PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$250

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$350

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.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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 39 pounds$200
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$300

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 three weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225

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 by the crematory. 

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 7am - 11pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.


Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.


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 veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Melanie

Melanie Santspree

From a very young age when I grew up I wanted to become a veterinarian.  Animals were drawn to me, and even the most grumpy kitty would let me evoke a few purrs.  After growing up in the small upstate New York town of Loudonville, I attended Sarah Lawrence College to pursue the unusual combination of english, studio arts, and science.  After spending some time to truly considering my calling, I returned to my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.  I spent time milking cows, working with horses, and cleaning kennels to gain experience.  I graduated from Cornell University with a bachelors in animal science and subsequently attended Michigan State University earning my doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2011. 

After graduation I returned to upstate New York and worked for five years in general practice to gain insight into the most challenging parts of what it means to truly love your pet.  It was during this time I realized that even in general practice my passion always gravitated towards caring for the elderly pet.  I aspired to help families make the difficult decision of when it was time to let go.

Through the painful loss of my own pets, and recent loss of my mother in hospice, I learned so much about how hard and complicated that journey can become for anyone.  In many ways the most important appointment is the one when the difficult decision has been made to love your beloved pet the best way you know how- by letting them go to ease their suffering.  I am honored and humbled to be able to become a part of the journey we take with our beloved companions with the dignified, painless, and loving passing they deserve- at home, in their favorite bed, or on their owner’s lap.

I have decided to dedicate my life to providing the most comfortable care for the geriatric or sick pet, and the most respectful and painless passing possible.  My goal for you- for your family- is to preserve the life time of amazing memories that comes from the intimate bond you have when you love a pet.  By providing this gift you honor your pet's life, and you honor the treasured memories they will always leave behind in your hearts.  I am grateful and honored to join the Lap of Love family serving the upstate New York area with my five year old son.  I enjoy spending time with my family, painting, drawing, music, exercise, reading, and traveling when I have time! 

About Melanie Santspree

From a very young age when I grew up I wanted to become a veterinarian.  Animals were drawn to me, and even the most grumpy kitty would let me evoke a few purrs.  After growing up in the small upstate New York town of Loudonville, I attended Sarah Lawrence College to pursue the unusual combination of english, studio arts, and science.  After spending some time to truly considering my calling, I returned to my childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.  I spent time milking cows, working with horses, and cleaning kennels to gain experience.  I graduated from Cornell University with a bachelors in animal science and subsequently attended Michigan State University earning my doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2011. 

After graduation I returned to upstate New York and worked for five years in general practice to gain insight into the most challenging parts of what it means to truly love your pet.  It was during this time I realized that even in general practice my passion always gravitated towards caring for the elderly pet.  I aspired to help families make the difficult decision of when it was time to let go.

Through the painful loss of my own pets, and recent loss of my mother in hospice, I learned so much about how hard and complicated that journey can become for anyone.  In many ways the most important appointment is the one when the difficult decision has been made to love your beloved pet the best way you know how- by letting them go to ease their suffering.  I am honored and humbled to be able to become a part of the journey we take with our beloved companions with the dignified, painless, and loving passing they deserve- at home, in their favorite bed, or on their owner’s lap.

I have decided to dedicate my life to providing the most comfortable care for the geriatric or sick pet, and the most respectful and painless passing possible.  My goal for you- for your family- is to preserve the life time of amazing memories that comes from the intimate bond you have when you love a pet.  By providing this gift you honor your pet's life, and you honor the treasured memories they will always leave behind in your hearts.  I am grateful and honored to join the Lap of Love family serving the upstate New York area with my five year old son.  I enjoy spending time with my family, painting, drawing, music, exercise, reading, and traveling when I have time! 

"Dr. Melanie was a amazing. She was so caring and empathetic. Lap of Love and Dr. Melanie were wonderful and helped me through this awful time. I am forever grateful."

Missy Wood
Clifton Park, New York

"When I called Lap of Love I spoke to Mike Mischler and I knew immediately I called the right place . Mike was wonderful, supportive and patient, I can't say enough about how much he helped me! Then Dr. Melanie came to my house to perform this act of mercy & again I was overwhelmed by the compassion, support, warmth, knowledge, and time and patience she extended to us and our almost 18 year old Shih Tzu who we adopted from APF at age 2 and was with us for over 15 years. I could not have chose a better doctor or organization. I am truly grateful."

Cynthia O'Toole
Glenville, New York

"4/15/19 was the saddest day ever. I didn’t know if I was making the right choice. I was full of doubt and guilt. Dr. Melanie Santspree walked through my door and I immediately felt I had made the right decision. She was so compassionate, loving, caring, gentle and empathetic. She explained everything step by step and made sure I was comfortable with my decision before doing anything. She gave us as much time as we needed with Cinnamon before and after. I am so thankful she came into our lives and had our Cinnamon pass comfortable and peaceful and in our home. I don’t know what I would of done without her. Thank You so much for making that day a little easier."

Lynn Southard
Rotterdam, New York

"Dr. Melanie came to our aid when things got really hard for our Minnie. Her kindness and caring, along with that of her coordinator, were truly comforting and appreciated. How fortunate we were to hear of this organization."

Pam Hamilton
Cohoes, New York

"Lap of the Love was the most amazing experience, I couldn't imagine going through this any other way.

Our sincerest Thank you."

Jenelle Benton
GLOVERSVILLE, New York

"i would to thank Dr. Melanie for all of her care and concern during our sad time. Her service with my boy made it the right hard decision and I feel that he was allowed to go without fear, as he was home and in my arms. I will forever miss my boy but I know he was able to go without fear. Thank you and thank you for all of your concern toward myself and our family."

Joel Rose
Nassau, New York

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (518) 783-3198

The Companion Animal Bereavement Group, through Upstate Veterinary Specialties

Emergency Clinic

  (518) 761-2602

The Northway Animal Emergency Clinic

Donation Location

  (518) 798-3500

ASPCA of Upstate NY in Queensbury

Emergency Clinic

  (518) 783-3198

Upstate Veterinary Specialities

Emergency Clinic

  (518) 785-1094

The Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital

Pet Loss Hotline

  (607) 253-3932

Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline

  (518) 374-3944, ext. 101

Pet Bereavement - Animal Protective Foundation

Donation Location

  (518) 434-8128

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

Donation Location

  (518) 424-1738

Homeward Bound

Out of the Pits

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the Albany areas including some or all of the following counties: Albany, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Schnectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren, Washington and Columbia. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30 - $75 based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“Macie was the best girl. She was by my side for over 18 years. She was loyal , loving and so special. She was one of a kind and I miss her everyday.”
Missy Wood
July 6, 2019
“My pretty girl, I miss you so much. The house seems so incredibly empty without you. We all miss you so very much. I know you are no longer in any pain, you are young again and you can see everything beautiful around you and that makes me so happy. You brought me so much joy and happiness. Even on my worst day you would make everything better just ...
Lynn Southard
April 17, 2019
“Minnie was our Golden Girl. She loved everybody, was a true attention hog. Her favorite room was the kitchen, and fortunately for her there was usually someone in it. We will forever love you and miss you Minnie, but know you are running again in a place where there is no door on the refrigerator.”
Pam Hamilton
March 4, 2019
“Bozwell, it's been the longest week for all of us since you've been gone. Your soul mate Kali and daughter "V" miss you terribly and haven't been the same. Hope you're running and having fun just like you did as a pup up above. Guard the Gates above big guy till I see you again, Love Mom”
Jenelle Benton
February 17, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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 2736
Glenville, New York 12325

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