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

  (717) 388-4818

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$275

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$375

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$300
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$375
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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$200
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$225
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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 you were great and gave us the time we needed with Leo before his passing. You were so sweet and made the process much easier for us and Lucy also enjoyed your company. It is never easy though and I can say everyone at the Lap of Love has been so compassionate and caring on the phone and in person. You are all the best!!!!

Thank you,

John Stonemetz

David Miley"

John / David Stonemetz / Miley
York, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Carlings' compassion was just what we needed at such a difficult time. Her assistance made Zoe's passing easier for us. We will be forever grateful for the services you provide to pets and their families."

Sabrina Gibson
Denver, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Nikki made LazLo's passing as peaceful as possible. Her care and concern was not only limited to our furry friend. She went above and beyond for us as well. She was extremely empathetic and understanding. I had expressed an interest in keeping his pelt but was too distraught to when the time had come. Afterwards, it was my biggest regret. When she had reached out to us with some grieving advice, I had asked if there was any chance that I could get his body back in an effort to preserve his fur. She not only accommodated this unusual request but she drove him back to us as well. I am so grateful that we were given an opportunity to hold on to a part of him once again. Her compassion had gone above and beyond what we could have ever expected."

Joshua Bayona
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

"My husband and I would like to express our deepest appreciation for Dr Nikki and her care and compassion and dignity in Nasha’s end of life care. She made us feel so much better"

Debbie Garner
Manheim, Pennsylvania

"I was forced to make the heartbreaking decision to euthanize my dog due to heart failure. He was always afraid of going to the vets so I chose to have an in house service. I was so delighted at the way they handled everything. From the initial call where I set up the appointment, to the in home process, aftercare, and follow up. I spoke with Ebony who was so kind and sensitive during the set up, and Dr. Carling who was beyond compassionate to ensure that my furbaby was given the best care. Dr. Carling explained everything, took her time, and was so gentle. My best buddy was able to get pain medication and allow that to take effect before the final shot. All the while I was able to hold, pet, and talk to him, reassuring that he would be okay. Dr. Carling even followed up the next day to see how my family was doing. I am thankful for people like Dr. Carling who have a difficult job but make it their focus to better the experience for others.

It is clear that the office communicates with the doctor in full detail as I had mentioned I didn't want the paw impression done until after my dog had passed. I didn't want to add any unnecessary stress to him. I never had to communicate that to Dr. Carling. She was already aware.

I was also very pleased at the quick turnaround. From the time I called and scheduled everything the doctor was at my house in about 3 hours. This was so important as my dog had started to rapidly deteriorate.

I cannot say enough good things about my experience with this service. I would use this service in the future if needed. Even though this was my worst day, they softened it and helped ease my grief by offering such a compassionate alternative. I will forever be grateful."

Lynn S
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

"This was our first time using an at home euthanasia and I cannot recommend the process or Dr. Nikki Abdulla enough! Just going on a car ride stressed my cat out and the thought of putting him into the car and then taking him into the cold and scary vets office was a heartbreaking thought during this painful time for Oreo.

Oreo's favorite family member was able to hold him in their favorite chair before, during and after the process. Our little guy, and our family were so much more comfortable. The general consensus in our home is that Dr. Nikki was born to do this. She is so kind, gentle and compassionate. She knows just the right thing to say and do. We are forever grateful to Dr. Nikki and Lap of Love for offering this service."

Timberly Pike
Palmyra, 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
“Leo you were a crazy cat when we first got you and not knowing you first couple years we knew we had to gain your trust. You ended up becoming the sweetest cat and you were always right around the corner check everyone out from a safe distance. I think the past few years would have been your favorite. You got to become friends with your sister ...
John / David Stonemetz / Miley
October 30, 2020
“Zoe, you will forever be my angel, both here and now in heaven. Rest in peace, sweetheart. Thank you for 12 years of pure joy.”
Sabrina Gibson
October 19, 2020
“Oh King Lazlo. You were the dog of dogs while you walked this earth. You will still be the dog of dogs now that your spirit soars free. You were the majestic Golden Wolf. Your presence was a gift on many a moonlit night in the neighborhood, walking all over Hbg and Philly, wandering the woods, and just being at home. You spent much of your youth ...
Joshua Bayona
October 14, 2020
“There has never been and never will be again a more perfect, loving, happy, and joy filled creature as our beloved Nasha. She would light up a room when she entered and touched the heart of everyone she met! We loved you with all of our heart as you did us. There is an emptiness that can never be filled. We miss you so much ❤️”
Debbie Garner
October 13, 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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