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
"Words cannot express how grateful my family and I are for the extreme generosity Dr. Heather gave to us when we had to say goodbye to our Teddy. This was not an easy decision for our family. We suffered much loss this year. Teddy was a very loved guy. He was paralyzed from the waist down for about 9 years and was given an amazingly wonderful life from my mother and father in law. He was their baby! From acupuncture, to hydrotherapy to wheels... Teddy got it all!!! There was no end to what they would do to make sure he lived his best life possible. We were able to give him the peaceful goodbye he deserved and he can run free with his Dad forever. We owe all of that to Lap of Love and Dr. Heather. Thank you again from the very bottom of our hearts. It was an experience that was unexpected and will never be forgotten."
Laura ReanyRidge, NY
"I can not imagine being able to express the admiration and gratitude my husband and I have to the Lap of Love and especially Dr. Heather Manfredi. I have read the other testimonies and they are all so wonderfully accurate, and yet we feel that Dr. Heather was 100x's more wonderful than can be expressed. We have never experienced anyone better suited to the career they chose. It was time for our little sweet Beagle Charlie to get his "Angel Wings". At a few weeks shy of 14 years, 13 or them as our family member as we adopted him at around 1 year old, he was struggling with congestive heart failure and it was becoming too much for him. Dr. Heather was no less than an Angel herself. Soft and kind and loving and understanding. NO detail was unnoticed by her. She was mindful of every aspect of what we were feeling, Charlie was feeling and how meaningful this was. We were in AWE that someone could be that good and made us feel so comfortable. She took whatever time was needed to make this right. Dr Heather treated our little boy like he was the most special dog ever! We do not have words enough to thank her for helping us to let our Charlie go gently and peacefully. It was almost beautiful how sweetly he left to go over the rainbow bridge.."
Elena TricaricoMassapequa, NY
"Dr Heather was the most compassionate & caring person. She
was wonderful with my son with explaining the process of giving Sailor the remaining days, the best days of his life.
I thank you Dr Heather.
Lynn MessinaEast Setauket, NY
"Dr. Manfredi was so amazing, compassionate, patient, and knew all the right things to say at one of the most difficult times for our family. Our beloved Fizbo was able to say goodbye to this world and his family in comfortable & familiar surroundings and not a strange vet office. I have already recommended Lap of Love to all of my family and friends who have four-legged family members. Thank you Dr. Manfredi for making this awful experience something more comforting and peaceful."
Glen VogelEast Islip, NY
"My sweet, lovable furry baby was the perfect cat...she followed me around everywhere I went and made my life so enjoyable. She and I traveled all over the country together eventually settling back to Long Island. When she was recently diagnosed with mouth cancer I was in shock and not able to except the news. At only 11 years old I had always pictured her to grow old and pass of natural causes. I tried to do everything to save her as I was watching the life she loved slowly disappear. As fast as the decline happened I realized there was no other choice but to let her sleep forever. A co worker of mine mentioned Lap of Love and I called them immediately. The receptionist on the other end of the line was so sweet and caring and I was surprised she could understand what I was saying on the phone. After giving me all the information and giving me time to think about it for a little while I called her back and scheduled the service for the next day. Dr. Heather could not have been more loving and kind. She came to my house and explained everything. She let me have a lot of time with Dutchess on my lap before I was ready to let her do her work. Dutchess went to sleep on my lap the same way she did for countless times before. Dr. Heather was so sweet and comforting and spent some more time with my husband and I before leaving. I could not imagine putting her to sleep at the veterinarian it was so comfortable for everyone to do it in our home. As hard as the decision is, it’s something all loving pet owners have to face. I cannot say enough great things about Lap of Love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us through this process. My heart is still shattered but I know I made the right decision using your services."
Lisa BustamanteSayville, NY
"Biscuit was our 7 year old Golden Retriever, who passed from cancer. We wanted to personally thank Dr Heather for making Biscuit’s passing a beautiful experience. Biscuit passed in and out of our lives in too short of a time span, and takes with her all of our family memories and energies, which I know gave her comfort while she was here, and will give her comfort wherever her essence is now.
We know what Dr Heather does, hospice, is challenging, but for someone well-suited and meant for the “job” it is a natural way of being. Thank you, Dr Heather, for your genuine caring and kindness. I could sense your true and genuine love for animals and their comfort, and it made all the difference. The way you quietly moved and took care of things in the room during the experience I will always remember, and now your beautiful energy is part of our family memories. It was “just right” for Biscuit and our family.
We also wanted to thank your staff who answered the phone, who were all so very kind and attentive in meeting our needs. They are your first contact, and they projected warmth and caring on behalf of your company.
We will definitely recommend your service, your gift, to others who may find the need. A heartfelt thank you.
The Trusnovec Family,
Steve, Donna, Nick, Jenna, Trevor, and Biscuit in spirit always"
STEVE DONNA NICK JENNA TRUSNOVECYaphank, 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