PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

VETERINARY HOSPICE$400

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.

EUTHANASIA$350

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.

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.

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.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$300
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 149 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 you for an additional fee.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$200
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$225
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$275

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 at Nonantum Vet Clinic in Landenberg, PA. 

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 Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Anne

Anne Mitchell

I grew up in Chester County and have lived here all of my life. My aspiration to become a veterinarian began at an early age, as did my tendency to collect pets (dogs, fish, birds, hamsters, and eventually cats and horses also). I spent many wonderful years working as a veterinary technician prior to making the decision to apply to vet school. I completed my undergraduate work at West Chester University then proceeded on to University of Pennsylvania for my veterinary degree. Since graduation, I have spent most of my time working in general medicine at a private practice in Montgomery County, prior to joining Lap of Love. 

My first dog as an adult was a young rescue German Shepherd who taught me so much about veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond. We were together for almost 14 amazing years before he earned his wings with me by his side. Allowing him to pass peacefully was one of the most difficult life choices I ever had to make but it was also one of the most important decisions. I was able to give him the gift of a planned, pain-free journey.

I am honored to have the opportunity to join Lap of Love and I hope to help you and your loved ones through those difficult times.

Dr. Melinda

Melinda Glavin

Growing up in Long Island, NY, I can’t remember a time where I didn’t want to be a veterinarian. I once even tried to convince my parents to get me a pet monkey! I spent my youth volunteering at animal shelters and eventually went on to complete my bachelor’s degree at Bucknell University. After graduation, I made the decision to travel the world and pursued veterinary school in the Caribbean at St. George’s University. 

I then began practicing small animal medicine, and while I enjoyed spending time with families and their pets, I yearned for a stronger bond with my patients in a slower paced atmosphere and I felt the calling to do veterinary end of life care.  As veterinarians, we are so lucky to help pets and families through major life decisions and to help guide them through tough times. Working with Lap of Love allows me to make a difference by giving me the honor of creating a beautiful transition to peace for our beloved pets.

My hobbies outside of Veterinary Medicine include playing guitar, singing, hiking, and spending time with my 6lb dog, Truman, and my twice-his-sized cat, Jackson.

Dr. Toni

Toni Knox

I was born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. I’ve always had an affinity for all animals and my mother has often told me stories of how I gave her small heart attacks when I little because I was known to let go of her hand to cross the street and make any animal I saw my new friend. During social events, like birthday parties, I was often found hidden away in a quiet corner or under the table with a friend’s pet. When I was 8 years old, after noticing my curiosity and love for animals, my mom explained to me that there were actual doctors for animals! From that point on my goal was crystal clear: become a veterinarian. I later attended Tuskegee University to study Animal Science and continued on to Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine where I obtained my Veterinary Degree. Upon graduation, I immediately returned to Philadelphia, the city I love, for the start of my Veterinary Career. 

My interests include Internal Medicine, Feline Medicine, Pathology, but most important of all is the Human-Animal Bond. I have had numerous pets during my lifetime, so I appreciate and fully value the strong bond that we create with the pets we care for and share our lives with. I know that loving a pet also means that we, the pet parents, will suffer an inevitable heartache when it is time for us to say goodbye. One of the most unique and beautiful privileges we have as veterinarians is to support and guide our client’s in the decision to give the selfless and loving gift of alleviating the suffering of their beloved pet. I am honored to be a Lap of Love veterinarian and I am committed to being there for you and your loved ones during these difficult times.
 
When I am not practicing medicine, I am often spending time with family, reading, and crafting. I am also a mom to a bright, energetic gentleman and five fur babies - Eden, King, Autumn, Hamish, and Velcro.

Dr. Brad

Brad Bates

People often ask me why I do what I do. For me, the ability to help pets and their loving families through a difficult time, and in doing so provide more comfort for everyone involved, is more than enough reason. It is a huge honor to help pets spend their last days or weeks or even months in more comfort, and with their families by their side. Everyone speaks of the difficulty of providing hospice care, but for me it is never difficult. Each and every pet and family I help shows me a deeper appreciation for the human animal bond. I feel the love between a family and a pet every time I step into a new home. It is a wonderful thing to be a part of, and to make a difficult situation better is exactly the reason I became a veterinarian. 

I received my veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Although I have experience in a wide array of small animal care, end-of-life and hospice care has truly been a calling for me. I'm so grateful that I can share my experience and understanding to you.

Like most veterinarians, my home consists of many pet children: I have 3 cats and a chinchilla. Like most pet parents, I understand the fear involved when they are sick. The fear of not knowing what to do, how to help, what is too much and most importantly when is it an appropriate time to let them pass peacefully. These are tough decisions, and you need the assistance of someone that will focus on you and your pet specifically. I offer the service I would want in return when those sad days happen to me. Being at home, surrounded by loved ones, and a peaceful goodbye.

