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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us. In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge.
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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice.
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!
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
"Dr. Sandra was kind, gentle and compassionate. She took time to hear our stories of Madden and allowed us time to say goodbye. She was so respectful of Madden and keeping her comfortable at the end. As hard as it was to let her go, Dr. Sandra eased Madden into a peaceful passing. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to keep her home with our family. Thank you ❤️"
Lisa FailaceWayne, New Jersey
"Dr. Sandra helped turn an awful experience into a celebration of life. She took the time to have us tell stories and share pictures of Moe. She was gentle, caring and respectful. She said one thing to me that will stay with me always and truly comforted me. She said I gave Moe wings while he could still fly. I will truly miss my little guy but I know we gave him the best and most comfortable send off possible. Thank you Dr. Simko and Lap of Love."
Jan PriceLittle Falls, New Jersey
"As I said before, Dr. Sandra was an angel sent by God when Holly and her two Dads needed her the most. She is warm, calm, gentle, soft-spoken, loving, caring, considerate, knowledgeable, accommodating....just what you'd expect an angel to be👼. We will never forget what she did for us and especially for Holly. Holly deserved an angel like Dr. Sandra, and we will be eternally grateful."
Karl and John Corino/DyllaHackettstown, New Jersey
"Dr. Simko was kind, empathetic, understanding, and patient throughout the entire process. She made us feel calm and assured that our kitty was in good hands and wouldn’t suffer. She walked us through the process, asked us for stories and memories about Smokey, and gave us all the time we needed to be with him in his last moments. I couldn’t say enough good things about her and would absolutely have her again for another pet."
Kristen TartagliaSparta, New Jersey
"I'm so happy that I reached out to Lap of Love to assist me with the final days of my 16 yr old Cat. From the initial contact straight through to the Vets arrival in my home, they never stopped being caring and compassionate. Within minutes of Dr. Sandra's arrival to my home, she made me feel at ease. She sat with me and explained everything from start to finish while making me feel at peace during a pretty difficult time. Losing my Pet was not an easy experience, but after spending time with Dr. Sandra she helped me to understand that what I was doing is not a horrible thing to do, but more like a Compassionate thing to do. I wish to thank Dr. Sandra and everyone at Lap of Love for all their caring, compassionate and loving service which they provided. You are All the best and may God Bless each and every one of you. Thank You again from the bottom of my heart!"
John RizzoMorristown, New Jersey
"Dr. Sandra was so kind and understanding. She listened to me babble about my dogs, knowing that I was stalling for time. I wanted every extra minute with Gizmo that I could get and she understood that. She never rushed me. She explained everything to us. She showed us the compassion that we sorely needed at such a emotional time."
Susan RuedaNutley, 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.
To make the experience as peacful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.
We also accept Care Credit.
Lap of Love549 Pompton Ave.Suite 227Cedar Grove, NJ 07009