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.

"I've gone over in my head a few different ways how to start to explain our experience with Dr. Cabell and Lap of Love. I want to convey just how life altering it was. My husband and I are both in healthcare and have prided ourselves on being able to ask the hard questions, and being prepared and proactive. When it came to end of life issues, we even discussed what our wishes were for our dear Lucy, a 14 year young yellow lab. We could see she was getting older and needed a little modification to help her navigate everyday life. We thought we had sometime. Unfortunately, when we realized what was happening and what should come next we only had a matter of hours. That's where Dr. Cabell and Lap of Love came to our rescue. When we called to inquire about services the associate was compassionate and down to earth. She took care of all the administrative details with such kindness it was truly appreciated. When Dr. Cabell arrived we were all so nervous and sad. Not only did she care for our Lucy she took the whole family into her care and with grace and compassion led us through one of the most difficult events we have ever faced. Her patience and gentle encouragement at this time helped us to be present in the moment and not have any regrets whatsoever. I truly cannot put into words the peace she brought to our family. You helped us give the respect and dignity in death we wanted for our girl. Dr. Cabell you are an amazing human being and an asset to your profession. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts we will never forgot Lucy or you!. With Love The Cannatelli Family"

Colleen Cannatelli
Howell, New Jersey

"Dr. Cabell was amazing!! She made Princess' final moments as peaceful as could have been imaginable. She educated us along the way and was respectful of our final moments with our beloved Princess. Considering Princess was our family's 4th Labrador Retriever and that each dog prior to Princess was also put to sleep, I would never again look to use the old-fashioned "brick-and-mortar" veterinarian service for end-of-life care."


Ewing, New Jersey

"I can't even begin to tell you how amazing Dr. Shannon Cabell was in helping us deal with the most difficult days in our lives. She was so kind to us as well as our beloved Shih Tzu, Meatball. She made such a devastating day as bearable as possible. Her patience as well as explaining everything to us and answering any and all questions was extremely reassuring. We were able to say goodbye to our precious pup in the most loving and compassionate way. Her genuine love of animals as well as her empathy for the grieving family shines through her in such a comforting way. She has such a difficult job, and she does it with more love, compassion and care then we could have ever imagined. If you are having to make the heartbreaking decision, I can tell you that Dr. Shannon will help you through the entire process with all the love that anyone can ever show to another person or animal. Thank you Dr. Shannon for being there for us through it all. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how kind and compassionate the office staff is as well. They worked with us and arranged everything, minimizing what we had to do in order for us to spend as much time as possible with our beloved pup. If you are at the point where this is necessary, you and your pet couldn't be in better hands."

Linda Stout
Tabernacle, New Jersey

"Dr. Cabell was incredibly compassionate as well as professional. She explained things clearly and gave us plenty of time to understand what would happen and say goodbye."

Jon Carl Lewis
Trenton, New Jersey

"Dr. Shannon was wonderful! She made this experience so beautiful for my husband Jim and I. She took her time with the process, letting us grieve and say our goodbyes to Kodie with each step. I was able to hold Kodie in my arms the whole time wrapped in one of her favorite blankets. Even with Covid, we felt her love and compassion for us! The most beautiful part was that she brought a basket with blankets that we were able to place Kodie in. She looked so peaceful and we were able to be her "pallbearers" as we walked her to Dr. Shannon's vehicle and said our final goodbye for now. We would highly recommend Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love to all of our friends and family and have been doing so! Thank you for all you do!!!"

Kerry Locklear
Robbinsville, New Jersey

"When it was time to say goodbye to my sweet old dog, I wanted to do it at home. Dr. Shannon Cabell delivered with patience, compassion and professionalism. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job under the circumstances (COVID-19 considerations, no less). I highly recommend Dr. Cabell's services to anyone facing this difficult decision."

Bill Troy
Shamong, 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
“Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those loved. Where there is deep grief. There was great love. We think of you everyday. Thank you for being part of our family and making us better human beings. Until we meet again sweet girl.”
Colleen Cannatelli
October 30, 2020
“Kodie lived to 18 1/2 years old with us. She was such an important member of our family! She had such a kind, gentle and loving soul to her. She was very smart and could read your body language and mood so she could give you just what you needed! She helped us to celebrate the good times and was there for us 100% during the difficult times. ...
Kerry Locklear
October 20, 2020
“On October 2, 2020, our beautiful boy, Muggle, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He left this world surrounded by his family who loved him so very much. Our hearts are broken and he takes a piece of our hearts and souls with him. Goodbye for now, sweet boy.”
Kelly Palombi
October 8, 2020
“Bidndog Teddy is in our hearts, home, and still going to work with me today. This loving dog 🐶 so much liked greetings at the door.”
Edward Amoroso
August 31, 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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