhaps he had a secondary disease such as cancer. Watching him not be able to go to his pee pads alone in the prior days of making the decision broke my heart....I knew deep down that he was suffering and ready to go. I decided to contact Lap Of Love and was automatically put at ease that I was doing the right thing for my baby. I was given all the information needed and treated with empathy and compassion. I also had a chance to speak with Dr. Lauren Shell days before the appointment to discuss Bailey's condition further and immediately was struck by her grace and understanding that she showed me during such a difficult time. I cannot recommend them enough. Dr. Shell, thank you so much for the gift that you have given me and my beloved Bailey. For helping him pass to the rainbow bridge with dignity and love. Being able to have held him on my lap surrounded by people who loved him and in an environment that Bailey was familiar with was definitely something I will always treasure because it was such a beautiful moment. Thank you for treating him with love and compassion. You are truly amazing at what you do!"
"Dr. Sally is one of the nicest people I've met in a long time. Her caring courteous manner made this difficult process immeasurably easier to conduct. She is a credit to her vocation, and profession."
Mark KilczewskiSalem, Massachusetts
"We lost our almost 14 year old lab last night. We called yesterday afternoon and Sally was here before 8 pm and we were all by our girl Cari's side. This was the most peaceful experience for something that was going to be the most dreaded. Sally took a very calm step by step approach allowing us to ask questions and ease our minds with the process. We cannot thank Sally and Lap of Love more for helping us get our girl to a more peaceful place! RIP Cari...."
Chris & Susan KordishTyngsboro, Massachusetts
"Our Sammy, a 13 yr old cocker spaniel, took a turn for the worst on a Friday evening. Sammy hated the car in his senior years, he was anxious, drooling and shaking life a leaf the whole time he was in it. I didn't want that to be how he spent his final hours.
Dr. Sally was, incredible. She fought Boston rush hour to get to us in under 2 hours. She was professional and compassionate, and because of her expertise our Sammy's passing was surrounded by his pack. It was calm, loving, and peaceful - I truly could not have asked for anything more for him.
Thank you again Dr. Sally for being an angel on earth!"
Rebecca GalloLynn, Massachusetts
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Tufts University veterinary school
MSPCA-Angell West (Waltham)
MSPCA Pet Loss Support Program
Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Medicine - Waltham
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital - Woburn
Westford Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center - Westford
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 521Natick, MA 01760-4762