Trenton & Surrounding Areas

  (609) 759-1966

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$350

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$450

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL FEES

here 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$315
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$355
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$425

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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$215
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$255
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$325

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. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  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. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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, but cannot guarantee that. If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Meet the Doctor
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Shannon

Shannon Cabell

I grew up in a small town in Union County, New Jersey, and have had pets for as long as I can remember. As a toddler, my first dog’s name was Skittles, after my favorite candy. Later, our cat, Schuyler, and dog, Cody, joined the family. I loved growing up with pets and believe that my lifelong association with them helped shape who I am today.

In addition to my love for our family pets, I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in healthcare. As a child and young adult, I wasn’t sure if that was human health or animal health, so I dabbled in both. My very first job was at a veterinary hospital, where I received incredible hands-on experience. This position reinforced my affinity for interacting with small animals and taught me the immense value of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.

My undergraduate studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts brought about several new adventures that shaped my career path. One of the most influential experiences was becoming a student EMT. I learned invaluable skills through being on-call and helping my peers; however, this experience also solidified my desire to practice medicine with animals instead of humans. During my senior year, I was granted a volunteer opportunity at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, which still remains one of my most treasured undertakings, with the opportunity to care for all types of animals.  

My passion led me to earn my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Upon graduating, I moved back to my home state of New Jersey and began my veterinary career in general practice. I found that my greatest interests rested in preventative medicine, helping pets to maintain optimal quality of life, and house call appointments, which I was occasionally able to leave the clinic to do. I gained an appreciation for the reduced stress of both the pet and their owner that house call visits offer; therefore, preserving the human-animal bond while receiving veterinary care.

It brings particular satisfaction having transitioned into a role of helping more families in the comfort of their home, especially through their pet’s final delicate moments. As a long-time pet parent, I’ve experienced the loss of several pets, with each one holding an undeniably unique place in my heart. Although a doctor, I know what it feels like to be “mom.” I’ve worn both hats. My intention is to help families make decisions based on medical knowledge while understanding the feelings associated with losing their furry family member.

It is my responsibility as a veterinarian to use my knowledge and skills for the prevention and relief of animal suffering. Providing the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge is an honor and privilege that deeply touches my heart.

About Shannon Cabell

I grew up in a small town in Union County, New Jersey, and have had pets for as long as I can remember. As a toddler, my first dog’s name was Skittles, after my favorite candy. Later, our cat, Schuyler, and dog, Cody, joined the family. I loved growing up with pets and believe that my lifelong association with them helped shape who I am today.

In addition to my love for our family pets, I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in healthcare. As a child and young adult, I wasn’t sure if that was human health or animal health, so I dabbled in both. My very first job was at a veterinary hospital, where I received incredible hands-on experience. This position reinforced my affinity for interacting with small animals and taught me the immense value of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.

My undergraduate studies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts brought about several new adventures that shaped my career path. One of the most influential experiences was becoming a student EMT. I learned invaluable skills through being on-call and helping my peers; however, this experience also solidified my desire to practice medicine with animals instead of humans. During my senior year, I was granted a volunteer opportunity at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, which still remains one of my most treasured undertakings, with the opportunity to care for all types of animals.  

My passion led me to earn my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Upon graduating, I moved back to my home state of New Jersey and began my veterinary career in general practice. I found that my greatest interests rested in preventative medicine, helping pets to maintain optimal quality of life, and house call appointments, which I was occasionally able to leave the clinic to do. I gained an appreciation for the reduced stress of both the pet and their owner that house call visits offer; therefore, preserving the human-animal bond while receiving veterinary care.

It brings particular satisfaction having transitioned into a role of helping more families in the comfort of their home, especially through their pet’s final delicate moments. As a long-time pet parent, I’ve experienced the loss of several pets, with each one holding an undeniably unique place in my heart. Although a doctor, I know what it feels like to be “mom.” I’ve worn both hats. My intention is to help families make decisions based on medical knowledge while understanding the feelings associated with losing their furry family member.

