South Central PA: Lancaster, Dauphin, Lebanon & York Counties
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 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.
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.
There may be a fee if addtional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Carling Sitterley, DVM
"The vet was exceptional, huge help during this time of need"
Darlene Risingdenver, Pennsylvania
"June 30, 2017 was one of the most difficult days of my life. How do you say goodbye to your best friend of 15 years? Piper was one of a kind! She was a beautiful, strong, independent, loyal, devoted, true companion. Wherever I went… Piper was right there by my side. We enjoyed countless walks around our neighborhood, traveled thousands of miles in the car and experienced many unforgettable adventures together. In her last few months on earth, Piper became anxious when riding in the car so we stayed close to home to help her remain calm and comfortable. Recognizing that Piper was slowing down I wanted to provide her with a stress free experience in her last moments on earth. The Lap of Love organization and Dr. Jo Parr were an answer to my prayers. The kindness and compassion of Lap of Love was amazing! Dr. Jo was extraordinary!! Dr. Jo provided Piper with the most gracious and loving entry to peace that I could have ever imagined. My heart was broken and overflowing with joy at the same time. Thank you Dr. Jo! I am forever grateful for your care and support during this difficult time. You are a very special person and will never be forgotten."
Maryanne WeeksLeola, Pennsylvania
"Having to euthanize a beloved pet is always a terrible experience. Even when it puts an end to pain that can no longer be staved off, it tears at the heart.
Dr. Jo Parr was kind, gentle, and caring. We sat on the floor around Pepper's bed and helped him to pass gently. When my pain has gone away and my heart has healed I will remember this as a beautiful time."
"To Dr. Jo and Staff,
Thank you so much for helping our Kenzie pass so peacefully and cross over the rainbow bridge. Your kind and comforting words and compassion mean so much to us. You made this very difficult time a little easier for us to bear. We will never forget Kenzie or you.
Sincerely,,,,,,,Helen and Jim"
Helen GuyerHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Jo was very patient and had a calm presence. She explained every step and did a physical examination and quality of life inquiry. We also appreciated how she was dressed down not in a white lab coat just down to earth feeling."
Keri RodriguezHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
"I heard about Lap of Love through a friend. My main reason for wanting to say goodbye to Sage at home was because she was terrified of going to the vet. There was no consoling her whenever we would go to any vet. I did not want that to be her last experience. Dr. Jo came to our house and talked to all of us, and of course Sage. Sage had to give her a good sniff. There was nothing wrong with her sniffer! Anyway, Dr. Jo was asking us questions about Sage as she was setting up and giving us time. I thought she was just asking to make it easier for us at the time, but she was really listening too. She used this information about Sage to write a lovely memorial for her on her facebook page. She explained every step and gave us time between each step. She made a paw print for us and offered to cut some of Sage's hair for us. When Sage had passed we were allowed as much time as was needed with her. And when she left she offered hugs to us girls whom she knew needed them. I would highly recommend Dr. Jo and Lap of Love. I also want to acknowledge the people on the phone when I called. I don't remember their names (I called a couple of times) but everyone I spoke to was very sweet and calming."
Keely LubyConestoga, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Lancaster: Brenda Edwards, CELEBRATING THE BOND: Grief Recovery Programs
Lancaster: Pet Emergency Treatment Services, Inc (PETS)
Red Lion: Tiffany Ayres, Patton Veterinary Hospital
York: Animal Emergency and Referral Center of York
Philadelphia: Veterinary Grief Counseling Program
Mechanicsburg: Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center
Harrisburg: Janice Newcomer, Group Leader, Associated Psychologists
Gaithersburg: VCA Veterinary Referral Associates
Hummelstown: Katryn Lavanture
York: Elizabeth S. Revell, Ph.D.
Day By Day Pet Caregiver Support Circles
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.
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 5024Lancaster, PA 17606-5024
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