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.
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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
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.
Shannon Skevakis, DVM
"Dr. Shannon was a true gift to us. She was so kind and loving, and made this difficult experience a loving and gentle one.
Thank you, Dr. Shannon!"
Patty HeppenstallMendham, New Jersey
"Just a few days ago we had to lay our beautiful 16 year old Lab Max to rest. Dr. Shannon arrived and I felt a sense of relief knowing Max was no longer going to be in any kind of pain or suffering. She is the most caring, loving, compassionate person who took the time to talk with us and to reassure us we were doing the right thing with Max. I am so happy to have met her and knowing she would take such good care of my baby until we receive his ashes. We have another dog, Sam, a lab whom she said to look after being he just lost his brother. Sam has never been a without a brother and she told us what to look for...all I can say is Lap of Love is a very loving establishment and I would recommend them to anyone who has to make the most difficult decision in their life... to put an animal to rest.
Thank you Dr. Shannon for your king, loving ways
Darlene DonnamariaToms River, New Jersey
"We had Dr. Shannon come to the house today to assist our dog Guinness to the Rainbow Bridge. I just wanted to write to tell you how impressed my husband and I were with the service. Having a in-home send off was more expensive, but well worth the cost. Our boy was calm, comfortable, and had his dog and cat buddies there to say goodbye. Dr. Shannon was empathic and very clear on the process. She seemed to understand my need to chat and knew when to give us a minute. I was very impressed on how she handled transporting Guinness's body. He was moved respectfully and even wrapped in a blanket. Dr. Shannon's kindness and professionalism made a very sorrowful event easier. Thank you for your excellent service."
T GTrenton, New Jersey
"Through one of the darkest days, my family and I were provided with a glimmer of light and a truly beautiful service for our angel. Every individual I spoke to at Lap of Love throughout this process was warm, gentle, knowledgeable, and understanding. To be able to provide Lana, our 14 year old beautiful tabby cat, the comfort of her own home surrounded by the family who loves her in her last moments is something we will be eternally grateful for. Dr. Shannon was respectful, understanding, and warm. She seemed to know exactly what to say and how to guide us through the process, and make Lana as comfortable as possible. I could not have asked for a smoother process. Our Lana, like many cats, did not enjoy being put in a carrier and brought to the vet - even on a good day. Lap of Love provided us with a beautiful option to allow her to be in her own environment with family at her side. The paw print and clippings of fur are tokens that we will cherish forever. Thank you for this invaluable service."
Allison MaroneyNorth Brunswick, New Jersey
"On Monday, February 12, 2018, when we knew we would have to say goodbye to our Chow Chow, Nikko, we also knew that we wanted him to be at home with us and especially wanted his younger brother, Rowdy to be there when he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. It's always a painful decision, but it was even tougher since the veterinarian that we use didn't offer at home euthanasia services and we didn't want just anyone who we didn't know, and who nothing of our fur babies to come to our home to put him to rest. Our veterinarian had recommended Lap Of Love, and Dr. Shannon Skevakis, and although we were a bit apprehensive, we called and she came to our home that evening. She was very professional and sensitive to our needs, as well as comforting to Nikko and all of us in spite of it being a very uncomfortable situation. As difficult, and heartbreaking as it was letting him go, we were grateful that his last moments were spent at home with everyone who loved him surrounding him. We were even given mementos of his fur and an imprint of his paw. When it was time for him to leave our home, we felt that he was in very capable, caring hands and that he would be handled with love and respect. His ashes were returned back to us by the end of the week in a beautifully carved box. We are very thankful to Dr. Shannon for providing us with the peace of mind that is so difficult to find when faced with having to say goodbye to a furry family member, and we would definitely recommend Lap Of Love to those who are unfortunately faced with this difficult time. Thank you again for all you did.
Alison, Brian, Bill & Rowdy"
Alison KatlaSouth Plainfield, New Jersey
"Thank you Dr. Shannon for your tenderness, and caring in examining Faith, and letting us know we were doing the right thing in letting her go. Your assurances made a huge difference in the guilt I felt about the procedure. I know we gave her dignity in her final moments with us. She is deeply missed everyday by us all. She was a cutie with a huge heart full of love."
Liz ChaseKingston, 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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