Central New Jersey
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 you for an additional fee.
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.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
Dr. Shannon will be unavailable from July 19th. 22nd. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to possibly schedule an appointment with Dr. Sandra in Northern NJ.
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.
Shannon Skevakis, DVM
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.
"Our lovely Lola was the sweetest angel and it was one of the most painful experiences that our family faced to loose her. She was beautiful, kind and loved every one. I am so glad that we made the decision to use Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love because it gave Lola the peace that she deserved. It was comforting for her to have her family near her and be in her own home when she passed. I cannot say enough about Dr. Shannon. Not only was she compassionate and kind, she really cared. She is a blessing and she made a very sad and difficult time just a little bit easier."
CHRISTINA PETERSONWEST NEW YORK, New Jersey
"Our handsome Shiba Inu Max turned 16 years old on June 24th this year. I was very happy that he was still okay, though had arthritis & seizure attacks. He still enjoyed his walks (shorter in distance) and still ate, drank water. About 2 weeks ago, in the middle of the night, we were woken up with Max crying, which he never does. He was pacing and bumping into things and nothing would settle him down. It was not until in the morning that I realized that he had woken up to find out that the remaining parts of his vision was gone. He woke up scared and stressed. My poor puppy. He seemed better the next few days. On the morning of July 4th, he and I took our morning walk. He had a good spurt of energy . He ate a little in the AM and had water, but by the afternoon, he could not get up and by night time, he would not eat nor drink. I was worried. It did not get better the next day of which I knew it was time to let Max go. My daughter had mentioned the 'Lap of Love" service for our Max. I called and all the people who I spoke with were kind and very understanding. We scheduled a time with Dr. Shannon for the next day. Dr. Shannon was wonderful and understanding, also clear and was patient and gentle while dealing with Max. Our Max went to sleep peacefully and quickly at 11:15AM on July 7th. Needless to say, we cried and said our goodbyes and gave him many kisses. Dr. Shannon wrapped Max up in a blanket and put him in a basket. He looked like the puppy he was sleeping soundly. Dr. Shannon let me carry the basket to her car where I gave him a final kiss goodbye and off they went. We felt empty in our lives at that point. The house seemed so quiet. I still took a walk at night and in the morning the next day not to miss that feeling of walking Max. I called Dr. Shannon because I needed to know that she got to her office with Max okay. Dr. Shannon assured me that everything was A-Okay and that Max was picked up by the crematorium that morning. I'm glad that my family chose Lap of Love to care for our Max. He was and still is part of our family and we will love him forever. I hope you are running around happy and playing with Starr in Heaven Max ! We love you !"
Linda SestitoEdison, New Jersey
"I didn't even know this type of service existed, but when someone suggested I look for someone to come to my home, I asked two people (including my vet) for a recommendation. Both came back with Lap of Love, and having used them, I know why. They were as comforting and guiding as my own mother would have been. Dr. Shannon was explaining every step, reassuring that my Jack was not in pain or distress. Providing Jack with the comfort of "his spot" and the love of his family was the best gift we could have given him."
Lisa MollusoOld Bridge, New Jersey
"Thank you so much for being so wonderful and patient with Sweetie and me. The way you helped us during this difficult time is greatly appreciated. I know sometimes your job may make you sad, but you are doing a wonderful and much needed service. I miss her terribly, but feel good about her last day and the kind way you handled her. Thank you again for being so gracious."
C OEwing, New Jersey
"Thank you, Dr Shannon Skevakis, for treating my sweet Gracie gently and with kindness.. she was always afraid of going to the vet from the time she was a puppy.. so having her at home in her own bed during this difficult time was a comfort to us."
Brenda CrawfordLawrence Township, New Jersey
"I just want to thank Dr. Shannon for providing this service and for being so carring to our sweet Summer helping her pass in a place were she was so comfortable. Through out the entire process we were helped to feel at peace with saying good by to our sweet girl. Thank you again."
Jo-Anne FrankMatawan, New Jersey
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Petfriends, Inc. - NJ
BERGEN COUNTY: Oradell Animal Hospital
ESSEX COUNTY: Animal Emergency & Referral Associates
MERCER COUNTY: NorthStar VETS
MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Garden State Veterinary Specialists
MONMOUTH COUNTY: Garden State Veterinary Specialists
MORRIS COUNTY: Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic
MONMOUTH COUNTY: Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
OCEAN COUNTY: Jersey Shore Veterinary Emergency Service
SOMERSET COUNTY: Animerge
NorthStar Veterinary Services
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support Group
Oradell Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Support Group
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.
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 Love2227 US Hwy 1 #290North Brunswick, NJ 08902
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