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.

"Its only now we can pull it together to thank Shannon and her office for the wonderful service they provide. Having Lap of Love come to our house for Max wasn't hard; I hope it showed Max how much he was loved. From our first phone call to their office to meeting Shannon, the entire process was thoughtful and caring. Shannon was so kind and patient. Max knew this; upon her arrival he offered her his paw! Max was our sweet boy and we miss him every hour of every day. Because Lap of Love exists, we consider ourselves beyond blessed to be able to say goodbye to him , which I hope, was on all our terms. He was suffering and we wanted to set him free from the constraints of his disease and we thank Lap of Love for existing. Desiree and Bryan"

Desiree Bryant
Hamilton Square, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon Cabell make a very difficult time ...more, pleasant more doable, and more peaceful... MY yorkie Jude was with us for 14 yrs and always a good boy...he was very attached to my husband who passed 2 years ago..Jude hasn't been the same since...but I feel very blessed to have found Lap of Love for Jude and myself..

She was completely compassionate, patient and loving to Jude and myself...she gave me all the time I needed and showed Jude so much love and empathy... couldn't ask for a more peaceful passing for my Jude...

Thank you. Lap of Love and special thanks to Dr. Cabell....."

Raffaela Valentino
jackson, New Jersey

"Thank you to Dr. Cabell for her compassion during a really sad time for our family. Tsotsi was our baby and our lives and our home will not be the same without him. We are grateful for her presence, patience and professionalism and would recommend her to any family who has to make such a difficult choice."

Aleah Hosszu
Bordentown, New Jersey

"In December, my lovely Ella became very ill and I had to make the difficult and painful decision to let her go from my life. I was so upset that I was having to make this choice. Even worse was the idea of having to take her out into the cold and not being able to be with her during her last moments. Lap of Love was recommended to me and they were so very kind.

Dr. Cabell was able to come to my home. She spent time talking with me, comforting me and taking such wonderful care of Ella. I was able to hold my sweet girl in my arms. I am so grateful that Lap of Love and Dr. Cabell were here to help Ella and me during my time of sorrow and loss.

It's a hard thing to have to do but having people who care about you and your pet will make a difference, so should you need their help, I'd suggest reaching out to Lap of Love."


Chesterfield, New Jersey

"I have absolutely nothing but great things to say about Dr. Cabell. She was professional, kind, patient, and understanding. Putting down a pet is never easy, and I am grateful that I had the luxury of providing our dog, Goldie, with a peaceful passing in his home and in his bed. Dr. Cabell brought treats for Goldie and walked us all through the process, explaining and answering all questions as they came along. She allowed us to take all the time we needed with him and treated him with dignity after he passed. I highly recommend Dr. Cabell for those who have reached this season in their pet's life."

Jessica Sowden
Ewing, New Jersey

"Dr. Cabell was very kind and considerate during our very sad time. She took time to ask us questions about our Charley and made her comfortable. Gave us time to say our final goodbyes, to take as much time as we needed. She was very caring in the way she took care of my fur baby. From my first contact call to my final goodbyes Lap of Love made me feel more at ease thru this absolute heart wrenching time. They do the toughest job with the biggest, most gentle caring hearts."

Stacy OBrien
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
“Lucky was the most loyal, best dog ever. I still find myself "stepping" over her favorite spots as she was affectionally known as Roadblock!”
Audrey Loyer
December 21, 2020
“Lily was the best companion anyone could ever want. She went everywhere with us and got to touch so many people’s hearts. There is a terrible empty void now that she has gone over the Rainbow Bridge, but the impact she had on all of us will live on forever. I have never loved an animal like I love my Lily. There will never be another sweetie like ...
Linda Stabile
December 4, 2020
“You were such a gentle, kind soul. We will miss your antics. Rest in peace sweet Bear boy.”
Jackie Silverman
November 14, 2020
“Leo (aka Leonard or big boy) was the sweetest, most affectionate cat, with the biggest personality. He deserved so much more than 8 short years. RIP sweet boy. You are so loved.

Love,
Mom, Dad, Lola, and Zoey”
Samantha Stageman
November 9, 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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