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.
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.
Lori Braun, DVM
"It was really helpful having Dr. Lori here for us, I really couldn't have asked for a better person to help send my sweet baby off. I felt very comfortable knowing she had worked with ferrets in the past and that she had been a ferret owner herself; I really loved how she loved on Garth! She made it as easy and comforting as it could be for us and Garth, and I'm so thankful for that."
Korel and PK Ponti-FossPortland, Oregon
"I am so grateful to Dr. Lori and all that she did to help during this time. I really feel like divine intervention happened that day, how I found her and the timing of it all. My boy wouldn't have made it until the original time scheduled. For her to come when she did was divine timing. It made the transition the very best it could have been. It would have broke my heart even more to have watched him suffer any longer than he did. I will forever be grateful for her help, she said all the right things, gave us the space we needed and talked us through. My mom loved her too, I couldn't have asked for better person to help with this. Thank you.
She was our angel during this time. I recommend her highly and when the time comes for my other babies she will be my first call."
Jodi OlsonBeaverton, Oregon
"I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Dr. Lori for helping us. Losing Ty felt terrible but it was also inevitable, and her support was exactly what we needed. We weren’t sure when to help her pass or if we were to that point and Dr Lori helped us make that choice in a way that was very gentle. We appreciate all the time she took to talk to us about our options, explain the process and how Ty would feel, and the kindness she displayed while we struggled with our decision. She helped make a horrible day just a little bit easier. I am beyond grateful."
Natalie HannahPortland, Oregon
"Dr Lori was so amazing with helping us with our difficult decision on letting our beloved dog pass. Her empathy and sincerity helped comfort us with such a peaceful passing on her favorite rug in our own living room. The blanket that she wrapped our dog’s body said, “Love and Dignity” which spoke true. We are very grateful for her help. She came to our help in the evening, and her timing was incredible. We feel blessed that we found Dr. Lori"
Charlie WymanSalem, Oregon
"Lori was very sweet and understanding. I highly recommend her to anyone having to face this difficult decision."
bryna smithPortland, Oregon
"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
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"