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.

"I cannot say enough about the compassion that Dr. Nikki had for Sammy and myself. I will never forget her kindness and caring. I thank her from the bottom of my heart."

patty heckel
leola, Pennsylvania

"I thank God for the service Laps of Love offers. Dr Nikki was soft spoken and I was at ease with her instantly. Having the setting at home was the best experience. Dr Nikki talked us through every step of the procedure. When Bob and I carried Halo out on a stretcher into Dr Nikki’s vehicle and she pulled away, I knew that Halo was in good hands. We chose a private cremation and added a few of Halo’s favorite things. I really cannot think of one thing I would do different. Thank you Dr Nikki.❤️"

Vianne Shope
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

"As sad as the experience was, Dr. Carling provided us with much comfort and empathy. She was excellent. It was a much more peaceful and gentle experience for both Muffin and us."

bob & maryann arnold
lebanon, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Abdulla was so patient and kind during the passing of our sweet boy. She waited on us to tell her when we were ready for each step of the process, told us that she could really tell me loved our boy and gave us some time with Johnny. She has such a kind heart. Thank you Dr. Abdulla for everything you helped make the experience a peaceful one for us all."

Ana Wertz
York, Pennsylvania

"Our little Maddy gave us unconditional love and happiness through her 16 years of life. When we knew it was time to let her rest Dr. Carling treated her with compassion and dignity. She explained everything to us so we knew Maddy would pass peacefully. This made an awful day more bearable as Maddy rested and passed gently in her daddy’s arms while we told her we loved her. Thank you Dr Carling for making Maddy’s last moments with us caring and loving. We highly recommend Lap of Love during this difficult time."

Lori Erickson Erickson
Hershey, Pennsylvania

"Sadly, we have had to say good-bye to two beloved family members, Hattie, 4 years ago, and Ivory just 8 weeks ago. Both times Dr. Jo came to our home and allowed us to say a gentle good bye to our two wonderful dogs. There is nothing to say except that it is terribly hard to go through this, but Dr. Jo made it less painful in that we knew our girls didn't have the additional fear and stress of not being at home with us until the very end. Dr. Jo was very gentle with our dogs, and she was respectful and reassuring to us as well.

We have reccommended Lap of Love to friends who have had to go through this, and will continue to recommend them.

Thank you so much, Dr. Jo!"

Susan Fitzpatrick
Mohnton, 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
“This is in loving memory of my Sammy. I miss him so much..he was always right beside me...waiting faithfully at the door when i came home from work. He was a typical needy little dachshund...always needing my attention...he always came first!!! If I was on the phone he needed to go out...if I was eating he needed his food first. He was very much ...
patty heckel
March 28, 2020
“Halo was the best companion I could have ever wished for. She loved our long walks. She loved being anywhere with her daddy and mommy.

Her favorite things were: Daddy, Mommy, a ball, running, walks, and snacks. Not sure what the correct order would be.

The day we got her was the best day of my life and the day she passed was the worst. ...
Vianne Shope
March 14, 2020
“Seventeen years ago, my wife, a cat lover, brought home 3 cats. The smallest, a female gray tiger, was named “Muffin”. It didn’t take long for Muffin to decide to ‘choose’ me and I called her “Miff”. Little Miff became my shadow and the ultimate lap-puss. Didn’t matter which recliner, bed, bar seat, or sofa; Miff found my lap. Many times in ...
bob & maryann arnold
March 11, 2020
“Johnny,

My heart is broken, I miss you so much. Thank you for picking me to love you for 15.5 years. You were my first baby, you were with me through so many milestones in my life. We will miss you and the silly things you would do. Always looking for a snack, never letting ever get in your way of some food or opening gates with your nose to ...
Ana Wertz
March 6, 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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