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.
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.
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 want to thank Dr. Kristine for being patient and kind. She explained the whole process to us and was caring and gave us the time we needed. Our loving Rascal fell asleep in our daughters arms peacefully. I highly recommend Lap of Love. Thanks again for Dr. Kristine's compassion during our time of sadness"
Steven PaulsenLevittown, NY
"As our hearts broke at the thought of letting go of our Lily, I knew it was best for her to be in her happy place, her home. My vet recommended Lap of Love. From the compassion I received over the phone and the kindness, patience and love we received from Dr. Heather, one of our darkest hours was wrapped in comfort and warmth. Lily died with dignity and we were given love and comfort along the way. I can not recommend Dr. Heather and Laps of Love enough, if you are forced to make that difficult choice."
Mia SchwartzPlainview, NY
"It was one of the worst days, the day we had to make the heart-breaking decision to end Boo Radley’s suffering. I will be forever grateful for Lap of Love, an organization dedicated to helping families cope with this most devastating day. I am even more grateful for the compassion shown by Dr. Kristine Campanelli during our time of grief. Dr. Kristine is a warm, caring, sympathetic veterinarian. She sat with me & my husband to learn a little bit about our dear fur baby, Boo Radley. She listened between all our tears. She never made us feel like we were being weak or silly. She fully understood exactly what we were experiencing. Dr. Kristine understood the bond we make with our furry family members. She treated Boo with respect. She gave us space to cry & grieve after Boo passed. She cared for his remains with love, kindness & compassion. She offered to make herself available if we needed any additional support. Words just don’t do justice to our experience with Dr. Kristine or with Lap of Love. We thank Dr. Kristine from the bottom of our hearts. 🙏🏻❤️🐾"
Irene HalpinCenterport, NY
"It's hard to express in words my gratitude to Lap of Love Veterinarian, and Dr. Kristine Campanelli. On November 08, 2018, Dr. Campanelli was called to our home after my wife and I had to make the heart wrenching decision to have our 11 yr old beloved Doberman, Diva put to rest. Dr. Campanelli arrived at our door with a soft knock rather than the conventional ring of the bell. That small touch of consideration kept Diva calm in her bed and our other two dogs from getting excited, barking, and running to the door. Dr. Campanelli treated us with compassion, explained the process thoroughly, and gave us all the time we needed to say our emotional last goodbye's. Dr. Campanelli was like having a good friend over at a very difficult time, rather than a Dr. making a house call. Thank you so much Dr. Campanelli for making us feel like this was not business for you and thank you to Lap of Loves for partnering with true professionals like Dr. Campanelli.
Bobby and Toni Falisi"
Bobby FalisiBaiting Hollow, NY
"My boy Bryan was diagnosed with Lymphoma. I contacted Lap of Love many times over the 10 weeks between his diagnosis and his passing. Every phone call, every email, was answered with kindness and compassion. I felt like I was talking to my good friend instead of someone I had not met yet. Bryan was a 100lb, deaf pit bull, and sometimes reactive to people he didn't know. Hated going to the vet, and for the entire time he was in my life, I worried about his end of life experience. I was dead set against taking him to the vet and upsetting him and then having him euthanized. Lap of Love was an answer to my prayers.
The day I realized that his time had come, I contacted Lap of Love. They set me up for a mid morning appointment. Dr. Heather called me when she was on her way. I told her to just come into the house and into my office. I was able to position Bryan with his back end toward the doorway of my office, so he never even knew she came in. He was laying down on his favorite bed, eating rotisserie chicken as she gave him the first injection. My sweet boy just went to sleep doing what he loved best-eating one of his favorite things. He never saw her, never got upset or anxious, just drifted off to sleep. The level of caring and compassion shown to me and Bryan by Dr. Heather was amazing. She gave me all the time I needed, before and after, to spend with him. Very considerate, offering to leave the room and leave me alone with my beloved boy to say goodbye. She was so kind and soothing to me also, very comforting. So respectful in her handling of the situation and his body afterwards. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Heather and Lap of Love. She truly was an answer to my prayers, and I cannot thank her enough. See below, a pic of my Bryan in healthier times."
Nancy MeansFarmingville, NY
"Dr. Heather is a caring professional when It came to helping us with this transition. Throughout this process she was caring and gave us all the time we needed with Baby Socks. There was no pressure and she did not rush into anything. She herself spent time with Baby Socks which made this day really special for the both of us. Our little boy was really sick and we didn’t want to let him go, but we knew we had to let go and Dr. Heather helped us with the transition."
Debbie ColonMoriches, 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