It is my responsibility as a veterinarian to use my knowledge and skills for the prevention and relief of animal suffering. Providing the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge is an honor and privilege that deeply touches my heart.

"Words can not begin to describe our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Shannon Cabell for her warm, compassionate and soothing manner in which she helped our beloved 17 year old dog Colby leave this world. Our entire family was comforted with the manner in which she handled this heartbreaking moment for us. It was so important to us that our dog have the peaceful end to his life that he so deserved. We are thankful that despite difficult obstacles (the fact our dog was 98 lbs, the weather was not cooperating that day and COVID-19) , Dr. Cabell was still able to make the experience as peaceful, and dare I say, as beautiful as it could be. Our dog was never stressed, was able to be surrounded by the people who loved him and be in the comfort of his home. Dr. Cabell was respectful of COVID-19 protocols yet still provided a loving and comforting environment. For as much as we have all sobbed in these last few weeks over the loss of our dog, not once has any of us ever regretted any part of those final moments that day. Thank You!"

Jennifer Yesalavage
East Windsor, New Jersey

"My family and I are so thankful for Dr. Cabell and Lap of Love. Without their assistance this day would have been much more traumatic. My poor Foxy girl was not in a position that she could be moved, and with the pandemic going on I was beginning to lose all hope of someone being able to help us. Not only did Dr. Cabell still come to help my girl but she was the most patient, compassionate and understanding person I met. She made the experience much lighter on the heartstrings and made me feel at peace with this horribly tough decision. I am so thankful to her for being there for my baby, my family, and myself. Thank you Dr. Cabell."

Stephanie Heath
Ewing, New Jersey

"Having to part with our baby Foxy girl was a very upsetting time for us, as I am sure it is for many pet owners. I truly appreciate Dr. Cabell and the LapofLove group for all that they did for us. From my first phone call with just an inquiry about their services, to a month after this unfortunate date, every person that I came in contact with was kind, understanding and extremely supportive. I especially want to send my thanks to Dr. Cabell. I was unsure if anyone would be willing to come out, during all of the craziness that has been happening in the world, and my baby girl was not in a position that she could be moved. Dr. Cabell gave my girl and my family all the assistance that we needed and she made the experience as painless for us as possible. All of the formalities were there, such as showing up on time and doing everything that was agreed upon, but she did so much more than that. She was patient and gave us all the time we needed to grieve. She explained everything to us step by step, and made sure nothing happened without our consent. She even let my other pup, be there to say his goodbyes, which we greatly appreciated. I could tell that she was a fellow pet lover, and she did everything in her power to make sure that my baby girl's last minutes were happy and peaceful. I truly appreciate her compassion and thoughtfulness in one of the hardest times for our family. I highly recommend both Dr. Cabell and the LapofLove group, they manage to make one of the toughest moments of your life a little lighter on the heart, and I will be forever grateful for them."


Ewing, New Jersey

"This was a horrible day. Our beloved Navona was leaving us to go to heaven. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor 1 week prior. We did not want her to suffer and wanted her to be comfortable and at home when she passed. Lap of Love was easy to work with , empathetic and kind. Dr. Shannon came and was calm and compassionate. My baby passed eating cold cut turkey slices and in her home surrounded by her family. It was peaceful and I believe she died surrounded by love and feeling no pain. We are grateful to Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love for all they did, as it gave us peace as well."

Michelle Barbagallo
Bridgewater, New Jersey

"She was very kind, gentle and quiet during a difficult time. She instinctively knew what our family needed and allowed our Ouzo to pass with the utmost dignity in our arms."

