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 older cat Spooky, had a brother, Banjo who was a victim of Hurricane Sandy. So when Spookys time came, the decision to euthanize him was made all the more difficult because of that loss. But that decision was helped by the fact that we could cuddle and speak to him in our bedroom where he loved to sit in the sun watching the world go by. And all of this was made possible by the absolute caring, warmth and affirmation of our decision that Dr. Heather gave us. She is a genuine lovely woman that allowed Spooky (who was scared of everything thus his name) to go in peace. Thankyou for helping us and Spooky!"
cary angiulobabylon, NY
"I want to thank Dr. Manfredi and Lap of Love for providing such a wonderful service at such a difficult time. We are thankful to have had 16 beautiful years with our loving dog, Sunday and the decision to call Lap of Love was a difficult one, but you made it a beautiful moment my family will never forget. We miss him terribly, but knew it was time to end his pain. Dr. Manfredi assured us we were making the right decision, which was very important to us. I am so glad Sunday's got to spend his last moments in his home and with his family.
Thank you again. The Feeney Family"
Rosa FeeneyBrookhaven Hamlet, NY
"Dr. Heather was the most kind and compassionate person. She treated our special boy with such love at such a difficulty time. We couldn't have asked for better care for Bandit at this difficult time. Thank you so much!"
Cheryl CanianoKings Park, NY
"It has taken me over three months to write this. We lost our dog Ophelia and Dr. Heather was like our angel. Ophelia was our 11 year old Boston Terrier and a part of our family. The day we lost Ophelia was a rainy, stormy day. We knew she was at the end and her quality of life had changed drastically. I called Lap of Love on my lunch break in a desperate panic. I knew Ophie would never want to be at the vet in her last moments because she had so much anxiety there. The woman I spoke to listened to my every word and listened to me cry. She made me feel better and her words soothed me. I had to go back and teach my students after we had spoken, and I knew my decision was the right one. When I got home, I told my kids ( 7 and 9) that we needed to say goodbye to Ophie. They wrote her letters to say goodbye and so did I. My husband arrived home shortly after that. We made Ophie comfy and lit some candles. We pet her and kissed her and made sure she knew all that she had meant to us. Dr. Heather arrived in the pouring rain. She came to our porch and took off her rain boots. She came in our living room and immediately she felt like one of us. She laid down with Ophelia. She talked to us and comforted us. She asked us all about her and wanted to know about her whole life. I cried so much because I knew that was what Ophelia deserved. She had been the PERFECT dog. Ophelia always made us feel better when we were sad, she stayed by me through both of my pregnancies and she watched over my babies at all times. She was our first child. Dr. Heather allowed us to read our letters,then she made footprints for the children to keep, and we all got to say goodbye. I cannot tell you how special our last moments with Ophelia were. We owe it all to Dr. Heather and Lap of Love. Thank you for all that you have done for us and thank you for letting our baby girl be right here at the end. Where she belongs. Love to you all..xxxooo"
andrea methvenPatchogue, NY
"I had the horrible decision to put my sweet Standard Poodle Murphy down. I contacted Lap of Love just by chance on the internet-it was the best thing I ever did. Murphy who was 11 yrs old was having many problems, one of them standing-I was carrying him all over & I would do it again but I knew it wasn't fun for him! When Dr. Heather came thru my door she was a life saver! She could not have been more compassionate. She so put me & Murphy at ease. She spent time with us and my sister & nephew. Even though I wish we could have done something to keep Murphy with me, I knew he would be so much better off, out of pain and hopefully running across the Rainbow Bridge and Dr. Heather made that happen. She is one of the most compassionate people I have met in a long time. She made everything so comfortable for my family & Murphy. My sweet friend left me in my lap, he was so relaxed and not scared-he was in the comfort of his home. I can not say enough about how such an awful situation can be made so much better done at home. I will always have a special place in my heart for Dr. Heather and how she helped Murphy & I get thru this. I just had a visit from a cardinal-they say it is an angel visiting & I know it was Murphy flying free & pain free. I will always miss him, but Thank you Dr. Heather sincerely from the bottom of my heart .Debbie"
Debbie LamparielloHuntington Station, NY
"Like most animals, my 15 year old dog Tucker hated the vet. After days of him refusing to eat or drink, and finally struggling to walk on his own, we struggled with the decision to put him to sleep. I had heard of Lap of Love through a friend, and decided to give it a shot, considering we didn't want to prolong his struggling and definitely didn't want to bring him back to vet and watch him get worked up and upset. We set up an appointment with Dr. Heather Manfredi. From the moment she entered our home, it was as if she knew Tucker for years. She shook our hands and immediately sat on the floor with Tucker, who was laying in his bed in our living room, surrounded by family. She had the most soft-spoken voice, and pet and spoke to him with such grace and gentleness. She asked about Tucker's life, our other dog, and our family. She took her time with us, as we reflected on Tucker's life through tears. Even then, we couldn't help but wonder if we were making the right decision. After spending only a few moments with Tucker, she confirmed that we were, in fact, making the right decision to put our tired dog to rest. She explained to us that we were "Not shortening his life, but shortening his death," and that is something that will always give my family and I peace of mind. Never once did she make us feel rushed. The entire process was so peaceful and heartfelt. Dr. Heather explained everything she was going to do before she did it, and had the most gentle touch. When it was time to put the IV in Tucker, she shaved the hair off his paw and put it in a container for us to keep and remember him by. After finally giving him the sedative to put him to sleep, she brought clay to make a his paw imprint for my family and I. She also brought stamps with her so I could stamp his name and the date into the clay. Dr. Heather has the most kind heart and has a unique gift unlike many that I've seen. I HIGHLY, highly recommend her and her service to anybody who wants to be able to say goodbye to their beloved pet in the comfort of their own home, while keeping their pet comfortable at the same time. Thank you, Dr. Heather, we will never forget what you have done for not only us, but most importantly, for Tucker."
Taylor LoeschMassapequa, 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