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
"To Dr. Heather,
We want to sincerely express our gratitude and thanks to Dr. Heather and The Lap of Love. We were blessed to have found you. It is heartbreaking to have a beloved pet get old and we selfishly want to hold on to them. Our precious Madison was 14 years old, suffering from heart disease and unable to walk. We were not sure what we were going to do because of our situation, but with Dr. Heather's help and assistance she allowed our family to make the right decision for Madison. We want you to know how much we valued your honesty, consideration and sensitivity. Having Madison by our side for the last 14 years, we knew we would miss her dearly. However, the feelings we felt upon the loss of our cherished princess were quite unprepared.
Your love and respect for animals is apparent and we appreciated that.
Thank you very much for your kindness, your compassion and your sympathy.
Love The Collins Family"
Staci CollinsBay Shore, NY
"Dr Kristine was amazing. She made this process easier by her compassion and patience. Thanks"
Debbie PersramDeer Park, NY
"My family and I had to make the most difficult decision to part with our dog recently. Our dog, a little chihuahua named Spanky, was suffering from cancer and had deteriorated rapidly. Spanky stopped eating and had lost interest in pretty much everything. She struggled to get out of bed and even to walk. It was heartbreaking seeing her decline and suffer. Our family vet suggested we reach out to Lap of Love when the time came to end her suffering. It was the most heart-wrenching call I had to make but the people at Lap of Love were so kind and sympathetic. They took the time to listen and helped me to make an appointment with Dr. Heather Manfredi. Dr. Heather came to house the next day and she was full of love and kindness. She met Spanky and comforted her. Dr. Heather is so compassionate and patient. She sat with us to discuss the process and answered our questions and concerns. When the time came, Dr. Heather helped Spanky passed peacefully. She laid in my mom's arms and was surrounded with love. Having Dr. Heather there really made the most painful process a little less painful. Dr. Heather helped us through a heartbreaking process and her calm, loving presence made such a difference. I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Dr. Heather and the Lap of Love organization. The service they provide is invaluable. Words cannot express my gratitude."
Karen ChengSouth Setauket, NY
"Thank you so much for the service you provided our family. You were so kind and nurturing and you helped Molly feel as comfortable as possible. I don't think we could have had a better person help us through this difficult time. Thank you also for your kind words about Molly and for helping us reminisce on our time we were so lucky to spend with her. You are truly amazing at your job and we appreciate you and your services, you helped us gain closure with the fact that we did the right thing. Thank you endlessly."
Meghan TrancheffOakdale, NY
"I was so torn with euthanizing our Ozzie. He was almost 16 years old, had so many health issues.
It was time--but so hard. I battled with myself for the 5 days from when I made my appt to the DAY.
Dr. Manfredi showed up, so loving, calm, caring--and made me feel so much better about my decision.
It was my husband and our two GREAT friends, and Dr. Manfredi speaking in the kitchen and Ozzie was just laying near us. Compared to having to bring Oz to the vet-Oz had so a hard time going to the vet-even the car ride was so stressful for him, as he just falls over.
Then when we get to the Vet. Then he is shaking, panting and sheds his hair.
But with LAP OF LOVE, we were in our home, in the living room, Oz's favorite place, his little warm and cozy bed.
Thank you Dr. Manfredi for helping us thru such a sad time.
Some people I know said --just go the vet-so much cheaper. NO WAY! ever again--this is SO WORTH the extra monies to be in the comfort of your home.
Thank you again..Lap of Love."
JAN HEEBERBOHEMIA, NY
"Dear Dr. Heather,
There are no words to thank you for what you did for us on one of the worst days we have ever spent. Only 24 hours prior to your visit, I sat on the floor with Sophie's head in my lap, knowing what was ahead, and so dreading having to carry her into the car to spend her last moments in the place she disliked most of all. I am so grateful that my husband had heard of your angelic service, and that we were able to find you. I don't believe we would have been able to truly say good bye and to send Sophie to heaven in the same way if we were not in our home, holding onto her in her bed (which she loved).
In the days following your visit, I told everyone I possibly could about our experience (which I will continue to do forever). For what was one of the saddest experiences of our lives, we look back on that day now and feel the peacefulness and dignity that you brought to Sophie's passing. You are truly an angel on earth. I wish you every blessing as you continue this amazing work.
Jennifer KellyKings Park, 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