Trenton & 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
Shannon Cabell, DVM
"Dr. Shannon was professional, compassionate, and gentle. We are so grateful for this service."
Nancy ManciniPennington, New Jersey
"Dr. Cabell was the most kind and compassionate doctor we could have gotten. She was professional throughout the process and helped Patch leave us under the best circumstances. We're very grateful for her services."
Craig and Joanna PatryloPhillipsburg, New Jersey
"My family and I are so very thankful for the absolutely wonderful services Lap of Love had to offer. Our sweet boy, Riley, was suffering from lymphoma. We felt so much support every step of the way. Every single phone call, even the calls lasting an hour or longer, we received nothing but kindness and empathy. I am a very private person and thought I would feel uncomfortable being emotional in front of a stranger during our vulnerable time. Dr. Shannon was so warm and comforting for us all. It was the best ending that I could have ever asked for. Riley was comfortable and anxiety free throughout the whole process, unlike his visits to the vet office. It was such a beautiful experience and so gingerly handled. It meant the world to us that Lap of Love helped provide such an incredible experience for an extremely difficult time. I know Riley is in a better place and truly appreciated the generosity and humanity that was given to him. Thank you to all of the staff at Lap of Love, especially Dr. Shannon. We cannot thank you all enough."
Jennifer AdamsFlorence, New Jersey
"Words cannot express the care, compassion patience, and understanding Dr. Shannon had for Maddie and for us. She walked us through the process in a calm, caring and comforting way. She allowed us to spend time with Maddie, say our goodbyes, and never felt rushed. She met us at Maddie’s favorite field so that we could say goodbye at the place she loved so much. We cannot thank her enough for her kindness and following up a few days later. We hope that Maddie touched her life in some small way as well."
Jim HaddenHamilton Square, New Jersey
"Dr. Shannon Cabell helped bring clarity to such a difficult time. She was extremely patient, honest and kind. Fancy’s guardian angels sent us exactly who we needed. My husband and I will always be extremely grateful for Dr. Shannon and how she helped our family."
Hamilton, New Jersey
"We like to think we rescued Ruby when the truth is, she rescued us. This little diva ran the house and owned our hearts. She let us know when she was done. She made that perfectly clear. Yet having to respect her decision to end her suffering from a brain tumor was the most heartbreaking ever. Our next decision - to do it at home - was the easy part. Still, we had no idea it would be such a beautiful, peaceful and loving process. Dr. Shannon Cabell from Trenton, NJ was our own little gift - helping us get through the pain with patience, love, kindness and understanding. Even Ruby, who we believe knew why she was there, felt the love and compassion - and let Dr. Shannon do what she had to to get us all through. Though the grief is real and the tears unending - there are only sweet memories of our last hours together with Dr. Shannon by our sides. Thank you is hardly enough."
Annie, Mark & Sophia GanguzzaBelmar, New Jersey
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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.
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.
Po Box 5305Trenton, NJ 08638
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