North Carolina, The Triangle
All services provided 7 days a week 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 charges for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 pounds, 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 guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, and birds. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The cremains are contained in a lovely wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within 4 business days.
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 by the crematory on the family farmland in Chatham County.
For pets over 99 pounds, special arrangements will need to be made for transport. Other fees apply for pets over 200 pounds.
Lap of Love veterinarians do their best to assist families when needed. We help families 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm. The Care Coordinators or the Doctors will answer your calls from 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 5pm Friday to Sunday. We encourage you to avoid a crisis situation and schedule an appointment before your pet takes a downturn. But sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so same day appointments are almost always possible with a few hours notice. If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or see Emergency Clinic information under Local Resources.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
Growing up on Long Island, I was the kid taking care of the baby bird that fell from the nest, rescuing the turtles from the road, walking the neighbors’ dogs for fun, volunteering to clean cages at the shelter. I moved to North Carolina to attend Guilford College in Greensboro and have lived in the Triangle since graduating from Guilford. I have been a small animal veterinarian since 1997 after graduating from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. I am married and have two growing boys, two dogs, and three cats. Our dog Lydia, a hound dog mix, was rescued in the mountains of NC with her littermates and she loves camping and boating. Our Australian Cattle Dog puppy, Luna Blu, was rescued and re-homed to us as a result of ingesting rat bat in Tennessee. She is smart and high energy! Our 3 cats from 3 different litters, were bottle fed by myself and my husband, and are full of personality.
As a small animal veterinarian, I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy. I am one of fewer than 100 veterinarians worldwide, who has recently become a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian, after completing an 18 month intensive program. Positively impacting the lives of my clients and their pets gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. I take great pleasure in the relationships that I have built serving clients.
I am honored to serve my clients in a way that eases their grief and their pet’s life as peacefully as possible. Lap of Love allows me to help my patients move on to a place with no tears. Neither the family nor the pet should be in an anxious position at that very last moment. I try to create an experience so that it's the very best that a bad moment can be. If the pet can be kept comfortable and his or her quality of life maintained through nursing care and pain management, then pet owners may be able to extend the quality time they have with their cherished companions. Every being deserves a comfortable end. Having the pet at home enables the animal maximum comfort, hospice care allows the pet to enjoy the last days of life in familiar surroundings in the company of loved ones, and it allows the family to have more time with their pet and prepare for the loss of this beloved family member.
As a child, growing up in Albany, New York, my dream was to become a veterinarian. During my undergraduate studies at Cornell University, I was interested in all areas of veterinary medicine ranging from large animals to zoo to exotic animals. Once I started vet school, I discovered my interest was greatest for companion animals. I graduated from Washington State University and then moved to Virginia to begin working at a small animal practice. After being there for a few years, my husband, a South Carolina native, and I decided to move our family to the Triangle for its beauty and family atmosphere.
I've always found senior and hospice care to be very rewarding and an important part of veterinary medicine. When I discovered Lap of Love, I knew it was my calling. Being able to help pets cross the Rainbow Bridge and ease their suffering is such a privilege. It's my honor to be there for families and help them say goodbye to their beloved pets at home with love and dignity.
From the time I was very young, I was surrounded by four legged companions of all types including horses, dogs, cats, and pocket pets. My love for animals and science lead me to become a veterinarian. In 1987 I graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation, I enjoyed 17 years in small animal practice and 11 years as a shelter veterinarian. I have had the pleasure to care for many pets throughout their entire lives, and I have a special fondness for grey faced patients. I currently share my home with my husband Joel, Flint, our German Wire Haired Pointer, our three Boston Terriers, Russell, Summer, and Davis, who are also my agility partners, and two tuxedo cats, Carl and Deiter.
Our animal companions add so much joy and warmth to our lives. Dealing with end of life decisions can be very difficult. I feel blessed to be in a position to help families be as comfortable as possible with their choices. Euthanasia should be, and can be peaceful and compassionate. Saying good bye at home is the ultimate gift of love.
