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
"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
"It has taken me a year to write this testimonial but wanted to just say a heart-felt thanks (again) to Dr. Shannon for helping us through the loss of our beloved Golden Retriever Rascal, who was as much a part of our family as any other family member. When I had to put down another beloved dog years ago, I have always regretted doing it on a cold steel gurney in the vet's office and I vowed then and there i would never do that again. Although the pain of losing our beloved boy was tremendous, being able to do it in our own home was best for him and our family. He went peacefully surrounded by the people he loved.
Here is an excerpt from the email I sent last year:
Dear Dr. Shannon,
Thank you for your note. It was on my list of things to do to write you, so let me do that now. In time, I will definitely visit the website and write a testimonial but I will need some healing before I can do that. The pain is still so huge that we can barely speak of Rascal without breaking down.
Anyhow, now to the part I wanted to express to you and all of the wonderful people at Lap of Love. From the wonderful ladies (and gentleman) who answer the phones, write emails, who were so compassionate and understanding... who put up with my many, many phone calls about scheduling, un-scheduling, re-scheduling, denial, uncontrollable bawling over the phone... etc etc etc. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You can't learn or train that behavior, you are all truly gifted beyond words.
To you Dr. Shannon, for your friendship (I know, funny choice of words; we only met for an hour) and the beautiful way that you helped us say good-bye to Rascal, and helped us realize it was the right thing to do. I will never be able to thank you adequately. I simply can't find any way to express how much that your help meant to all of us.
Even as I write this email I am choking back tears, as has been the only constant for the last few days. You are a very special person, and I can't help think that as tough as your job must be, you can and must realize that the good that you are bringing to this world, to pets and to pet owners, has got to be one of the most rewarding things that you can do. Thank you for dedicating yourself to helping others, we need more people like you in the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
So many emotions right now, I'm sorry to cut this short. And once again I apologize for the lack of adequate words, but those words simply don't exist. You and the folks at Lap of Love are in our hearts forever."
Freehold, New Jersey
"On Sunday, January 21st, you visited my daughter’s apartment in Lawrenceville with the unfortunate task of having to help send her beloved cat, Jade, to Heaven. Your handling of this unbearably sad situation was truly unmatched. Your love, compassion, and understanding took what was probably the most difficult thing my daughter has ever had to go through, and made it peaceful and serene. I can not thank you enough for giving my daughter that final gift with her baby kitten. Even though she is a physician, your explanation of Jade’s presentation and final symptoms helped cement the most difficult decision she has ever had to make. I wanted you to know how very much I appreciate everything you did that evening. I will certainly recommend Lap of Love, and specifically YOU to anyone needing compassionate care with their pet."
R HLawrence township, New Jersey
"Sunday, Jan 28, 2018 was the day we had to say good-bye to our little Frankie! I want to thank Dr. Shannon for listening to our concerns and giving us a true evaluation of our boy. We wanted him to have more time but that was not to be.
From a previous loss of a pet, I remembered that the drive to the Vets office after you make the decision can be one of the worst times of your life for both you and your pet. I could not do that to my baby. Frank-Frank crossed over the rainbow bridge at home, surrounded with love and held in his mom mom’s, loving arms. I was able to kiss him and hug him and I know he went peacefully.
Again, thank you Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love for the service you provide. We felt you truly cared for our Frankie through the entire process.
Good night my sweet angel until we meet again."
Darleen REID-DEMEONorth Brunswick, New Jersey
"After a challenging few months trying to help our sick boy Hal, we knew he had enough suffering. It was 2 days before Christmas and our regular vet was closed for the holiday week. Hal was so tired and after weeks in and out of the vet's office, the thought of bringing him out in the cold back to an office and to a new vet was not an option. Contacting Lap of Love was the best decision for our family. The office staff contacted me late on a Friday night and were helpful and understanding. Dr. Shannon came out on a Saturday afternoon and was only in our house about 20 minutes. Hal was able to stay on his bed in front of the fire, his favorite spot, with his family around him. Dr. Shannon has a a wonderful demeanor and was comforting during a sad, sad time. We are heartbroken to lose Hal, but he left us in the most peaceful, comforting way. It was a gift. Thank you!"
Susan ScibiliaRobbinsville, New Jersey
"My husband and I were comforted by your service and by Dr. Shannon from the first phone call to our sweet cat's last minutes. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping Pumpkin and us through a challenging day."
Gwen CerasoliHighland Park, New Jersey
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MORRIS COUNTY: Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic
MONMOUTH COUNTY: Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
OCEAN COUNTY: Jersey Shore Veterinary Emergency Service
SOMERSET COUNTY: Animerge
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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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