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
"Cancer took our Zeus's quality of life so fast that it was a god'send to have Lap of Love help us in such a difficult time .
Knowing the time had arrived to help Zeus transition from life to death was one of the most painful decisions in my life.
From the very inception of reaching out to Lap of Love, they were professional and compassionate to the situation.
Although our Zeus could not stand, he managed to do so and greet Dr.Erin Deveau as she came into our home. He had a nose for good people.
Dr.Deveau showed compassion and understanding with remarkable professionalism as she checked on Zeus's condition.
Her demeanor was above reproach as she confirmed assesment that it was time to let our boy go. She explained the process
in detail so that we could understand how the transition would take place.
The entire process gave overwhelming peace and comfort not only to our beloved pet, but to my family as we watched him fade so peacefully.
Thank you for EVERYTHING Dr. Deveau. You helped make a painful and difficult time more comforting to my family.
Your compassion should be emulated by all."
Vince MaresAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Dr. Erin was there when no one else was, she came late on a Friday when every one else was gone or to busy. It is a very difficult time to put your pet down, but when they are in pain it is not days it's minutes. Thank you"
Cathy ThompsonAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Our cat Bunny was about to turn 18. She was a little Manx--hence the name, as in "Rabbit Ain't Got No Tail at All, Just a Powder Puff." For the last year or so, she had been suffering from hyperthyroidism and losing weight in spite of the meds. About a week ago, she went into a fast decline, becoming so frail and wasted she could barely walk. Then she stopped eating.
We went through all the miserable emotions involved in deciding to let her go. I don't think she had more than a few days left. When we called Lap of Love, they made an appointment for Dr. Erin Deveau to come out the next day. Dr. Erin showed so much love and compassion throughout the process that it eased our hearts.
I've worked out of a home office for years, and until now, I never fully realized how much time during the day Bunny was within a few feet of me, if not in actual physical contact. I miss her horribly, but the bright spot in all of this is that Dr. Erin made Bunny's last few minutes the best she'd had in a long, long time."
Laura SanchezLos Lunas, New Mexico
"Dr. Erin with her quiet strength was so reassuring. She shared her observation of Gracie Mae’s physical condition and it seemed very accurate. When explaning the procedure she was precise but kept it simple. Which is good under the circumstances. She was also well prepared. You sure do not want someone running back and forth to their car because of things they forgot . It is such a delicate situation. Dr. Erin made the whole experience as smooth and comfortable as can be expected. We are so thankful we picked her! It also helped knowing she had walked through this herself. I think it helps to make a person compassionate and empathetic."
Melinda DubenAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Dr. Erin is just incredible. Losing my 21 year old cat, Grace, was traumatic (I lived with her longer than I've lived with anyone including my parents and my son!) Dr. Erin made it so kind and gentle. Grace wasn't scared or upset and left my life peacefully. I recommend Lap of Love to all my pet loving friends."
Nell ReidAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"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
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