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

EUTHANASIA$300

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$375

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 39 pounds$175
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$300

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 Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park in Lafayette, NJ.

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, but cannot guarantee that.

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

Dr. Carling

Carling Sitterley

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

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

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

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.

"Nikki Abdulla is certainly a credit to her profession. Gentle and caring. Very sympathetic. We recommend her highly."

Harris Malkin
Millersville, Pennsylvania

"Bobby - you were our strong boy. Unfortunately buddy, the Leukemia won. Your with Benny now, he's been waiting for you. Have fun you 2 and don't give Sable to much of a hard time. I will miss your little bowed legged walk, your wonderful disposition and your beautiful eyes."

Dee Magnusson
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania

"Carling was the nicest, most compassionate person I've met in a long time. She understood Pagan's fearfulness and was exceedingly patient. Not many people could do what she does, and she is amazing."

Syd Keirn
York, Pennsylvania

"Making the decision to end your pets suffering is never an easy, even if its the right thing to do. Lap of love truly made this experience as comfortable as possible. I called in advance to set up an account once I knew the unfortunate inevitable fate for Mattisse. The lady I spoke with on the phone was comforting and helpful. she prepared me well for what to expect once we knew it was "time". She also referred to the website which had a lot of good information on determining your pets quality of life which I found helpful.

A few weeks after my buddy's diagnosis, it was time. He stopped eating. Mattisse deserved a better death than starvation. I made the call to schedule the at home euthanasia appointment. I knew which doctor would arrive and when. Dr. Carling called on her way to let us know she was a few minutes from our location. Upon arrival she knocked, which I appreciated, so it wouldn't scare Mattisse. The procedure was thoroughly explained to us so we knew what to expect. Mattisse wasn't the easiest to subdue as he was always very afraid of strangers. Dr. Carling was mindful of this and very patient with us and with him. She gave us ample opportunity to say our goodbyes and was reassuring that this truly was the kindest last decision we could make for Mattisse.

I'm incredibly grateful for Lap of Love and the compassion of Dr. Carling and their associates. Thank you for helping me help my little buddy."

Aubrie Althouse
Willow Street, Pennsylvania

"Dr Nikki was very kind. I had a hard time keeping it together on the day of the appointment but she was patient and thoughtful

It was torture the day of waiting for her to show up, but somehow once she was there it was a lot easier all things considered

My best friend and cat bud for the past ten years got to go peacefully with his head on my lap

Thank you Dr Nikki

Also huge thank you to the call staff. They were so very kind, quick to return my calls, patiently answered my questions as I cried off and on the whole time.

If you're reading this review I *know* how hard it is even just getting to this point, Lap of Love made the process as painless as possible for the people too. Definitely recommend for anyone needing to say goodbye to their furry family member"

Kayleen Timmons
Lewisberry, Pennsylvania

"Our beloved, super happy and energetic lab mix Peanut just stopped eating in early June 2019. That night he was diagnosed by our vet with a mass on his spleen. After deciding that the odds were very against him (almost 9, his dna - his mom died of the same thing at age 6) and the fact that the surgery would be major and most likely be a tough recovery and not extend his life), we decided to spend quality time with him and treat him to keep him comfortable. He sprung back a few days after starting some meds and was good the morning of June 8th for our daughters' graduation. He would go back and forth with energy but on June 24th, he decided that it was time for him to leave us. We called Lap of Love and spent the day with him in his beloved back yard on a blanket. That evening Dr Carling came and helped him pass peacefully with my family, including 2 other dogs on the blanket with him. It was so very sad but I could not imagine a more peaceful way for us to say goodbye. The compassion that Lap of Love gave us on the phone that morning and then in the evening was something I had never experienced previously when saying goodbye to a pet. While I hope to not need them again anytime soon, when the day comes I will definitely call Lap of Love. Sincerely, Lisa Frese, mom to furchild Peanut"

Lisa Frese
Lewisberry, 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
“Our beloved "Daisy" has finally crossed over the rainbow bridge. She was such a loving dog who seldom barked. We took her almost everywhere we went. Nature can be cruel sometimes and at mid life she had many problems. We became "service" people for our dog! All the operations and problems but sweet Daisy was always there with a wagging tail ...
Harris Malkin
October 21, 2019
“Pagan was a giant sweetheart to anyone she knew. If she didn't know you it only took a few minutes to warm up to you and be trying to lick your face (while standing on important internal organs). She had a personality that could barely be contained.”
Syd Keirn
October 11, 2019
“Thor was the most lovable, kind, loyal pup anyone could ask for, he definitely lived up to his name. He was big and tough on the outside but my big baby because he could be so lovable with his family.”
Terrena & Adam Chilton & Desenberg
September 24, 2019
“Shylie held a special place in our fur family as we knew her since the moment of her birth. She was always a mischievous kitten and a curious cat. Although there are three other cats who remain with us, Shylie’s voice and energy are sorely missed.
I dreamed of her last night, whole and energetic and purring at my touch.
I’m sure both Steve I ...
Peggy & Steve Spiese
September 18, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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, Pennsylvania 17606

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