PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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$400

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$225
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$290
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$155
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$175
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$225

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

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. Jeff

Jeff Carpenter

As is the case with most veterinarians, I grew up loving animals. Unlike most veterinarians, though, I took a more roundabout route into medicine. I was first drawn to research after college, where I focused on immunology and virology. From there I got into medical writing for an online news outlet until I finally ended up at Tufts University for my veterinary degree. 

After graduating I started in general practice where I stayed for many years (and still practice at to stay sharp and current on veterinary knowledge). I got to work with all kinds of companion animals, and I learned a tremendous amount in those years, covering everything from general medicine to surgery to specialized diagnostics like ultrasonography as well as navigating the delicate time of end of life care. 

Dealing with the loss of my own pets made me realize how stressful the process can be, even for someone who has experience with it. I realized that being able to say goodbye to my pets at home, where they felt safe, was one of the best things I ever did for them. I want every owner and pet to have that opportunity, which is how I found my way to Lap of Love. Being able to help families through this difficult journey is a privilege for me to be a part of. 

When I’m not working, I’m an avid wildlife photographer and love to travel (combining the two is my favorite). When I’m not traveling, I’m at home with my wife, my dog Sammy, and my cat Max.

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.   

"DVM Jeff Carpenter was amazing to work with. He was patient and explained everything that would happen. He made sure Gideon was comfortable and gave me the time I needed to say good bye to my best friend. I greatest fear would be that I would have to make the decision and would not be able to be with Gideon at the end with the COVID crisis. Thankfully that was not the case and we got to stay together until the end. Words can not express my Thanks."

Jacqueline Peeler
Chelsea, Massachusetts

"We lost our beloved dog Chip on 1/1/2020. He was a 12 yr old Husky/Lab mix who made me a dog lover. His illness was sudden, unexpected and we were in shock with the news. Dr Devlin came to our home on New Years Day to make his death a beautiful experience for our family. Her kindness and compassion were incredible. She didn't rush the process or us. She allowed us all the time we needed to say goodbye and get through this horrific day. She kept us informed every step of the way and I know for certain that he was comfortable and in our arms when he breathed his last breath. It was beautiful. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for this person who helped our family. She is an angel and I will be forever grateful to her. Thank you Dr Devlin."

Michelle Lavery
Billerica, Massachusetts

"Dear Doctor Sally,

Almost a month has passed and the tears have slowly faded enough for me to write you a well deserved thank you note. On behalf of my wife and our two children we wanted to thank you for making a day of saying goodbye to both of our elderly and ill dogs as acceptable as can be. Never in my mind did I think it was going to be as emotionally trying as it was. I could never imagine trying to accomplish this undesirable deed in a veterinary office. Your professionalism and caring and gently soothing demeanor was outstanding. How you managed to keep us calm and informed as the process progressed is beyond me. Totally professional touches right down to loading the stretcher in the car. Thank you for helping us through this most difficult and challenging feat. Bella and Lola’s ashes were returned in the most beautiful decorative hardwood box with and engraved plaque. Another classy surprise. Thank you again."

Lawrence Budlong
Methuen, Massachusetts

"I can't thank Dr Sally enough for assisting in my saying goodbye to my sweet boy,Oscar. My cat was so afraid of vet visits and I couldn't bring him there for his last day with me. Dr Sally was so patient and kind during the whole visit. She made it a beautiful peaceful experience. She kindly followed up with me the following day and I really appreciated that. Again, many, many thanks to Dr Sally Lynch>"

Anne Couture
West Roxbury, Massachusetts

"Dr. Sally was absolutely wonderful as we put our sweet family dog of 14 years, Mr. McDuff down in our home. I had children in the home and she was wonderful at explaining each step of the process to the entire family. At the end she cut off some of McDuff's hair for both children, made a paw print for them and allowed them to be as involved as they wanted. It was such a hard day, but she was sweet and gentle with out sweet pup and our family.

She later sent my kids a book and a paw with rainbow ink. She was so thoughtful and sweet. I appreciate this service and being able to be with our dog in our home as he passed over the rainbow bridge."

LACI GENTRY
Framingham, Massachusetts

"Sally Lynch was so kind and caring during this difficult time for our family. She helped our precious family member pass with such dignity and respect. Losing a pet is never easy but we take comfort in knowing we were together during the last moments and that he was truly in good hands with her. She was very kind, caring and respectful during the whole process. We are grateful for Sally for helping our loved one pass in such a dignified way."

SHANNYN CIVIELLO
Quincy, 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
“You came into my life when you were 6 months old from a challenging start. You were my best friend and it was you and me against the world for so long my little bug. You were always so happy and played like a pup until your end. Even on your last day we celebrated life to the fullest, though walking was so hard. We took our last walk together ...
Jacqueline Peeler
June 2, 2020
“Blue was peacefully laid to rest on May 8th 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was the most amazing and loving family member. He lived a long happy life of almost 15 years and will truly be missed.”
SHANNYN CIVIELLO
May 8, 2020
“May you Rest In Peace and comfort, sweet Joe and get to enjoy your buddy, Shazam’s energy again! ❤️
We love you and miss you! 💕”
Heather Meeker Green
April 26, 2020
“My sweet Sophia,
It has been one week since we had to let you go. I can't even explain the heartache that I am feeling. I miss you so much my sweet little girl.!! There is a huge void in our family. I am grateful that you are no longer struggling to breathe and you have been reunited with Papa and your big brother Olly, but it is going to take ...
Christine Murray
March 31, 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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