One thing I’ve learned after being blessed with such great pets in the past, is that you have to enjoy the time you have with them. Time is less important than quality of time. I remember my little Laker. He was a sickly kitten, born with FeLV infection. He was sick with a severe respiratory infection due to his diminished immune system. His mother had to push him away from the litter. I cared for him and nursed him to health and he became a happy healthy kitten. But at aged 2 he developed lymphoma secondary to FeLV. Poor Laker was quite sick and I tried to help. But there was no medicine that could make him better. Once I thought his quality of life was diminishing and not improving, I let him pass peacefully with the help of my colleague. It was the most difficult day of my life, and that time was the most difficult time of my life to this day, and probably forever. But the thought of him suffering or becoming sicker was worse. I thank the stars every day that I was able to let him pass peacefully before he suffered to death.  He will be in my heart forever.

Spoil your pets and enjoy the laughs they bring when they are silly. Honor and remember them when they have passed. I never think of the day I will be without my pets. It helps that every day they make me laugh and smile. 


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Dr. Karen

Karen Brockman

I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and have lived here most of my life and was always surrounded by small animals (dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, gerbils, turtles, fish and even a pet skunk!). After working for many years as an archaeologist in the American West, I decided to become a Veterinarian because of several personal experiences: one was with my own dog, Emma, when she was sick; another was a series medical issues in my family. At the age of 44, with the encouragement and support of my family, I graduated from The University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School and completed a Medical Internship in Virginia. I have worked for many years as an Emergency Veterinarian and a General Practitioner in Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

My experiences with my own pets and as a Veterinarian have helped me gain a great appreciation for the Human-Animal Bond and helped me develop a strong interest in Geriatric Medicine, hospice care, and end-of-life care. My philosophy as a Veterinarian is to care for my patients and support their families with compassion and respect, as though they are part of my own family. Working with Lap of Love allows me to help our beloved pets pass peacefully at home surrounded by those they love and to be there for their families during difficult times.  

I live with Mikey (a sheltie), Lady (a beagle) and Max (a chihuahua) - we enjoy training in agility and nosework. I also love the outdoors, nature travel, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Lucy

Lucy Astor

I am originally from the Jersey Shore and, as many kids do, I grew up wanting to be a Veterinarian. Once I got to high school, though, I became interested in human geriatric medicine, so I started my college career at NYU as a pre-med student. During college, I realized my one true passion was in the veterinary field. I transferred to the University of Maryland College Park to major in Animal Science and then went on to obtain my degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. It’s exactly what I was meant to do.

Immediately following veterinary school, I completed a rotating general internship and a specialty internship in Internal Medicine at Garden State Veterinary Specialists.  It was there that I met my incredible husband, and we (and our combined five cats!) started a fantastic journey together that would take us to Florida, Chicago, New York City, and eventually landing happily in the Philly suburbs.  Along the way, we heartbreakingly had to say goodbye to three of our loving cats but also joyously welcomed three beautiful (human) babies into our home. 

While working in Emergency Medicine, I discovered my interest in veterinary hospice and end-of life care.  The experience of connecting with families to assist them and their beloved companions during such an emotional time was beyond rewarding. It made me realize how passionate I am about being able to help guide pets and families through the difficult journey of saying goodbye. It moved me to join Lap of Love, where I am honored to provide this care to you and your family.

Taking care of three young boys and two geriatric kitties leaves little time for hobbies, but in my precious spare time, you’ll find me cooking, working out, or at the shore.

About Anne Mitchell

I grew up in Chester County and have lived here all of my life. My aspiration to become a veterinarian began at an early age, as did my tendency to collect pets (dogs, fish, birds, hamsters, and eventually cats and horses also). I spent many wonderful years working as a veterinary technician prior to making the decision to apply to vet school. I completed my undergraduate work at West Chester University then proceeded on to University of Pennsylvania for my veterinary degree. Since graduation, I have spent most of my time working in general medicine at a private practice in Montgomery County, prior to joining Lap of Love. 

My first dog as an adult was a young rescue German Shepherd who taught me so much about veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond. We were together for almost 14 amazing years before he earned his wings with me by his side. Allowing him to pass peacefully was one of the most difficult life choices I ever had to make but it was also one of the most important decisions. I was able to give him the gift of a planned, pain-free journey.

I am honored to have the opportunity to join Lap of Love and I hope to help you and your loved ones through those difficult times.

"Thank you, thank you, Dr. Mitchell!

