PRICING AND INFORMATION

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. 

 

"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

"I am very grateful to Dr. Shannon for traveling to me and Whiskey, she was 16 a lab/Shepard mix and my world for the past decade. As a former Veterinary Technician I knew the drill, but when it comes to your baby it’s very different. It was a beautiful Saturday, Whiskey and I spent the majority of the day outside I gave her a good grooming and all the busy bones she could eat! When it was time she went peacefully in my arms in our yard surrounded by her family. Thank you Dr. Shannon for making that kind of peace possible for us all.

Christine Bond"

Christine Bond
Budd Lake, 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

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
“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
“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
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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