PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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$425

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.

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 Eve, 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 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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
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. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

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. 

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 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

I was born and raised in Arizona and even though it's a lot of desert, I fell in love with all the wildlife and domestic animals that I encountered. I was fascinated by them and their way of life at an early age. I remember my parents taking me on trips to zoos, aquariums, farms, and national parks. I was always looking for the animals; wanting to learn more.

It was at this young age I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. My interest in animals has taken me across the country. I graduated with my Bachelor's from the University of Arizona (GO CATS!) and headed to Orlando, Florida to work as a Marine Mammal Intern at The Seas, EPCOT at Walt Disney World. I had my sights set on becoming a marine mammal veterinarian at the time. After this, I worked as a veterinary technician, took graduate courses in conservation biology, and worked my way into veterinary school.

I graduated a University of Florida gator in 2011 with my Aquatic Animal Health certificate and went into small animal practice. I stayed in Florida for 2 years practicing small animal medicine where I got to be part of our house call service of which were mostly in-home euthanasias. Having to personally struggle with leaving my own cat of 17 years at my vet's clinic after saying goodbye, I felt obligated to take these house calls and provide this service in the home where the whole family is comfortable.

I moved to New Jersey to be closer to my husband's family in 2013. While starting Lap of Love in New Jersey, I worked in general practice in Woodbridge township for 2.5 years and in 2016 I left to pursue end-of-life care full time. I am excited and grateful to be able to provide the Lap of Love service here in New Jersey. 

 

About Shannon Skevakis

I was born and raised in Arizona and even though it's a lot of desert, I fell in love with all the wildlife and domestic animals that I encountered. I was fascinated by them and their way of life at an early age. I remember my parents taking me on trips to zoos, aquariums, farms, and national parks. I was always looking for the animals; wanting to learn more.

It was at this young age I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. My interest in animals has taken me across the country. I graduated with my Bachelor's from the University of Arizona (GO CATS!) and headed to Orlando, Florida to work as a Marine Mammal Intern at The Seas, EPCOT at Walt Disney World. I had my sights set on becoming a marine mammal veterinarian at the time. After this, I worked as a veterinary technician, took graduate courses in conservation biology, and worked my way into veterinary school.

I graduated a University of Florida gator in 2011 with my Aquatic Animal Health certificate and went into small animal practice. I stayed in Florida for 2 years practicing small animal medicine where I got to be part of our house call service of which were mostly in-home euthanasias. Having to personally struggle with leaving my own cat of 17 years at my vet's clinic after saying goodbye, I felt obligated to take these house calls and provide this service in the home where the whole family is comfortable.

I moved to New Jersey to be closer to my husband's family in 2013. While starting Lap of Love in New Jersey, I worked in general practice in Woodbridge township for 2.5 years and in 2016 I left to pursue end-of-life care full time. I am excited and grateful to be able to provide the Lap of Love service here in 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"

Allison Soltys
Avenel, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon was very professional and compassionate. She made an incredibly difficult process peaceful for our beautiful Katy. We are grateful to have done this at home."

Renee Schneider
Holmdel, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon was a godsend to our desperate need. An answer to our prayers. Her compassion, gentle manner and soft, comforting voice put our beloved Daisy—as well as my husband and myself—at ease the moment she arrived. We were then able to take on a supportive role, while leaving everything else in Dr Shannon’s capable hands. Thank you Dr. Shannon and Kristen for your help and support. You are truly heroes."

Sharon Cain
Waretown, New Jersey

LOCAL RESOURCES
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

MERCER COUNTY: NorthStar VETS

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

SOMERSET COUNTY: Animerge

  (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

SERVICE AREA

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
“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
“From the day he entered our lives, he brought joy and unconditional love. He was the greatest blessing and the purest form of God’s love on this Earth. He was our smile each and every day.

We will miss you my sweet, Shadow. Good boy, Momma loves you. ❤️”
Kimberly Lopez
October 9, 2019
“Katy.
Always a good girl.
Loved us so much.
Loved so much in return.
We will miss you so much until we are with you again in Heaven.
Find Buddy; he will wait with you.

““How lucky are we to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” AA Milne”
Renee Schneider
July 28, 2019
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
426 Main St
#324
Spotswood, New Jersey 08884

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