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 200 veterinarians worldwide, who have 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
"I woke up one morning recently and my boy Calvin told me it was time. . I was unable to get one of his regular vets out to the house that day and I knew he was in pain and didn't want to put him in the car given his condition. I contacted Lap of Love and within a few hours Dr. Dana was at my house and confirmed what Calvin had already told me. She was so kind, gentle and compassionate and I was super grateful for her presence that day. While you don't want to see your special buddy leave you forever, I knew Dr. Dana was there to help relieve him in the last act of kindness we know we have to do. He went out calm, lying right beside me, on his own turf, and treatin' it up on a most beautiful day! Dr. Dana's follow up has been terrific too, offering help if I need it in the processing of this painful loss. It has been very emotional and sad to lose Calvin, but I can say I do not regret how his final morning was spent. I had worried about this for a long time, but with the help of Dr. Dana, I can honestly say I couldn't have written a better end to Calvin's very special story. Thank you!!!"
Jill MarcusCary, North Carolina
"It has taken until now to write a testimonial but exactly one year ago today at this time, Dr. Betsy came to our home to help our sweet Tess cross the Rainbow Bridge. Although encouraged to do so before now, I couldn't bring myself to write about her. It would be another step in the realization that she was gone.
Last October, we had taken the two week trip and left our pups in the care of a responsible sitter. When we got back, Tess couldn't walk on her back leg. She was fine when we left so we thought somehow she injured herself. Our vets thought for sure that it was a torn ACL but after several tests, it was found that Tess had what was described as a massive inoperable tumor between her spine and abdomen that was most probably cancerous. She was in so much pain. We were beside ourselves with grief and knew that we couldn't continue to allow her to suffer. Going to the vet made her very nervous. We could not bring her there on her last day, in her last moment, to be scared and uncomfortable anymore than she already was. Our vets recommended Lap of Love. We are so thankful for their service but more importantly so thankful for the kind and caring veterinarians that are there to help our pets. Dr. Betsy couldn't have been any kinder or gentler or softer-spoken than she was. It was such an incredibly tough time but she let us grieve as we needed to. The kindness and caring shown to all of us, including Tess as she was tended to, will never ever be forgotten. Nor will the dignity displayed as Tess was gently placed on a stretcher and a blanket placed softly across her chest to be taken from our home. That was the last time we saw her. We have her ashes in a beautiful wooden box sitting on her mantle. Next to it, a flameless candle turns on every day at 3PM. It's our sort of shrine to our girl.
We adopted Tess from Pitt County Animal Shelter back in 2011. She had been a stray around 2 to 4 years old who had great manners.. We had her for six wonderful years. She was the most loyal, obedient, independent and gentle girl there ever was. Funny - she was affectionate but was never a "licker" like our others. However, the day I picked her up from the shelter, I bent down and asked her if she wanted to come home with me and she licked me all over my face! She knew she would finally have a home and the love she deserved. As the shelter manager handed me her leash, Tess ran as fast as she could dragging me through the lobby, out the door and into the parking lot to my car. She couldn't wait to be free!! I can't help but think that when she got to the bridge on that day a year ago, that she ran as fast as she did the day we adopted her so she could be free once again. No more pain and suffering. Only green meadows and and rolling hills, canine friends and all the doggie treats she could ever want. I am keeping the faith that one day we'll see our sweet "Tessie Girl" again. I hope she'll be waiting for us at the bridge. We love and miss you so so much, Tess. Your Mommy, Daddy, Scout & Ember "
Rosemary SaundersDurham, North Carolina
"Dr. Hampton was very caring and compassionate. She gave us as much time as we needed with our boy. Also, she explained everything that would happen and made us feel as comfortable as possible in such a situation. We thank her for trying to bring comfort to such a painful time."
Jessica PriceSanford, North Carolina
"Dr. Betsy was a loving and sympathetic presence during one of our most difficult times. Her skill and empathy brought peace to our beloved Jackson and helped us more then we can express."
Diane ZimmermanDurham, North Carolina
"Making the difficult decision and then following through with the action to euthanize my cat was incredibly hard for me. Dr. Dana Lewis came to my home and with her, she brought a calming and supportive energy. She was patient and kind with both me and my cat Sweetie. I know this service is expensive but it was well worth the cost. The love and care she brought supported me and lessened the pain of loss I was experiencing. I loved my cat Sweetie and was terribly saddened to lose her. Her passing was made easier and full of dignity for her, thanks for Lap of Love and Dr. Dana. Thank you again for helping me through a sad and painful event."
Rachel ClarkeRaleigh, North Carolina
"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
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.