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.
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 extremely kind and very competent. She helped me and my dog relax. She explained everything and allowed me to be petting him when he received his injections. My dog passed away with a smile on his face. She made a difficult time much less stressful than it might have been. Thank you Dr. Shannon."
David WhitebookMonroe Twp., New Jersey
"Our dog has always been so scared when going to the Vet. for shots and check ups. The car ride was fine, but when we were waiting in the office or exam room, he would shake terribly. When he experienced severe health problems a few months ago and we decided not to treat him, I saw and advertisement in the office for another service that would come to the house and help us. Thankfully, no one answered the phone and I went on line and found Lap of Love. Everyone was so kind. The receptionist who schedule the appointment and Dr. Shannon Skevakis were both wonderful. Our dog was calm, and I was able to pet him, and talk to him the whole time. I cannot thank you all enough for giving us that Peace we all needed. This is a wonderful, stress free service that is being provided by truly caring individuals at a time of great loss and sadness. Truly a Blessing.
Thank you so much.
Shelly McAteerFarmingdale, New Jersey
"Dear Dr. Shannon,
I did want to let you know how much I appreciated your compassion and support.
I was frantic when my dog took a turn for the worse before my scheduled visit to my vet. But to my relief you were able to accommodate my last minute request for an appointment. You were very kind and you made putting down my little buddy less
painful because of your warmth and consideration. He passed gently and peacefully and without stress.
You're right- my house feels so empty without my little companion. I never felt alone because of him. He used to be such a lively little character before his slow decline that I take some comfort from the fact that he is no longer suffering.
Again, thank you for your kindness and compassion,
Olive BryanPerth Amboy, New Jersey
"Bailey was our buddy. Woke you in the morning. greeted you at night and couldn't wait to go for a ride in the car. Dr. Shannon was amazing. From the minute she arrived she was like part of the family. She understood how difficult this was going to be for us and did whatever needed to make it as loving and comfortable as possible. She spent as much time with our Bailey as we did and treated him with respect, love and genuine concern for his comfort."
Chris WarynWarren, New Jersey
"On May 28th 2018 we lost our Best boy Mac, his time with us had to come to an end. All though my heart is heavy without you being here everyday know always that the time we had will always be remembered and cherished, you can now run with no pain. Dr. Shannon made this last day as easy as possible for me and mostly for you Mac, not having to make you nervous and struggling to get you in and out of the car was priceless. You passed at home in my arms with me telling you it was OK and that I loved you. Thank you again Dr. Shannon and the service that "Lap of Love" provides for our beloved family members. It is never a good time or easy time to have to make this decision, but the care and time that you provided us with will NEVER be forgotten.
To our Mac we Love you, always to be remembered!"
Gina ZarraSouth Plainfield, New Jersey
"It has taken me awhile to write this because every time I start I cry because I miss my beloved so much. And I may have written a testimonial prior to this, my apologies if I did and forgotten. Lap of Love is the most wonderful organization ever. I was referred to them by my vet. I had not heard about "hospice" and home euthanasia for pets before. My Vet is a AAHA accredited facility and I do think the Lap of Love brochures were there, but I just never paid it much attention. However, every responsible pet owner should know about Lap of Love and their services. With the excellent veterinary care our pets receive, they live long long lives and we owe them a painless, comforting end of life. Lap of Love offers that without a SCARY ride and visit to the place most pets hate, the Vet office. (that should change too, but that's not what this is about). I found Lap of Love, the most amazing helpful, caring service. From my phone call explaining my distress about my my cat's (Topper) rapidly deteriorating condition and how my Vet referred me and how they rearranged their schedules to come to my house that evening. They were SO NICE on the phone and Dr. Shannon was so comforting and kind and so gentle with Topper. I had him on my couch and looking at me as I sat on the floor with him as I said goodbye and his paws reached out to me in his distress. He passed so gently peacefully and incredibly comfortably in his favorite room, the sun room with his Mom and Dad and with Dr. Shannon. She explained EVERY step and what would happen and that helped me. And she took his paw print and a snip of his fur that I treasure (and I have along with is whiskers and his lost claw over the years) on my little memory nook. The materials they left with me and the cards were so helpful to receive. And I know I did the best thing for my beloved Topper with Lap of Love. I had him for 20 years, my beautiful boy, a Maine Coon cat, He had a wonderful happy life. I think of his as my son, my baby, my family. And thanks to Lap of Love I know I did the very very best for him at his time of need.. I thank them every time I think of it. I highly recommend this service and the vets that attend your pet. It is the most loving end. And "In the end, all the really matters, is how will did you live, how well did you love, and how well did you learn to let go." I know that all of this was very well for Topper, and especially the gentle "letting go" and goodbye that Lap of Love game my beloved Topper and me. Thank you Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love."
Michelle BrewerLawrenceville, 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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