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.
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.
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
"I want to express my sincere gratitude for the way Dr. Sally handled Buddy's passing with me and my family. I dreaded putting him in a car and returning him to the vet for euthanasia. I wanted to be with him in the comfort and familiarity of our home. Dr. Sally and Lap of Love allowed me to do that, and I am eternally grateful. He was my faithful companion and family member for 11 incredible years, and like all dog owners, I only wish it could have been longer. I miss him terribly, but I know I made the correct and compassionate decision. Dr. Sally brought peace, calm and solace to me and my family. I appreciate that the process was not rushed, Dr. Sally answered all of our questions, and Buddy was treated in a dignified manner the whole time. Words will never convey my true appreciation for what Dr. Sally did. Lap of Love and all dog owners faced with the same difficult decision are blessed to have Dr. Sally."
Matthew WilkinsLynn, Massachusetts
"Dr. Shell was such a sweet and compassionate veterinarian. She was patient and let us share our thoughts on Socrates and really was there to help us but also help Socrates no longer suffer. She really honored and respected us in that moment of our own grieving and suffering that was part of saying good-bye until we see you again."
Karen Morrissette TajalliSHARON, Massachusetts
"One of the few comforts on what will forever be a hallowed day was how Lotus greeted Dr. Shell. A frightfully tense morning dissolved with a vigorous tail wag and gentle kisses for Dr. Shell as she knelt to say hello. It was like Lotus had been expecting this and she wanted to show us that she was ready. I want to thank Dr. Shell for her compassion and her tenderness as we prepared to say goodbye. I have loved every minute of having Lotus in my life and Dr. Shell made the last few of those calm and peaceful."
Amanda SWoburn, Massachusetts
"Dr. Sally Lynch was very gentle and respectful during the whole difficult process of helping us to end our little girl Pug's life.
Having someone come to the house really allowed Pug to stay relaxed during this difficult time.
Pug was calm and ready. It could not have ended any better for her no matter how much it hurts for my wife and I.
I highly recommend using Lap of Love for anyone's ailing friend or at the time they must leave us.
She gently took her from under the bed, where she liked to sleep, and rested her on one of her favorite blankets.
When everything was done, she cradled her in a basket with more blankets and my wife decorated her with flowers.
It was as beautiful as such a difficult time could be and it will help going forward to remember that we did all we could for pug, right up until the end.
Goodbye our little owl eyes, it was an honor to know you and to brush you multiple times a day as you laid there purring, happy to be right where you were."
James HughesWrentham, Massachusetts
"We were very impressed & comforted by Dr. Lauren's professionalism, empathy & loving care that she provided to all of us. She was so kind to our children & so gentle with the handling of Izzy. We will be forever grateful to her for making that horrible day as comfortable as it possibly could have been."
Carol, Mark, Zoe & Zaden ViolaMelrose, Massachusetts
"In life we are lucky enough to come across very special people...Dr. Sally Lynch is one of these people!! She is caring and compassionate! She made our darkest day tolerable and treated both our family and Juliette with dignity and respect. I feel so blessed that our paths crossed with Dr. Sally.
Dr. Sally...thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being there with us! You truly are an angel 😇
Tara & Rich
Cameron & Elsie"
Tara TestaAbington, 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