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
"Dr. Lori did an amazing job in leading us through the process of letting our Ming go on to the next chapter in this journey of life. We were able to grieve and not stress and express our emotions openly. I couldn't have pictured this process being any better than it was. I would highly recommend Dr. Lori and Lap of Love to whomever needs to make this grueling difficult process of letting their little love ones go."
Georgina PerkinsPortland, Oregon
"Dr. Lori was amazing she treated our Black Lab Maggie with such love and respect. She was also very reassuring and comforting to us, making a difficult time a little easier. Lap of Love provides a service I would recommend to any pet owner. It was pure love, compassion and dignity from start to finish. Thank you Dr. Lori."
Larry GeorgeSalem, Oregon
"Thank you so much for all your help before, during, and after that very tough day of saying goodbye to my sweet Tama girl. To the receptionist, thank you so much for your kindness, and allowing me to feel comfortable with my many questions.
Dr. Lori, thank you for being so gentle and comforting, and for the great level of care you brought into our home, and most importantly to my sweet Tama dog. For anyone reading this, Dr. Lori is very professional. She is so kind and helpful, and even followed up to see how the family was doing afterwards, so thoughtful! Lori brings such a warmth with her presence, she just feels like family. Thank you again to everyone at Lap of Love!"
Jeshua HoneSalem, Oregon
"This is the second time in a year we have had Lori come out and assist us with our precious furry friends. It is so much better than taking my babies to the vet, where they get stressed, and saying good-bye on a hard, cold, table. At home, they are relaxed and both of our cats said good-bye surrounded by love and in their most comfortable environment. I recommend this loving service for anyone who loves their pets as family members. Bless Lap of Love and bless Lori and her staff.
Nichetta MatterSalem, Oregon
"Having to put my sweet pepper to sleep was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. Dr. Lori was absolutely amazing! I could truly see that she genuinely cared not only for my pet but for me. I want to thank you dr. Lori from the bottom of my heart for the special care you gave to my pepper and me. may God bless you sweet lady"
Robbie OrickGresham, Oregon
"Rocky made it to the age of 12+. Sore paws from allergies and legs that just couldn't hold him up anymore we knew it was time to let him go and be free of pain. Rocky loved Dr Susie at Aumsville Animal Clinic but hated going to the vet's office. So I always knew I did not want him to end his days there. Aumsville Animal put me in contact with Lap of Love. Dr Lori Braun came to our home to help us get through this painful process of sending our boy to doggie heaven. She was the most kind and gentle person ever. Her words were very comforting to us. She showed genuine interest in hearing stories about Rocky. Rocky was treated with great dignity and love. Dr Lori is a very special person. I call her my angel. The paw print gift was so nice of her to do for us. She simply is the best. Thank you Dr Lori for helping us at this most difficult time."
Janet SchumacherStayton, 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"