Ann Arbor - Brighton - Plymouth - Howell & Surrounding Areas

  (313) 918-1022

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$450

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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$325
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$375
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$450
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$475

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely rose wood urn with engraved nameplate (optional) and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian in two weeks. Other arrangements are possible (please inquire) or made available directly from the crematory.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$150
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$275

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 on private property. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

There may be a fee of $50-$100 if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

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!

Dr. Laura

Laura Porta

I grew up in the small Northern Michigan town of Gaylord.  We had many dogs and cats when I was growing up, whom I loved from afar because I was severely allergic to them!  Thankfully, I grew out of my allergies and was able to pursue a career involving my love for animals.  I attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate work and veterinary school and achieved my dream in 2001.  I practiced small animal medicine in the area, including clinics in Kalamazoo, the eastern Detroit area, and Howell, where I was able to help, heal and treat my furry clients.

While working in one small animal practice, we were getting several requests for in home euthanasias, and I was wiling to help.  As I started to perform in home euthanasias, I found it was such an honor and privilege to help clients with their beloved pets in their home.  To allow a pet to remain in the comfort of their home, surrounded by their loving family for their final moments was a feeling I can't describe.

Although I found myself drawn to helping families for end of life care, I understand the enormity of this decision as a pet parent. I had to endure the heartbreaking decision-making process as a pet parent with our dog, Quimby. Even though I'm a veterinarian, I'm also a pet parent, so I felt the anxiety and helplessness of making this difficult decision. I hope I can bring you some comfort and assurance that this decision can be your last gift to your pet. I performed Quimby's euthanasia at home with my family hugging him and loving on him as he took his final breath.

I have a wonderful husband, two beautiful children and share our loving home with a myriad of pet children including our crazy German Shorthaired Pointer, named Monty, who can't sit still. We also have two cats, named Frodo and Jess, who love to lounge in the sun on the screened-in porch as I read, which is how I love to spend my time.

Dr. Ashley

Ashley Ketter

I was born and raised outside of Topeka, Kansas on a small hobby farm with a menagerie of animals. As a horse-crazy animal lover, veterinary medicine was an obvious choice for me. I went to Kansas State University to study biology and later earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri. 

After graduation, my husband and I moved to the Pacific Northwest and lived outside of Seattle where I practiced small animal medicine. We moved to Michigan for my husband's schooling and despite the cold, fell in love with the state. We currently live in Battle Creek with our two dogs, Julep (a scruffy Lab mix) and Konza (a pure cuddle monster), and Filson (part cat, part Golden Retriever). When not helping pets and their families, I am usually at the barn riding my handsome horse Mojo, hiking with my dogs, or traveling. 

My husband and I recently suffered the emotional loss of our beloved cat, Apollo. At the young age of 6, Apollo was diagnosed with cancer that quickly ravaged his little body despite aggressive chemotherapy. It was by far the hardest thing that either of us have ever had to go through. The light in the darkness was his incredible oncologist who helped us say goodbye to our little buddy. I will never forget the peace we felt in those final moments and how thankful we are that Apollo was granted that gift.  

Every pet deserves to be calm, comfortable and surrounded by their loving family in their final moments. I am honored to be able to provide families and their beloved pets with the gift of a peaceful passing

Dr. Cyrus

Cyrus Wegbreit

I have always believed in helping both animals and humans and I see my role with Lap of Love as one of the best ways to accomplish this. I am honored to work in a field where I can help so many people and their pets in such a deep and profound manner.  

While in vet school, my wife and I realized that our dog, Buddy, had reached the end of his time with us. He was treated for Chronic Heart failure and after 14 extra months with him, he grew tired. One of our professors graciously offered to come and help Buddy be put to rest in our home. When the day arrived, it was such a relief to know that Buddy would be well cared for and that we, as his parents, only had to focus on keeping him happy and comfortable. This moment hugely impacted our family and my veterinary career’s focus.  

After several years working as an emergency veterinarian and then a general practitioner, I became drawn towards end of life care. I am so honored and proud to be part of the Lap of Love family. I aim to provide every family that I help the same sense of comfort and security we were given as it truly meant the world to us.  

Because my wife and I met in vet school, we have a lot of animals - 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 1 guinea pig!  We also welcomed our son into world in July of 2018. It’s a busy household, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  In my off time, I enjoy hiking, gardening, soccer, and video games.

About Laura Porta

I grew up in the small Northern Michigan town of Gaylord.  We had many dogs and cats when I was growing up, whom I loved from afar because I was severely allergic to them!  Thankfully, I grew out of my allergies and was able to pursue a career involving my love for animals.  I attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate work and veterinary school and achieved my dream in 2001.  I practiced small animal medicine in the area, including clinics in Kalamazoo, the eastern Detroit area, and Howell, where I was able to help, heal and treat my furry clients.

While working in one small animal practice, we were getting several requests for in home euthanasias, and I was wiling to help.  As I started to perform in home euthanasias, I found it was such an honor and privilege to help clients with their beloved pets in their home.  To allow a pet to remain in the comfort of their home, surrounded by their loving family for their final moments was a feeling I can't describe.

