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 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
"Our beloved standard poodle, Daisy was nearing the end of her life due to cancer. We were heartbroken and didn't want her to leave us but we were witnessing her rapid deterioration. She had such a good life with us and we didn't want her to suffer in her last days. Our Veterinarian, Dr. Alison Rhein, suggested we think about calling Dr. Heather. My husband and I talked it over with our three teenage children. We decided it would be so much better for Daisy to be with her family in the comfort and security of her own home. We were all very sad and nervous. As soon as Dr. Heather arrived, she put us at ease and made us confident that we were doing the right thing for our "baby" as she called Daisy. We were not rushed, we had a chance to talk to and about Daisy. Daisy rested on her favorite ottoman with all of us surrounding her. She was relaxed and happy to have all of us there. When the time came to say goodbye, Dr. Heather was sensitive to our need to spend some quiet time with Daisy. The whole event was beautiful, sad, peaceful, loving, and merciful for our dear Daisy. We miss her desperately but we feel we set her free in the best way possible thanks to Lap of Love."
Karla Tamburrelli-BoyleHuntington, NY
"Dr Manfredi provided a peaceful energy to our home when she came to assist with the passing of our beloved dog Gibson that helped calm us during this very sad time. She was most understanding, attentive and professional and treated Gibson with great care. Dr Manfredi and Lap of Love provide a blessed service to animals and their families in their most dire hour of need. Thank you."
Britta SiddellBaldwin, NY
"It has taken me a little while to be able to come here and talk about our experience with Lap of Love, but I knew that I had to. What these people do is TRULY Heaven sent. I have experienced losing pets in the past and have had to make the decision on more than one occasion, but NEVER AGAIN will I have any doubt as to whom I will reach out.
Lap of Love is the most incredible experience, and that's truly what it was, an experience. Dr. Heather came into my house as a stranger and left a beloved member of the family. Honestly, she could NOT have been better. She came in and went right to Matty, petting him and talking to him as she examined him. She sat right on my kitchen floor with him as she explained to me everything that she was doing and what she was about to do.
The kindness and compassion that I received, from the moment I reached out to Lap of Love, was more than I could have hoped or imagined. I initially spoke with Mary on the phone and she helped me to arrange everything. Heather arrived exactly when she said she would and, as I said, from that moment, she became a kind friend who was there to simply help us through this very difficult time.
I honestly can not say enough, yet now, given the opportunity, cannot seem to find the words to express my gratitude. I can only hope and pray that my OWN passing is as peaceful and in as loving an environment as my Matty experienced.
I know I will see him again someday and I know that he will be running and jumping again as he did when he earned the nickname "circus dog" for his crazy antics at the back door when he wanted to come in.
I miss him every single day, but I no longer have the fear or worry that I did "the right thing." When his lifestyle changed from a few bad days to a few good days, I knew, in my heart, what was happening, after all, we had been down that road before. I know that Matty was greeted on the other side by as familiar a face as he last saw on this side. I also know that he is in good company. I often go there, in my heart, when I miss him most.
Thank you, Lap of Love, but especially, thank you, Heather. We truly ALL felt at ease from the moment you entered our lives and that is NOT something that can be taught. That is just the person that you are. You have truly found your calling on this earth. I hope that other families are as comforted by your warmth, kindness, and professionalism as we have been.
Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart.
I've included a picture of my Matty and his "signature" ear shot. :)"
Chris DeLucaCoram, NY
"Dr. Heather was a welcome calm in our time of need. Our beloved Simba was diagnosed with CRF 2 weeks ago, and though her numbers dropped from the 90s to the 50s after a week at the Vet Hospital, they jumped right back into the 80s just 6 days later. Sub-Q fluids were difficult for us, but we found help. Sadly just hours after our first lesson & sub-q had been administered by a qualified person, Simba had a sudden loss of the use of her back legs. She started panting, which had not happened up to that point, and then we noticed what was clearly a blood clot symptom on a shaved leg. We started calling places at 10:30 pm to leave messages, same for emails, as this is when things turned even worse. Simba eventually lost most of the use of her front paws as well during the night, and started to have little seizures. Dr. Heather called us right away this morning and was able to help Simba end the suffering she endured all night. We said we would fight until Simba told us to stop & there was a significant loss in her quality of life. Both happened during the night. We are, obviously, beyond devastated at having to make the decision to end her suffering, but had already discussed not having her go back to the vet. it as just too stressful for her, even her doctor said so. We were so relieved that we could grant Simba the promise we made about not going back and keeping her at home, in my favorite spot, with that & us as her last earth;y visions. Dr. Heather made that happen, was very patient with us (especially me), and treated Simba as if she were her own. We will be forever grateful to her for providing our girl a calm, familiar, loving environment in which to end her suffering at such short notice, on a Sunday morning. Thank you, Dr. Heather, for making this very painful day a little easier for us to embrace."
Denise & Mike RamoRonkonkoma, 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