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.
Lori Braun, DVM
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.
"Thanks, Lori. I've been telling everyone how you made Leah so comfortable and relaxed. I don't think she even knew what was happening - only that she had a bunch of people petting and loving on her. I'm so grateful to you for making her passing so easy for her (and for me and Thom). I'll put together a memorial for her and put it on your memorial page. What a lovely idea. You're a special person to do what you do and to make it all so loving. Thank you so much. Kay"
Kay CrawfordTigard, Oregon
"Dr. Lori was our angel at a time of such sadness. She took the time to help us ease into letting Beau go and she explained the process of euthanasia. Beau went so peacefully and I am forever grateful to Dr. Lori."
Gayle TaorminaOregon City, Oregon
"We couldn't have asked for a more peaceful and loving end to our two beloved dogs . Our first dog Dodger was showing signs of pain and was uncomfortable due to old age. Our second dog started deteriorating rapidly due to an aggressive cancer. Dr Lori was compassionate and comforting in our time of need. We knew it was time to say goodbye and dr. Lori answered all our questions with knowledge and confidence. This was a scary ride for us and the fact that it was a calm and peaceful experience was a blessing in itself. Thank you dr. Lori for spending time with our dogs and us in their final hours. This was one of the hardest decisions in our lives and I can't speak highly enough about these services. Thank you for your kindness."
Rachael SunMolalla, Oregon
"Dr. Lori was wonderful! This was such a loving experience, and I will always choose Lap of Love if I need their services in the future. Dr. Lori took her time and was sensitive to our needs, as well as those of Sheila. She was compassionate and loving."
Bev CarrickTurner, Oregon
"Thank you Dr. Lori for providing exceptional compassionate care for my beloved Benny. You made the hardest decision of my life much easier by showing kindness, honesty and being present for Benny and I. I'm thankful there are people like you in this world."
Justin SiebergPortland, Oregon
"I want to tell everyone how kind Dr. Lori was. With her hospice help Daisy (my 17 year old heeler mix) and I were able to enjoy 5 more months together, we enjoyed every minute! And when Daisy became tired and it was time for her to go up to the rainbow bridge Dr. Lori made it so peaceful and perfect. I can't thank her enough!"
Diane OrtegaPortland, 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
Portland Tribune: "Mobile Vet Lori Braun Lets Pet Owners Say Farewell at Home"