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.   

"While it has taken me awhile to get to preparing this testimonial, it is in no way an indication of how grateful I am for Dr. Mary Devlin's thoughtful and perfectly attuned care. I had been dreaded the end of Shanti's life for as long as I can remember, and worrying about how I would ever be able to muster the courage and wisdom to do it when it needed to be done. Having Dr. Devlin come to our home, and acknowledge her sense that it was indeed time, was an incredibly gift. She was sensitive to our needs, and most of all to making this as painless and peaceful a process as possible. Her sense of humor, connecting with us as lovers of pitbulls, and the central place of her own pup in her heart we all touchstones upon which we could meet. In conversation with a friend the other day, she reminded me that choosing to say goodbye in our living room, eliminated a whole level of trauma and anxiety that Shanti would have experienced if we had to take her to the Vet. I hadn't even thought of that. While it was wrenching to let go of Shanti, companion and travel buddy of 13+ years, this was the best possible way to usher her sweet soul onward."

Ellen Grabiner
Cambridge, Massachusetts

"Lap of Love is truly an Amazing company. Dr Jeff could not have been anymore compassionate. He was so respectful of my daughters and my feelings. He walked us through the whole procedure and did not do anything until he made sure we were ready. This was a horrible day for us having to let go of our little girl, but if we had to let her go this was the best scenerio we could have asked for. Sophia had absolutely no anxiety and passed away peacefully with me holding her in my arms and my girls and I talking to her and loving her until she took her last breath. Thank you Dr Jeff for allowing our girl to cross the rainbow bridge in the most peaceful way possible. If I have any control over it, I will never let another fur baby go without the help of Lap of Love."

Christine Murray
Weymouth, Massachusetts

"March 5,2020 my family and I had to say goodbye to our 16 yr. old beagle Baron. Truly one of the toughest moments for all of us. He grew up with my sons and was such an important part of our family. Thanks to lap of love and Dr. Mary Devlin Baron was able to pass peacefully in his own bed surrounded by his family. Dr. Devlin was wonderful. She took great care to make sure Baron was comfortable and let us take as much time as we needed to say our goodbyes. We are still grieving and miss him dearly but want to say thanks for making a hard time a little easier."

Lori Lockhead
East Boston, Massachusetts

"Sally was amazing. My dog was dying of very aggressive mouth cancer and I was falling apart. She was comforting in the right way, explained things clinically in the right way, and sympathized with us in the right way. I couldn't speak more highly of her, I really valued her time and also felt lucky she was the vet there with us on that difficult day. I have been so sad and she was so compassionate and easy to be around. Thank you Sally!"

Audrianna Oliveira
Malden, Massachusetts

"My cat Skunky was diagnosed with lymphoma a couple years ago. She absolutely detested car rides, so my husband and I knew that when the time came, we were going to look into having her put to sleep at home where she could be calm, comfortable, and with us. We were so lucky to find Lap of Love and Dr. Mary Devlin. This was my first time going through this with a pet, and I knew it was going to be so difficult. Dr. Mary ensured that everything we could control was in order, and allowed us to give Skunky the peaceful passing we hoped for her. Dr. Mary's warmth, care, and incredibly calm and comforting demeanor ensured the whole process went as smoothly as possible. I couldn't imagine a better person to help guide a pet owner through such a difficult time. We are heartbroken at losing our sweet Skunky, but are incredibly grateful for Dr. Mary's services, and her care and compassion during such a heartbreaking event."

Ashley Cote
Methuen, Massachusetts

"Wonderful, compassionate, empathetic doctor.

This was one of the most difficult decisions of our lives and she was very supportive. We know Zoe was suffering and went in peace with all of her people with her enveloping her in love."

Elle R
Andover, Massachusetts

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
“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
“My favorite memory of my boy is always when the sun was shining and he was running happily, sometimes towards me, in a park. Hair flying, tongue flopping, all 6 lbs of him bouncing across in joy. His life was joy, he was pure love and joy. I will miss him every day.

Kingston Nick names: Jamaica, Baby, King Kong, Little Foot, Happy Feet.
...
Audrianna Oliveira
March 29, 2020
“Our beautiful Zoe went too soon. 16 years of her love and loving her was just too little. She left us with so many happy memories of her vibrant and loving personality. Everyone loved Zoe and she loved being around everyone. We loved every minute with this wonderful girl and feel her presence everywhere, in our home, car, work, parks we ...
Elle R
March 25, 2020
“My sweet Duke. You were always such an angel. I never used a leash - even as a puppy you stayed right with me. There was never I time that I called you when you did not come. And even in your last days, you always barked to protect our family. I will miss you to my dying day. You had every attribute I wish I had: constant kindness, patience, ...
March 21, 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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