Northwest 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.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
In 1988, I graduated from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine with my 5-year-old daughter on my hip. My husband, mother, and aunt were in the audience. It was one of the happiest days of my life as I looked forward to treating and curing four-legged friends.
Thirty years have since flown by. We were blessed to add a son to our family. Our daughter even became a veterinarian herself. My career has been a mix of working for a local practice to ten years’ worth of house call in between. Dogs, cats, pocket pets, and even a horse have joined us and ‘left’ us throughout the years. Life has been a mix of people and animals moving into and out of our home. The human-human, human-animal bonds have been written on my heart. As the years' pass, I find myself contemplating questions such as length of time and quality of life for each living being. These have drawn me more and more to the needs of my senior patients. Their physical and emotional comfort, as well as that of their human families, has become ever more important to me. How we each decide when the best time is to let go, is NEVER the same. Each decision is unique. I want to be able to help families on their journey. Treating and curing has naturally progressed to bringing comfort and peace.
I take these thoughts with me now everywhere: home from the office, hiking on weekends, bicycling our local trails, book club and yoga (in my basement where occasionally my old terrier girl will join us ladies for a few minutes), to dinners in friends’ homes or at our local dog friendly restaurants’. My animal “family” has enriched my life and I’ll be at your side to help with your family when called upon.
Coming ‘home’ to Lap of Love is like coming full circle for me: beginnings and endings all in my heart.
Kim Slade, DVM
"When the time came to make the decision to help my dog Maggie move across the rainbow bridge, they only thing I cared about was that it was as easy for her as possible. I had heard about Lap of Love and thought being at home would make my Maggie the most peaceful. I had no idea what to expect as I have never had to put a dog down before and was obviously very sad about losing my best friend. Dr. Kim was amazing. She called on her way to try to set my mind at ease and see if I had any special requests or questions regarding the process. Even though she and I had never met, she had such a warm way that did comfort me about the choice I was making. During the entire process, she kept checking in with me while also ensuring that Maggie's comfort throughout was her number one priority. In the short amount of time that she was able to spend with me and Maggie, she was able to grasp how much we loved each other and she reassured me of that. The way I would summarize my time spent with Dr. Kim is that she was able to make one of the worst moments of my life go as best as it could. I will always be grateful to Dr. Kim."
Ravan MagrathMontclair, New Jersey
"Dr. Kim was the kindest and most compassionate person I have ever met. She truly is an angel here on Earth. Never once did she make me second guess what I already knew in my heart, that it was time to let Reese go. She told us what a wonderful dog we had, she reassured us that it was time, she talked my teenage son and husband, who had never been there for a pet at the end before, through the entire process. She made sure we were okay every step of the way. I am so thankful that she was the one to help us help our baby along the rainbow bridge."
Ceanna ChmuraHackettstown, New Jersey
Thank you so very much of the words of kindness and support given to our family that day. It was so much easier knowing that our decision was the best for Roger. Roger left this world with respect and kindness due to your personal attention and the support for Lap of Love.
I knew that having you come to the house was the right choice. (again, the team also took care of Lonnie).
Just to let you know all went well with Roger’s after arrangements. He was laid to rest in his favorite running grounds.
Keep on caring, it is so needed."
Linda UngarDumont, New Jersey
"Dr. Kim helped us through such a devastating moment in our lives. She was gentle and kind, patient and understanding, sympathetic and comforting in our time of sorrow and loss. She was amazing with our other dogs and our cat. Dr. Kim was helpful with talking to our children about what they were feeling. I cannot express how comfortable we felt with her from the moment she walked through the door. It was a relief to have Bella's last moments be happy and comfortable, at home, surrounded by everyone who loved her. We appreciate the warmth and kindness from Donna and Dr. Kim and will forever be grateful for Lap of Love. Xoxo"
Courtney HollensMidland Park, New Jersey
"Dr. Kim was amazing. From her first phone call when she was on the way to our home, to how compassionate and kind she was during the whole process. After a few days she even took the time to hand write a sympathy card and send it to us, she referenced many things we spoke about while she was here, which showed how she truly listened. She made this horrible time a little easier to bear. She was the perfect person to show up in our time of pain and need. We are so thankful we had her with us."
Karen MoroneySouth River, New Jersey
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
ESSEX COUNTY: Animal Emergency & Referral Associates
Oradell Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Support Group
SOMERSET COUNTY: Animerge
St. Huberts Animal Welfare Center
Newton Veterinary Hospital
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the Northwest New Jersey area, including Sussex, Passaic, Morris, Warren Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee ranging from $30-$100 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.
PO Box 322Flanders, NJ 07836
New Jersey Online: Compassionate care for pets - owners turn to hospice