Philadelphia & Surrounding Areas | South Jersey

  (267) 317-8110

  [email protected]

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$350

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.

ADDITIONAL FEES

A travel fee is charged outside of Philadelphia county: Delaware & Camden Counties - $30; Montgomery, Glouster & Burlington Counties - $60; Bucks County - $75; Chester & Atlantic Counties - $90

HOLIDAYS

There may be limited availability on major Holidays.

OTHER SPECIES

Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as rabbits, ferrets, rodents, goats, pigs and chickens. Call for availability.

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

There may be additional fees if crematory assistance is needed for aftercare of larger pets. 

AVAILABILITY
We are here to answer your questions Monday-Saturday 7am-9pm, and Sunday 7am-6pm. 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. 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. 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. 

Dr. Brad - In the News:

"Lap of Love franchisees offer palliative veterinary care" ~ Philly.com, April 10, 2016

"Pet Hospice Helps Owners Say Good Bye" ~ USA Today, December 11, 2013

"Philly veterinarian offers in-home pet hospice" ~ Philly.com, October 9, 2013

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.

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.

About 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.

"We had to say Goodbye to our sweet little girl on May20, 2020. Black Cat shared in our lives for 17 years (I sometimes thought that she felt she owned us). Justine was very patient with me on the phone as I attempted to tell her what was needed. Dr. Brad was very comforting and after examining our little Black Cat respectfully agreed with our decision. Dr. Brad did not rush us and explained everything before he did anything. He was very respectful. What an exceptional person to help us particularly at this time. Thank you does seem enough for what he did for us and Black Cat.

Black Cat is missed but I do believe she did not suffer before she passed and that is comforting."

Marion Costello
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

"I couldn't have asked for a more caring Veterinarian. Dr. Brad was excellent and I recommend him highly. This was an experience that could have been much worse, but Dr. Brad was kind and gently. Thank you Dr. Brad for making this transition easier."

Leticia Buchanan
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Thank you for your caring words and for making Jax comfortable in his last minutes. I’m happy the you were able to have him pass in his home."

Karen Rogers
Norwood, Pennsylvania

"There aren't enough words to express our gratitude and thanks to Dr. Brad Bates. His compassion and empathy went above and beyond. He helped make an extremely difficult situation as loving and beautiful as possible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Dr. Bates!"

Heather Sliwinski
Warminster, Pennsylvania

"Dr Brad Bates was the most amazing veterinarian and is highly recommended. He was able to guide us throughout the entire process and remind us we were making the best decision possible for the health of Eddie. He made the worst day of our lives a bit easier and let us spend as much time as possible with Eddie before we had to say goodbye forever. We are forever grateful to Lap of Love and Dr. Brad Bates for helping us say goodbye to our little man and being there for us when we were unsure what to do."

Allanah Richman
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

"We cannot say enough about Dr. Brad Bates. When we knew it was time to say goodbye to our sweet Callie who had given us nothing but pure joy for almost 17 years, we made arrangements with Lap of Love. However, the day before our scheduled date, it became apparent that we needed to proceed on a more urgent basis. Dr. Bates accommodated us within an hour and he could not have been more compassionate or professional. He explained the process thoroughly in a gentle manner, was sensitive to our overwhelming sadness, and treated Callie with respect the entire time. As a result of his kindness, we were able make sure our sweet little girl could go to sleep peacefully in her own home surrounded by all of us who loved her so much. We truly can’t thank him enough and will be forever grateful."

Beth Gallagher
Haverford, 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
“Maggie,
You were so sweet and so very smart. I will miss you everyday.
Dogs are small rays of light caught on Earth for a short time to brighten our days.”
Leticia Buchanan
May 25, 2020
“Our Jax was a loving family member and friend to all who entered our house. He was 15 and he was the king of his castle. He loved to be with his family at all times. He loved everyone who came to the house, he would greet us when when came home and always was happy to see us. Jax loved to lay on the couch with us and loved to nap on the floor by ...
Karen Rogers
May 24, 2020
“Gunner, you are and always will be the best dog EVER. You will be loved and remembered forever. Thank you for 15 years of love, loyalty, faithfulness, and fun! You really are the stuff legend dogs are made of buddy! I hope you're having endless days of playing Frisbee, fetch, and swimming in the bright sunshine. Meet us at the gates wagging ...
Heather Sliwinski
May 7, 2020
“My dear people. It seems a little strange to write something about a dog and attribute human characteristics but Eddie was different from most dogs. Eddie was always so happy and friendly. He seemed very kind and was always nice to me. He fit in no matter who was around. I feel I lost a friend.
-Pop-Pop Mike & Grandmom Lois


Eddie, you were ...
Allanah Richman
May 3, 2020
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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