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.
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.
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
"I have to admit, I was emotionally torn over thinking of having a stranger come into my Marbles' safe haven to complete her final moments, but I would never have it any other way now. This was ultimately the best, if not perfect last moments for my little girl to feel safe, calm, painless, & loved more than you could ever imagine. The devotion, compassion, listening, discussing every single step, & understanding that this is your family member was beyond the utmost respect. Dr. Shannon is just as human as you at this moment, not cold, or rushed like in different settings. She feels & understands exactly what you are feeling & trying to convey in these last moments. Her compassion, respect, honesty, professionalism, & pure heart are ever present during & after this extremely difficult process. I can never say enough positives if I need to recommend such a service to another fellow rescuer or pet parent in need. I am forever grateful for this service, & for Dr. Shannon."
Cherylynn PokolNorth Brunswick, New Jersey
"I cannot thank Lap of Love enough. Everyone was so kind, helpful, and compassionate. Dr. Shannon Cabell was our personal angel. She was so amazing with our Shamus, helping him complete his final journey. She made an unbearable situation, so much more tolerable with her calm demeanor and compassion. I am so grateful to her for coming to our home. Shamus was not afraid, he was peaceful and calm, thanks to Dr. Shannon. Thank you, thank you."
Mary AndrechickMilltown, New Jersey
"Kind, gentle, generous."
LuAnn HillSouthampton, New Jersey
"Dr. Shannon Cabell is wonderful. She made what could have been a painful experience, a beautiful experience. She put all of us at ease. And our dog Primo, who was always aloof with strangers, climbed right onto her lap as if to say to us, "It is ok. I am ready, safe and unafraid." We were able to say good bye to Primo in his favorite spot. He was surrounded by all of us, including his best dog buddy, Ollie. It was a wonderful way to accompany Primo to Rainbow Bridge. We are ever grateful to Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love."
Trina ScordoHOWELL, New Jersey
"Tear was a most precious member of our family. When Dr. Shannon Cabell arrived at our door, she seemed more like a friend who happened to be a veterinarian, offering her compassionate guidance in making a most difficult decision. Her support before and after Tear’s passing meant a great deal to my husband and me. We are grateful to her for allowing us to share with her loving memories of Tear and for bringing such grace and dignity to Tear’s passing."
Glynis & Rob HolmesBranchburg, New Jersey
"Dr. Shannon made the sad event bearable. She was gentle, kind and understanding. We really appreciate that were able to say goodbye to Rudolph in his house and to pet him throughout the procedure."
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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 5305Trenton, NJ 08638
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