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.
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.
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
"We are so thankful for Dr. Carling. Our sweet Caisie had been having pain, mobility, cognitive, and other health issues and was getting so stressed from multiple visits to a veterinary practice. Dr. Carling Sitterley from Lap of Love came to our house for a hospice visit, and gave us two additional weeks with Caisie that we thought we wouldn't have. She was diligent in her follow-ups by email, phone, and text, and even made herself available when away for a weekend. When Caisie's time to pass came, Dr. Carling was there for us with only a few hours notice, and we were able to say goodbye to Caisie in the comfort of our home, with her doggie buddy Louie there with us too. Having 15 minutes of time with our beloved Caisie, relaxed and pain free before her final passing on her favorite blanket, was a priceless gift. We were also impressed by small gestures , like handing us tissues and giving Caisie and Louie treats, that at such a difficult time, made things much easier and comfortable for us. There are not enough words to express how much we appreciated Dr. Carling's strength, compassion, and warmth throughout Caisie's hospice and passing."
Jennifer Van PeltDenver, Pennsylvania
"My family cannot thank Dr. Carling enough for being there for us on such short notice. Something in the stars lined up the night of Roxy's passing because Dr. Carling was 15 minutes away, when on a normal night she would not have been. The second she entered our home, we felt her gentleness and that is exactly what we needed in that moment. Even though this was just a part of Dr. Carling's day, it was a huge chapter in our lives that she helped end in a peaceful way. She was the main reason that we could have the best case scenario for an awful situation."
Ashley KochWernersville, PA, Pennsylvania
"Thank you so much for your kindness and understanding through-out this process, one I do not want to repeat any time soon but when that time comes again, I will most definitely reach out to you and Lap of Love.
Thank you again."
York Haven, Pennsylvania
"We were so fortunate to have someone as yourself to help Max move ahead to a peaceful place.
Your compassion, understanding, and love of animals made the day a little easier.
So wonderful to know that there is a service as yours, to help families and their pets at a difficult time.
We say thank you from deep within our hearts."
Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
"Thank you so much for helping us through this process. You truly made this experience one thousand times better than we ever expected. We were able to be with AJ until his final breath and we had peace knowing we made the right decision for him. He is greatly missed by all, including our other pup who is lost without him. Our son is taking everything well and we loved all of the resources you provided.
It really takes someone special to do what you do every day. We just wanted to make sure you know how much you truly helped us all."
"Dr. Jo Parr was so kind and gentle and made this difficult time easier for me to handle"
Dave ClaytonLebanon, 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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