Greater Boston Area

  (978) 801-1785

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$450

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL FEES

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$250
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$375
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$425

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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$250

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. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  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. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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, but cannot guarantee that.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet the Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Sally

Sally Lynch

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.   

Dr. Mary

Mary Devlin

I grew up in central Massachusetts and animals have always been my best friends.  My earliest memories are of rolling among my family's German Shepherd puppies as if they were my brothers and sisters.  As a child, I would disappear into the woods and re-emerg hours later with a snake or a bird's nest or a stray dog.  My parents always encouraged me, and our family grew to include fish and rabbits, cats and dogs.  A sweet old Morgan horse named Noble taught me to ride when I was 6, and from then on, I spent every spare moment at the barn.  One summer of volunteering with a service dog organization grew into 7 years and many happy memories befriending and training these incredibly talented assistants.    

With veterinary school in my sights, I attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where a research fellowship in senior year drew me into a very rewarding 10 years as a Biochemist.  Eventually, I attended graduate school at the California Institute of Technology -- because the dormitory welcomed my two Siamese kitties, Shadow and Athena.  While I loved being a scientist because my work was ultimately for the greater good, it lacked a human touch.  When I unexpectedly lost my sweet Shadow, my grief brought me clarity of purpose.  I returned to veterinary medicine so I could promote and serve the bond that meant so much to Shadow and me.     

My husband and I relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee where I attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, we returned home to Massachusetts where I now care for cats and dogs and their families.  I love to teach people how to understand their pets and how to use that understanding to provide comfort.  As time has passed, my own pets have grown older and caring for them has helped me understand the needs of aging patients and their families.  Sadly, I have had to say goodbye to two beloved animal friends since becoming a veterinarian.  Each time, I called upon Lap of Love and each time, they helped my best friend depart peacefully and gracefully.  It was everything that I could ever have wanted for them, and it is what I want to give back to my patients and their families through my work with Lap of Love.

About Sally Lynch

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.   

"I was so conflicted about when the “ right “ time would be to say good bye to our beloved Duff. I honestly did not think I would ever have to make this decision on my own. Going onto the lap of love website and educating myself was step 1. This decision was never about me and always about the quality of life of my dog. There was never going to be a “ right” time. When I learned my dog had a huge abdominal mass in May; we decided at 12 1/2 years old we would let him live his best life his remaining days; not knowing really how long that would be. He let me know when he was really getting tired and uncomfortable. When he was no longer enthusiastic and peppy for the dog park and rides and not getting around as week as he had been, it started to become obvious he was telling me something . I tried giving him some pain medication that was prescribed but that was also not how I wanted to see my dog , struggling to keep his eyes open and “ medicated.” I definitely did not want to see him get into that red zone either where I needed to rush him emergently to the Vet. After discussing as a family what the best choice for Duff would be we called lap of love . I was given an appointment within a couple days of the call which I requested. He was not getting any better and did not feel the process should be dragged out any longer than necessary for the sake of all involved. It was good because we had a full day to spend with him and try to mentally prepare ourselves . Lots of tears and back and forth if I was doing the right thing . It was decided that we would light a fire and play some soothing music and have Duff”s bed on floor in front of fire ( which he loved anyways because he had become painfully thin). Dr. Mary arrived and came right in and kicked of her shoes and got down on the floor with my baby and had the most gentle and comforting demeanor . The way she explained everything and spoke so softly and showed true compassion put us all at ease. As much as it hurt to let Duff go , I could not have asked for a more peaceful experience . I was able to hold him in my arms as he left his earthly body . My baby was never anxious or afraid because he was in his own bed in his own house surrounded by the people and my other dog that loved him . What a blessing this was to our family . Forever grateful Dr. Mary ."

Kristen Esson
Cohasset, Massachusetts

"Dr Mary was very kind & sympathetic. She was understanding of our needs & Neely's. She let us have all the time we needed with him & didn't rush through the process. Dr Mary explained everything she was doing along the way. We found this to be a better, more comfortable experience than having to bring Neely somewhere, both for us & for him."

Cheryl McLaughlin
North Billerica, Massachusetts

"Dr. Mary Devlin was so wonderful and had both a calming and loving presence. Her professionalism and empathetic nature truly helped us with one of the hardest days of our lives. Saying goodbye to our sweet old gal was so heartbreaking, but Dr. Devlin helped us through it and made it that much easier. To be able to say goodbye to your beloved pet while keeping them comfortable at home really makes such a big difference. I would highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone who is looking for these services."


Walpole, Massachusetts

"Dr. Mary Devlin was compassionate, caring and respectful. During this difficult time, we appreciated her professionalism but also her empathy and gentleness towards Amber. There were no surprises. Our princess passed away peacefully in our arms."

Betsy Gonzalez
Norfolk, Massachusetts

"We could not have been more fortunate to work with Dr. Mary as we said goodbye to our sweet Harriet. She gave us wise counsel and space throughout the entire process. Endings are important and I can't thank Lap of Love enough for the peaceful, loving way they provide this service. Thank YOU!"


Milton, Massachusetts

"Dr Sally could not have been more compassionate with our Skeeter. I would recommend this to anyone. She was gentle and kind. Made such an awful time so peaceful for me and for him. Thank you Dr Sally for doing what you do and for being there for us and Skeeter when he was so sick and it was his time. We knew she would take him and care for him as if he were her own."

Brenda Farrell
Whitman, Massachusetts

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (617) 522-7282

MSPCA - Angell Animal Medical Center - Boston

  (508) 816-4952

Counseling - Anne Abeloff - Medway

  (781) 902-8400

MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center West - Waltham

  (508) 839-7966

Tufts University Veterinary School

  (781) 684-8387

Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Medicine - Waltham

  (617) 541-5023

MSPCA Pet Loss Support Program

  (781) 932-5802

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital - Woburn

  (978) 577-6525

Westford Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center - Westford

  (781) 337-6622

VCA South Shore - Weymouth

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Boston area including all or parts of Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$100 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Words cannot express how we feel with the loss of our Amber. Amber was our princess. She gave us unconditional love. Our home is empty without her love and cuddles. Our sweet Amber, you will forever be in our hearts. May you rest in peace and run the fields of heaven to your hearts content. Love you always!”
Betsy Gonzalez
October 27, 2020
“A quiet, petite, diva kitty with a gentle soul and a love looking out the windows, and cuddling with her human mama...and if mama was sleeping her human dad, mostly when her brother and sister were sleeping...the ultimate early morning and late night companion...16 years still didnt seem long enough...”
Samantha McCarthy
October 19, 2020
“In loving memory of Randy - the best pet and friend ever!”
Dot Dobson
October 13, 2020
“Ernie was such a gentle big goof. His bounding greeting with whatever stuffed toys he could fit in his mouth greeted me everyday I came threw the door. When he he would lay on the floor on his back and do his impersonation of a seal I would just laugh. He was a big brother to his sister Bella his little buddy. The two were always together. Big Ern ...
mark micalizzi
October 1, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 521
Natick, Massachusetts 01760

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