Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275

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.

Euthanasia$275

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.

Geriatric Consultation$275

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.

Additional Appointment Fees

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.

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 99 pounds$295
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$350
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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 99 pounds$125
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$175
Pets over 150 pounds - call for pricing

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. 

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 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.

Meet the Doctor

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Erin

Erin Deveau, DVM

“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.

Dr. Elizabeth

Elizabeth Noyes, DVM

Becoming a veterinarian was a lifelong dream of mine. By the age of 5, I made up my mind that a career in veterinary medicine was my destined path. I grew up loving all animals, and my parents proudly accepted my passion for pets, allowing me to raise many different species: dogs, cats, gerbils, rats, canaries, hedgehogs, and even a young crow who I rescued from the ocean. If I wasn’t at school or taking care of my pets, you could find me spending any free time I had on the back of a horse.... animals were my life!

Through college and veterinary school at the University of Florida, I worked with just about every species under the sun and found a special love for pigs. After vet school, I pursued a career with beef cattle and bison on the Montana prairie, while continuing to seek an education specializing in pigs. I earned a Master of Science and Ph.D. in swine respiratory disease and worked with pigs for many years after completing my studies. Additionally, I had the privilege of conducting research and teaching veterinary students in Minnesota for several years.

A longing to be closer to my family finally brought me back to Maine where I transitioned my career to small animal medicine in general practice and emergency clinics. This is where I developed a love for geriatric patients, and expanded my abilities to assist these patients through receiving a Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture.

The passion I’ve developed for caring for geriatric patients led me to Lap of Love. End of life care is truly a calling of mine. I feel like I can offer families the profound understanding for helping them and their pets through these delicate moments. Joining Lap of Love has also brought me to New Mexico, where I’m appreciating a much warmer climate and am near my son again!

Aside from my passion for veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my pup, Daisy (a Chihuahua Dachshund mix who I rescued a few years back), and my silly orange cat, Arlo. I also love all forms of art, fly fishing for trout, a good cup of coffee, cooking, and knitting.

About Erin Deveau, DVM

“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.

"We appreciate Dr. Erin's compassionate nature. She was very loving to both of our dogs and extremely understanding as to what we all were going through. We would like to thank her for her big heart and making Claudine's last moments with us so peaceful and loving."

Larry and Renee Ayers
Rio Rancho, New Mexico

"Thank you, Dr. Erin, for helping us through this difficult time. Dr. Erin was so lovely and kind. Her soothing voice and compassionate bedside manner were instrumental in keeping us calm. Rosie sensed Dr. Erin's love and never showed nervousness. Dr. Erin guided us through the experience, explaining each step in detail. She answered all questions and never rushed us. We will forever be grateful to Dr. Erin for being there during one of the most painful and difficult moments of our lives. Saying farewell to a family member is never easy. Dr. Erin provided a dignified experience for our beloved Rosie. Blessings to you, Dr. Erin.

Gratefully - the Stagner Family"

Tonya Stagner
Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Dr Erin was very kind and compassionate nd answered all my questions.. She was gentle with Esther. It didn't feel rushed. We said our goodbyes. My other cat Kiki didn't come out so once Esther passed, I took the basket into the room for Kiki. Kiki climbed inside the basket to see Esther then she rubbed her face on the basket to say goodbye. Once I brought Esther's remains home in an urn, Kiki rubbed and licked the urn. Kiki understood."

Amy Louise
Albuquerque, New Mexico

"I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart Dr. Erin for being so patient, calm, and kind with Hanz during his transition. From the first Hospice visit to Hanz's final transition, Dr. Erin was knowledgeable, took her time visiting with us, and made a hard decision just a bit easier to make. Hanz was a very territorial dog, and unless he met you a few times, would bark at you until he felt comfortable. When Dr. Erin came in for her second and final visit, Hanz literally tried to climb in her lap! This is the first and only time Hanz had ever done this with someone he had only met a second time. This brought great comfort to me and my family. It was like Hanz was telling us he was ready, and was comfortable with her. I have never had to go through this before, but if someone told me doing a transition at home was actually a beautiful thing, I would not have believed them. This is why it was very important for me to write this testimonial; so I could let others know that if they were having a hard time making this decision to use Lap of Love, that they would not regret it. It was the best gift I could have given my Hanz. Though I miss him terribly, I am comforted to know I made his transition as comfortable as possible. Thank you Dr. Erin and Lap of Love. I will always be grateful to you."

Cristina Chavez
Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Words cannot express how thankful we are for the compassion and sympathy that Dr. Erin gave our family! She understood that Ranger was a big part of our lives, and she made it comfortable to ask questions and participate in every step of the process.

It was easy to see that she truly cared about the well-being of Ranger, as well as our other dog. She did all with grace, patience, and reassurance.

Thanks so much for making this difficult time a little easier.

The Evans Family"

Angel Evans
Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Dr. Erin Deveau peacefully transitioned our dog Buster in the most incredibly kind and gentle way possible. This made losing our very dear friend less painful. I would recommend her to anyone who has to transition their dog. Wow - I couldn't believe how such a painful thing to have to do was such a peaceful experience. Thank you so much Dr. Erin. We love Buster and know he is at peace now."

Jackie McDowell
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (505) 292-5353

VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center

Pet Loss Support Group

  (505) 345-5615

Best Friends Pet Cremation Services Pet Loss Support Group

  (505) 883-8387

Veterinary Emergency & Speciality Center of New Mexico

  (505) 265-3087

Animal Humane New Mexico Pet Loss Support Group

Service Area

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. 

Pet Memorials
“We are finding it impossible to say “Good-bye” to out little lamb, Claudine. She has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, to start a new life with all of her friends and grandparents who have gone on ahead of her.

Claudine came to us on June 28, 2010 as a rescue poodle. She had had a rough start being put out on the ...
Larry and Renee Ayers
February 14, 2019
“Rosie passed from our lives and into the Summerlands on January 26, 2019. She was loved by so many. Rosie was the best dog ever and was a true member of our family. She is mourned by her family and will be remembered forever. We loved her so much and will feel this empty space for a very long time.”
Tonya Stagner
February 2, 2019
“I will miss many things about you but especially your unconditional love.

You would get up in my arms and love on me.

I loved it when you would lay on my chest in the morning to get some loving.

How you would also extend one arm out then the other and stretch your legs and arms across me.

I will miss seeing you love on Eric. You ...
Amy Louise
February 2, 2019
“Hanz, Hanzerelli. You were with us for 13 and a half years and it still doesn't seem like enough. From the beginning, you were the first to warn us when someone came to the door. Your fearless sounding bark undermined the fact that you wouldn't hurt a fly. You were so brave on the outside, always wanting to make friends with other dogs, ...
Cristina Chavez
January 22, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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
P.O. Box 67572
Albuquerque, NM 87193-7572

In the News

Albuquerque Journal: A Good Goodbye

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