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. 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.   

"We appreciate all Dr. Mary did to make Julius' passing beautiful. We thank her for attending to all of Julius' needs and making him feel at peace while skillfully supporting us during the difficult time. Dr. Mary was reassuring, comforting, and helped us to understand the process. Julius had a rough start to life being born into a hoarding/ puppy mill situation and we will forever be grateful that Dr. Mary could provide him with the dignified death that he deserved."

Meg Simione
Ipswich, Massachusetts

"So glad I found 'Lap of Love". What a great organization.

Several places simply are not doing home visits during this time. LOV did.

At this most awful time, they were great from first contact. A real person answered the phone at about 6:30pm. She was VERY nice and understanding.

Dr. Mary is just the best.

Arrived on time. was very soft and gentle. explained everything, before, during and after.

I'm finding it difficult to express how wonderful Dr. Mary and "Lap of Love" was for us.

Made such a sad time the best it could possibly ever be."

Jennifer Wise
Salem, Massachusetts

"The phone reps were kind and patient during the scheduling process. It didn't feel like they were reading from scripts and pushing you through the call. They were really sweet during the difficult process of scheduling the appointment.

Dr. Sally came to our house and she was simply wonderful. She was calm, patient, reassuring, compassionate, and genuinely caring. I cannot express how much we appreciate that she was there during the worst day of my life. She handled Grace, and us, with respect and dignity for every second that she was in our home."

Laura Attubato-Sarno
Rockland, Massachusetts

"I had originally been searching on the Lap of Love site for a place to leave a review of my veterinarian and the phone support I received throughout this entire process. Dr. Jeff was absolutely wonderful, and brought so much support and care to the process... beyond what I even thought we would need. He was so comforting, warm, and patient, even kneeling in the dirt and grass because we wanted to put Tank down where he loved to lay and roll in the cool grass in the backyard. He explained everything in detail, was super sweet with the rest of the crazy dogs we wanted there to see their big brother begin his journey. and couldn't have been more professional. I can only imagine how difficult of a job he and the other veterinarians have, but I am so utterly thankful he was there. When we put Tank on the stretcher to carry him to the car, and Dr. Jeff put a soft blanket on him for that last car ride, it somehow made me feel like everything was going to be okay. Thank you so much, Dr. Jeff.

And I need to also leave a shout out to everyone I spoke with in the Support Center. Towards the end, I spoke with both Nick and Ashley, and they were both absolutely wonderful. A very special shout out to Annie Whalen, who I first talked to back in March when we thought it was time for Tank. Annie was the first member of the team I spoke with, and she spent so much patient time getting all the details on Tank's illness, talking me through what the company provides and the processes, even sending me articles on how my other dogs might react to Tank's death. We had a few months were Tank rallied, but when I knew the time I had come, I reached out to Annie again, who immediately called me and got things in motion. We even exchanged pictures of our sweet dogs, so I feel like I met some of her family. :) She couldn't have been more comforting, warm, and amazing. Thank you Annie!! <3"

Lisa Casello
Wrentham, Massachusetts

"Dr. Jeff was incredibly kind and empathetic. He took the time to sit with us and talk through the process and answer our questions. He constantly checked in with us to ensure we moved at the pace that felt right. He was super sweet to our dog Wally and made sure Wally was comfortable and peaceful. We are so very grateful for Dr. Jeff for allowing us to say goodbye to our fur baby in our home where our Wally was most comfortable. He helped us to make sure Wally did not suffer. We are eternally grateful for the work that Dr. Jeff and the Lap of Love team do to support animals and their pet parents through one of the most difficult moments. Thank you!"

Jess & Meggie Hatlen
Watertown, Massachusetts

"I unfortunately needed the services of Lap of Love twice this year for my dogs Frank and Buddy. From the minute I called them they were very sweet and comforting. Having someone come to my house so that I didn't have to ring my dogs to an unfamiliar place and have them be scared meant a lot to me. Dr. Jeff came both times and was wonderful, even though I was crying too much to talk. The process was very peaceful and painless for my dogs, and I got to stay right beside them the entire time which helped me. I also have a pawprint of each dog for my son to have which is quite special for him. If you have to go through this with your pet, know that Lap of Love is very kind during your sadness and gives you one less thing to worry about."

Jane Donaghey
Dorchester, 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
“Rest peacefully, my grayest girl. I will love you always.”
Laura Attubato-Sarno
August 7, 2020
“I knew it was time to bring another canine family member into the home, as the house had grown just so quiet following the passing of another beloved dog, Petey Joe. I went to Sterling Animal Shelter very worried I would be overwhelmed with the sorrow of not being able to bring them ALL home with me, and that I wouldn't know how to pick just ONE. ...
Lisa Casello
August 3, 2020
“Wally P. Hatlen
August 1, 2006 (?) – July 20, 2020

Cuddler, Curmudgeon, Cheese Connoisseur

Nicknames: Walls, Wallace, Walter, Wallington, Nugget, Sweet Boy, Fluffbutt., and more…

It is with broken hearts that we have to share that we said goodbye to our fur baby, Wally. He put up a great fight against his kidney disease but ultimately we ...
Jess & Meggie Hatlen
August 2, 2020
“It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know that Simba has transitioned. (5/5/2007 – 7/13/2020). He transitioned peacefully and beautifully at home. Simba was a faithful friend and family member, and he accompanied me almost everywhere. He loved water. He loved snow. He loved the sun. And he came to work with me every day and was the ...
Shawn McGuffey
July 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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