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.
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
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
"As heart wrenching as this process was for us, Dr. Kristine’s care and concern made it better than we could have hoped for. Because of Dr. Kristine, our precious Lola left this world peacefully, surrounded by love. We never felt rushed, as she patiently explained the process and gave us all the time we needed to say goodbye. We were so touched by all of the small but extra special details Dr. Kristine provided. On top of being so kind during such a difficult time, Dr. Kristine created a mold of Lola’s paw, saved locks of Lola’s fur, wrote a memorial, and sent us a touching card. We are so grateful that she could bring comfort to an otherwise awful time in our lives. Thank you Dr. Kristine and Lap of Love!"
Jeanna MSouth Setauket, NY
"It was so heartbreaking to say goodbye to my 2 senior dogs on the same day – my best friends who saw me through everything these past 11 years of my life. Avoiding the car ride and coordination of moving 2 large dogs through a waiting area, one of which who could not walk on his own, removed a great deal of stress for all of us. My dear pups also didn't have to arrive to one of the few places they disliked - a vet's office, which would have certainly raised their anxiety levels. However, those 2 huge benefits from not having to leave home were completely outweighed by the compassionate tone set by Dr Heather right upon her arrival – which made all the difference during this heart-wrenching day. Throughout the process, it was so peaceful and comfortable for my sweet dogs, while also providing an environment where I could be a source of love and support for them, as they’ve been unwavering for me their entire lives. Choosing Lap of Love was the best decision I could have made while making a very difficult decision – thank you Dr Heather."
Rich ReillyKings Park, NY
"My heart is so broken having to do this for the second time in less than 8 months. It's a terribly painful decision to make, even when you know it's the right thing to do. Lap of Love was there for me last August (2016) and again less than a month ago, in March. Dr Heather was kind and compassionate - listening to me carefully, while lending comfort to a painful situation. Lady Jane was the sweetest dog and deserved a respectful, gentle end. She was able go peacefully in my arms, in her own home. I am very grateful to Lap of Love and Dr Heather for helping me manage one of the saddest days of my life."
Lisa BedfordNesconset, NY
"This was a brutal experience but Heather made it bearable. Her compassion, her patience and genuine interest all made the sadness bearable. You never want to say good bye but there is no better way to do it than with Lap of Love. I could not have asked for a more caring and loving send of for sweet Nala Bear. Thank you soooooo much."
Nick IronsMineola, NY
"Dear Dr Heather Manfredi,
We were blessed when you came into our lives during such a heartbreaking time. I prayed for peace and I got you, an answered prayer. You made something that was so painful more bearable. My beloved Copper needed someone with your compassion and warm heart. You cried with me and that is something I can never forget. Your love that you showed us can never be repaid . I was able to be with my beloved fur baby at the time when he needed me the most. I needed to hold him close and with your help I was able to do that. My heart is raw but I have peace knowing that he was treated with the upmost kindness and care from you. Thank you for what you gave us."
Lisa SavinoRonkonkoma, NY
"Thank you is not nearly enough to express my family's gratitude for Dr Heather and the entire Lap of Love team. When I first called Lap of Love, the caring and respect was just amazing. I immediately knew we were making the right choice. You were all patient, understanding and informative. When Dr. Heather came to our door, our fears were eased. Heather clearly loves animals and their humans. She gave us all the time we needed, talked to us about our Maggie, walked us carefully through the process and continued to remind us of the gift we were giving our beloved family member. She talked to us like we had been friends for years, and we didn't even realize that she was also respectfully gathering information to share with the world in a beautiful online tribute.
Thank you so much for everything, we could not have made a better choice for our Maggie.
The Danziger Family"
Michael DanzigerNesconset, 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