All services are provided in the comfort of your home.



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.


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.


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


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.


Pets up to 69 pounds$285
Pets 70 - 115 pounds$325
Pets 116 - 200 pounds$395

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 you for an additional fee.

Pets up to 69 pounds$185
Pets 70 - 115 pounds$225
Pets 116 - 200 pounds$295

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 buried by the crematory at a pet cemetery. 


To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 


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 Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Shannon

Shannon Skevakis

About Shannon Skevakis

"Doctor Shannon was excellent! She was very warm and compassionate and explained everything from beginning till end. She allowed us to spend time with our Bailey and have family and other pets there as well. My dog was very relaxed and not scared at all and left us that day in one of his Favorite beds! I would definitely recommend their services if you must put down a loving pet at home. We even got his Paw Prints and locks of his hair xoxo

Sheri Valle- Scotch Plains, NJ"

Scotch Plains, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon is the most gentle human I have ever met. Samson does not play well with others. She came in and was so loving. She was not afraid of him, she had no problem getting on the floor with him. Samson was kissing her as if to say Thank you. DM took everything from him, he was tired and couldn’t go anymore. Dr Shannon was so loving and Compassionate to him as well as us. She made a really hard thing seem peaceful. I know it my heart Samson wanted that for me. He was always worried about me."

Kim Duncan
South Amboy, New Jersey

"Shannon was amazing and we could have not asked for a kinder experience given the circumstances. She answered all of the kids (and our) questions with the knowledge and emotional support that we needed. I could not have imagined our girl going through this in a cold sterile veterinary office. I am so glad she was able to be in her happy place, in our home being comforted by those she loved in her final moments."

Kristy & John Quinn
Ledgewood, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon is the most compassionate vet we have ever met. She explained everything to us and took such great care of our Rickie. We truly appreciate everything she has done for us."

Fonna Boris
Holmdel, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon was a gift to us through this difficult time. Her honesty, professionalism, and caring nature will never be forgotten."

Kimberly Lopez
Hillsborough, New Jersey

"I have no words to explain how much the staff on the phones and Dr Shannon made this unbearable journey just a little easier.

From the first phone call to the arrival of Dr Shannon I felt nothing but love kindness and compassion. We knew it was time for Sundance to go to the rainbow bridge but the thought of traumatizing him with the ride to the vet and the fear he would have once there was just something we couldn’t face.

I found Lap of Love online and called my Vet and they also recommended Dr Shannon.

On his last day on earth with us he had a filet mignon and a bowl of vanilla ice cream. The doctor arrived shortly after that, our Boy crossed over so peacefully with beautiful music playing he just went to sleep.

This is the only way I will ever recommend if you have to put your fur babies out of their pain

Thanks to you all. Sending my love and prayers always


Allison Soltys
Avenel, New Jersey

Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Loss Support Group

  (800) 404-PETS

Petfriends, Inc. - NJ

Emergency Clinic

  (201) 262-0010

BERGEN COUNTY: Oradell Animal Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (973) 226-3282

ESSEX COUNTY: Animal Emergency & Referral Associates

Emergency Clinic

  (609) 259-8300


Emergency Clinic

  (732) 283-3535

MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Garden State Veterinary Specialists

Emergency Clinic

  (732) 922-0011

MONMOUTH COUNTY: Garden State Veterinary Specialists

Emergency Clinic

  (973) 328-2844

MORRIS COUNTY: Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic

Emergency Clinic

  (732) 747-3636

MONMOUTH COUNTY: Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (973) 328-2844

MORRIS COUNTY: Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic

Emergency Clinic

  (732) 363-3200

OCEAN COUNTY: Jersey Shore Veterinary Emergency Service

Emergency Clinic

  (908) 707-9077


  (609) 259-8300

NorthStar Veterinary Services

  (732) 747-3636

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support Group

  (201) 262-0010

Oradell Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Support Group

  (610) 430-7978

Pet Memorial Services


Helping families in the following areas:

Proudly serving Central New Jersey including: Middlesex County, parts of Somerset County, and parts of Mercer county
Extended Travel areas (Additional $50-100 may apply): Burlington County, Essex County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Union County, parts of Mercer County.

Pet Memorials
“Bailey you were a great dog and we miss you dearly!! We will never forget all the great times we had together! All your other fur baby buddies miss you as well! xoxo - November 6, 2019 was a very difficult day when we had to put you to rest, but you were surrounded at home by all the ones who loved you. Doctor Shannon was great and explained ...
November 10, 2019
“Samson will always be in my heart. My best friend ❤️❤️❤️”
Kim Duncan
November 3, 2019
“Yesterday afternoon we said goodbye to our best friend, Bailey. She went peacefully surrounded by all five of us and our amazing veterinarian, Dr. Shannon, in the comfort of our own home in one of her favorite spots.

She was the one who has been there with us through it ALL. Every baby coming home, every celebration, every milestone, (almost) ...
Kristy & John Quinn
October 23, 2019
“Our hearts are broken. We miss you more than words can say. You were the best part of our family and we will always love you. I hope you found Luke at the rainbow bridge and the two of you will be together. Until we meet again Rickie.”
Donna Boris
October 20, 2019

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
426 Main St
Spotswood, New Jersey 08884

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