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.
Sally Lynch, DVM
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. Finally, in August of 2015, I moved back to Memphis and began working in small animal medicine in Cordova. It has been an extraordinary journey, and I am so glad to be back home in Memphis!
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 Lynch was truly the angel we needed to guide us through this difficult decision and process. From the moment Dr. Sally entered our lives she was compassionate, understanding and professional. The first visit she stayed and got to know Ace and heard our story for over 2 hours! From then she was available whenever i needed her- almost daily via phone, email or text. On Ace's final day Dr. Sally gave us so much time with him, explained everything and made the process beautiful and peaceful. Not only was Dr. Sally an advocate for our Ace, she also counseled us humans- making us all really feel cared for. Thank you Dr. Sally- as heartbroken as we are you gave us such a gift by facilitating such a peaceful passing- we will always remember Ace at peace."
Taylor LaLondQuincy, Massachusetts
"I cannot thank Dr. Lauren enough for all her kind words, her beautiful tribute to my Bubba and her help. I am forever grateful to have found Lap of Love and her. I cannot imagine saying goodbye to my Bubba in any other way and I take comfort in knowing that he spent his last moments peacefully by my side on his ottoman, as it should be. Once again, I thank Dr. Lauren for taking care of my Bubba and being a part of our lives. She is an extraordinary person with genuine compassion and I hope she realizes that what she has done for me and my Bubba was a gift I will forever be thankful for."
Abby ChodorWeymouth, Massachusetts
"Dr. Lauren was so kind and compassionate and so supportive. We could not have asked for a better experience, given the circumstances. She went at our pace and made Zeus’ passing painless and peaceful for all. We appreciate being able to have her in our home and help us along the way."
Despina NastariPeabody, Massachusetts
"We would like to thank Dr. Lauren Shell for her compassion, empathy and sympathy. Time was sensitive in this case and Dr. Lauren was here within an hour. Romeo immediately warmed up to her. He sensed the very big heart that she has. We originally did not believe that it was our call to make, but as soon as Dr. Lauren arrived we realized that we had made the right decision. Dr. Lauren was very sensitive to us and, of course, to our beloved Romeo. She showed love to him within the first moments of knowing him. She was very informative as to what we could expect. Once Romeo was at peace at the Rainbow Bridge, Dr. Lauren gave us a keepsake of a pawprint & a lock of fur...which we will always cherish. We received a very much appreciated follow up email including a tribute to Romeo & this opportunity to tell his story. We also received a sympathy card in the mail. It is so nice to know that there are people in the world with hearts like this. I was wondering when God would answer me to help Romeo...and Dr. Lauren was the angel that He sent to us. Thank you Dr. Lauren! We will never forget!"
Andrea & Billy WidbergCanton, Massachusetts
"Laura was the most gentle, kind, caring vetenarian I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. She was a Godsend 💕"
Nancy MorigeratoRevere, Massachusetts
"Last summer of 2016 when were living in Los Angeles, I called Lap Of Love to help us say goodbye to Chet’s senior companion, Max, at ~16. A few months later, Chet and I moved x-country right before Thanksgiving, spending this 2017 with family.
Since Chet was ~15, I knew he wouldn’t be with us much longer, but I was still stunned when his health declined suddenly, and I realized he wouldn’t live through the holidays this year. (It’s almost karmic, I guess, that each of my four dogs passed away around the same time I first found and took them home with me…)
Fortunately, Lap Of Love is also available here in the Boston area. Chet was my parents’ first dog ever, but as sad as we are, they were especially touched by Dr Lauren Shell’s kindness throughout. So to you and all the vets, thank you again and again for what you do.
Laura (& family)"
Laura ThompsonLexington, 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