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.
"Thank you, Dr Shannon Skevakis, for treating my sweet Gracie gently and with kindness.. she was always afraid of going to the vet from the time she was a puppy.. so having her at home in her own bed during this difficult time was a comfort to us."
Brenda CrawfordLawrence Township, New Jersey
"I just want to thank Dr. Shannon for providing this service and for being so carring to our sweet Summer helping her pass in a place were she was so comfortable. Through out the entire process we were helped to feel at peace with saying good by to our sweet girl. Thank you again."
Jo-Anne FrankMatawan, New Jersey
"I consulted with Dr. Shannon about our Frankie, who was 18 years-old. She sat outside on the lawn with Frankie and me for about an hour. Despite the difficult conversation, Dr. Shannon was very easy to talk to and I enjoyed our conversation. After making the decision to send Frankie that same day, Dr. Shannon returned that night even though she was supposed to be home with her husband and children. She returned because she knew our Frankie was suffering and wanted to free him. My family and I truly appreciate everything Dr. Shannon has done for us. She explained everything, and was so gentle with our pup. There were 5 of us who wanted a lock of fur and paw prints, and Dr. Shannon made sure everyone had them. We are so grateful that this service was available to do in the comfort of our own home. Thank you Lap of Love, and especially Dr. Shannon for helping us through this process!"
Kimberly RajmohanCliffwood, New Jersey
"Thankyou for making the process a easier, and comfortable."
Parlin, New Jersey
"Dr. Shannon was a godsend when I received the unfortunate news that my 8 year old yellow Labrador Retriever Gialla had T-cell lymphoma. After learning all the facts about her rare presentation, I decided the benefit/risk was not worth it and moved forward with steroid treatment and hospice care through Dr. Shannon. During our first visit, she provided me with wonderful information and tools so I could track Gialla's quality of life and showed so much love toward Gialla and compassion. I was able to use these resources to know when it was time to put her down. Dr. Shannon checked in with me routinely via email and was incredibly responsive the morning that Gialla took a turn in symptoms. This was one of the toughest things I had to do given Gialla was so young. She made it a very peaceful experience and provided great comfort to me that day. I have told everyone I know about your wonderful organization and made references in posts on Facebook. Thank you Dr. Shannon for all you do!"
Kelly HoranMorristown, New Jersey
"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
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
New Jersey Online: Compassionate care for pets - owners turn to hospice