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.
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.
"We sadly had to say goodbye to our sweet dog, Rufus Henry Valerio on Sunday, November 19th 2017. He was the biggest angel and biggest mush you'd ever meet! He loved people and he loved his fur family of cats and his late sister doggie, Dixie Rose. His whole downfall after we thought he injured his leg or hip, to finding out that he really had a very aggressive malignant tumor in his spinal cord was tragic. In only 6 weeks, we saw Rufus go from thriving and happy and healthy to paralyzed, incontinent and depressed. We were not looking forward to having to take him to vets offices when he was in pain before the tumor was removed, and we were not looking forward to possibly having to take him to an office to put him down, considering he lost his ability to use his back legs and he was incontinent in his final few weeks of life. It was a blessing, although painful, that Lap of Love came up in my search engine for "in home vet services for sick dogs." I made the appointment for Rufus to be laid to rest over the phone at 10:45pm and the Lap of Love Support Staff Member, Alex stayed with me on the phone and emailed me past business hours to talk to me about the process, about Rufus' life, and about picking the right day to say goodbye. She emailed me literature about feline depression after losing a loved one, because I was concerned about my cats.
All Sunday night I stayed up with Rufus and once the sun came up I was a nervous wreck. I was very nervous for him and I was nervous about having to say goodbye. I had never experienced an in home death of a pet / family member so I was very anxious. About 45 minutes before Rufus' appointment, Dr. Shannon gave us a call letting us know she was on the way and what time she was set to arrive. I didn't hear the phone ring and she left a very sweet and thought out voice message. When she arrived, I was still nervous but after talking to her and seeing her talk with Rufus and my family I started to feel better about everything. She explained every detail about what was going to happen and reaffirmed all of the things we asked for - for Rufus' post mortem arraignments. She was not in a rush to do anything and we felt very at ease talking to her, not only about Rufus, but about life in general. She was very kind and gentle with our concerns and needs throughout the whole process and we really appreciated her assistance in this heart-wrenching time. It is never easy to say goodbye to our pets, because they really are our family members, but I was very happy with Dr. Shannon, Alex, and all of Lap of Love's support and resources.
Thank you <3"
Latisha Di VenutoRahway, New Jersey
"It was hard to make the decision to put my dog Nemo to rest even though I knew it was the right thing to do. I didn't want to put him through the anxiety of a trip to the vet which is how I found the Lap of Love website. Nemo and I were both so much more comfortable spending his last moments at home. Dr. Shannon was very compassionate and comforting throughout the whole process. And I was happy that Nemo got to be spoiled right up to his last moments with us."
Nicole L.Dayton, New Jersey
"Deciding to say goodbye to our sweet Abby was heartbreaking. We could not face losing her. We adopted Abby many years ago, and she quickly became such a beloved pet and companion for my husband and me. As she approached age 16 we realized that she was struggling every day. Finally, we called our vet who recommended Dr. Shannon at Lap of Love. From the very first contact, we felt supported and comforted. Dr. Shannon came to our house and together we said goodbye to our sweet Abby in the most loving, beautiful way. I cannot thank Dr. Shannon enough for helping us give Abby such a peaceful passing, at home surrounded with love. Thank you for this important work that you do!"
Pennington, New Jersey
"Dr Shannon was amazing. She was so compassionate and understanding and gave us all the time we needed with our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Madison. As hard as it was to say goodbye to Maddie, Dr. Shannon helped me to accept the fact that Maddie was suffering and she had no quality of life anymore. At the end it was so peaceful and I felt relief to know that Maddie was no longer in pain.
Thank you Dr. Shannon for making such a sad time much easier to bare."
Wilma MoynihanSomerset, New Jersey
"Remy was the first pet I've ever euthanized and once I researched Lap of Love there was no question how to proceed.
Dr. Shannon helped us through this process with professionalism and kindness.
Our dog was a German Shorthair Pointer, a true hunter and SO German..... he loved beer although we never allowed it.
Remy spent his last moments surrounded by his human and pet family in familiar surroundings.
We gave hime some beer, he pointed a feather, and he passed with the feather in his mouth..... quite lovely and poetic!
Thank you Lap of Love for providing this service, and thank you Dr. Shannon for carrying it out with such Grace.
Milford, New Jersey
"How does one say thank you. When you come to realize that its time to help your beloved friend cross the Rainbow Bridge, trying to find the right way that is both peaceful and thoughtfully carried out, one needs to look no further that the Lap of Love team of vets.
I have owned numerous animals over the years, everything from birds, dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, you name it, my kids had one when they were growing up. Of all my 62 years, there have only been about 5 that there hasn't been a dog in my life. I find myself in one those years at the moment. We lost our beloved Husky Lakota on Oct 12th :-(, he was a rescue dog from the Humane Society of Newark NJ. He came to us with brambles and briers in his fur, an ear infection and Lime disease but I wouldn't have traded him for the world. He was funny, quirky and had big blue eyes that could melt your heart.
With our previous animals there was no choice to cross them over at home, you had to bundle them into the car and take them to the vets office, to a place that they were often so scared to go too, only to not bring them back home. Just knowing how scared they were was heart breaking in and of itself. So when I learned that there was now a service being provided by local vets to come to ones home to cross them over I jumped at the chance to use this service.
I did my research and found that the local chapter of Lap of Love was used by several other people I knew, I was certain that I had chosen the right group.
Dr Shannon was outstanding. Loving, caring, kind and took such good care of Lakota, I would recommend her services to everyone who is faced with this difficult choice. She took the time to explain numerous things to us about how dogs behave when they are in their end days, things that we were not aware of. She also took the time to get to know Lakota, she got down on the floor and played with him, got her share of kisses and faces washing licks :-) She helped him pass quietly and with peace and dignity and for that i will always be grateful.
It's been over 2 weeks and miss him so very much, but I know he's no longer in any pain (he was hurting so much, I can't even imagine how hard it was for him) and he's playing with his 4 footed furry friends that he has traveled through our world with in his many lifetimes. You see, one could tell he was an old soul, there was a lot of wisdom in his eyes and he was a loyal friend.
I am looking forward to being reunited with all the animals that I have had the privilege to share time with during my life, Lakota being one of the favorites.
So, the long and short of this story is, if you want to do the right thing for your non-human family members during the winter of their lives, to help them cross with dignity and love, this is the group to use and if you are lucky enough to live in the area that Dr Shannon works in, she's is who you should call :-)"
Anna BrunnerClark, 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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