PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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$425

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.

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.

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.

HOLIDAYS

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

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 69 pounds$285
Pets 70 - 115 pounds$325
Pets 116 - 200 pounds$395

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 69 pounds$185
Pets 70 - 115 pounds$225
Pets 116 - 200 pounds$295

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
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.

"Dr. Shannon was soft spoken and very professional. Her mannerism and level of compassion was absolutely wonderful. Thank you for your help during a tough time."

Richard Hauter
Brick, New Jersey

"Dr. Cabell couldn't be more professional or more compassionate and I would never allow any beloved pet to go through the end of life in any other way than the way I witnessed Casper go. It was so peaceful and stress free for him. He did not know what happened because he didn't have to go to a cold scary doctor's office while already suffering the effects of his terminal disease."

heather leary
columbus, New Jersey

"On June 30th, it was with heavy hearts that our family said goodbye to our beloved Bandit. At 6 months old, he was rescued into our hearts almost 6 years to the day he passed. Since then, he has filled our lives with love and joy.

His time with us was cut entirely too short which is heartbreaking and unfair to say the least. However, the time he did have he spent cuddling , loving, giving out lots of kisses while always managing to look handsome, without ever trying!

The first few months with Bandit were a learning experience as he had to learn that there are good people in the world who would and did love him unconditionally. As a result, he quickly became the most loved by family and friends. Our hearts and home have been lonely without him, but we take solace knowing that he is in a better where he can run and play like he did a few short weeks ago.

As his illness progressed, we agonized over next steps. A major concern was the anxiety Bandit would feel going to the Vet and did not want that to be his last memory. His primary, Dr. Parker from Twin Rivers Animal Hospital VCA recommended Lap of Love. Upon arrival, Dr. Shannon Cabell reviewed the process and what we can and should expect. We had setup an area in a private section of our yard, under a tree where Bandit loved to play. As we laid with Bandit on a comfy blanket under the shade, we stroked his fur while whispering how much we loved him. As the birds were chirping and music played in the background we said our final goodbyes. This included his sister Bella, a lab mix.

As difficult as the events of the day were, Lap of Love made it bearable. Dr. Shannon was wonderful, caring, compassionate and respectful. We were so happy to give Bandit this final gift. The process and follow-up from Lap of Love has helped our family deal and cope with our loss.

The Chipego Family"

John Chipego
East Windsor, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon and Annie were wonderful from the moment we called until our Buddy left our home. They made the experience somewhat bearable. You guys are doing Gods work and we truly appreciate it. Dr. Shannon was so sweet, so compassionate and so patient, she showed our Bella some love and was a true God send during this sad time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! The Leitao Family Liz, Vic, Victoria and Bella Biscuit"

Elizabeth Leitao
Howell, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon made the whole process of saying goodbye to Skye so much easier.  Her very kind and comforting nature made Skye's journey so much more peaceful.  Skye was able to leave us where she had been resting all day, without the stress of dragging her to a vet clinic was so much better for her, which made it easier for us.

Thank you!"

Rhonda DALTON
Monmouth Junction, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon was so wonderful with our Maddie and our family. Our Maddie needed to be sedated for every vet visit and we couldn’t let her last moments with us be traumatic. Dr. Shannon came to our home and was so kind and gentle with Maddie. Her crossing over the rainbow bridge was so peaceful for her as well as for our family. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Shannon. We are forever grateful."

Christine O'Brien
East Windsor, 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
“"Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really"– Agnes Sligh Turnbull”
heather leary
July 24, 2019
“Since the day you entered our home you have brought us nothing but unconditional love, laughter and happiness.
When you were diagnosed with doggy diabetes 6 years ago, we knew it would be a challenge but our love and support never wavered.
We will miss you terribly, but we know you are no longer suffering and playing in those beautiful ...
Elizabeth Leitao
July 10, 2019
“Skye was appropriately named so when we look up during a starry nignt, she will be the brightest star looking down on us.

Those we love don't go away,
they walk besides us every day.
Unseen, unheard and always near.
Still loved, still missed, forever dear.”
Rhonda DALTON
July 4, 2019
“We will forever miss our dear Maddie. Her personality was as big as she was and everyone on the block knew that. Maddie took care of us as much as we took care of her. She was always with one of us or very close by. We miss her greetings and rubbing her belly. We still look for Maddie in all her regular spots (front porch chair and in the many ...
Christine O'Brien
June 18, 2019
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

Lap Of Love Locations
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nevada
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin