South Central PA: Lancaster, Dauphin, Lebanon & York Counties

  (717) 388-4818

  SouthCentralPA@LapofLove.com

Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$265

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.

Euthanasia$265

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.

Geriatric Consultation$265

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 29 pounds$245
Pets 30 - 69 pounds$295
Pets 70 - 99 pounds$315
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$365
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate 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 your home or office.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 29 pounds$125
Pets 30 - 69 pounds$140
Pets 70 - 99 pounds$160
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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 in White Chapel Memorial Park in Feasterville,  PA. 

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

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. 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.

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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Carling

Carling Sitterley, DVM

My interest in veterinary medicine began my junior year of high school, when I was fortunate enough to shadow a local veterinarian as part of a school requirement. I have been in love with the veterinary profession ever since. I continue to learn more about veterinary medicine every day, and I have come to realize it is as much about supporting people as it is about helping animals. I truly enjoy that I am able to do both in my career.
 
Born in central New York, I grew up near Lynchburg, Virginia, where my parents still live today. While we technically moved south to accommodate my dad’s career, my parents really appreciated getting away from the “lake effect” snow and taking advantage of the warmer weather. I liked Virginia as well and chose to stay there for both college and veterinary school. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, I moved to Blacksburg, Virginia, where I attended the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and earned both a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree and a master of public health (MPH) degree.

I recently moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an area I visited frequently in my childhood to spend holidays with extended family. Although my extended family has since moved out of the region, I am excited to be back in Harrisburg with my partner, two cats, and a princess of a dog, surrounded by such a wonderful sense of community and gorgeous landscape. When I am not working with clients and their furry loved ones, I look forward to spending time by the river and at the farmer’s market, exploring area hikes, testing local ski slopes, and finding out what other gems Pennsylvania has to offer. I also enjoy reading, listening to live music, dabbling in photography, and spending time with family.
 
Tigger, a third feline member of my family whom I affectionately called my “forever foster,” only lived with me for the second half of her life. She battled chronic kidney disease for much of that time. In August of 2015, when Tigger finally indicated to me it was time for her to leave this world, I decided to drive an hour with her to have a very close friend and veterinarian perform the compassionate act of euthanasia for her. The whole process of saying goodbye to Tigger ended up being more difficult for me than I anticipated, and I found it especially valuable to have someone I trusted perform the euthanasia and be there to support and comfort me afterward.
 
While I may be meeting you for the first time, I strive to act in ways that allow every family to feel the same level of trust, support, and comfort that I experienced at Tigger’s passing. If I can make a difficult time for you and your fur-baby the slightest bit easier, I will have done the job I set out to do.

Dr. Jo

Jo Parr, VMD

One of the most common questions asked of me as a practicing veterinarian is “How did you know you wanted to become a veterinarian?” The simplest answer is that I love working with animals: I want to help them to live healthy and comfortable lives. I also enjoy working with people and assisting them to become more educated caregivers with their family pets.

Growing up in England and the United States, my childhood was dedicated to caring for every living creature that would cross my path. My family’s dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, fish, frogs and turtles absorbed my attention and affections.  I continued my passion for animals by obtaining an undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University, then graduating from The University of Pennsylvania with a degree in veterinary medicine. During the long hours of learning in the teaching hospital, I reflected upon the relationships that paralleled mine as a child, that enduring bond that owners and animals develop. Beyond just providing care, my education enables me to provide owners with thoughtful advice on keeping their pets comfortable throughout the breadth of their lives, from birth through maturity and well into their senior years.

After graduating, I moved to Lancaster, settling in with my husband and motley crew of rescue dogs, Knight, Ella and Karma.  My professional career started at an emergency facility, helping families treat and care for their beloved pets while striving to ease the stress during times of illness and trauma.  I have coupled the emergency experience with a position at a primary care veterinarian hospital, coaching owners on keeping a healthy housemate.

