Albuquerque & 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 scattered on cemetery grounds.
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 6am - 8pm Mountain Standard time. 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.
“The meaning of life is service to others.” This pearl of wisdom was shared by a mentor in my hometown of Corning, a small community in rural Upstate NY. The truth of his statement resonates with me as much today as when I first heard it. Thanks to my husband’s military career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve animals and clients all over the country. My husband and I agree, however, that Albuquerque is the first place that has truly felt like home. We are so glad, after a short hiatus in Connecticut and Hawaii, to be back home in New Mexico for good.
The first time I experienced the joy of an animal’s unconditional love was when my mother finally succumbed to years of begging for my very own kitty. I still remember the excitement I felt when I came home from school to hear the indignant yowls of a half-Siamese, gray fuzzball who had been hidden in the bathroom as a birthday surprise. His name was Mooters and we were inseparable.
Despite the many years and happy memories we had together, it was during the heart-breaking loss of Mooters that I found my calling. I knew at that moment my purpose in life was to care for, heal, and relieve the suffering of animals. During my training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I volunteered with the Pet Loss Support Hotline, taking calls from pet owners who were grieving the loss of a beloved friend. It gave me a unique glimpse at the enduring power of the human-animal bond, and I embrace the responsibility of nurturing and honoring that bond in my work every day.
I do my best to assist clients during some of the hardest decisions they will ever make: when to transition from seeking a cure to hospice care and when to say goodbye to their four-legged family member. Giving the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge to their companion – who is so much more than “just a pet” – is an honor and privilege that touches my heart. I hope to help you and your special loved ones during these difficult times with the compassion and understanding of having been there myself, first with Mooters and several furry family members since.
Erin Deveau, DVM
"Thank you Dr. Erin for your kindness and compassion not only for Rex but for me as well. You took the time to explain the process and answer all the questions I had. I can't thank you enough for being there for Rex. God Bless."
Glenn GilesAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"My daughter and I met with Dr. Erin two weeks ago tomorrow when she came to my home to help our dear, 18 year old, Mr. Sweets cat pass over. She could not have been more wonderful. Caring, informative, compassionate, endearing and patient. She answered all our many questions and made sure we knew what was going to happen before she did anything, and also why she was doing what she did. We talked about him and showed pictures and we said our prayers and and goodbyes. It was very peaceful and we would not have wanted it to be done any other way or at any other place. I am so very grateful we found her just as we needed answers about Mr. Sweets. She suggested we allow our other cat time to check out the situation in his own way as she said left behind animals seem to do better if given their chance to say good bye too. We also used the services of having her carry Mr. Sweets to the crematorium for their services. It was the perfect timing of everything and we are very grateful for her help and care. I will highly recommend her services to anyone in need of such. Thanks again Dr. Erin. Hugs all around and smiles mixed in with the tears. Life gets messy and then we find our way. God Bless."
Judy NortonAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"I would recommend Dr. Erin to anybody having a hard time letting go of their loved one, she totally understood that Sasha was more than just a dog to me, she was so calm, her presence calmed my house hold, she was extremely pleasant and very caring, not to mention patient. If I am still here by the time my Eddie is ready to leave my world, I will 100% be using this lady again, totally satisfied with her service. Thank you, Dr. Erin."
Carla CiasulliRio Rancho, New Mexico
"Thank you so much Dr. Erin for your great love, compassion & support as I had to let go of my sweet dog Carter! It was the hardest choice I had to make to let him go, but I felt such peace afterwards knowing that he was no longer suffering & was finally at peace! I will be forever thankful to you for coming to my home & making his passing moment so peaceful & calm!"
Denise BeckAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Dr. Erin was what both Puddums and I needed. She was calm, caring, and gentle during her first visit. She carefully and fully explained his condition and options for care. Unfortunately the devastating decision to say goodbye came days later. It was unbelievable how caring, patient and sweet Dr. Erin was premeditating him when he grumbled and got upset (the trip to the vet was always challenging, as he hated vets). She was my rock and reassuring me throughout the visit. Thank God for vets who provide this service. My baby left me for the Rainbow Bridge comfortably cuddled in my arms."
Jane VerdonAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"The best send off possible.
Everyone at lap of love was knowledgeable, compassionate, professional, and just genuinely wonderful people. The person I spoke with to arrange the appointment was so compassionate and understanding. Dr Erin came to our house as scheduled and was absolutely wonderful. She explained the process thoroughly and answered all of our questions. She was extremely compassionate and we did not feel rushed at all. Our kitty Cleo was first given sedation so she slowly fell asleep on my wife’s lap while we said our goodbyes. Dr Erin brought clay for us to make a paw print and insured we had after care preparations. I can’t thank you guys enough! Our Cleo left peacefully and in loving arms and that means the world to us. You are truly amazing people.
Thank you so much,
Meg Hein and Aly Sanchez"
Meg HeinAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center
Best Friends Pet Cremation Services Pet Loss Support Group
Veterinary Emergency & Speciality Center of New Mexico
Animal Humane New Mexico Pet Loss Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the metro Albuquerque area, including Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas & East Mountains. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location.
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.
Lap of LoveP.O. Box 67572Albuquerque, NM 87193-7572