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.

Dr. Nikki

Nikki Abdulla, DVM

I grew up in rural western Pennsylvania with my grandparents.  Because my grandmother was compassionate, kind-hearted, and had a huge soft spot for all animals, our household was full of dogs and cats that had shown up on our doorstep as strays, as well as the occasional gerbil or rabbit. It was not unusual for us to take in baby birds, rabbits, and kittens to nurse back to health; they always became members of the family.  My grandmother taught me that we have a duty towards other living creatures in need. I also learned from her that our pets add so much joy to our lives and give their love unconditionally to those who are kind to them. 

As a teenager, I began working in my aunt’s small animal veterinary clinic cleaning cages, doing laundry, and walking dogs.  As I got older, I began to shadow her in appointments and observe patient treatments in addition to surgery.  I watched as my aunt helped pets and their families from their early years to end of life and it was at this point that I developed the desire to become a veterinarian. I knew it was my calling to help families and their cherished companions in any way that I could.   

After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, I worked in both general practice and emergency medicine.  During my years in emergency medicine, I was privileged to assist families and pets through some of the most difficult times in their lives.  Some of the most fulfilling moments in my career have involved guiding families through providing their pets with palliative care and through the process of saying goodbye. When I moved to the Harrisburg area and discovered Lap of Love, I knew immediately that it was the right fit for me.  I believe that the ability to provide relief from suffering is one of the greatest gifts that we can give our cherished companions.  It is my honor to be able to help families keep their beloved companions comfortable for as long as possible and help guide them through a peaceful passing in their own homes.

 

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 an Angel sent from Heaven that helped me with the process. I can't thank her enough for her expertise and compassion."

Clarence Diehl
York, Pennsylvania

"In less than 1 week, we went from having our happy, friendly, somewhat demanding, seemingly healthy companion Maddie, to having a very ill pet, and facing the fact that nothing could be done to make her well again. Due to very difficult euthanasia experiences with vets with our other cats in the past, I had done research and found Lap of Love. While in no way was this an easy experience for us - making the final decision for your pet is never be easy, no matter the circumstance - the very prompt responses received via email and phone from both Chelsea and Brian, the timely scheduling on short notice, and the extremely compassionate care and assistance from Dr. Carling allowed us say a much more calm and quiet goodbye to our sweet Maddie, and help her make the transition from her pain here to her final rest with no pain - without having her go through the fear and trauma of a car ride, being in a strange place, and being handled by people she did not know. Dr. Carling came out on a Sunday, listened to our story, and was understanding of our grief in saying goodbye to our family member. She was kind, thorough in explaining everything, professional, and again so very compassionate. While we remain heartbroken, we know we made the right decision for Maddie, and will be forever grateful to Dr. Carling and the Lap of Love staff for being there for us and Maddie in a very difficult time. Thank you Dr. Carling, words simply cannot express our appreciation to you for the work you do."

JULIE HOLT
LEBANON, Pennsylvania

"I sent this email directly to Dr. Carling and hope everyone at your organization knows you have really wonderful people working for you.

Dear Dr. Carling,

Thank you for having the heart, mind and fortitude for this calling.

I cannot imagine how hard your day must be sometimes.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your work.

Your care and concern made something extremely difficult just a little bit easier.

And to be able to alleviate the stress of a car ride and vet office, that's just really super fantastic for everyone involved, in particular Kitty.

Thank you for being so thoughtful but direct with my babies, too.

They saw him fall, I couldn't whisk them away to let them come home to everything already done and Mr. Kitty already gone.

I feel the imagination would be much worse than the already difficult reality. They needed to be there, especially Jack.

They were very tight. While we were discussing options Jack came to accept this decision saying he knew it was just his body that was gone, that Mr. Kitty was happy and in heaven.

I'm glad he got to see the end and know he was comfortable and calm.

Thank you for being so understanding and thorough in explain the process and what was happening.

Last night Jack mentioned again that he was grateful people like you are around. I agree.

Really, truly appreciate your help.

With love and appreciation,

Dani, Christopher, Jack and Jane"

dani mcdermott
new cumberland, Pennsylvania

"It has taken over a week for this grateful heart space to emerge enough to write this testimonial for Dr. Jo and our Katrina rescue kitty, Spookie T. (stands for Spookie The Cat). Spookie T literally became our heart song this last year when his other two siblings had passed. He was totally alone for the first time, and he jumped the line of trust right into our hearts. This was a smokey gray cat that was totally silent and hid for over 10 years in our home. He maintained his end of all our "conversations" with him and adhered to his duties in an airtight daily schedule this past year.

We tucked him into his blanket each night on the couch, and he, in turn would wake us dutifully at 5am in the morning. Over the holidays my husband, Jack had a lingering health issue and Mr. Spookie T never left his side, and they took daily naps together. They were inseparable.

We knew Spookie T was in declining health after 14 years and his traumatic beginnings. He lost weight and his eating was poor. We were committed to his having a peaceful passing, and Dr. Jo was the perfect caring doctor who worked with us in EVERY detail. Her gentleness touched our hearts, and her respectful handling of Spookie T from the very first sedation injection to the placement of his little peaceful body in the soft fluffy lined basket in which she carried him out to her car. Our hearts still are filled with gratitude and encourage anyone facing this situation with a loved furry family member to definitely call Lap of Love."

Lora Stern
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

"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

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
“Goodbye my "Baby Girl". I love you to the moon and back.”
Clarence Diehl
April 12, 2019
“Maddie -
I had to wait a bit to write this, I mistakenly thought the tears would stop.
We all miss you dearly. I cannot believe you left us so soon or so quickly.
Your personality was such that I thought I would have you forever - we changed nearly every floor in the house because of your affinity for peeing on carpet, and I spent each ...
JULIE HOLT
April 11, 2019
“This morning was the first time in about 14 years I've had coffee by myself.
It sucked.
Mr. Kitty, thank you for years of service protecting our home from evil chipmunks and the occasional trash panda. Thank you for letting my babies grow up grabbing, tugging and dragging you around. Thank you for keeping the boy warm and cozy at night. Thank ...
dani mcdermott
February 22, 2019
“In loving memory of Rufus/baby/boo bear/lovechunk”
Joanna Moyer
February 12, 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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