For me, being a vet enables me to help others foster the human-animal bond.  I believe that as animals age, it becomes paramount to help ease discomfort and pain that pets may experience.  I am a believer in Lap of Love because we allow people the option of offering their companions a last act of compassion, a peaceful way to say goodbye at home.  Years ago, my veterinarian was able to let my family and me say goodbye to Buster, our family dog, by providing an at home euthanasia.  This had a lasting and positive impact on me and my memories of my best friend.

About Carling Sitterley, DVM

My interest in veterinary medicine began my junior year of high school, when I was fortunate enough to shadow a local veterinarian as part of a school requirement. I have been in love with the veterinary profession ever since. I continue to learn more about veterinary medicine every day, and I have come to realize it is as much about supporting people as it is about helping animals. I truly enjoy that I am able to do both in my career.
 
Born in central New York, I grew up near Lynchburg, Virginia, where my parents still live today. While we technically moved south to accommodate my dad’s career, my parents really appreciated getting away from the “lake effect” snow and taking advantage of the warmer weather. I liked Virginia as well and chose to stay there for both college and veterinary school. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, I moved to Blacksburg, Virginia, where I attended the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and earned both a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree and a master of public health (MPH) degree.

I recently moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an area I visited frequently in my childhood to spend holidays with extended family. Although my extended family has since moved out of the region, I am excited to be back in Harrisburg with my partner, two cats, and a princess of a dog, surrounded by such a wonderful sense of community and gorgeous landscape. When I am not working with clients and their furry loved ones, I look forward to spending time by the river and at the farmer’s market, exploring area hikes, testing local ski slopes, and finding out what other gems Pennsylvania has to offer. I also enjoy reading, listening to live music, dabbling in photography, and spending time with family.
 
Tigger, a third feline member of my family whom I affectionately called my “forever foster,” only lived with me for the second half of her life. She battled chronic kidney disease for much of that time. In August of 2015, when Tigger finally indicated to me it was time for her to leave this world, I decided to drive an hour with her to have a very close friend and veterinarian perform the compassionate act of euthanasia for her. The whole process of saying goodbye to Tigger ended up being more difficult for me than I anticipated, and I found it especially valuable to have someone I trusted perform the euthanasia and be there to support and comfort me afterward.
 
While I may be meeting you for the first time, I strive to act in ways that allow every family to feel the same level of trust, support, and comfort that I experienced at Tigger’s passing. If I can make a difficult time for you and your fur-baby the slightest bit easier, I will have done the job I set out to do.

"Dr. Carling was very sympathetic, compassionate, and respectful during our time of grief. She explained step by step and gave us as much time as we needed. She also followed up with a very nice email. She helped ease my worries during a difficult time."

Joanna Moyer
Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania

"What a blessing it is to have the kindness and compassion of the services of Lap of Love. Thank you to Dr, Carling and all who helped me and my kitty Fluff...I am so grateful."

Staci Hummel
MARIETTA, Pennsylvania

"No amount of forethought, or mental preparation ever readies you for a final goodbye between us, and our beloved pets. Our dog's sudden diagnosis, and loss of health just days after Christmas this year came so quickly we barely had time to face everything. Over the years we'd sometimes talked about the "what ifs" and possible circumstances we knew we might face one day. And the idea of euthanasia was one we, like most people, dreaded to even consider. The alternative, however, was much worse. Seeing our "son" suffer, and decline so quickly was literally gut wrenching. He also had extreme anxiety when it came to visiting the vet. We were very grateful to have been pointed to Lap of Love because in our circumstance we'd have wanted it no other way. The office lady, Shelly, was our first point of contact, and was extremely kind, and patient. Dr. Carling Sitterley showed up at our home the same morning we called. She was nothing short of exceptional, and during an otherwise heart breaking situation, put us and our dog at ease. She let us take our time, and walked us through this process. It was one we never wanted to endure, but in the end, it was a peaceful, and respectfully loving moment at home. I couldn't imagine saying goodbye in some strange, clinical environment. Lap of Love was truly a blessing for us during a most difficult time. They gave us the opportunity to help him pass on in the comfort, and familiarity of our home. We're very thankful to have had this option available."

