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
"Our dog Bean , a beautiful 7yr. old lab, was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure and shocked the entire family. Although we knew she was very sick, she would still wag her tail and beg for food. Being heartbroken, we were hoping it was all a mistake.
I made a phone call to Lap of Love and received nothing but kindness as I wept uncontrollably on the phone telling my story. It was explained that a hospice vet could make a house-call and discuss Bean's diagnosis and euthanize her if necessary. Needing guidance and reassurance that I was doing the right thing, I made the appointment. We anxiously waited for the vet to arrive on the scheduled day.
Dr. Heather arrived and a feeling of calm overcame my family. Bean greeted her with lots of wet kisses which she embraced. She asked about our relationship with Bean and about her life. She then explained the medical diagnosis of kidney failure and what Bean was feeling. We knew immediately that we were doing the right thing by ending her suffering. Dr. Heather explained what would take place and was so compassionate and patient. She stroked , hugged and kissed Bean as if it were her own dog.
Bean died a very peaceful death with her whole family around her. Although losing a pet is such a painful experience, Dr. Heather made it bearable and a special tribute to a beautiful friend and family member. She was not only Bean's angel that day, but my
entire family. We will never forget what you did for us and Bean!"
Laurene FargnoliWest Islip, NY
"We are so thankful for finding Lap of Love and Dr. Heather. You provide a unique and wonderful service for pet owners at one of the most difficult times we must sometimes deal with. We want to express our gratitude and support for your kind and humane assistance. Our hearts are content knowing that Sunny’s last moments at home were peaceful, and Sunny was able to transition into the afterlife without discomfort from his illness which had quickly taken over his body just three weeks prior.
Sunny, a young, handsome orange tabby cat was left at a shelter I had volunteered at and immediately I knew he was meant to come home with me and my husband to join our kitty Starrina and pup Dasher. Sunny was such a sweet boy, always giving my husband and I equal time of affection and love. He loved to talk and he had the loudest purr we have ever heard. Although he has had some health issues along the way, it was nothing we could not handle. Sunny shared over 12.5 years of his happy loving life with us. He was a very special kitty who showed love and affection to everyone.
Dr. Heather is truly an Angel. Although it will take time, we will heal much better knowing that Sunny spent his last days/moments in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family and love. He will forever be in our hearts and memories. Dr. Heather made a special paw print for us to keep and it is now in our glass display cabinet so that we can feel Sunny's presence always. Thank you Dr. Heather M.
With warmest regards, Donna & Keith"
Donna and Keith KaufmanSaint James, NY
"There is really not much that my family or I can say to take away the pain in losing a loved pet whom we considered a huge part of our family for over 16 years. Meisha was the best first pet we could have ever asked for, she sat and stayed and gave paw and never went to the bathroom in our home or ever laid on the furniture, but more importantly she was there when we were sad or mad or in need of alot of love. She was a pet who never failed to make you smile, she was the best sort of company you never knew you needed. It was the hardest decision in the world to say goodbye to her but my family had agreed it was time to let her go. Dr. Heather helped make this super sad experience a little easier for us. She treated us and Meisha like we were her family and we are so grateful to have found her. I hope anyone reading this can understand the weight that she had lifted off our shoulders just by sitting in our company for 2 hours, saying all the right things and holding Meisha through the process, Thank you for helping us find peace Dr. Heather, you are very much appreciated"
Nicole O'LearyLindenhurst, NY
"Otis was an amazing dog. We have three, and trust me when I say he was the most laid back and chill dog. Like any Hound/Retriever mix, he loved running around the yard. In March when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma we had a choice with Lap of Love or amputation. We opted to go the route of amputation and give him as many more months as we could so long as he was pain free. Lap of Love was involved and touched base with us every few weeks just to make sure Otis was doing well which I was so thankful for as our own vet never once called us or returned our calls. Otis' recovery was great, seeing how well he adapted to three legs was even more astounding, but that was the kind of dog, always a fighter. When Otis began having pain and almost instantly stopped walking, we knew right away we had to call Lap of Love. Dr. Heather was able to come out the same day we called. Dr. Heather was great, we were all set up outside sitting on the ground with Otis and Dr. Heather walked in and sat down on the ground with us. The way she was so sweet to Otis put us all at ease. Dr. Heather was absolutely amazing and I am so glad my sister found Lap of Love online because I would not have wanted Otis to be put down any other way, not in a sterile room on a metal table or on a cold tile floor. I've been through euthanasia before with my sisters cat in the vet's office and it was a horrible experience, it feels so much colder. Being able to be there with Otis, outside on the grass which was his favorite spot was all I could ask for and more when it comes to such a terribly sad moment. Please please please go with Lap of Love if your pet is in need of going to doggy heaven. It makes a big difference in how they feel, and how you feel.
Thank you again Lap of Love and Dr. Heather."
Tiffany JohnEast Meadow, NY
"Our hearts were breaking watching our 14 year old chocolate lab Buca as she tried to move, stand and eat. We knew her body was failing, she was in pain and had little quality of life. We were given Dr. Heather's name and number from a member of the NYPD K-9 team. I knew instantly that I liked her and more importantly, that she loved animals.
Dr Heather literally climbed atop of the closet/landing where our precious girl was laying in order to keep Buca in her most comfortable position possible. She was unwavering in her determination to get close to Buca and provide her the most intimate care. The time, patience, compassion and care she showed to Buca and to us was indescribable. I have never met anyone so humble, graceful and warm. Dr Heather's kindness, her fortitude and expertise will not be forgotten. She is an example for ALL veterinarians when dealing with end of life decision making for pets. Curious about this brave woman and her chosen profession, I asked if "this" type of work is what she did all day. Dr. Heather replied sincerely and without hesitation that it is her HONOR to help pets in their final days or hours. It was the most heartfelt, genuine and honest answer. We were truly honored to have met Dr. Heather."
Danielle GirimonteCommack, NY
"We are so thankful for finding Lap of Love and Dr. Heather. You provide a unique and wonderful service for pet owners at one of the most difficult times we must sometimes deal with. We want to express our gratitude and support for your kind and humane assistance.
Our hearts are content knowing that Sunny’s last moments at home were peaceful and he was able to transition into the afterlife without discomfort from his illness which had quickly taken over his body just three weeks prior.
Sunny, a young, handsome orange tabby cat was left at a shelter I had volunteered at and immediately I knew he was meant to come home with me and my husband to join our kitty Starrina and pup Dasher. Sunny was such a sweet boy, always giving my husband and me equal time of affection and love. He loved to talk and he had the loudest purr we have ever heard. Although he has had some health issues along the way, it was nothing we could not handle. Sunny shared over 12.5 years of his happy loving life with us. He was a special kitty who showed love and affection to everyone.
Dr. Heather is truly an Angel. Although it will take time, we will heal much better knowing that Sunny spent his last days/moments in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family and love. He will forever be in our hearts and memories. Dr. Heather made a special paw print for us to keep and it is now in our glass display cabinet so that we can feel Sunny’s presence always. Thank you Dr. Heather.
With warmest regards,
Donna & Keith"
Donna & Keith KSaint James, 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