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 was incredible. She is so sweet and compassionate and it is so obvious by her gentle demeanor that she takes such good care of animals and their humans alike. She was easy to talk to, made the entire process completely clear and provided explanations that made my decision making process (still difficult) but easier as I felt it was the right decision for Maxwell. Dr. Lori, you are one in a million-- thank you for all that you did for our family, we are so grateful for your kindness and compassionate nature in this incredibly difficult time."
Lindsay HPortland, Oregon
"I can't thank Lap of Love and Dr. Lori, the vet who came, enough for making the process as painless as possible. Jewel was ready. I knew that when she didn't eat, drink or purr that morning, but I still needed the reinforcement of Dr. Lori's words and kind actions. Jewel was not afraid of Dr. Lori and even ate 'treats' she brought, which frankly surprised me. Jewel never liked treats. Dr. Lori had the magic touch. She took her time, explained the process in a simple, but sweet way. She was so kind to our little Jewel. Frankly, the cost was well worth the tranquility for Jewel and me. Thank you, Dr. Lori. You are an angel. I am sure you and Jewel will meet in the future one day and she will thank you in person."
Theresa SnyderTroutdale, Oregon
"I've known Dr. Braun for well over 10 years, and chose her
as our family veterinarian for all of that time. She was the
perfect person to help us send Max over the Rainbow Bridge.
She is a loving professional who taught us how to say goodbye
to several of our fur-kids. She made it so easy for Max."
Kate HagerSalem, Oregon
"Dr. Lori made our last few hours with Finley more bearable. Finley ended up unexpectedly dying only hours before Dr. Lori was scheduled to come back to our house and when I called to tell her she rushed right back to your house to help us and our girl. With love and gentleness, she took our girl away from us. We will always appreciate her for what she gave to us and how she helped us."
Anna KennekePortland, Oregon
"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
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"