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.
"As sad as it is to lose a pet companion I am so grateful this service exists so that I could say goodbye to my babies in my home. Dr. Shannon is very caring and helps you through the process, not just the medical part, anything you need to be prepared as well as the days after your beloved companion passes. She helped make arrangements and phone calls for me that I just couldn't bear to do myself. She is very good about accommodating appointments when needed urgently.
It's so incredibly hard to lose a furry companion but if you have to say goodbye this is the way to do it."
Somerset, New Jersey
"We are a family who fosters dogs, Red (fka Archie) came
Into our life when we offered to foster him due to him being rescued from hurricane Harvey. Quickly we fell inlove with our old man. He was instantly part of our family, but he was not in good health. A week later we had Shannon come out, and she reassured our last minute doubts that we were making the best and right decision on Reds behalf. Shannon was so loving to not only Red but my family & included us all including my children and other dog in Reds passing. I can't thank Shannon enough for being so compassionate during such a hard time"
Morgan PetitoManchester, New Jersey
"Words can not begin to describe how grateful we are to have found, Lap of Love, Dr, Skevakis is truly an Angel.
She treated our beloved, Shota with kindness, dignity, and respect. Knowing it is never easy to say goodbye , it was such a blessing to be able to have Shota at home, where she was comfortable, not stressed, and able to be with her ,"Mommy" the entire process.
Our family was treated with compassion and empathy that is very rare to find these days,
Thank you again for being an Angel."
The Drake Family DrakeAvenel, New Jersey
"Cody was a very special part of our family for 13 1/2 years. She had the funniest personality, and was incredible with every child she met. Her last year became progressively more difficulty as her health diminished. We realized, maybe too late, that it was time to let Cody go. We called Laps for Love on a Sunday morning, and Dr. Shannon was able to come within hours. Dr. Shannon was incredibly compassionate and kind. Cody 's passing was so peaceful...it was the best gift we could have given our precious puppy. We cannot thank Dr. Shannon enough for what she has done for us. Thank you."
Christine and Frank ParenteMorganville, New Jersey
"'Wanted to thank Lap Of Love and how wonderfully caring Shannon Skevakis was with our Nee nee. Shannon explained everything to us with total support and kindness. We instantly felt comfortable with her as if we had known her for many years. She was perfect. It could not have been a more loving and caring way for us to say goodbye to our pet! Home hospice for your pet is all around a better experience for you and your family. Your pet can truly rest in peace being where they feel comfortable...at home."
Julie and Dan BraeckmanBordentown, New Jersey
"Thank you so much for your kindness and concern for our family and our big boy Razzy. You made an extremely difficult time easier for us and we all felt that Razz was in the best of hands as he left this Earth. We will never forget him and will always carry him in our hearts."
D LCream Ridge, 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