Philadelphia & Surrounding Areas

  (267) 317-8110

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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$450

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

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.

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
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

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
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$300

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

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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. 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. Leslie

Leslie Krienke

I’m originally from the suburbs just north of Boston, which means I’m no stranger to cold weather. Growing up, I was always drawn toward a career of service, so I started by serving my country. I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and upon graduation I was commissioned as an officer in the US Army. In the Army I witnessed the awe-inspiring abilities of service animals. I marveled at the human-animal bond between soldiers with PTSD and service dogs. The dedication and loyalty that these animals and humans provided each other compelled me to pursue veterinary medicine. My sense of service grew into a desire to foster and protect this bond.

After leaving the Army, I attended Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. I felt every success and heartache alongside the families we helped. For me, the most fulfilling was serving as the support for a family experiencing the loss of their loved one. I have experienced loss in a variety of ways throughout my life-including several of my own pets. Recently, I said goodbye to my 9-year-old cat, George, who had lymphoma. I am thankful for the time I had with him and miss him every day. He is always in my heart and memories, and I am grateful for the peaceful passing he had.  

The bond between people and our pets is strong, and it is real. I was drawn to a career in end-of-life care to be able to support and comfort families and their loved ones through this process. It is an honor to help families in such a delicate and meaningful way.  

Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, biking, and running. The beach is one of my favorite places to spend the day with my husband, young son, and our dog.

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 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

"This is an amazing service. Having to say goodbye to a family member is hard enough. Having to take them to an uncomfortable location to do it makes it worse, for the pet and the loved ones. I can't tell you how happy we were to find Lap of Love. Having the Dr. come to the house, where Morgana was most comfortable, was a Godsend.

Dr. Krienke was simply the best. She treated us with kindness and our poor girl, Morgana, with kindness, sympathy, dignity, and gentility. She explained the procedure in detail, step by step, and allowed us all the time we needed to prepare ourselves. It should also be noted that she did this under difficult circumstances during the Covid outbreak. My wife, Linda, and I couldn't have asked for a better Dr. or a better way to handle an emotionally impossible situation.

It should also be noted that our girl, who suffered from end-stage cancer, slid downhill abruptly the night before and Lap of Love was able to have Dr. Leslie here the next day before noon, so our girl didn't have to suffer long. Linda and I were so grateful for that.

Trust me, when the time comes to make the hard decision, you won't go wrong by calling Lap of Love."

Thomas Bradley
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

"We are so grateful to Dr. Leslie and this amazing organization. As much as we wanted to keep our Dewey with us forever, we knew in our hearts that we needed to let him go. What we wanted most for Dewey during this most difficult time, was to allow him to be wrapped in our arms, hearing our voices, in his favorite space with his favorite people. Dr. Leslie gave us every bit of what we wanted. She was very careful to explain every step of the process. She addressed our fears about the timing of our decision. She gave us all the time we needed throughout the entire process. We never felt rushed. The basket she provided was beautiful, and my son was so grateful to be able to carry Dewey to the car. We love the paw print and the fur clippings too. We also very much appreciated the follow up communications. We miss Dewey every day, but we feel comfort knowing we did the best we could do for him thanks to Dr. Leslie and this great organization.

A final note about this organization in general. They were amazing to work with. We called on a Saturday morning and they told us exactly when to expect them to arrive, which gave us time to emotionally prepare. Dr. Leslie came into our home during the height of the pandemic to provide this service. We really appreciate her taking that risk for us in our time of need. - The Ward Family"

Lisa Ward
Media, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Brad was so patient and kind during a very difficult experience of putting our dog down. He evaluated Riley and listened to the health issues he was having and reassured me that I was making the right decision. He thoroughly explained the entire process and was so gentle and comforting to us. I cannot say enough positive things about using Lap of Love and Dr. Brad. He made an incredibly hard experience so peaceful."

Lauren Nelson
Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania

"Gave Dixie a peaceful and painless parting with compassion and mercy that makes a difficult situation immensely easier."

Terry Heenan
Hav. Pa., Pennsylvania

"Dr Lucy was excellent and and calm during his transition... she guided us with her knowledge and reassurance. She made a unbearable situation more bearable... it was actually a wonderful thing to have had him at home with his toys blankets ect... a very peaceful way..."

Maria Wild
Langhorne, Pennsylvania

"We are so grateful to have received such phenomenal service of Dr. Brad and the Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice.

With such kindness’s and gentleness we were able to let our Bella go peacefully to Rainbow Bridge.

Lap of Love was extremely accommodating from our first call. They answered all of our questions and concerns with such grace, compassion and understanding.

It has been a true blessing to be able to say goodbye to our Furbaby with such comfort.

Thank you."

Tiffany McMenamin
Ridley Park PA, 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 serve the Greater Philadelphia area. Travel fees ($30-$100) may apply based on distance traveled from our veterinarian.

Pet Memorials
“Riley had a very long and eventful life, living to age 14. He loved his pop-pop, sleeping and eating, ducking people when they tried to pet his head, and was the mayor of our block, always keeping an eye out. He really enjoyed nesting - most notably in fuzzy blankets, laundry, purses, and jackets. He lived with his mom in Philadelphia, PA and ...
Lauren Nelson
January 8, 2021
“She had a peaceful and painless parting after a happy life. I know she had no complaints. Also no offense to anyone but seriously she was the cutest and best dog ever 😇”
Terry Heenan
January 7, 2021
“Racer was the best pup, friend, companion and lil brother anyone could of had!
Beautiful ,strong and stoic... he was a fixture in our front yard! Always greeting the neighbors, children , post man ,, trash men and delivery people!
He just LOVED people!”
Maria Wild
January 3, 2021
“Bella, A natural fighter, our Boxer.

9 months ago, at the beginning of our nationwide quarantine we received Bella’s diagnosis, Osteosarcoma. Her expectancy was 3 months at most, She gave us an additional 6 months. The silver lining, we got to spend everyday with our Beautiful girl.

Our Furbaby, she was raised with our 3 daughters. She ...
Tiffany McMenamin
December 30, 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

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