North Jersey & Surrounding Areas
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 cherry 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 scattered in a memorial garden.
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.
Sandra Simko, DVM
For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. This desire was further encouraged by my parents who allowed me to have a wide variety of pets, including dogs, cats, snakes, birds, ferrets, lizards, fish, and even a tortoise while growing up!
This dream was realized when I received my Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health concurrently from the University of Florida. Following graduation I pursued a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery.
One aspect of veterinary medicine that I love is the human-animal bond. When I was 2 years old a kitten literally walked into my home while my mom was standing at the door. Ultimately my family decided she could stay and Tina became a part of my family. I’ll never forget my parents calling me at Rutgers, 19 years later, and telling me that Tina was not doing well. I went home to spend some of her last days together with her. The pain of losing Tina was great, but the memories we shared will never be forgotten. It is this love I have for Tina that made me truly understand the strength of the human-animal bond.
I have witnessed time and again, families looking to do everything they can for their beloved pet. Unfortunately there are times when there is little or nothing that can be done to fix or cure their friend, but there are often options that can provide comfort and improve quality of life, even if only for a short period of time. Although this is a difficult experience for families and tough decisions need to be made, I believe hospice care and euthanasia are some of the greatest services that veterinary medicine has to offer, and can be a relieving option when a pet’s quality of life is declining.
As a part of Lap of Love, I strive to make difficult times like these as peaceful, stress-free, and comfortable as possible. I reside in Northern NJ with my husband and two cats, Max and Lulu. In my spare time I can typically be found cuddling with my kitties, spending time with my family, or doing anything outdoors.
Sandra Simko, DVM
"Sandra came to our house when it was snowing and after hours when everyone was at home to watch BB go. She was so kind and professional. I'm so grateful. She came and did such a good job."
Yoshine TaverasFairview, New Jersey
"1/2018-Today was a very difficult day for me, my wife and my 3 kids. We had to put our 12 year old golden, Oliver , down. He was very sick and his health was digressing quickly. I was dreading the whole process as I had done it 14 years ago with my yellow lab Casey at my vets office. It was horrible. One of the worst days f my life. Today, Dr. Sandra made the process this time around so much less stressful and actually bearable, both on me and Oliver. He was able to remain comfortable in his familiar house without the anxiety and stress associated with a visit to the vet. As soon as Dr. Sandra entered the house, she had a calming affect on both me and Oliver. He never had any anxiety, stress or discomfort. I don't usually write testimonials but feel like more people need to know that there is a better option for what is one of the most difficult events in your life."
Denville, New Jersey
"Dr. Sandra was an Angel of Mercy...Please see my testimonial on her page....God Bless this woman and everything she did for my Samson."
Tracy CardellaPort Monmouth, New Jersey
"I can not express my deepest gratitude for Dr. Sandra and her sympathetic, caring nature. From the moment she came through our door, my family & I knew she was an angel of mercy. My boy Samson had congestive heart disease. What was amazing, is when Dr. Sandra came through the front door, Samson stood up and wagged his tail. It was something he hadn't done in hours.
Dr. Sandra explained everything to us. When the time had come, she was so gentle with Samson. She knew he was a true love to the point, even Dr. Sandra felt our pain and was tearing up as well. We all knew that when Samson had left this Earth and went to Heaven, he left, at home, with dignity and surrounded by the unconditional love from his family. Sammy, my 12 year old boy, will be forever in our hearts. And Dr. Sandra and this amazing service/program will have our unconditional gratitude and appreciation for everything that was done for my boy. God Bless you Lap of Love."
"Dr. Sandra was one of the most compassionate vets I have had the honor of meeting. She was just perfect in her patience and gentleness during and after the process. I will definitely recommend her services to anyone in this predicament."
Marilyn BaezBayonne, New Jersey
"Dr. Sandra was wonderful. She came to see Skye as a hospice visit and she helped us understand how to watch for quality of life and what to expect as things progress. She was so very kind. I communicated with her several times after our first visit to let her know how Skye was doing. She always responded quickly and seemed genuinely concerned when things were down and happy when Skye was doing well. When the time came to say goodbye, Dr. Sandra turned a horrible day into a sweet day. She was patient with us and did such a wonderful job with Skye. We are so grateful for what she does and the way she does it. I can’t say she can take away the pain but she left us with a good memory. I appreciate her willingness to put up with my emails and updates about Skye. I can’t say enough about this wonderful doctor. Thank you, Dr. Sandra, from the bottom of our hearts."
Cindy and Fred BassBranchburg, New Jersey
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus
Animal Emergency & Referral Associates in Fairfield
Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls
Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Randolph
Animerge in Raritan
Newton Veterinary Hospital in Newton
Westfield Veterinary Group in Westfield
Oradell Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Support Group
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the Northern New Jersey area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$75 based on your location.
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 Love549 Pompton Ave.Suite 227Cedar Grove, NJ 07009