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
"I just can't express enough how grateful I am for the absolute wonderful but difficult job that Dr. Lauren did in helping Jasmine cross that rainbow bridge.
She had such a calm presence and you could truly feel her love, care and compassion she had for Jasmine and I. As a former hospice nurse, I am very familiar with death and humans dying in the home and in the hospice world we always talk about someone having a "beautiful death". Well I can honestly say that is exactly what happened with Jasmine and it was Dr. Lauren that made that possible.
She spent an hour with Jasmine and I just listening and letting me tell her all about Jasmine. Jasmine immediately (after barking when she first came to the door lol) was calm and peaceful in her presence. She was laying on the floor and Dr. Lauren and I were right down there with her. She explained everything in such a natural way and gave me all the time I needed. And when the time came to give Jasmine the medicine, she did that with such ease and gentleness that Jasmine barely noticed. During this whole experience she let both Jasmine and I know exactly what she doing and what to expect. One of the true tell signs of a gifted and empathetic practitioner.
I will be forever grateful to Dr. Lauren and Lap of Love for making such a sad and painful experience actually beautiful and helping me so much with the grieving process. I highly recommend anyone with a senior pet or any pet with a life limiting illness to please check out Lap of Love and what services they provide. You will never regret your decision because they help you all along the way and answer any questions you have.
Again, thank you Dr. Lauren for your amazing and gifted skill in helping Jasmine at the end of her journey here......
Colleen Kilbridewoburn, Massachusetts
"Dr. Sally was our Angel on April 20th 2018 she was our hospice vet who came to our home for our beloved dog Daisy who took a turn for the worse and was not going to make it through the night. Dr. Sally was the most caring, kind, compassionate, loving person we have ever met. She talked us through everything in such a loving manner. Daisy had the most peaceful transition that our family will always be so thankful for. Dr. Sally treated Daisy with such dignity. You will forever have a place in our hearts Dr. Sally!"
Karen AndersonMarshfield, Massachusetts
"Dr. Lauren's manner and services were very professional and touching. Fitzy couldn't have had a better or more fitting ending. Dr. Lauren has such a calming and sincere approach to a difficult separation from our cat. It was like an angel came to take Fitzy to another place."
Steven FayWest Roxbury, Massachusetts
"I've never had to make an end-of-life decision for a pet before. Dr. Sally was so compassionate and kind. We felt while this was one of the more awful experiences of our lives, Dr. Sally made our kitty's final hours so peaceful. I would never say goodbye to my pets in any other way than having a vet come to the house and take care of them at the end of their lives. She talked with us about how he was doing medically, offered some treatment options but was also honest with us about how treatment wouldn't buy him much time and might make our sweet boy fear us at the end if we tried things to prolong his life. I so so appreciated the honesty and up-frontness, but I can't say enough about how empathetic and compassionate Dr. Sally was with us and our 12 year old son, who was absolutely grief-stricken and bereft. It's so sad, but being at home in a comfy window seat surrounded by love was a "good death" as they say."
Karen NewmanMalden, Massachusetts
"We adopted Ally in 2007; she brought so much happiness and love to our home. She loved meeting people, to be petted, chasing different kind of animals and insects in the yard. Ally enjoyed going bye bye in the car, pulling up to drive thru windows; she was the first one at door in the morning to go to work. She will be greatly missed! DOB 1/23/06-5/1/18.
Dr. Lauren was great; she took the time to explain the process. She gave us time to say goodbye to our pet without any rush. She was gentle, understanding and supportive. My wife wanted to make sure that the dog had passed and Dr. Lauren Shell confirmed with my wife that it was by double checking the dog again which gave my wife peace of mind. Dr. Shell sent us a very lovely sympathy card and a email follow up to make sure we were ok with info on grieving support. THANK YOU DR.SHELL!"
Ritchie MooreHUDSON, Massachusetts
"I want to thank Dr. Sally for her empathic and professional approach when she came to our house. Dr Sally explained everything to me and was very considerate in every possbile way. The whole process was emotionally difficult for me but it was tranquil and smooth and I can tell that my cat Gordy was not suffering or scared but calm and peaceful."
Pisha ChenLexington, 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