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.

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 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.

"Shannon was extremely kind, sensitive, and professional. She eased our fears and was so gentle with Zulu. We so appreciated the opportunity to spend Zulu's final moments with him in the tranquility of our backyard. Thank you Shannon for making one of the hardest moments in our lives bearable- you offer an invaluable service, and we would recommend Lap of Love to all those who may need this option in the future."

Sandy Schreiber
Princeton, New Jersey

"This was our second experience with Lap of Love and Dr. Cabell. Dr. Cabell was extremely understanding, compassionate, helpful and so empathetic through one of the hardest times in our lives. Our precious Millie was our beautiful baby, she brought joy to our world every day! It absolutely killed us to have to make the choice of sending her to the heavens above. Her last hour was soft, serene, peaceful and filled with so much love. Dr. Cabell made Millie so comfortable throughout her passing, she simply fell fast asleep with no struggle.

I am truly grateful to this selfless service of Lap of Love."

Rae Nowicki
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

"The empathy and professionalism expressed by Dr. Shannon made the end of life process as peaceful and tranquil as possible. Our girl was able to pass in the sunshine in her own backyard which was one of her favorite places to be. Dr. Shannon explained everything to us and allowed us the time we needed. Thank you for the care, concern and compassion shown to us at this difficult time."

Lisa Rickett
Hamilton Square, New Jersey

"We extend our appreciation to Dr. Shannon for helping us ensure a peaceful transition for our baby girl, Sophie. It was a very difficult decision for us to make, during a very difficult time in the world right now. And Dr. Shannon's kind words and professionalism put all of us at ease. Her gentle and caring manner with both Sophie and Spirit was comforting and reassured us that our baby girl was in good hands. A sincere "thank you" to Dr. Shannon from the bottom of our hearts."

Annette and John Skiendziel
Hillsborough, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon was very calming for our family during this very difficult time putting our beloved Bella down. The entire experience with Lap of Love was very comforting (from the initial call, intake of information and the visit from Dr. Shannon) and we appreciate the professionalism and support during this very difficult time. We highly recommend in-home euthanasia as our pretty Bella was comforted by all of those that loved her for 14 years. Thank you again."

Lisa Santangelo
FLEMINGTON, New Jersey

"Throughout my existence, my animals have been an extremely important part of my life. Having lost my immediate family early in my life for the most part, they have fulfilled that important gap. Over the last two weeks I lost two of my beloved pets; Tommy, a 21 year old cat and Freida, a 12 year old German Shepherd. Both of these animals slept on my bed with me during their entire lives. Thankfully, I was able to hold and cuddle them both until their last moments.

We are never prepared for the end of our animal's lives even though we know it may be near, and when it comes it is heart wrenching to say the least. How they transition to the Rainbow Bridge can be devastating - sometimes I think more so for us than them.

Freida, collapsed on a Sunday morning with no ability to get up any longer. I knew it was time but the thought of taking her to a strange place was upsetting Fortunately, Lap of Love, demonstrated that to me, that this transition did not have to be as horrific for my pet or for me. I am so appreciative of the manner in win which Dr. Shannon Cabell responded to our desperate plea for help. Her compassionate manner was evident from the time she walked through the door. She was soft spoken and gentle, and empathic... qualities that all of us admire and hope for in our caretakers. Dr. Cabell made Freida's transition the smoothest transition the I have ever witnessed and for that I am forever grateful and appreciative ."

Nancy Grbelja
Clarksburg, 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
“YOU ARE EVERYWHERE - ZULU 2007-2020

You are nowhere to be seen, though our hearts feel you everywhere
You are in each sun kissed leaf and dewy blade of grass
You are blowing in the cool breeze on this mild summer’s day
You are glowing within the sun as it illuminates the garden
You are filling all the spaces in your familiar places
You are ...
Sandy Schreiber
May 31, 2020
“Jessie was a dog like no other. Her personality could not be contained and she always made us smile. We loved her from the moment we met her. Ten years with her just wasn't long enough. She is deeply missed by her furry sissy and her human family so much. She will remain in our hearts forever.”
Lisa Rickett
May 27, 2020
“On Sunday, May 17, we said "goodbye" to our baby girl, Sophie, who was a loving member of our family - our little pack - for nearly 17 years. Over the past year and half, Sophie's mobility had been progressively declining. Although she managed for quite a while with the help of medication, as well as a front and back sling, the past month was ...
Annette and John Skiendziel
May 22, 2020
“Shadoe was a beautiful, black cockapoo with a little white chest and some white on her paws. She was our first family dog and was with us for over 15 years. She grew up with us and was there for many different stages of our lives. She brought our family so much joy, love, and laughter. Life without her will be difficult, but we know that she's ...
Jessica Bocanegra
May 6, 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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