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 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 Angel View Pet Cemetery in Middleboro, which is open to the 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. 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.   

"Dr Mary was amazing. She was so supportive, loving and caring giving us time to be with her before and after the procedure. She came in and talk to us for a little bit going over the procedure asking if we had any questions reassured me, let me talk and discuss any of my questions or fears she made me feel so comfortable so at ease at the worst day of my life. I was losing my fur baby and I was so glad she was there for us and Colbie."

Kristine Thomas
Tewksbury, Massachusetts

"Dr. Mary is truly an angel. As my husband commented, she's truly a combination of veterinarian and priest. She made a desperately sad and difficult experience both peaceful and comfortable. Her manner was so warm and kind, but also very knowledgeable and matter-of-fact, which helped prevent us from getting stuck in the sad.

The person who scheduled us also had a truly beautiful temperament and made an awful conversation bearable. We were so grateful that Dr. Mary and Lap of Love was able to squeeze us in very last minute, as our sweet Bailey girl took a turn for the worst overnight.

We wholeheartedly recommend the entire team at Lap of Love, and are so grateful for their assistance during this time."

Jeannine Lawless
Concord, Massachusetts

"When our beloved Kenzie was assessed with mast cell disease and facing amputation of a limb and skin grafting from non-necrotic areas, I'd reached out to Lap of Love on 12/31 for information of services. At age 13.7 years, she wasn't a good candidate for surgery in addition to the scope of it's proposed evasiveness. On 1/6, Kenzie sprained or tore her ACL in her hind leg, leaving her lame. I'd ordered a stability brace, then called Lap of Love to schedule services. Ms. Sweigart, the care coordinator pulled my file and we discussed at length our dilemma and Kenzie's quality of life. We were immediately appointed for services on 1/10. We transitioned our living space from Holiday Faire to an open family gathering in preparation to say goodbye to our sweet girl. We wanted and felt she deserved to leave this life in tact with her dignity surrounded by her family in her home. Dr. Sally Lynch called to advise us of her expected arrival time and we discussed Kenzie's condition. It was nice outside and Dr. Lynch recommended that we do whatever Kenzie felt up to. We sat in the sun for some time after Kenzie was treated to a bacon cheeseburger, fries, and a frosty. Kenzie was in very good senses upon Dr. Sally's arrival. Soft spoken and at ease, Kenzie warmed to her and we all sat casually in the living room where assessment of Kenzie's condition was made, then further steps were taken to make Kenzie more physically comfortable. We sat for a while, then Kenzie managed to get up herself and on her own momentum walked into the other room. Dr. Sally whispered to us to give Kenzie space, knowing that she would go to where she's most comfortable in the home. Kenzie laid herself down at the foot of my desk where her bed usually is. It's there where we gathered to further comfort her. Dr. Sally remarked softly of Kenzie's Stitch T-Shirt that Dharma means Family, then Kenzie stretched for belly and muzzle rubs and we were all at peace knowing that we provided everything Kenzie needed - our love and undivided care in sharing this extraordinary journey of her life to it's end. Our girl has her wings by our angel of mercy Dr. Sally Lynch and we're so grateful to the Lap of Love organization in supporting our family and extending the gift of peace to our beloved Kenzie."

Kristin .
Abington, Massachusetts

"Dr. Sally was so kind, empathetic and gentle with all of us. We will be grateful forever that we were able to give Willow the send off she deserved with Dr. Sally's assistance."

Marci Rosenthal
CANTON, Massachusetts

"I always knew that if our dog, Shelby, got to the point where euthanasia was necessary, that I wanted the process to happen in the comfort and peace of our home. The vets at Lap of Love were recommended by our veterinarian, as well as by many friends and acquaintances who have used their services over the years. As soon as Dr. Devlin arrived at our house, my anxiety and concerns about the process were put at ease. Her sincere compassion came through in her words, tone, and body language. She spoke softly and slowly to put my husband, myself, and Shelby at ease. Dr. Devlin clearly explained each step of the euthanasia process, made sure we were ready for each of those steps before they happened, and treated Shelby with the utmost gentle care. Dr. Devlin also reminded us that we were making the right decision for our beloved dog, which is comforting to hear when going through this emotional ordeal. We really couldn’t have asked for a kinder, more professional, and more caring vet to give Shelby a dignified, painless, and peaceful death surrounded by people she loved in the comfort of her own home. We will forever be grateful for Dr. Devlin and her help in sending our sweet Shelby off in the best way possible."

Lauren Zembron
Medfield, Massachusetts

"On Friday, 11 December 2020, our Australian Shepherd Tian-Tian passed away with the kind help of Dr. Mary Devlin from Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice.

Tian-Tian had a pretty good last day. He was able to lie outside on the grass in the sunshine in our back yard for a while with my wife, Kathleen, her mother, Bibiana, and me keeping him company. Afterwards, he dozed comfortably on his bed in the living room and even spent a few minutes chewing on a squeaky-toy. Though he hadn't been eating meals for a few days, Tian-Tian did enjoy a few final treats. He was never alone -- we stayed nearby and talked to him, petted & comforted him throughout the day.

Dr. Mary arrived shortly after mid-afternoon. It's unfortunate that precautions for Covid-19 had to be taken, but we all adapted, and they didn't interfere in any way. I can't emphasize enough how kind, compassionate, empathetic, patient, helpful & informative Dr. Mary was. I know that's a lot of adjectives, but she truly made the whole sequence of events flow smoothly; we never felt we had to move further along until we were as ready as we would ever be.

It's still too difficult for me to talk about any more details, but we are forever grateful to Lap of Love for allowing Tian-Tian's last day to be at home and to Dr. Mary for her excellent assistance with his passing.

Thank you!

Eric

Eric Martin

Kathleen Thomas

Bibiana Thomas"

Eric Martin
Salem, 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
“We can’t believe your gone right now but we had to let you go peacefully. You fought so hard this year and we could not have you suffer anymore so we had to say goodbye. Our hearts are broken and we will never be the same. You were the most loving, happy, amazing and funniest dog. You were our joy, love and happiness everyday. Your pictures all ...
Kristine Thomas
January 15, 2021
“Sweetest most loving goof ball in the world. Our pure sunshine doggie, we will miss her always”
Marci Rosenthal
January 11, 2021
“Gemma loved everybody she met and vise versa! She loved going on hikes, rolling in the grass, laying in the mulch, running in the sand at the beach, splashing at the lake, snuggling under the blankets at home, and food! She loved bananas, carrots, anything with peanut butter, coconut oil, and homemade French fries.
Gemma was not just a ...
Allison Catania
January 7, 2021
“Jessie from the day we got her until the day she passed was always the sweetest dog ever. She loved to be with her family. Jessie went on all of our vacations with us and road trips. Jessie was always happy. Her tail was always wagging. As her vet said she had "Happy Tail". When It snowed she loved to go out and play in it. We were very ...
Lisa Gordon
January 6, 2021
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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