Judy Harris
Chesterfield, New Jersey

"We were told about Lap of Love from a family member, who had nothing but amazing things to say. We had taken in a senior dog after his owner passed away and when we got him he had MANY health issues, some genetic and some due to neglect from his previous owner having Alzheimer’s. So we took in this goofy old guy who was named Trump (after a card game!) and first thing was getting this old man to respond to a different name. We ended up with Crump after Crumpet failed. We already had our our little fur baby that was around the same age as him, but 7 lbs of pure bossiness that never wanted to share us with any other dog. For some reason or another she welcomed him into our home and adjusted very quickly. He followed her around and learned all her little tricks to get what they wanted, treats and more treats! We even noticed that our little one no longer trembled and panted every time it would rain or thunder with him there. When he first came home he wasn’t able to walk up and down our stairs. We changed his diet, supplements & medications and within a month this old man was running and playing like never before. Over the few years we had him we tended to all his medical needs, changing dressings and bandaging you’re hit foot daily and nursed him back to health many many times. He was such a happy, goofy boy that wanted nothing more than our love. We were happy to nurse him back to health each time and spend the hours each day tending to his wounds as long as he still happy & wasn’t in pain. Things got really bad over the past few months and our vet let us know it was time. With Covid not allowing you into the vet with your dog, we couldn’t imagine dragging him all the way there just to hand him off to a stranger and him be alone while being euthanized. We called Lap of Love and we were SO happy we did. From the first phone call we were put much more at ease. And when the Vet, Shannon, arrived we were so impressed. She was kind, courteous, gentle, respectful, reassuring and extremely comforting throughout the entire process. She catered to his needs and whatever was most comfortable for him. She took her time with all of us and her calm, comforting presence made this process as easy as is possibly could be for any animal lover. Throughout the process I knew our Crumpy was comfortable and in no pain. He ate as many treats and burger (he did have a entire steak for breakfast before she came) while she gave him medication to get him comfortable. She let us take all the time we needed which was much appreciated. I would recommend Shannon and Lap of Love to any pet owner in need of these services. She was truly wonderful and I can’t thank her enough for her compassion and kindness during a tough time. She surpassed our expectations and we couldn’t have been happier with her. I will never bring a furry family member to a vet again when it’s time. This was the best service we could’ve found and Shannon was exceptional. We thank both Shannon and Lap of Lovw for the kindness they extended to our family and the comfort they gave us. We’re forever thankful."

Chrissy & Adam Abigador
Plainsboro, New Jersey

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (609) 259-8300

NorthStar VETS Pet Loss and Bereavement

  (732) 922-0011

Garden State Veterinary Specialists

  (856) 234-4688

Petfriends, Pet Loss Support

  (732) 747-3636

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

  (732) 747-3636

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support Group

  (732) 363-3200

Jersey Shore Veterinary Emergency Service

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Trenton area, including parts of Mercer, Burlington, Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Monmouth counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“Baby Foxy girl, you have no idea how much you will be missed. You truly were the best pup in the whole world. I miss your good morning kisses, and giving you belly rubs every time I came home. Thank you for being the most loyal, loving, and amazing dog a person could ever ask for. You weren't just a pet, you were a member of the family and your ...
Stephanie Heath
August 10, 2020
“Raise your glasses to our incredible perpetual puppy “Ouzo” who crossed the rainbow bridge Wednesday where he will once again patrol the land, sky and sea as long as he wishes. A Jack Russell is not for everyone but he was for us! He kept us laughing and shaking our heads in disbelief as he would take down Billy’s friends playing man hunt in a ...
Judy Harris
August 8, 2020
“Sadie was and will always be the best and sweetest cat in the world. After a long day at work she gave the best cuddles that cheered you right up, she’d lay on your chest for hours if you’d let her. I miss giving her treats and the occasional chicken filet which she ate up faster than our other babies who still had their teeth. There will never be ...
Meghan James
July 31, 2020
“Tanner, I still can't believe you are no longer here. We have been together for 17 years and I feel like a piece of me is missing now. You were my buddy, always looking for me and following me wherever I went. You were spoiled with lots of love and kisses, home baked cookies and a bite or 2 of just about every meal I ever ate at home. Your ...
Beth, Ken, Kristen & Nicole Bruning
July 20, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
Po Box 5305
Trenton, New Jersey 08638

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