PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

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$250
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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$150
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$300

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! 

"Tucker loved being outdoors more than anything. Lap of Love provided us with the opportunity to say good bye to our darling doggy in the freedom of the outdoors in his favorite field, and next to his favorite walking path into the woods. Lap of Love truly understood our desire to allow our dog every last moment where he wanted to be, surrounded by love."

Samantha Fullerton
Argyle, New York

"Thank you Dr Melanie Santspree for all you did to help both Monkey, my sweet, sweet cat, and myself through this very painful time. Dr Melanie arrived at our home (after much support from the wonderful hospice professionals you will ever encounter ! They each helped me through this process of deciding if and when to make an impossible decision! )

Dr Melanie knew exactly what I needed in support and in knowledge to help me understand my decision. She explained exactly how she would assist sweet Monkey and he was truly taken care of in the most loving way I can imagine. His passing was made easier with Dr Melanie’s incredible care!

It’s wonderful when you encounter someone who knows their work so well and takes care of you so well! . I will never forget how much she helped us both, as well as my whole family!"

Mary Crain
Saratoga Springs, New York

"I have experienced dying and death many times, both in my human and my animal family, both young and old, and it’s never easy. It’s always painful. It’s always a process. But this time was different. I’m not sure why, maybe because my sweet cat, Monkey, was always my baby , because he alway acted like a kitten for all his 10 years with us, maybe because his illness lasted 7 months and I really thought he was cured and would be fine , and it certainly was different in that I needed more help then I’ve ever needed before. In all the comings and goings to my regular Vet and the specialized Vet a helpful office manager mentioned Lap of Love. I reluctantly called to “ just see what they offered” and I had no idea that I would instantly receive the most incredible support I can imagine. I spoke to 4 different people, Mikki, Courtney, Amanda and Camila. Each time these 4 professionals knew what help I needed and how to help me even when I myself didn’t know! That is truly a gift from beyond! And when Dr Melanie Santspree arrived at our home it was more of the same! I’m a nurse and I know a true professional when I meet one! These 5 woman were incredible and their voices and care will always be a memory in my heart and how they helped me and Monkey through this time.

Grief to me feels like waves crashing over you while you try to steady yourself but still feel their force. I had all of you standing beside me, holding hands as those waves crashed into me and you helped me withstand the big ones!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ❤️"

Mary Crain
Saratoga Springs, New York

"Thank you so much for all of your kind words!!! That is so appreciated!! We were happy that you were so inviting to us as well!! We were more at ease with you explaining every single thing to us!! The moment she passed, that sun went right thru the window....what a wonderful memory to be a part of,!!! Ty so much from all of our hearts!! If your services are ever needed by us again or ANYONE, I would recommend you in a heart beat!!! You truly are a God send!!! TY so much for making things easier on us as much as possible!! Not everyone can do what u do...it's a very hard job!! Thank you to God for special pple like u!! 🙏😇 You are def one in a million!!!🤗❤️🐶😘"

Desiree Cozzolino
Fort Plain, New York

"I am so glad I was able to use Lap of Love for Queenie's journey across the rainbow bridge. It enable us to be at the home she knew and loved and was surrounded by the ones that loved her. If I had tried to get her to the vet, it would have been stressful and traumatic for both of us and my daughters would not have had the opportunity to say goodbye. Dr. Mel was so comforting (even tho she didn't feel well herself) and was patient with us as we came closer to the time. And even after, when I could not stop telling Queen what a good girl she was and how much I am going to miss her and thanking her for taking care of me, Dr Mel did not rush us thru and let us grieve and say goodbye how we needed to."

Kathy Weyl
Rotterdam, New York

"I'm glad I chose Lap of Love to euthanize my beloved cat Missy. Dr Melanie was very sympathetic; and she was very gentle with Missy. I believe this was the best thing for Missy. I think of her all the time; and sorely miss her. She was by my side for 15 years.

After she was euthanized; Missy was gently placed in a lovely basket and covered with a blanket. She looked like she was peacefully sleeping. Thank you Dr Melanie Santspree and Lap of Love for making this experience as easy as possible for my sweet

cat and me.

Alfreda Lynch"

ALFREDA LYNCH
Latham, 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

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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
“Dear Tucker, you were the best thing that ever happened to me. I miss you every day. You saved me. And you taught me to love. Please Tucker, know that I love you more than anything in the world... thank you for sharing your life with me.”
Samantha Fullerton
December 7, 2019
“There are so many memories that I cannot limit it to one. The most important thing to note is that she came to me when I needed her the most and that she gave me more than I ever could give her.”
Kathy Weyl
November 6, 2019
“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear sweet Pomeranian, Jinx. Jinx made her way to cross Rainbow Bridge on Friday 09/13/2019 under the full moon. Jinx was born on 04/01/2004, and was 15 years old.
Jinx, you were our wonder dog, and everyday of the 15 plus years you were with us were a gift. We are amazed by how much ...
Carol Smith-Barrell
September 20, 2019
“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
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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