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.
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.
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.
Lauren Shell, DVM
"Dr. Sally, though you were in our lives for a very short time, please know the impact you left on us was so helpful, positive, and peaceful. You will be in a memory that we will carry and share for the rest of our lives. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Donna LuceNewton, Massachusetts
"It was with heavy hearts that we had to make the decision to say goodbye to our sweet Wicked. Our vet recommended Lap of Love, and we were so very fortunate to have Dr. Sally Lynch come into our home to give Wicked the end-of-life experience she deserved.
Dr. Sally was kind and caring - calmly guiding us through each step of the experience. When Wicked had finally passed, Dr. Sally gave us the time we needed to say our final goodbyes. Because of Lap of Love, and Dr. Sally Lynch, we will forever treasure our last moments with our sweet girl.
We'd also like to thank Amanda Higgins - our Lap of Love Care Coordinator. The minute I heard Amanda's calm voice on the phone, I knew we were making the right choice for Wicked."
September WallingfordQuincy, Massachusetts
"I am immensely grateful to Dr. Shell and Lap of Love for helping us through one of the most difficult moments in our lives. It was hard to find a 'regular' vet who would help us say goodbye to Rugen in our home, but Lap of Love was available almost immediately. Dr. Shell treated us and our kitty with the deepest respect and kindness. She was as gentle to Rugen as if he were her own pet. The whole process was so simple and peaceful and we were given all the time we needed. Dr. Shell is excellent at providing this service and looking after the owners as much as the pet. Thank you again to Dr. Shell and the Lap of Love staff, I am so grateful that your service exists."
Marlene McManusBelmont, Massachusetts
"Dr. Sally is an amazing person, who took care of my sweet boy with dignity and respect. It was so hard for me to make the call, and on Labor Day. Not a problem. She was right on time, even a little early.
She took the time to see him, check him out, do some tests and then we had a talk. I wanted to know if I was doing the right thing. She knew that Seamus was 15-16 years old, evaluated his condition, and assured me, that this was the most compassionate and dignified way to get his wings.
I was happy that the last voice he heard, and the last face he saw was mine. He was tired, this time, I saw "the look". He was on his bed, in his house, and that was very important to me.
Dr. Sally made a print of his paw in plaster, and gave me a lock of his hair. I will be receiving his ashes shortly.
Diane KelleyWinthrop, Massachusetts
Thank you so much for taking such gentle care of our beloved Gallie. We found much comfort in the peaceful manner in the way Gallie passed, and knowing that she is now free of pain helps ease our broken hearts."
Darla KilroySALEM, Massachusetts
"Dr. Lauren Shell was most compassionate, professional and respectful. After good quality of life with palliative care for nasal cancer, Majie took a turn one night when we knew it was time to help her. We called Lap of Love that morning and Dr. Shell was there within a few hours. She helped Majie with the most peaceful transition in her own home. Knowing how peaceful it was for her was so comforting for us. Dr. Shell's calm and respectful way made a difficult situation much easier to bear. For that we will be eternally grateful. We can't thank her enough and would recommend her to anyone."
Patricia AloiseWinthrop, 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
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.
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