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.
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.
Erin Deveau, DVM
"The decision to put our dog Jake down was extremely difficult to make, but we wanted him to die at home. I was unsure of using a vet I was unfamiliar with until I met Dr. Erin. I immediately felt a sense of calm as she walked through the door. She really took the time to explain what was going to happen to Jake. She was kind, compassionate yet the utmost professional. I highly recommend Dr. Erin. She made a difficult situation easier to handle. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Dr. Erin."
Christine ChesterAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Losing a pet is always so hard but having the opportunity to meet Dr Deveau was comforting in so many areas. Our beloved Jackie O (14yrs) a Golden Retriever was an incredible pet. Her love for others, beautiful smile and eyes blessed our lives for many, many years. When she was diagnosed with cancer we thought we had a few months but unfortunately it was weeks. We wanted her to provide her the love and honor she gave us to her in her final days. We contacted Dr Deveau and from the moment she entered our home we ALL (my wife and I and our other dog Bisquit) knew this is what Jackie deserved. Her kindness and love was so REAL. Jackie O immediately reacted with love and grace with Dr Deveau. Knowing she was there for us at anytime was so comforting as we went through the final days.
Knowing we did not have to take her in a car and hand over to our vet and rather have it in our home was a spiritual and powerful experience for all of us. She died as we hoped she would, in our home, on her blanket, next to her buddy Bisquit with both of us saying our goodbyes; this is helping us tremendously in our upcoming days and weeks of grieving. Thank you Dr Deveau for your passion, knowledge and love for what you do, it was truly a gift for all of us."
Mark BallardAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Sweet, kind, soft spoken lady to feel what we were feeling at the time she needed to put my Charo to sleep. Very considerate & explained everything she was going to do."
Marilyn DeJesusRio Rancho, New Mexico
"We can't thank you enough for your help in sending our precious Bear off to his next life. Dr. Erin Deveau made a heart-breaking experience beautiful and calm. Bear was able to say goodbye to his family and pass on without any stress, anxiety or pain. And Dr. Erin's demeanor should be replicated everywhere -- can't even express how amazing she is and how much we thank her."
Viki HarrisonRio Rancho, New Mexico
"Saying goodbye to Tiberius was one of the hardest things I have ever done. We wanted to say goodbye to him at home, but were not sure what that would entail. We went through Lap of Love and I am very glad we did.
Dr. erin came to our home. She knew everyone by name took the time to talk us through everything. She showed genuine compassion and caring in everything she did. I am beyond grateful to Dr. Erin. Her understanding, demeanor, and comforting words helped us all so much in such a very difficult time. I hope I don't have to, but if I do I would recommend this service to anyone."
Chris KohllerRio Rancho, New Mexico
"I am so thankful for Erin's DVM service. It was the first time for my family with this process, not easy, but peaceful to the end. Erin truly signifies what vet angels do day to day. As a nurse I could relate somewhat but learned so much from Erin about dignity for all animals dying. Bless this service."
Connie rasmussenAlbuquerque, 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
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