Dana Lewis, DVM, CHPV
"Dr. Dana arrived and was very comforting to the whole family.
She made the process as simple and caring as possible.
We highly recommend Dr. Dana."
Helena PerlmanDurham, North Carolina
"Dr. Betsy was great. She explained everything to us beforehand and made the process as peaceful as possible. She was understanding and patient with us all saying our goodbyes."
Lauren SalmonSanford, North Carolina
"After discovering the real reason for our Sadie's continuing decline in health, it was a very difficult decision to end her life because she seemed so normal in so many ways. However we knew she was struggling and that she was experiencing pain and it was heartbreaking to see her become more despondent. We did not really want her to die in an environment that she had grown to feel so much anxiety about since she had spent so many months visiting the vet's office. A family member told us about vet's that come to your home to perform the euthanasia service, so we researched and found Lap of Love and made the appointment.
Dr. King arrived at our home on that day and we immediately felt at ease with the whole process. She explained what was going to happen and made sure we were all comfortable and allowed us time to say our goodbyes. It was a very tender moment with our sweet Sadie and she just quietly went to sleep in our arms without having to experience any anxiety.
Although very hard, the whole experience was over in less than an hour and I could not believe how much easier it was to bear than our previous experience with another dog's death. Thank you, Lap of Love, for the tremendous compassion that you show to your patients and their families."
Carolyn JacksonKnightdale, North Carolina
"Many thanks to Dr. Betsy for her compassionate care of our beloved Lizzie. She made a very difficult time bearable and treated our Lizzie with dignity and respect. We could not have done this any other way. I am so thankful that a friend had mentioned Lap of Love to me before it was necessary. Thank you so much Dr. Betsy."
Kitty KabatCary, North Carolina
"We are so thankful for Dr. Dana Lewis and her ability to come to our house last minute to help us through this difficult time, even during the start of a hurricane! We were so worried we would have to take our sweet Patch to an emergency veterinary hospital for her last day with us, which would have put so much stress on her. Luckily Dana called us back and was able to come out to our house. She was very thorough with the process and showed great compassion. I would highly recommend her and Lap of Love for someone facing this difficult time. Thank you!"
Wanda MillsApex, North Carolina
"This was my very first experience with putting a pet down and I felt just awful. I knew I couldn't keep my sweet boy Matt with me forever but I also knew I would miss him terribly, so letting go was hard. But he let me know it was his time. Thankfully Dr. Dana was able to go through the process with me, taking time to let me ask questions. She was very caring and comforting. I am so grateful she was available to help me say goodbye in such a peaceful way."
Nancy LopezDurham, North Carolina
Pet Loss Support and Emergency Hospitals
APEX: Amy Benton Moulds, MEd, NCC, Lifescapes Counseling
Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Cary
CARY: Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LPC
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Cary
HOLLY SPRINGS: Hugh Willard, MEd, LPC
Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Holly Springs
Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Durham
DURHAM: Center for All Seasons, Steve Bradley-Bull, LPC, MEd, MA
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Durham
CARRBORO: Bree Kalb, LCSW
Eastern Carolina Vet Emergency, Wilson
HILLSBOROUGH: Unicorn Bereavement Center Triangle Hospice
Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care, Raleigh
RALEIGH: Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Emergency Service, Raleigh
Wake SPCA Pet Loss Support Group
Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Raleigh
WAKE FOREST: Sophie’s Gift Animal Loss Support, Amy Pierce, MA
HILLSBOROUGH: Julia Corley, LPC-A, NCC, LMBT
Gladly helping families in the following areas without additional drive fees:
Extended Service Area: There is generally a $50-$100 drive fee for other towns in the greater Triangle area (Wake, Durham, Chatham, Orange, Lee, Harnett, and Johnston counties). We will also travel to areas beyond the Triangle. Please call for more information.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) is accepted.
Many Pet Insurance companies cover euthanasia services, just have any paper-work ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LovePO BOX 1305Morrisville, NC 27560
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dana Lewis.