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.
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.
"Dr. Shannon M. Skevakis helped me with my cat Smokey in July 2016, and again on April 10, 2017. She was prompt, informative, and most important, she was sympathetic and warm. Both of my cats were put to sleep with no issues, and she tried to distract us from being upset by making friendly small talk. Dr. Shannon provided us with paw impressions and a sample of fur for us to remember our kitties by. The service couldn't be any better during such a difficult time."
Erica DuranPerth Amboy, New Jersey
"Dr. Shannon couldn't have been nicer or more professional. She made a devastating time bearable, putting my husband and I at ease. Mandy went quickly and quietly to sleep. No suffering."
Janice Van OrdenHowell, New Jersey
"Thank you for showing love and compassion for my little girl, you made a unbearable day for my family calm and peaceful . Our home will never be the same without lila in it . But I feel at peace with her last day with us in her happy place on the couch with all of us around her giving her lots of love. God bless you for all that you do . Thank you again love the Salvatore family XOXO"
R SManville, New Jersey
"Dear Dr. Shannon,
I am so happy to have met you and even though it was during this sad time, I am glad it was then because you helped my pup out so much! I am forever thankful that you were there especially at the end, I truely don't know what we would have done without you. My family thanks you for everything you did for us. I can't tell you how many times they mentioned how much they all appreciated your calm words during that incredibly hard time. It was easy to see that you really care and I just want you to know how sincerely we appreciate everything you did from the Hospice Care, to the very end. I respect what you do and we will definitely be letting our vet know about what a huge load you took off of the very emotional experience. I loved him so much. It hurts a lot because yes, it is much emptier to come home to Loki not being here, but I know it was his time. No one could see him hurt like that any longer. I will never forget what an amazing person you are, thank you so much for doing what you do. Thank you.
Danielle FaunceHamilton Square, New Jersey
"It's tough to say that such a painful time can be a good experience, but being able to say good bye in my home was so much easier for both me and my kitty George. Dr Shannon was calming and compassionate, explaining everything she was doing and letting me share some memories. Thank you so much for the work that you do."
Laura CareyFlemington, New Jersey
"Dr. Shannon is angel sent from heaven above. She patiently waited for everyone that was running late to say goodbye to Sam. She also took the time to thoroughly explain Sam's condition, relieving the guilt that I had been experiencing. Her empathy, compassion, knowledge, understanding and patience are greatly appreciated. I will be forever grateful to her for giving Sam and I the best last day together."
Sandra MillsBloomfield, 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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