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 charge 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. Dr. Dana, Dr. Betsy, and care coordinator Becky, 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.
Dana Lewis, DVM, CHPV
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, three cats, and a charcoal corn snake. 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.
Betsy King, DVM
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
"Hi Dr. King,
Thank you so much for your kind and sympathetic words. They do mean alot. But most importantly, the treatment we received for Bam-Bam and your incredible understanding and gentle nature with him and us, made this process bearable. I thought i was emotionally prepared to let BamBam go, but turns out - you can never really be prepared to say the last goodbye. But i know that he's with me. That day, after the process - we went for a drive and i spotted a rainbow! Imagine that!! I know in my heart, it was BamBam letting me know that he was ok and that he made it... He was no longer in pain. It certainly helped settle my heart and made the terrible sorrow of saying goodbye a little bit easier.
Thank you so much, Dr. King, for everything that you did. We will never forget your thoughtful nature and most importantly, how deeply you cared for BamBam and his family.
All my best,
Andreia DiminoCary, North Carolina
"Bella was a smart, loving and a stubborn little angel. She was diagnosed with a mast cell tumor in Oct, 2016 and was only expected to live for six short months. On September 5th, 2017 Bella ended her fight. Lap of Love helped our family make the most difficult decision of our lives. We were provided with immediate services and a caring process. Dr. Betsy King allowed us to feel vulnerable in our time of need, while being exceptionally professional. She gave us the space that we needed, but became close to Bella in her remaining moments and took great care of her medically. We will never be able to thank her enough for her services that day."
Vanessa WallHolly Springs, North Carolina
"It has been 2 weeks since we said goodbye to our sweet Mocha and we are so grateful for the compassion Dr. Dana showed us on an extremely difficult day. You made her passing very peaceful for all of us. The house feels very empty now and Ringo and Dante spend time sleeping on Mocha's blankets. Thank you for what you do to help families like us say goodbye and your support."
Gloria WestrayCary, North Carolina
"Dr Dana is a class act. Best decision we could've made calling her to come assist us and Levi on this difficult day. She showed so much compassion and honesty. She helped us understand how to make the best decision for Levi. I told her "You're a special lady. Thank you on behalf of all of humanity that loves animals!" Not everyone is cut out for a job like hers. She is gifted and a gift in a difficult situation like saying goodbye to your furry loved one. Thank you Dr. Dana!!!"
Jill DunnCary, North Carolina
"I think this was a wonderful service for both me and my cat Oliver. He despised going in the carrying case and Dr. Betsy King was professional, soothing and compassionate. My sweet cat was very shy but seemed to take to her immediately, which made me feel so much more “ready” and that he was calm and peaceful for his transition into kitty heaven."
Jennifer AdamsCarrboro, North Carolina
"We are so blessed to have had Dr. Betsy at our side during this difficult time. Her sweet nature, and caring love and support guided us through each moment. Tommy left us peacefully and we all felt his relief. The entire experience was truly beautiful, and James and I were left feeling at peace that our faithful friend was at last set free. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Dr. Betsy."
Maggie MurphyRaleigh, 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
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 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.