Portland, Salem and Surrounding Areas

  (503) 928-8866

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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.

TELEADVICE$150

Using phone or Zoom, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

ADDITIONAL FEES

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

OTHER 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$275
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$375
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn 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.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$185
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$215
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$275

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. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.

Meet the Doctor
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Lori

Lori Braun

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. 

About Lori Braun

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. 

"We really appreciated the kindness and care Dr. Braun show not only for me but our beloved Kody. It was a very difficult day for my family, and Dr. Braun helped us through it."

Thomas Richards
Salem, Oregon

"Our dog Axel, a terrier, was about 17 years old when he started tipping into the abyss. Though natural and right it is still messy business. Apparently we can't all die in our sleep. Some are required to go blind, go deaf, be confused, become rejected, shamed and shunned before this messy business is complete. Sometimes you just do not have the strength to see it through.

I believe Axel was agnostic at best, and therefore the choices he made, whether to kill Ollie the neighbors rabbit or ask for assistance to end his life were not constrained by religious limitations.

We sought the assistance of Dr. Braun to lead Axel through the messiness. With kindness (chocolate brownies), efficiency, intelligence and humanity she helped him out.

You could not ask for a better guide to death. Exemplary."

Evelyn Runckel
Salem, Oregon

"My precious elderly kitty, Miss MunchMunch, had been dealing with declining health for weeks when she took a turn for the worse in the middle of the snow storm. Her regular vet gave me a list of recommended at home care providers, Lap of Love was the only one able to schedule us for the next day. Despite dealing with a power outage of her own, the good doctor came out to our home to assist our pet in her time of need.

Dr. Lori was kind, thoughtful, professional, compassionate, and kept us informed throughout the entire process. She even offered advice on ways to capture the fond memories of our pet, and ways to honor her. I've known for the past year that my girl was getting old, and my biggest fear was always saying good-bye to her from my car in the vet parking lot (like most cats she hated going to the vet). I'm eternally grateful to Lap of Love and Dr. Lori for helping us give MunchMunch a passage into the next life that was peaceful, pain free, and filled with so much love. Thank you so much."

Elizabeth Gomez
Portland, Oregon

"I cannot express my gratitude to Dr. Lori during such a difficult time as we had with putting our 6 year old kitty down because of kidney failure. Both my girls (3 & 9) were in tears and Dr. Lori explained how death is not something to fear. How Puma wouldn't be in pain any more and had them join in making paw prints in clay. She even shaved some locks of hair for us to keep in little plastic containers. My daughter loved getting some of the forbidden belly hair! She gave us time to grieve without masks as she sat in her car during COVID-19. She carried our fur baby in a whicker basket and wrapped in a purple blanket as she left our house and was patient with my girls as they gave him kisses and loved on him. Dr. Lori was amazing and even though we had a difficult time, she made it so much better."

CARLIE LANEHART
SALEM, Oregon

"I can't begin to say how helpful Dr. Lori was at the end of our journey with our nearly 15-year-old German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix. From the moment we made the appointment, the schedule was incredibly kind and caring. Before she arrived, Lori took time to understand our specific situation. She made sure we knew what was happening every step of the way. She also took many opportunities to let us know that we'd done everything we could have done--and then some--to give our sweet girl the longest and best quality life a doggie could hope for. No matter how much we do, there's always doubt and guilt. Lori knows this, and she went out of her way to help us see that we were doing the best and only remaining thing left to do.

We laughed, we cried, we even received a very touching memorial 3D paw-print and a lock of hair. These keepsakes were things I didn't think I'd want at the time, but now I'm glad we have them. Lori gave us plenty of time to process our emotions, time alone for final hugs and kisses, and more time for soothing words and funny stories. After she left, she even called our (many) veterinary care providers to let them know our girl had passed, so we didn't have to have those sad conversations. A month later, we got yet another touching note from Lori.

It's kind of strange to recommend someone from one of the saddest and most difficult days of your life, but I'd recommend Dr. Lori every day of the week and twice on Sundays. I honestly don't know how we'd have gotten through this difficult time without Lori. Being able to say goodbye to our dear friend in the comfort of our own home was an incredibly kind gift to all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much."

Kim Davis
Portland, Oregon

"Dr. Lori was super kind, caring, and empathetic. I had no idea what to expect but everything was explained to me before anything started. She did not just provide a service but more so provided a meaningful experience where I could spend my baby's final moments holding him close as he peacefully passed away. I'm so grateful that I could do this for my baby and that Dr. Lori has the genuine heart and passion for what she does. I wouldn't have had it any other way."


Dallas, Oregon

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (503) 234-2061

Dove Lewis Pet Loss Support Program

  (503) 588-8082

Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Salem

  (503) 581-1438

VCA Salem Animal Hospital, Salem

  (503) 228-7281

​Dove Lewis, Portland

  (503) 255-8139

VCA Southeast Portland Animal Hospital, Portland

  (503) 691-7922

Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Tualatin

  (503) 629-5800

Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency, Beaverton

  (503) 804-9330

Willamette Humane Society Pet loss and bereavement support group

  (866) 266-8635

Washington State University Pet Loss Hotline

SERVICE AREA

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. 

Pet Memorials
“He was the sweetest little guy with an attitude.”
February 8, 2021
“Gilbert
May 2003-February 2021

The arc of your furry gray body warm against my chest
As we slept for nearly 18 years is gone now forever.

The empty, empty space.

Maybe it is a sad indictment of a pathetic life,
That I loved an animal more than other humans
and was loved by an animal more than by other humans.

But it is a ...
February 6, 2021
“Yette, you stole my heart the moment we met. I’ll be forever grateful that you were in my life. 💔💔💔💔💔💔”
Deby Davis
January 23, 2021
“I'll take my coffee black this morning -
The bitterness seems to suit my broken soul.
I am trying to put together the jagged jigsaw puzzle
of my heart, with a piece missing -
You.
No matter how I arrange the pieces, I cannot
make it whole.
I fill my days with thoughts of you
With images of you -
Doing things that I used to do -
with ...
Ann Barton-Brown
November 16, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 325
Hubbard, Oregon 97032

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