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 Dear Pet Memorial Park.
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.
Jo Parr, VMD
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. Jo was very patient and had a calm presence. She explained every step and did a physical examination and quality of life inquiry. We also appreciated how she was dressed down not in a white lab coat just down to earth feeling."
Keri RodriguezHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
"I heard about Lap of Love through a friend. My main reason for wanting to say goodbye to Sage at home was because she was terrified of going to the vet. There was no consoling her whenever we would go to any vet. I did not want that to be her last experience. Dr. Jo came to our house and talked to all of us, and of course Sage. Sage had to give her a good sniff. There was nothing wrong with her sniffer! Anyway, Dr. Jo was asking us questions about Sage as she was setting up and giving us time. I thought she was just asking to make it easier for us at the time, but she was really listening too. She used this information about Sage to write a lovely memorial for her on her facebook page. She explained every step and gave us time between each step. She made a paw print for us and offered to cut some of Sage's hair for us. When Sage had passed we were allowed as much time as was needed with her. And when she left she offered hugs to us girls whom she knew needed them. I would highly recommend Dr. Jo and Lap of Love. I also want to acknowledge the people on the phone when I called. I don't remember their names (I called a couple of times) but everyone I spoke to was very sweet and calming."
Keely LubyConestoga, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Jo was incredibly patient and compassionate with helping Miss Kitty transition over the rainbow bridge. The procedure was peaceful and painless. She gave us the peace of mind knowing that we did the right thing. Her demeanor had a calming effect not just for Miss Kitty but for us too. It takes a special person to do what she does. There is a special place in heaven for people like Dr. Jo."
Tim and Barb RothHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Jo was very caring and compassionate both with
Jake and with us. It was a very difficult thing to have to go through but Dr. Jo made it possible to get through. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone that is faced with the difficult decision"
April EastMyerstown, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Jo was incredibly patient and compassionate from the moment she arrived to her departure. It was an awful day as my Stanley's condition was sudden and unexpected - but he was beyond help. I knew it in my heart. He was 16 years old and would not have tolerated a trip to the vet or any medical procedure. Dr. Jo helped me get him out from under the bed and talked us both gently through the procedure. I was devastated, but she was very comforting. Thank you Dr. Jo and the scheduling staff at Lap of Love for arranging a same-day appointment -- and helping me through a heartbreaking decision."
Shannon EllisLeesport, Pennsylvania
"Lap of Love and Dr. Jo made an extremely painful day go as easily as it possibly could have for my baby. Dr. Jo was understanding and accommodating for my requests. Jewel was home. She looked out from her favorite perch for her last view, she was in the most comfortable place she could be, with my arms around her loving her, as she got her angel wings. She did not have any suffering or anxiety at all. I could not as for anything more for her crossing."
Teri EhrichWest Reading, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Lancaster: Brenda Edwards, CELEBRATING THE BOND: Grief Recovery Programs
Lancaster: Pet Emergency Treatment Services, Inc (PETS)
York: Animal Emergency and Referral Center of York
Red Lion: Tiffany Ayres, Patton Veterinary Hospital
Philadelphia: Veterinary Grief Counseling Program
Harrisburg: Janice Newcomer, Group Leader, Associated Psychologists
Hummelstown: Katryn Lavanture
York: Elizabeth S. Revell, Ph.D.
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the South Central PA area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30 - $60 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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