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.
"Having to say goodbye to our Gus was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make. His presence in our family was a big one, and his sweet soul was seen and felt by all that he met. Dr. Lori came to help us say goodbye. She listened to our stories and showed so much love and compassion. We wanted his last day to be special and she helped make it perfect. We are heartbroken that he is gone, but so incredibly happy to have had the most perfect goodbye. Thank you Dr. Lori for being the amazing caring person that you are. You truly understand the love we have for our fur babies and the places they hold in our hearts. We are forever grateful to have had you come and help us say goodbye to Gus. Thank you so much."
Kelly StarbuckStayton, Oregon
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your kindness, generosity and selflessness are unmatched. You coached my husband and I through one of the hardest days of our lives. You were warm, you explained everything. You let me cry on your shoulder. You didn't rush us or make us feel guilty. You listened to everything we had to say. You let us cry, laugh and hold her until the end. Although this was one of the worst decisions we've ever had to make, we would never take back the experience we had with you. You hold a special place in our hearts and even though it may hurt, we know someday we'll see you again. That's what people do when they love animals. They keep giving until they have nothing left or all the dogs in the world are saved. You are truly an amazing woman.
Thank you again,
Angela ThompsonHappy Valley, Oregon
"Dr Lori was incredibly helpful in easing our fears and answering our multitude if questions.
We didn't feel rushed and she talked us through everything as she did it...her kindness was what we needed to get through this."
Brandi LimonCornelius, Oregon
"A heartfelt Thank You to Dr. Lori and her compassion, understanding and ability to help ease and calm. She truly made that heart wrenching day actually quite beautiful and so very memorable and touching! Each of us were so grateful for her and how she did everything; from explaining each step to bringing smiles to our lips by helping us share stories and memories, the way she handled Nala, to the paw print and soft fur memorabilia, to her warm hugs and even that she drove away slowly meant so very much to each of us!
I just want to try to Thank You for all that she did for Nala and for us! It takes an extraordinary person to do this service; and she truly is extraordinary, sincere, and has an exquisite heart with so much compassion!"
Stephanie and David CappsGresham, Oregon
"This morning Dr Lori Braun came to my home to assist with the euthanasia of my beloved dog, Jessie. Having only found out four days ago that she was dying of Lymphoma, I was devasted that the illness had progressed so quickly. To look at her, you would think she was fine, but I could see the labored breathing, etc that was taking her from me. Lori brought brownies for Jessie, which was a treat she had never experienced before, and I fed her while Lori sedated her. Pretty soon she was so relaxed and peaceful that she never felt any discomfort from the final injection! Lori was loving and soothing, both to Jessie and me...me who needed it the most! This was by far the most spiritual experience and the fact that Jessie succumbed in her own bed surrounded by love! What more loving way could you have? I highly recommend this in home service and thank Dr. Lori for being such a compassionate caring vet!"
Carolyn JonesSalem, Oregon
"The cruelty that filled our dog Boomer's first year of life also caused his body to fail years before it should have. It was so incredibly hard letting him go, still hoping for one more day to lavish our always happy boy with affection. Dr. Lori was wonderfully patient with us and made his passing just as comfortable and full of love as we strived to make everyday of his life with us. Thank you for that."
Joel and Kristin RicePortland, 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"