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.
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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
"Thank you Dr. Sally for your kindness and support. You took the time to talk through our struggles with Murphy and kept us at ease. We also appreciate the detailed information on his conditions. As grueling of a decision as this was, you made Murphy's passing peaceful and dignified."
Jennifer MahoneyWoburn, Massachusetts
"We can't thank Dr. Sally enough. Her compassion and the dignity she provided Chubs in the end will never be forgotten. Unfortunately, this is the second time in 4 months we had to say goodbye to one of our fur members but Dr. Sally still took the time to explain everything and did not rush us or Chubs at all. As hard as it was to say goodbye to Chubs, I take comfort in knowing that he left us peacefully in his own home, on his own bed."
Tracy KellyLowell, Massachusetts
"My chow mix rescue dog, NoniBear was 2 weeks shy of her 15th birthday and was failing rapidly. My son-in-law suggested that at-home euthanasia might be a good way to go, so he sent me several options. I chose Lap of Love because they clearly stated their rates and were nearby. I finally made the call and the person who answered was so compassionate, caring and understanding while I was crying. She was very helpful in explaining everything and said I could call back and talk anytime. There was no push to make a date. I finally called back and made an appointment as NoniBear was getting worse.
On May 27, 2018, Dr. Lauren Shell came to the house and I cannot tall you how wonderful she was. She was so kind, considerate and respectful to the family and to NoniBear. I didn't think I would be able to stay during the procedure but I found myself able to hold it together as everything was so peaceful, calm and there was no struggle. Dr. Shell arranged for the cremation and yesterday I received my baby's ashes in a beautiful red wooden box (NoniBear was a 67# all-red girl) with a brass nameplate and flower seeds and helpful information from FINAL GIFT. Dr. Shell has e-mailed me several time to follow up and see if I need any help during this painful, lonely time. I cry every day and I feel a terrible sense of loss but I know I did the right thing and my baby is no longer suffering. I'm so grateful to Lap of Love and highly recommend them."
R. FiddesWestwood, Massachusetts
"Thanks to Dr. Shell of Lap of Love for being a compassionate and respectful professional who assisted us with our little one in his transition to heavens and to Donna who help me over the phone with respect and compassion, you ladies are the best!"
Annie & Iman Beniquez-AbdoWINTHROP, Massachusetts
"Dr. Lauren came to our home and explained in detail everything she was going to do and let us spend as much time with our dog Sweetie as we wanted. I would recommend them to any one I know, they were so professional on the phone and in person."
linda merrilllynn, Massachusetts
"April 9, 2018
Today we lost our Mr. Mulligan. “Mulls” was a rescue from the south and a gentle old soul. We often referred to him as a southern gentleman. He was the sweetest and most loyal dog who taught our other dogs so much. As the keeper of our house, he is not only greatly missed but we are forever grateful to have loved you, Mulls! …keep chasing those squirrels and eat all the salmon you can.
We knew it was Mulligan’s time, but we didn’t want to bring him to the vet’s office. It was always so stressful for him and we didn't want that to be the environment to say goodbye. It was so comforting when we found Lap of Love. Dr. Sally Lynch was amazing. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in the backyard on his own bed. Mulligan was very relaxed and Dr. Sally guided us through the process so we could be there for him. She was so very patient with us and Mulligan passed on peacefully surrounded by people that loved him.
We all know how painful it is to lose our pets and when having to make that difficult decision this is the only organization to use. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Sally for being there."
Jim OwensWakefield, 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