Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$300

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.

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.

Geriatric Consultation$300

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 pounds and over will be quoted

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 pounds and over will be quoted

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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, 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.

Meet the Doctors

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.

About 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.

"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 Gormley
Peabody, 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 Lane
Boston, 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 Gallagher
Methuen, 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 Bernardos
Melrose, Massachusetts

"Dr. Shell treated us all with kindness and respect and allowed us to send Shea on his way peacefully. We are so grateful."


Canton, Massachusetts

"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 Landry
Wilmington, Massachusetts

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (617) 522-5055

MSPCA-Angell (Boston)

  (508) 839-7966

Tufts University veterinary school

Emergency Clinic

  (781) 902-8400

MSPCA-Angell West (Waltham)

Pet Loss Support Program

  (617) 522-7400

MSPCA Pet Loss Support Program

Emergency Clinic

  (781) 684-8387

Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Medicine - Waltham

Emergency Clinic

  (781) 932-5802

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital - Woburn

Emergency Clinic

  (978) 577-6525

Westford Veterinary Emergency & Referral Center - Westford

Pet Memorials
“My Dear Little Sabrina,

I have been trying to write the memorial section of this dedication for 5 days now and every time I sit down to do so all I can seem to do is sit and look and the blank screen and cry. The joy you brought to my life simply cannot be put into words. You were my perseverant little fighter and showed me strength that I ...
Pam Gormley
September 17, 2017
“My sweet Pep,

You are my sunshine, my star, and my light. You were selfless until the end. You snuggled close to me and put your paw on me to let me know that everything was going to be alright. You never wanted me to be sad, to cry, or to hurt... even if you were hurting. You always wanted me to do my best and to notice all of the beautiful ...
Natalie Lane
September 5, 2017
“Shaina was our other daughter. We had 10 wonderful years sharing our lives, love, and our couch with the most lovable, protective, trusting bullmastiff one could ever ask for. Shaina was the epitamy of unconditional love. Shaina will forever be in our hearts and minds. R.I.P our sweet, beautiful bully pup.
You will be sorely missed. Until ...
Tom, Valerie, Rachel Gallagher
August 31, 2017
“Navarre,
You were a loving, big-brother to your adopted kitty-brother Cian and our devoted companion. We'll miss your head-butt hellos, your face at the door greeting us when we come home, and snuggling-up with us on the couch to keep us warm. You fought your way through IMHA in 2013 to stay with us for another four years, and grieved with us ...
Rebecca Bernardos
July 27, 2017
Payment Options

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.

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