Kyle Hodgen
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania

"This was the first time we had a pet euthanized in our home. I read about Lap of Love online. Our regular vet told us that he heard all kinds of good things about this service. My husband read the bio of Dr. Carling Sitterley and was impressed. He then called and made arrangements to have her come to our home. She was very respectful of our concerns and thoroughly described how she would proceed. Her voice was soft and she was ever so gentle with our pets. We never felt rushed. This was the best goodbye that we ever experienced. Having this done in our home made the transition so much more bearable. Thank you Dr. Carling for your kindness."

Camille Blott
Lititz, Pennsylvania

"This was the first time we had a pet euthanized in our home. I read about Lap of Love online. Our regular vet told us that he heard all kinds of good things about this service. My husband read the bio of Dr. Carling Sitterley and was impressed. He then called and made arrangements to have her come to our home. She was very respectful of our concerns and thoroughly described how she would proceed. Her voice was soft and she was ever so gentle with our pets. We never felt rushed. This was the best goodbye that we ever experienced. Having this done in our home made the transition so much more bearable. Thank you Dr. Carling for your kindness."

Camille Blott
Lititz, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Carling was wonderful. She ensured me that I was making the right decision for my fur baby to not have to suffer any longer. She was caring and respectful during the time we spent together. She made the process as peaceful as it could’ve been during the last moments that Maggie and I had together. I’m forever grateful for her and what she did for us."

Keri Crouse
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Support Group

  (717) 397-8255

Lancaster: Brenda Edwards, CELEBRATING THE BOND: Grief Recovery Programs

Emergency Clinic

  (717) 295-7387

Lancaster: Pet Emergency Treatment Services, Inc (PETS)

Pet Loss Support Group

  (717) 246-3611

Red Lion: Tiffany Ayres, Patton Veterinary Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (717) 767-5355

York: Animal Emergency and Referral Center of York

Pet Loss Support Group

  (215) 746-8247

Philadelphia: Veterinary Grief Counseling Program

  (717) 796-2334

Mechanicsburg: Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center

Pet Loss Support Group

  (717) 657-3867

Harrisburg: Janice Newcomer, Group Leader, Associated Psychologists

  (301) 926-3300

Gaithersburg: VCA Veterinary Referral Associates

Pet Loss Support Group

  (267) 738-9501

Hummelstown: Katryn Lavanture

Pet Loss Support Group

  (717) 840-1356

York: Elizabeth S. Revell, Ph.D.

  (484) 453-8210

Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support Circles

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the South Central PA area, including Lancaster, Dauphin, Lebanon & York counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30 - $75 based on your location.

Pet Memorials
“In loving memory of Rufus/baby/boo bear/lovechunk”
Joanna Moyer
February 12, 2019
“Fluff aka Fluffarooni
Dear Fluff! We never knew where she came from but all her cat brothers and sisters and people neighbors, and especially me her mom...well we sure are glad she decided to stay a while. Miss her very much! Pretty sure there won't be another kitty like her! Rest in peace and love pretty girl !”
Staci Hummel
January 13, 2019
“Our sweet boy, Marley, was a Dalmatian/German Shorthaired Pointer mix. Initially he was shy but would warm up to you rather quickly. He loved his walks and, with his gentle leader, was a pleasure to take out. He got along with all of our furry family members including 2 cats. Marley spent a lot of time out in the back yard alerting us when a ...
Camille Blott
January 2, 2019
“Tia, our calico feline was a sweet and loving cat. Her gentle purr was easier to feel than hear. She lived in a household with 4 dogs, tolerated 3 of them, and bonded with the youngest (Meadow). Before getting sick, with advanced renal failure, she loved to play with her many toys. Her favorite play things were the laser pointer, cotton balls, ...
Camille Blott
January 2, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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 5024
Lancaster, PA 17606-5024

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