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

  (717) 388-4818

  [email protected]

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$365

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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.

HOLIDAYS

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

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 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.

"Dr. Nikki was wonderful when she helped us with our cat, Cosmo. She was very professional, but also very compassionate and patient. She did not rush the procedure, and took time for us to tell her when we were ready. She allowed us to be with Cosmo until the peaceful end. The entire experience was made into a loving memorial for Cosmo, because of Lap of Love. I would recommend them to anyone who needs or wants assistance with their pet’s passing in their own home."

Rachel Gainer
York, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Carling was so kind to us. She immediately addressed the fact that this was once again an unfortunate way to be meeting as this was our second fur baby she helped cross the rainbow bridge. I’m so grateful for her kindness and that she was the one to help us with our fur baby again. She truly is a bright spot in this difficult and sad time. Thank you again, Dr Carling."

Keri Crouse
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

"Wonderful! Dr Carling was great. I would suggest Lap of Love to everyone. A very personal and peaceful time. And there was no stress on Benson."

Lisa Cameron
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

"Although I have used Lap of Love for my sweet boy in the past this testimonial is because of the kindness Lap of Love demonstrates. A neighbor of mine was home with her beloved 5 year old golden retriever Lexi when she suddenly died right there in front of her. Anyone reading this knows the pain that is felt in your heart. She called and I went into her home and there was Lexi laying probably in one of her favorite spots looking like she was asleep. She was not. Sweet Lexi was gone. Through hysteria we were trying to figure out what to do but I already knew I was going to tell her Lap of Love. From the minute I called, Deborah was there for us to help us through the chaos and crying. She treated us like she knew us. The compassion is something I can't describe. Everyone I speak to there is Angelic. And when they come to your home they couldn't make you feel anymore comfortable. It's an unbelievable feeling and demonstration of love that we all could learn from.

Thank you Lap of Love people for all you do especially during these trying times."


Lititz, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Sitterley made a tough time a bit easier for my husband and I . She was extremely considerate of our feelings and our last minutes with Minnie. Minnie was treated with tenderness and extreme love by Dr. Sitterley. We got Minnie's box yesterday and it's beautiful. We will use Lap of Love again if the occasion arises. Sincere thanks."

Marcia Oster
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

"Nikki was absolutely amazing. She was very kind and considerate of our needs. She calmy explained everything and gave us the time we needed without rushing.

Very thankful for her and your Organization."

Chrissy Krackow
Lancaster, 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)

Emergency Clinic

  (717) 767-5355

York: Animal Emergency and Referral Center of York

Pet Loss Support Group

  (717) 246-3611

Red Lion: Tammy Jo Mankey, Patton Veterinary Hospital

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
“Carmel, you were my buddy from the day we lost Maggie. You slept beside me every night for the first 2 months after she passed. You were such a sweet easy going boy and you loved your treats and going outside for our walks. Your body was still so strong but the cancer caught up and it was time for you to rest. You always had me laughing even til ...
Keri Crouse
May 27, 2020
“Benson was my best friend. He was always with me, always at my feet. He helped me with everything I did. I'm not sure what I will do without him. He is and will always be missed. Mommy loves you Benny!”
Lisa Cameron
May 10, 2020
“REMEMBERING OUR LIFE WITH MINNIE
To my beloved John as we bear this loss together. It was a first marriage for both and at forty-nine and fifty-one years of age there would be no children, ever. We built our family by rescuing kittens. I brought Macloud to our family, but he was already eleven years old. You said you wanted a kitten so on the ...
Marcia Oster
April 17, 2020
“Our beloved Spunky passed peacefully on Monday 4-13-20. Spunky came into our lives at 6 weeks old.He was definitely the KING cat of the household.
Spunky loved his canned food and Squeeze up treats! We have a huge hole in our hearts and home.
He will be deeply missed.”
Chrissy Krackow
April 17, 2020
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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