Long Island - Nassau & Suffolk Counties
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 for an additional fee.
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 in a pet cemetery called Field of Dreams.
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 7am - 11pm. 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.
Heather Manfredi, DVM
I have always been fascinated by critters, both big and small. As a longtime equestrian, I understood the strength of the human-animal bond that deepens as you tend and care for an animal that becomes a part of your family and your heart. I incorporated that passion and love into a career when I happily graduated veterinary school from University of Florida in 2006. In the beginning of my veterinary career, I worked as an ambulatory veterinarian for large and small animals in sunny Florida, the state in which I grew up. I expanded my experience by practicing in Kansas City, MO, where I treated a myriad of animals ranging from dogs and cats to sheep and llamas! Throughout my tenure as a veterinarian, my primary goal is to help people understand the needs of their pets, both for wellness and preventative health, and during times of illness and disease.
I currently live on Long Island to pursue a life closer to my loved ones. I enjoy all that Long Island has to offer including spending time outside boating, at the beach, enjoying craft beer, visiting museums and community festivals, and horseback riding. I'm a parent to both two-legged and four-legged babies: Haden, my teenage son; Jewel, my 10 year-old Jack Russell terrier; and Ozzy, my 8 year-old Abyssinian cat. I'm grateful to have an opportunity to visit families in their homes and help them walk through their options when dealing with end of life decisions.
Kristine Campanelli, DVM
I started out as a veterinary technician 20 years ago and knew I would be involved with taking care of animals and their families for the rest of my life.
I earned my DVM degree from Ross University in 2002 and returned home to Long Island to practice small animal medicine. I returned home with Cricket, a tabby cat, and Marvin, a kititian hound, who I adopted during my second semester on the island of St. Kitts. They were great companions to each other and me during my school career. They adapted well to life in the states and lived long, happy lives and each succumbing to a different illness as they grew old together. Marvin developed congestive heart failure and Cricket developed kidney failure. I learned a great deal caring for them and ensuring they had an excellent quality of life, with medications and diet to maintain their heart and kidney function. It was a difficult decision when the time came but my family and I were there with them at the very end to say good bye. I know Marvin was there to greet Cricket at the Rainbow Bridge and my hope is that they are romping around together just like they used to in our living room.
Being in private practice, you watch a patient grow up and grow old. We help patients and their families manage their illnesses on a daily basis but at the very end it comes down to an unfamiliar and stressful place. Many of my pet parents have told me they would prefer the home environment, something I was not able to provide at that time. That is why Lap of Love is so special - keeping pets and their families in a comfortable setting and loving environment. I am blessed to be able to help families through this difficult time in their lives.
Heather Manfredi, DVM
"My boxer just shy of 14 years old, Ginger's health was failing. She had been battling lymphoma and bad arthritis in rear legs and hip. I was devastated to have to let her go and she always hated going to the vets office. Once hearing about Lap of Love, I realized this would be the best option for Ginger. Dr. Manfredi was extremely caring and made my girl Ginger, along with my family at ease with the entire process. Ginger went in peace and Dr. Manfredi treated her with such dignity in her last moments and after she had passed. I highly recommend her to use during this hard and painful process. Thank you again Dr. Manfredi for caring and helping us through this time."
Erin RyanSmithtown, NY
"Dr. Kristine Campanelli was amazing. Very caring and sweet she made the process a beautiful experience and I thank her for that."
Theresa TedescoBohemia, NY
"This was one the most difficult decisions to make, however Lap of Love made it much easier. I would not change anything. The information provided by the website was so helpful to help us come to terms that it was time. Daisy was having many more bad days than good. She passed away peacefully on my lap, in our home with our family present and not on a cold exam table. Dr. Manfredi was wonderful. She was so supportive and calming, making a very difficult day bearable. Dr. Manfredi and the Lap of Love team were there for us before, during and after Daisy's passing offering assistance. We can't say thank you enough. If we ever have to face this again, I would not think twice about calling Lap of Love."
Patricia PosillicoMelville, NY
"The day we had hoped would never arrive sadly came. Our beloved dog Riley was dying. We tried all we could to save her, but it was apparent she was not responding. We called our Vet and she recommended Lap of Love. We called them and explained what was happening and they agreed to assist us. We were given a time for Dr. Heather's arrival. As we waited Riley's condition worsened and her suffering increased. We called again, and after hearing about Riley, Dr Heather made arrangements to arrive 2 hours before our previously arranged time. Upon her arrival she immediately comforted Riley with soothing words and positioning her in a way where she relaxed. Dr. Heather administered Riley a sedative and she went to sleep almost immediately. Riley was now breathing normally and peacefully. She remained that way for about 20 minutes and we were able to soothe and speak gently to her. Dr. Heather then administered the IV which would help Riley cross that bridge, which she did painlessly. Lap of Love and Dr. Heather made a terrible situation so much more bearable. I highly recommend these wonderful people."
Paul NowickiEast Patchogue, NY
"Dr Heather Manfredi was the best. The experience we had and care she gave our best friend at such a sad and heart breaking time was amazing and very comforting. Dr Manfredi was so calm and patient and has a warning heart. I couldnt have asked for a more caring vet and she delicately handled our loved one to the end. I highly recommend Dr Heather Manfredi to anyone in this precious time. Thank You Dr. Manfredi."
Todd ColabellaCoram, NY
"I can’t say enough about Lap of Love and Dr. Heather. It was a difficult decision to put our beloved Blue down, but having it done at home, on my lap was our final gift to him. He didn’t have to get in the car and be nervous driving to the vet. He died in the home he loved and with his family around him. Dr. Heather didn’t rush us, answered all our questions and was very supportive. I am so at peace with the decision to use Lap of Love."
Christine GammelLynbrook, NY
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
East End Veterinary Emergency Center
Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists
Animal Emergency Service
ASPCA Grief Hotline
Helping families in the following areas:
Our veterinarians proudly serves Long Island - including most of Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$75 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 LoveHeather Manfredi, DVMP.O. Box 225Deer Park, NY 11729
Lap of LoveKristine Campanelli, DVMP.O. Box 116Mount Sinai, NY 11766