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.
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.
"Words cannot express how grateful we are to have met you. Our dog Spot was more than just a pet he was part of our family. He was diagnosed with cancer and we knew that the decision was to be made of when we would have to say good-bye. Dr. Deveau was kind and compassionate. I am thankful that I found this service, unfortunately there is a stigma about Pit Bulls. Because of this we didn't want him to pass in a cold, un-friendly, scary clinic. We wanted Spot to feel safe and be comfortable in his last moments. Dr. Deveau did this for him. We will be eternally grateful. Spot lived 11 wonderful years and he was loved so much. He brought so much happiness to our lives. He loved twizzlers candy and playing the part of being this big intimidating dog. But what most didn't know is that he was lazy and was the biggest baby. It's amazing to me how selfless he was, even in his last moments he wanted to protect us and comfort us. I have never felt this kind of loss, and I really never understood it. Now I do. I posted this pic of him, I wish you could see his spot on the top of his head. Our hearts are missing something today and always; our Spotters is gone. Sept 16, 2017 will always be a sad day for my family. Forever in our hearts, we love and miss you SPOT.
Cisco, Estefanita, Cisco Jr and Alicia"
Estefanita Morenoalbuquerque, New Mexico
"My family cannot thank Dr. Deveau enough. Our rottweiler, Hades, was not able to see his regular vet on this sad day as moving him would have put him in too much pain. I was worried about having someone whom I'd never met, and who our pup had never met, come in our space on this particular day. Thankfully, my worries were for nothing.
Dr. Deveau was so kind and comforting, peaceful and loving. She made this hard moment much easier with her gentleness. Although, I wish we still still had our Hades with us, I take comfort in connecting with Dr. Deveau and am glad that she came into our lives on that day."
Jasmine LopezAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"I want to thank Erin for her compassion and understanding when Sadie needed it. Sadie was in so much pain and Erin made time to come over at the end of her day. It was not easy to lose Sadie after 12 years. I am grateful the end of Sadie's life was peaceful and my anxiety minimized. Thank you Erin."
Alfred FalconAlburquerque, New Mexico
"When it came time to put our sweet Sam down we knew we couldn't take him to the Vet's office. He was always so afraid when we took him to the Vet. We contacted Lap of Love and everyone we dealt with was wonderful. Dr Erin has a true gift. She was so kind and reassuring and so loving to Sam. She made a very difficult situation bearable. Thank you ."
J & C GamblinAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"When it came time to say goodbye to our beloved Sean, Dr. Deveau helped us -- husband, wife, and dear companion -- through the occasion with grace, sympathy and kindness. She helped us see him on his way. She gave us the gift of a little while where he was no longer suffering.
I don't have the words to describe the comfort of being able to say goodbye in familiar, friendly surroundings. Sean passed away peacefully in his favorite spot. Our other two kitties were with us. We are shattered by grief but Dr. Erin left us with the certainty that we had done the kindest thing anyone could for our little lion.
If our little kitty angel got his wings that night, it was because another angel came to our home to help him put them on."
Andy and Cat WilsonAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"When my sweet Dex told us it was time for him to go, I reluctantly listened. When I was finally able to accept a life without his love, I wanted nothing more for his last moments to be in my arms and his home. Dr. Erin had assisted with our neighbor back in December and it took a few calls before I could actually make an appointment for him. Dr. Erin was, in the purest sense of the word, an angel sent to us to help Dexter, and the rest of us, feel at peace about the decision. Her demeanor was compassionate and kind. She was able to discuss the process, what to expect, and other logistics such as burial in our yard, etc. with a kindness and respect for the sensitivity of the moment that truly reassured me of the gift we were able to give Dexter. We were able to engage in conversation with ease. She answered all of our questions, even the silly ones, which she never alluded to as ridiculous. Although I miss my boy every single day, I know without a doubt that this was the most precious gift I could give him and Dr. Erin made that possible. Thank you so much to the support team and Dr. Erin."
Kris MihalicAlbuquerque, 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