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
"The doctor we had Dr.Lauren was so superb to us during this tough time.
She was respectful and caring. I felt totally comfortable with her doing the process.
It will be the only way I handle any of my pets lasting days and ask for Dr. Lauren"
Jennifer PowersSaugus, Massachusetts
"Dr. Sally came over when it was just about Sophies time. As pet owners you don't want to wait too long when it's their time but for me at least you don't want to do it so soon. Dr. Sally came for a consult and did a great job guiding me for what to look for as it wasn't Sophies time just yet. I was able to have one special extra week with Sophie and was lucky enough when Sophie was showing great signs of failure (all of a sudden without warning), Dr. Sally was able to come and assist in her passing. For me and Sophie it was one of the most beatiful passings. I had time to walk Sophie around the entire house and go to her favorite spots and talk to her about her life with me. It was calming to her as her heart rate was very fast and slowed down as a gently patted her head and walked with her. That time was something special and I was fortunate enough to have it. When Dr. Sally arrived she explained the process and talked to me and Sophie (and Sweetie Boy and Coco) to assure us Sophies passing will be peaceful and it was. There is a huge process of a pets passing and when Sophie left in her little basket, I had a smile on my face because she looked so peaceful and looked as if she was sleeping . You don't get that in a vet's office. All the folks at Lap of Love were so comforting and understanding and gave me great information as was Dr. Sally. She was and is a true Angel. i don't know what I would have done without her. Her explainations and help and compasion will always be remembered. She is truly an Angel for us pet owners at this most difficult time."
Jean Ricciutiquincy, Massachusetts
"I will be forever grateful for the care and love Dr. Sally Lynch provided with the passing of Sweetie Boy. She has also assisted me recently with the passing of my little Sophie. She made the passing so peaceful and beautiful. I will never forget her kindness and compassion and all the care she took. Sweetie Boy did not have to be put down in a vet's office, away from his home and I was so happy for that. I will never forget Dr. Sally and all the folks at Lap of Love for their understanding of my situation and flexibility to help me schedule this hard appointment."
Jean RicciutiQuincy, Massachusetts
"We cannot say enough great things about Lap of Love. The whole team from the people that answer the phones, to Dr. Shell that came to our home, were wonderful, compassionate and caring."
Shireen ScottMethuen, Massachusetts
"We cannot stress enough how grateful we are to Dr. Sally and this organization. Dr. Sally helped make a difficult decision a peaceful experience. Dr. Sally came into our home with the presence of love and compassion and treated Wallace like he was her own. From the moment she entered until the moment she left, she made the entire process peaceful and painless as we said goodbye to our beloved dog. Dr. Sally made sure Wallace's last moments on earth were comfortable surrounded by the people that loved him most. Thank you again for your kind and loving nature Dr. Sally, you are an angel."
Chrissy CarrSouth Boston, Massachusetts
"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
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