Although I found myself drawn to helping families for end of life care, I understand the enormity of this decision as a pet parent. I had to endure the heartbreaking decision-making process as a pet parent with our dog, Quimby. Even though I'm a veterinarian, I'm also a pet parent, so I felt the anxiety and helplessness of making this difficult decision. I hope I can bring you some comfort and assurance that this decision can be your last gift to your pet. I performed Quimby's euthanasia at home with my family hugging him and loving on him as he took his final breath.

I have a wonderful husband, two beautiful children and share our loving home with a myriad of pet children including our crazy German Shorthaired Pointer, named Monty, who can't sit still. We also have two cats, named Frodo and Jess, who love to lounge in the sun on the screened-in porch as I read, which is how I love to spend my time.

"While searching for options to this sad situation, I came across the Lap of Love website. After looking into it, decided this would be the best option. Trying to move a dog in pain was something we wanted to avoid. Being at home, in her bed, with her world around her was the best way to go. Dr. Laura Porta was spectacular. She was attentive, caring and answered any and all questions we had. Naturally, we had concerns, but she put them at ease. We thank you for your sincerity and professionalism. You could definitely tell she was pet owner herself."

Al & Sherry Gapske
Brighton, Michigan

"No one ever wants to face this situation. While a home option seemed to be the only option because of the pandemic, I can say that we will choose this again whenever faced with this decision. Dr. Laura was amazing. So kind, gentle, and good at explaining everything. She gave us the time and space needed to process what was happening. She made sure that we all knew what to expect. It was a very peaceful and dignified way to say goodbye to our special girl. Thank you so much, Dr. Laura."

Susan Lachhman
Westland, Michigan

"Dr. Porta made the worst situation the easiest and best as possible. She was comforting, gave us our time with our precious Bailey and talked through everything. I truly appreciate her and the ability Lap of Love gave us to let Bailey rest and be comforted in her own home before passing.

Thank you for taking care of our baby."

David Brimhall
Howell, Michigan

"We are very grateful for Dr. Porta, who came to our home on short notice. She was kind, professional, and sincere. With very heavy hearts, we had to say goodbye, but I am forever grateful that she could bask in the sun on the porch one more time."

Melanie Miller
Ann Arbor, Michigan

"When faced with the hardest decision you'll ever have to make regarding your most loved furry family member, we could not have asked for a better Veterinarian, knowledgable professional, and supportive hugger then Dr. Laura Porta. We knew we were in good hands when our beloved Jasper greeted Dr. Porta as soon as she entered our home. During such an emotional, sad, difficult time, she is a true angel and we, along with Jasper, are blessed to have shared this time of true heartache and struggle with the kind, beautiful soul that is Dr. Laura Porta. We thank you Dr. Laura, from the bottom of our hearts."

Brad Rambo
Westland, Michigan

"Saying goodbye to our sweet boy Murphy was so hard. It was a kind relief to be able to do so at home surrounding him with those who loved him. Dr Porta was so thoughtful, calm and caring. We are so grateful for the opportunity to kindly and lovingly say goodbye.

All of the details were addressed in advance so that in the moment all of our focus could be on Murphy."

Heather Piszár
Northville, Michigan

Local Resources
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (248) 348-1788

Animal Emergency Center, Novi

  (734) 369-6446

Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Ann Arbor

  (734) 207-8500

Veterinary Emergency Service - West, Plymouth

Emergency Clinic

  (734) 662-4474

Ann Arbor Animal Hospital

Oakland Veterinary Referral Services

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve west of Detroit, including the areas surrounding Ann Arbor, Plymouth and Brighton. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Emma,
You couldn't wait to go on our walks. Hundreds of miles we shared together. Through the woods, down the winding trails, around the lake or to the Huron river bridge. Island Lake Recreation Area was your backyard. Keeping an eye on the squirrels and birds while patrolling the yard. You would be right there to help us eat our dinner. You ...
Al & Sherry Gapske
January 10, 2021
“Bailey was our staple and constant in our lives, our first ever baby. She was the greatest dog I've even known and was filled with so much love and happiness. She loved to cuddle and give kisses. We were each others comfort, and truly Daddy's best friend.

We love you Bailey! RIP
Love,
Daddy Mommy Madison Mackenzie Tucker Lacey & Louie”
David Brimhall
October 28, 2020
“Lily, was the best companion a human could ask for. She never complained about a thing, she was always looking for "more pats" by the nudge of her snout under your elbow. She loved sleeping under beds. Her white tipped tail would stick out with her two hind legs giving her hiding spot away. She loved going for walks (she had an annoying habit ...
Melanie Miller
October 25, 2020
“Jasper,
I don't even know where to begin as these tears of joyous memories and the pain of your loss well my eyes. You were such a happy, "voice-torus", loving, hungry, soft, playful "little" blueish grey purr machine. I miss your furry face popping around the corners of our home to greet Linsay and I when you got up and about or when we came ...
Brad Rambo
October 13, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 2526
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106

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