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

  (717) 388-4818

Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.


Veterinary Hospice$240

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.

Geriatric Consultation$240

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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.


Private Cremation
Pets up to 29 pounds$245
Pets 30 - 69 pounds$295
Pets 70 - 99 pounds$315
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$365
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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 29 pounds$75
Pets 30 - 69 pounds$120
Pets 70 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$200
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

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.

Meet The Doctor

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.

"Having to euthanize a beloved pet is always a terrible experience. Even when it puts an end to pain that can no longer be staved off, it tears at the heart.

Dr. Jo Parr was kind, gentle, and caring. We sat on the floor around Pepper's bed and helped him to pass gently. When my pain has gone away and my heart has healed I will remember this as a beautiful time."

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

"To Dr. Jo and Staff,

Thank you so much for helping our Kenzie pass so peacefully and cross over the rainbow bridge. Your kind and comforting words and compassion mean so much to us. You made this very difficult time a little easier for us to bear. We will never forget Kenzie or you.

Sincerely,,,,,,,Helen and Jim"

Helen Guyer
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

"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 Rodriguez
Harrisburg, 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 Luby
Conestoga, 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 Roth
Harrisburg, 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 East
Myerstown, 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: Tiffany Ayres, Patton Veterinary Hospital

Pet Loss Support Group

  (215) 746-8247

Philadelphia: Veterinary Grief Counseling Program

Pet Loss Support Group

  (717) 657-3867

Harrisburg: Janice Newcomer, Group Leader, Associated Psychologists

Pet Loss Support Group

  (267) 738-9501

Hummelstown: Katryn Lavanture

Pet Loss Support Group

  (717) 840-1356

York: Elizabeth S. Revell, Ph.D.

Service Area

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.

Pet Memorials
“Eulogy for Pepper

Little gray ball of fur with
Curly tail and sparkling eyes
Who guarded the door when I was away
And asked for naught but a hug and a treat
Where have you gone?

The house is too quiet
Your toys lie still
Your bed is empty.

Did God so need another angel
To guard the gates of Heaven above
Or did your little doggie ...
June 21, 2017
“Bella was full of love and energy! She was such a stoic girl given all her medical history!Her smile, tail wag, loving to dance with her mama and eat with her daddy! Letting you go in peace was the most selfless thing I have ever done. I didn't want to let you go ever! were tired my princess and in pain. It took all of me to be able to ...
Keri Rodriguez
March 23, 2017
“My sweet baby girl sierra you were so wonderful from our walks and car rides to eat vanilla ice cream and all your amazing tricks your sit pretty to you high fives and the joy you brought us all. Our world is now empty without you I am hoping your looking down on us from heaven and your up there jumping and playing and doing all the things you ...
Danielle Zechman
March 9, 2017
“My beloved Sage, my poopsie doodle, I love you so much! You were seriously the best dog ever and I will miss you so much. I have lost my shadow and the silence is deafening. You gave me so much love and comfort these past 11 years. I enjoyed our morning walks in the park as much as you did, but I don't believe I showed it as enthusiastically. You ...
Keely Luby
March 2, 2017
Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 5024
Lancaster, PA 17606-5024

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