Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$325

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.

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.

Geriatric Consultation$325

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 1 - 69 pounds$285
Pets 70 - 115 pounds$325
Pets 116 - 200 pounds$395
Mailing of urn to your home or work$25

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 1 - 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.

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 veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Shannon

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.

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, 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.

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. 

 

"I cannot say enough good things about the Lap of Love service that was provided to us from beginning, to the oh so sad end.

Although this was one of the most painful experiences of our lives; I could not imagine going through it any differently.

Lap of Love 'held our hand' through the entire process; providing much valuable information about how to know when its "really time."

They helped us understand that end of life care for a pet is different than that of humans, who have more medical and hospital type options to help sustain life.

We cant do that for our precious pets so we must ....with God's strength.....decide on a time when we need to let our pet pass along to relieve their suffering.

All the staff and Dr. Shannon Skevakis were so caring & empathetic and loving; even though they never met me or our pet. Dr. Skevakis let us have as much time as we needed on that final day to provide our precious Chelsea the peaceful; love filled passing with her family all around.

If one has to go through this heart breaking experience I highly suggest letting Lap of Love help you through it."


Farmingdale, New Jersey

"I cannot express how having Dr. Shannon come to my house made such an awful thing easier. My Bella was so relaxed because she was in the comfort of her own home. From the original phone call to the very end, she and her staff were so wonderful, and so understanding. I would never do this any other way. Especially looking back on how i was feeling that day, I would have gladly paid double the price for the calmness and comfort of my Bella. I am still crying, but i know i made the right decision, with the right people. I cannot say enough about it."

Allison Fiorino
Scotch Plains, New Jersey

"Jake had been with us a long time and we didn't want to let go. With Dr. Shannon's help we made him comfortable for the last few months and when the time came she helped ease Jake home. We appreciated her guidance through the process...and while not easy we would not have wanted to do things any other way. Thank you Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love for providing the service....if necessary we highly recommend.

Jake bud we miss you....."

Kevin Laurita
Roosevelt, New Jersey

"What can we say except THANK YOU Dr. Shannon for being there for us. It was like we knew her for years the way she interacted with us, cared for Daisy as if she was her own. She was amazing and with her patience, it allowed me to rush home from business trip to get to see my Daisy dog. She provided amazing comfort and words of peace for us. We thank you deeply for bringing her into our lives for our hardest moment."

Jose Medina
Piscataway, New Jersey

"We want to take a moment to thank you so much for being there to provide Daisy with complete comfort and peace in her last hours. My wife and I along with our kids were so heartbroken when we first realized Daisy was becoming ill and not doing well at all. After transfusion treatments and tests that came back negative on cancers, autoimmune, etc, we were never given a final reason what caused her issues. That is probably the toughest part to all of this. However, Dr. Shannon Skevakis along with the Lap Of Love team really provided us with the best assistance and response a family could ever ask for. As a full time police officer and also business owner, for years I've traveled and work all over and the best feeling was always to come home and see our little Daisy Girl greet me and many times the family at the door. The day of her passing I had to leave for a few hours on business but my wife and son laid with Daisy all night as she was struggling but never crying out loud to us. That morning she looked up at me and I came over and kissed her softly telling her "you can rest now baby, but daddy will be home to kiss you again." We had a later appointment but due to her critical state, Lap of Love was able to get Dr. Shannon to us a few hours earlier. My wife called and told me she was critical and I said to let her rest. Dr. Shannon honored our requested and waited for me as I rushed home to give my final goodbyes to my Daisy girl. The toughest moment of our lives but Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love made this tough time just a little bit easier. Thats all anyone could ask for. Thank you for waiting for me to get home so I could say "so long for now Daisy Baby. I'll see you again soon." Thank you Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love. We still grieve but we are so grateful for your services. -Jose Medina and Cheryl Medina & Family"

Joe and Cheryl Medina
Piscataway, New Jersey

"We were so fortunate to have Dr. Shannon with us at a time when we had to say goodbye to our beloved dog Sadie. We had 11 wonderful years with her and the last week was tough. Dr. Shannon was incredibly warm, understanding, and patient. I can't imagine such a difficult time being made any easier. Her compassion was a great comfort to my wife and I. Lap of Love is a wonderful organization. From the moment I called their phone number I was treated with a tenderness that was reassuring. From speaking to the woman who took my call, explained the process and set the appointment was my first interaction with Lap of Love to saying goodbye to Sadie at the end with Dr. Shannon, we felt comforted at such a difficult time. and set the stage for what was to come."

Daniel Bloomfield
Westfield, 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
“At about 3:30 pm on Friday, May 17, 2019, we said good-bye to our very best friend in the whole wide world. To us she was not just a pet; not just a dog.......but a big, fluffy, furry English Cream Golden/human who understood every word we said, even though she couldn’t talk back. And if she could talk, I know she would have told us her 13 year ...
June 12, 2019
“To our Beloved Daisy: 14 years ago you were a gift to me (Daddy) for Fathers Day. After saying goodbye to Regal around the same month of May, you suddenly came into our lives and created what is our family today. Your every day love to all of us, the constant smiles, happiness, playfulness and energy made even our saddest days so much better. I ...
Jose Medina
May 25, 2019
“Princess we will miss you so much. You gave us 11 years off joy and happiness. From the first day I saw you I knew we were met to be together. You become my joy my furbaby. I still remember how small you were. I was so excited to be your mommy. I really miss you and I can’t believe you are gone . We are all blessed to have had so many amazing ...
Jessica Alquijay
March 4, 2019
“Dazzle, my princess, my peanut, my dinosaur and my most precious friend, I will always love you and miss you terribly. One day we will be together again. Godspeed my brilliant girl.”
Regina Baureis
February 21, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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
2227 US Hwy 1 #290
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

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