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.
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.
Erin Deveau, DVM
"Dr. Erin Deveau gave us an extra 6 months with Loki. She prescribed appropriate medications, recommended inexpensive and helpful changes to our home for Loki's benefit, and recommended dietary guidelines for him. When it was finally time for Loki to go to his reward, Dr. Erin was kind, prompt, and competent. The dignity she showed to Loki at that sad time will never be forgotten. She wrapped him in a beautiful gray plush blanket, and carried him out on a stretcher. It was the sweetest thing.
Thank you, Dr. Erin. You will always be in my prayers."
Melinda FitzpatrickAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"I began this process not sure of what to do or even if I was doing the right thing. Dr. Elizabeth was the most reassuring, most comforting, and most caring vet imaginable. Letting my Sammie pass on with me patting her, kissing her, and comforting her was the most peaceful and compassionate way to let her go. I cannot explain how relieved I am that I chose Lap of Love to aid me in this emotional experience. I am so glad I was able to be in our home, where Sammie was loved.
Thanks so much for all the care and love I received.
Cathy FloroRio Rancho, New Mexico
"Today was a very hard day in our house. We had to say good-bye to our girl, Dakota. We know that it was for the best, she was pushing 15 and had lived her best days already. Both my husband and myself were selfishly holding on to her, not wanting the end to come. When Dr. Elizabeth showed up, she put us right at ease about the entire situation. She saw that we had a sweet, old lady dog and she did and said everything that she could to reassure us that we were making the right decision. This service was complete with compassionate words and multiple hugs for us all. She was truly the light that our family needed to see today, and for transitioning our sweet Dakota to doggie heaven, we couldn't be more thankful that she was in the hands of Dr. Elizabeth."
Meridyth PoeAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Yoshi was my Velcro pug. He was my constant companion and protector. When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, we knew we wanted to give him the dignified and honorable death he deserved. We achieved that. We love you, Yoshi. I miss you more than words and will love you forever."
Jeannie HuntAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Erin Deveau and Lap of Love. On our saddest day she was able to make saying goodbye to Tiny, our beautiful black lab mix, a loving and compassionate experience. Tiny didn't suffer and was treated with dignity and respect. Dr. Erin even helped Bonnie, Tiny's "sister" - a pitbull mix, with understanding what was happening and saying goodbye in her way. My husband and I are so grateful to Dr. Erin and Lap of Love for all of her kindness, professionalism and wonderful support."
Anna DykemanAlbuquerque, New Mexico
The compassion you had for not just my Rowdy but for us all was just amazing. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you do. My Rowdy isn't just my dog he is my child with fur. You made his passing as bearable as you could for what is mentally taking a toll on me. He went so peaceful in my arms. I couldn't ask for a more humane way to go. Thank you for all you do."
Kim DanielAlbuquerque, 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