Philadelphia & Surrounding Areas | South Jersey | Delaware
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 you for an additional fee.
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.
There may be a fee if additional 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.
Brad Bates, VMD
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.
Dr. Brad - In the News:
Brad Bates, VMD
"Dr Brad was absolutely wonderful during this tough time for our family. He was comforting to our beloved dog Lucy, and to each one of us. Explained everything so we would understand that Lucy would be in peace, and would not at all struggle. Lucy was our family and will be greatly missed. Thank you Dr. Brad for being there for the DeSantis family...but most of all, Lucy."
Barbara DeSantisGarnet Valley, Pennsylvania
"Let me just say the Lap Of Love is a godsend. Being able to have Dr. Brad come to our home so our 17 year old cat, Smokee was comfortable & calm with familiar surroundings and not panicked & frightened. He was so sympathetic and soothing to both Smokee and I. He told me every move he was making, so I knew exactly what to expect. So humane and dignified, laying her in a blanket lined basket and covering her up to her neck with a heart blanket. Though it was the hardest thing to go through, he made me feel that sending her to heaven was the right choice, and as I heal, that thought is always going through my head.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Cheryl FioritoHAVERTOWN, Pennsylvania
"Laps of love has been fantastic. From the first phone call, and through the whole process. A wonderful group of people who are truly Blessed."
Sharen UlmerPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
"even though i am sad and crying as i write this, i could not be more at peace with the decision to call this wonderful company and have this done at the house. from the first phone call , and spoke with a wonderful person by the name of Anjie...who did not rush the call at all, she let me have my breakdowns and spoke to me with respect and concern in her voice...to having dr. brad walk me through the entire process . very caring .
cleo was with us for a little over 14 years and has been a very important part of our family . a rotty/german shepard mix who rescued us 14 years ago. she will be deeply missed everyday.
too have this service is a blessing, and a wonderful thing for your loved ones last days. cleo was so at peace at home, and surrounded by loved ones for her final breath. i owed her that for everything she has given us.
thank you Lap of Love, for giving us such a beautiful way to say goodbye.
douglas schleighphila, Pennsylvania
"He was as old as our relationship #9yearsold. He's been there through our biggest life transitions, #courting #engagement #marriage #firsthome #firstchild . Of course we #held & #lovedhim through his #finaltransition
LAP OF LOVE VETERINARY CARE provided us with in home services so that we could support our forever-pup through his final transition that relieved him from suffering beyond relief. Dr. Brad with Lap Of Love administrated the process that allowed our forever-pup to first experience comfort and then peace as he pass surrounded by us his forever family. Dr. Brad was gentle and nurturing as he guided us to the process and created a memorial plaque with our forever -pups final paw print and lock of hair. Lap Of Love services provided us with intimate moment with our forever-pup that we can cherish and always remember."
Roberta FrempongPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Brad brought a calmness to such a sad time in our lives. I am so happy that I heard about Lap of Love. Our 22 year old boy hated to get into the car so the last thing we wanted was to make his last moments any more traumatic than it already was. Having Dr. Brad come to our home and being able to keep our precious boy in his comfortable surroundings was the only way we wanted his last minutes to be."
Mary RomanoGlen Mills, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
U Penn School of Veterinary Medicine
VSEC: Philadelphia, PA
Day by Day Pet Support
Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware: Newcastle, DE
VSEC: Levitown, PA
Metropolitan Veterinary Associates: Norristown, PA
Keystone Veterinary Emergency and Referral: Havertown, PA
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serves the Greater Philadelphia area, including New Jersey and Delaware. Travel fees ($30-$75) may apply based on distance travelled from our veterinarian.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash. All major credit cards are accepted.
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 63583Philadelphia, PA 19147