Central New Jersey
Dr. Shannon will be unavailable from November 18th - 23rd. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to possibly schedule an appointment with our surrounding New Jersery veterinarians.
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 warm, empathetic and understanding. The experience was so much different than I expected. I thought it would be cold and I was scared to send him off with a stranger but she took such care with Luigi and gave us the time we needed with him. I'm so glad my vet recommended Lap of Love, Luigi was so sick in the end I couldn't imagine trying to drag him into the office. This way he was in his home and with his family. It's never a good experience losing someone, but Dr. Shannon made us feel comfortable and was incredibly kind."
Corina LombardiEdison, New Jersey
"Dr. Shannon came as a referral from our animal hospital. The decision was the hardest thing we ever had to do. You want someone else to make that decision for you but that won't happen. My husband was broken hearted and very sad for several days. Dr. Shannon came and met my husband, daughter and myself at our home. She assessed Reilly's condition and told us things we weren't aware of. He was experiencing anxiety and obviously in pain, he would not let us pick him up. Reilly had lost most of his hearing about 2 years ago and I could tell that his sight was failing as well. Dr. Shannon assured us that the time was right and we were doing the right thing. We got him some cheese and doggie treats for him to eat while she administered the meds. He went peacefully without any incident and I am sure he is now chasing squirrels with youthful vigor."
Steven and CarolAnn NolinWest Long Branch, New Jersey
"Dr. Shannon was warm, kind, comforting. She explained things about Pete's illness that really helped us accept that the decision we made was the best one for Pete. Thank you Dr. Shannon!"
Katherine PetersonEAST WINDSOR, New Jersey
"I'd like to start by saying "Thank you!"
I appreciate the entire experience we had with Lap of Love, beginning with the phone call I first made. The woman who helped me over the phone was very nice, sympathetic and caring. I immediately knew it was the correct place to call.
I did attempt to have a vet come to our house, before calling Lap of Love, however, they couldn't accommodate us on that day, we would have to wait until the following day.....and we didn't want to wait, because we were trying to avoid Sable suffering.
When Dr. Shannon came in and greeted our little girl it was beautiful....we knew Sable felt at peace. Dr. Shannon spent so much time speaking to us and explaining the procedure and explaining what Sable was going through, so that we would understand everything before she helped Sable fall asleep. Sable seemed to be at peace the entire time....no anxiety, which is what we wanted for her.
Her passing was beautiful, very calm and peaceful...and the finishing touch of giving us a paw print and a sample of her fur was very much appreciated. Lap of Love really knows what they are doing and knows how to treat people who are suffering for their pets. I am totally impressed with Lap of Love. I am a Hospice volunteer for people and see how similar Lap of Love is with pets.
When Dr. Shannon, my husband and son put her on the gurney, it was done with the utmost care for her. She was treated exactly the way we have treated her all her life, with love and care.
Sable was such a big part of our family and everyone who met her loved her and could see how smart and good she was. Believe it or not, we started spelling things like "porch", "walk", "MB" for milk bone and many other words and she ended up understanding what we were spelling. There will never ever be another Sable and there will always be a little hole in our hearts for her."
Aleida MarangellaHillsborough, New Jersey
"It has been a week since we sent our lovable Bandit over the rainbow bridge. Needless to say we are all still heartbroken and miss him every day. However, with Dr. Shannon's assistance, we knew it was the right thing to do to give Bandit the gift of saying goodbye at home. Dr. Shannon explained the process to us every step of the way and ensured us Bandit was comfortable. Thank you Dr. Shannon and the support staff at Lap of Love for making this service available."
Denise BrigandiMilltown, New Jersey
"Thank you, Dr. Shannon for your compassionate care during Rusty's final days. My sweet boy Rusty was my first pet ever and I loved him dearly. When I adopted him at age 9 three years ago, I knew I wouldn't have him for long and that I would be faced with a very difficult decision much sooner than I wished, but I adopted him anyway. I'm so glad I did! He was the best boy ever ( I know that every dog owner says that but in his case, it was true!) and he brought such joy to me and my friends and family. We loved him dearly and worked hard to keep him happy and healthy for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, his health declined this past spring and I knew his final days would arrive soon. I called Lap of Love for a geriatric assessment and Dr. Shannon paid us a visit in our home. She spent ample time learning about Rusty and answering the questions and concerns my family and I had about hospice care and euthanasia. I was better able to view euthanasia as a compassionate act -- a way to liberate my boy from pain in a peaceful, comfortable and loving way. She committed to working with me to make his final days pain-free and she was there whenever I had questions or concerns. When the final day arrived, I was so relieved to have chosen in-home euthanasia and to have Dr. Shannon perform the procedure.
Our last day together was bittersweet. He spent quiet time together with his favorite humans, enjoyed one of his favorite foods (steak!) and received as much love as we could give him. His final moments, though sad, were as peaceful and loving as I had hoped they would be. Thank you Dr. Shannon for being an integral part of Rusty's compassionate transition."
TC ButlerSomerset, 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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