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$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.

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. 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. 


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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.

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.

"Thank you, Dr. Lucy Astor, for the truly beautiful assistance in guiding our beloved Labradoodle, Keiki in his passing. My husband, three daughters, and I will be forever grateful to you. You explained every step of the process, professionally and compassionately. Our beloved boy passed away so peacefully. I highly recommend Lap of Love at-home euthanasia services. Thanks again! <3"

Dori Millisky
SOMERDALE, New Jersey

"Dr. Brad was so kind and compassionate from the moment he walked into our house. He could see that we were visibly upset. He explained everything to us and what to expect. Our Junior finally wasn’t in pain and Dr. Brad helped us give that to Junior. I would highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Brad. My husband Rob and I are extremely grateful for you professionalism and kindness during our extremely difficult decision of euthanasia for our Junior. It is not an easy one to make but it was the right one. Thank you Dr. Brad"

Nanci Nolfi
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Karen was so incredibly sweet, kind, patient. She made this very difficult day so much more comforting. She was a angel. Oreo was very comfortable with her. 💗 I am very grateful for this service and the caring doctors."

Kathy Devaney
Springfield, Pennsylvania

"I'm so grateful to Dr. Bates for helping Pip cross over. He was very honest with us about her condition, but very, very compassionate. This was the hardest decision my husband and I had to make, but Dr. Bates guided us through every step of the process. Pip's passing was peaceful. Dr. Bates prevented her suffering from getting worse. It was painful for us, but a blessing for her."

Christine Eichelberger
Norristown, Pennsylvania

"We are truly grateful to Dr. Brad and Dana for their kindness, compassion and heartfelt care, on the saddest day of saying goodbye to our beloved beagle, Christy. Christy brought so much joy and happiness to our family. Dr. Brad and Dana's reassurance and gentle ways helped us through the painful anguish and allowed Christy to rest in peace in her own home surrounded by love."

Hugh, Donna, Sabrina & Sierra Boyle
Glassboro, NJ, Pennsylvania

"I would like to thank Dr Melinda for coming to Shadows home. For being kind, compassionate and comforting, for providing the service that we thought long and hard about, but could not put off any longer, even though we did not want to say goodbye to our precious pet. The service was poised and dignified and beautiful. Dr Melinda was gentle, did everything at our pace, explained things to us, answered our questions and allowed us time with our kitty so we could say our goodbyes. I am thankful for the service they provide and would recommend them."

Barbara Blevins
Bensalem, 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
“It is very difficult to type this now. I am having a hard time accepting that Junior is gone. In July he had bouts of diarrhea and throwing up. The vet treated the symptoms but by the end of the month it continued. After so many tests it came back that he had diabetes. So we gave him 2 shots a day. His throwing up and diarrhea subsided a little ...
Nanci Nolfi
November 4, 2019
“The house feels empty but in time we will save another in your honor. You were my buddy, friend, protector you fit in with our family so well. Shea lost his hearing and we adopted you at 10 to be his buddy. You sure watched out for him. He crossed the bridge 2 1/2 years ago also with lap of love. I miss you more than you can imagine. Out daily ...
Kathy Devaney
November 4, 2019
“It's so hard to believe that she is really gone. When my husband and I adopted Pip in 2009, we had no idea what we were in for. She was my first cat, and taught me everything I know about cats, both good and bad. She was playful, neurotic, and loving. She hated other cats, but was friendly to any person who came to our home to visit.

It's so ...
Christine Eichelberger
October 29, 2019
“Shadow, Our lives are so empty without you. The house has a different feel to it. The sound of your purring is forever on our minds and in our hearts. There will NEVER be another cat like you. Your gentle temperment, the way you jumped on our backs and kneading our laps like a loaf of bread til you got comfy enough to settle on them. The way you ...
Barbara Blevins
October 14, 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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