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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Lauren Shell, DVM
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.
Lauren Shell, DVM
"Dr Lauren was so compassionate and such a sweetheart. From the moment she walked in the door you could sense her sincerity and true condolences and kindheartedness for loss of my girl. I truly couldn't have asked for anyone better to assist me and my family through such a difficult time."
Pam GormleyPeabody, Massachusetts
"Dr. Shell was so kind and caring. We could tell that she wanted the best for everyone involved. She was gentle, considerate, and supportive."
Natalie LaneBoston, Massachusetts
"We couldn't have asked a better person to help us in Shaina's final stage than Dr. Lauren. Dr. Lauren took the time to explain everything she was doing. More than that though, Dr. Lauren was so kind, sympathetic and loving to us and Shaina. Dr. Lauren also reached out to us as we did to her after Shaina passed. Thank you so much Dr. Lauren."
Tom, Valerie, Rachel GallagherMethuen, Massachusetts
"We cannot thank Dr. Lauren Shell enough for making this difficult time and decision less stressful for us and Navarre. Dr. Laura was reassuring and incredibly kind. She thoughtfully asked and listened to stories about Navarre and guided us step by step through the process of saying goodbye.
Our house feels empty without our big boy, but we're comforted by the fact he left us peacefully thanks to Dr. Lauren."
Rebecca BernardosMelrose, Massachusetts
"Dr. Shell treated us all with kindness and respect and allowed us to send Shea on his way peacefully. We are so grateful."
"We cannot express our thanks enough to Dr. Lauren for all her kindness and compassion. She was so kind to Boo and us at this terrible time. she gave us as much time as we needed with Boo and answered all our questions when we were having doubts. She finally put my mind at ease some. I have told more people about Dr. Lauren and the Lap of Love. How fortunate I was to find Dr. Lauren at this time when needed so much. I can't express how compassionate and kind Dr. Lauren was. It takes a special person to do this type of work and thank God for angels like Dr. Lauren."
Muareen & Paul LandryWilmington, 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