PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

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.

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 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 amazing during one of the most heartbreaking experiences of my life. She has such a calm presence and demeanor. I am so glad I decided to give my precious Duchess a peaceful, gentle passing in the comfort of her home."

Carolyn Ferrier
Hillsborough, New Jersey

"I lost my beloved 10 year old Rottweiler Blitz on 12/15/19...he was suffering from cancer and was very weak, and I knew it was time for him to cross the Rainbow Bridge...I was not able to get him downstairs and into a car to go to a vet...I called Lap of Love and immediately was helped by compassionate and caring staff who explained the process to me, and were able to get me a visit with a veterinarian within a few hours....Dr Shannon Cabell was loving, professional and caring, and explained the whole process as she went along, and it was truly a blessing to have such wonderful people supporting me during my boy's last moments...he was able to be in his home environment with family, and we were given a paw print and a lock of his fur., as well as support materials on how to deal with loss of a pet, and they arranged the cremation and had ashes delivered right to my vet's office...everything was handled with love and care, and I would highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone with a terminally ill pet, or simply if you want your pet to spend its final moments at home surrounded by family and friends"

gina shaw
Freehold, New Jersey

"We could not imagine how we were going to get through that day.... and then Dr. Shannon arrived. She knew immediately what our sweet Chloe and our entire family needed from the process. The support we received before, during, and after meant the world to us. Although our hearts are broken, we know that we gave Chloe the gift of peace and are so grateful that Dr. Shannon was with us."

Carrie Weiss
Wrightstown, New Jersey

"Dr. Cabell,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful email. Thank you even more for the wonderfully caring way you helped Henry ease his way across the rainbow bridge. It felt awful to me, but I could tell how peaceful he was, and that made me very happy. I have absolutely no idea how you get through each day seeing the pain in people as they say goodbye to beloved pets, but I am grateful that there are people like you in the world who have the strength and fortitude to help our babies find peace and comfort as they pass on.

I truly appreciate you reaching out to check in on me. I have been truly humbled by this experience and the caring of everyone who knows about Henry’s passing. Anyone who knows me knows that Henry was my best friend and companion for all but the first 4 months of his long life, so this loss is exceptionally hard to take, but has been made much easier by the caring of friends, family, and you as well.

Thank you again for being with us on Sunday."

Lauren Scardella
Robbinsville, New Jersey

"Dr Cabell was very kind and described the process thoroughly.

She helped to ensure Cosmo's, passing was peaceful and that he was surrounded by the family he so loved."

Kimberly Dante
Hillsborough, New Jersey

"Dear Dr. Shannon,

Thank you for your kind note, but thank you especially for being with us and with Wally in his time of need. We are grateful to you for the important work you do, for your kindness to us in helping us go through this process with so much compassion, and for helping our little boy pass peacefully and in comfort.

Thank you"

Chloe Gogo
Lawrence, 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
“Cosmo you were the best dog ever and I miss you so much. Life is quiet and lonely without you. You are the true definition of unconditional love. You helped me through some really tough times, comforting me and cheering me up with your goofy antics. Rest in peace little buddy. You are my sunshine and I am thankful for the 12.5 years we had ...
Kimberly Dante
November 25, 2019
“Percy was a big guy, and super affectionate. Super loud purr. Loved to snuggle and sleep cuddled up with us at night.
When I moved to Ithaca for 2 years Percy and our other 2 cats went with me. We lived near the woods and we had mouse intruders! The other two cats were clueless. Percy was the only one of the three who knew what to do. He was a ...
Terri B
October 30, 2019
“Oliver was an amazing American Bulldog that we were lucky enough to have for 5 1/2 years. There was never a dull moment with him and he kept us on our toes everyday. He was a very loving and protective dog. We miss him terribly everyday.”
Caroline Muhindi
September 29, 2019
“I picked you out of a litter, you were the runt. You have brought us so much love for over fifteen years. I would walk you on your leash so you can go out side . You had a voice & loved to use it whenever you wanted something, especially snacks. Nika had a very special relationship with her dad Michael. She would wait for him to come home ...
Renea ROSTAS
September 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

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