Sorry about the time it's taken for me to write. You helped my brother and me with our terminally ill cat, Nimue, in June. While we continue to mourn her, we are pleased and relieved by how you made the experience as manageable and endurable as possible.

We had only that day learned that your service exists, and you came promptly to see Nimmy off to a better world. Along with your obvious care, sympathy, and understanding, it was a relief that YOU could come to US, since Nimue always had a terrible time in the pet carrier. We're so grateful that you could spare her that on her last day in this life.

I can't help but share a wonderful observation: Since Nimue left us, I've been filling one of her two water bowls every morning as a kind of remembrance of her. (There are now no other pets in the house.) The untouched bowl remains full, but the bowl I fill at about 10:00 am is seen to be only half-full later in the afternoon. We can only conclude that Nimue knew how much we loved her, and intelligent and close to us as she always was, somehow makes her presence known in this routine little way! It is as if she's returning our love and consoling us.

Thanks again, so much, Dr. Mitchell. We would recommend you and your services to anyone who needs them.

With Love & Gratitude, Chris & Ed"

Chris McGrane
Broomall, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Lucy was the best person I could have ever imagined to help Sid & I through this. I can not say enough about her & how she handled everything."

Roddie Cooper
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Anne

I will always be grateful for you at the time of my baby passing.

Thank you for your kindness and compassion.

Marlene

Vladimir's mom"

Marlene Korman
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Anne was so so awesome. This is the only way to go with a fabulous Doc like Dr. Anne. She made it a tad easier for me and so much less stressful and comfortable for Gracey!!!"

susan goldberg
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pennsylvania

"WE FINALLY HAD HER PUT TO REST AT HOME WITH PEOPLE NAMED "LAP OF LOVE". WE DIDN'T HAVE HER CREMATED, SO IT WAS SUCH A BLESSING TO HAVE THIS WONDERFUL, CARING PERSON COME TO OUR HOUSE TO DO IT IN OUR PET'S OWN SETTING. THE VET'S NAME WAS DR. GLAVIN FROM PHILA. VETERINARIAN HOSPICE WHO CAME TO PUT CHLOE DOWN."

Priscilla Yoder
Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

"My family and I were so fortunate enough to be introduced to Lap of Love and to Dr. Brad. Dr. Brad helped me make an informed decision about my baby, who was diagnosised with terminal cancer just a few weeks ago. He is intelligent, articulate, kind and genuine. It is because of him that my baby, Greta, had the best two weeks on "hospice" and it was because of him that my baby never even knew she was dying and it was because of him that she peacefully fell asleep in my lap, surrounded my love and rotisserie chicken. He is a true angel....."

bridget glantz
chalfont, Pennsylvania

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Emergency Clinic

  (215) 746-8911

U Penn School of Veterinary Medicine

Pet Loss Support

  (215) 746-8247

U Penn School of Veterinary Medicine

Emergency Clinic

  (302) 322-6933

Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware: Newcastle, DE

Emergency Clinic

  (610) 666-1050

Metropolitan Veterinary Associates: Norristown, PA

Emergency Clinic

  (484) 454-5412

Keystone Veterinary Emergency and Referral: Havertown, PA

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serves the Greater Philadelphia area, including parts of New Jersey. Travel fees ($30-$100) may apply based on distance traveled from our veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“Sid,
I will ALWAYS love you, I will never let go.”
Roddie Cooper
July 19, 2019
“To my dearest Vlad,

From the day I got you at 6weeks old til your recent passing at 13, you were always my "puppy." You were unique. You would never go out in the back yard when it rained to do your business. I never understood that because I would have to walk you in the rain for you to do your business. You did love the snow. You will be ...
Marlene Korman
July 16, 2019
“Gracey was an unbelieveable little "Person" Furbaby.
She is so sorely missed!!!
She was my 'GO TO' friend and knew more than anyone else about my life!
she had quite the personality and loved to do all kinds of things including her morning shower drinking from the faucet.
Miss my baby girl so very much.”
susan goldberg
July 16, 2019
“WE HAD TO PUT OUR BELOVED CHLOE AT AGE 17 TO REST ON SUNDAY FEB. 2019 . IT'S BEEN COMING FOR QUITE A WHILE. SHE'S LOST ABOUT 20 LBS & HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT SKIN/BONE, HAD DOGGIE DEMENTIA, & THE SLOW GROWING CANCER IN HER LIVER WAS GETTING THE BEST OF HER.

WE ARE, OF COURSE, DEVASTATED. WE MISS HER TERRIBLY. WE HAVE BOUTS OF CRYING EACH & ...
Priscilla Yoder
July 15, 2019
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 63583
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Brad Bates.

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