Portland, Salem & Surrounding Areas
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 optional engraved nameplate (additional $25) 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 on private property.
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 4am - 8pm. 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.
Like most veterinarians, I’ve always been drawn to animals. After meeting a kinkajou at a school program in 5th grade, I knew that any career I had was going to be working with animals! After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Zoology, I started my career as a zookeeper. I delighted in the variety of animals I was able to work with. However, after almost 10 years, I knew that something was missing - keeping me from the job satisfaction I wanted. Conversations with the zoo vets ended up steering me to considering medicine, which I happily did at St. Georges University. After completing my clinical year at Auburn University, I moved to Oregon to start life as a veterinarian.
General practice was a wonderful experience for me – I loved all aspects of the job. The medicine, the variety of surgeries, educating clients – everything clicked for me. During my 10 years of practice, I realized that I had developed a passion for providing the compassionate care that is needed when a loved one is ready to go. While I still loved the prevention and treatment aspects of veterinary medicine, I felt drawn to working with pets (and their families) as they reached their final days.
I believe that the job of a veterinarian is to ease suffering. Sometimes it is through preventative care, sometimes it is through treatment interventions, and sometimes it is through helping them to die with dignity and without pain and suffering. I take pride and am honored to be able to help families come to terms with, and find comfort in, the difficult decisions that are faced as beloved pets reach their later days.
Lori Braun, DVM
"We were so fortunate to have Dr. Lori support us when it was time for Spencer to join his sister Lucy over the Rainbow Bridge. Her genuine care and compassion brought us so much comfort. She took so many pictures of the three of us that we will always treasure. Dr. Lori first came to us last December when it was time for Lucy to cross over. We knew when the time came that Spencer deserved to have her loving care, too. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. She is an angel of mercy and we will be forever grateful. Bless your heart Dr. Lori."
Betty and Randy BuholtsSalem, Oregon
"Dr. Lori was amazing! She exceeded all expectations and has a heart of gold for being able to help a family let their loved pet pass. Although it was a difficult and sad time for the family, Dr. Lori made us feel comfortable and at ease as we held our fur baby in her final moments. I’m so thankful she offered us this service in the comfort of our home."
Jessica BensonAurora, Oregon
"Dr. Lori was fantastic. Atticus happily greeted her like an old friend. She was so kind and compassionate. She explained everything from beginning to end. No question was too ridiculous. For something no one wants to happen, Dr. Lori made it completely peaceful. It definitely takes someone special to be able to do this. Thank you Dr. Lori."
Sarah KTigard, Oregon
"Dr. Lori was amazing! I couldn’t have asked for anything better during the hardest day of saying goodbye to my best friend! She was such a comfort for me, my other dog and my family. Words cannot express my gratitude for your beautiful heart!
Kristin HolenSalem, Oregon
"Dr. Lori was beyond compassionate and amazing. She was very patient with explaining everything to my children who are 7 and 9 yrs old. My children had more strength than me and my husband. It was a calm experience and very personalized. Both my children asked that if we need to endure this experience again, they would like Dr. Lori to come out. She made Riley and us feel as if she has been part of our family forever. We are blessed to have such great people help during these hard times and we are thankful for Dr. Lori and the staff that assisted us personally.
The David Family"
Tabitha DavidJefferson, Oregon
"Dr. Lori was so compassionate, gentle and caring, to both Tillie and me. I could not have had a better person to help me through the most difficult and sad time. Thank you for helping me say goodbye."
Lee ParhamBeaverton, Oregon
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Dove Lewis Pet Loss Support Program
Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Salem
VCA Salem Animal Hospital, Salem
Dove Lewis, Portland
VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital, Portland
Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Tualatin
Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency, Beaverton
Willamette Humane Society Pet loss and bereavement support group
Washington State University Pet Loss Hotline
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Portland & Salem areas. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50- $100 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 LovePO Box 325Hubbard, OR 97032
Hillsboro Tribune: "Pet hospice services offer quality of life over quantity"
Portland Tribune: "Mobile Vet Lori Braun Lets Pet Owners Say Farewell at Home"