Philadelphia & Surrounding Areas | South Jersey
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.
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:
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.
Brad Bates, VMD
"When it came time for Cheerio to pass, her breathing worsened very quickly. Dr. Brad immediately rushed over from the city so she did not have to suffer for hours. I am so thankful he was able to come so quickly and explain everything to my two sons. I could not even think clearly. We were more comfortable with the difficult decisions we had to make because he was a licensed vet. He was also very patient and compassionate. Cheerio was a sweet beautiful dog and a cherished member of our family for 12 years. She is deeply missed. Cheerio was able to pass surrounded by her loved ones in her own home. I am happy about that because she would have been very scared being taken somewhere. I highly recommend Lap of Love."
Suzanne PallanteWoodbury, New Jersey
"For 15 1/2 years Rusty made our lives fuller. It was one of the hardest things we've had to do as a family, but with the help of Lap of Love, Dr. Brad came to the house and Rusty passed surrounded by his family and knowing he was loved. I would recommend this service and Dr. Brad to anyone facing this hard choice. He was very calming and sympathetic and made a hard situation a bit easier."
Sue YukenavitchBroomall, Pennsylvania
"As a veterinarian myself, I know how important helping owners say goodbye to their beloved family members is. Offering a gentle goodbye with dignity and respect is truly a gift, but that doesn’t make the actual act of letting go any easier. I simply could not put down my best friend of 13 years, Roxydog, myself even though it was time. From the first tearful phone call to Lap of Love to the very kind email I received at the end, I was impressed and grateful for their thoughtfulness, genuine concern and attention to detail, all of which make a very difficult time a little easier. Dr. Anne was compassionate and Roxy was at ease the entire time. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to say goodbye."
Caitlin BlazicPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
"Although one of the toughest decisions any caring human being can make, we had to put our pug Jesse to rest. We rescued her 16 years ago and of course time had prevailed. Dr. Brad was the finest and most compassionate human being both as a vet and a communicator, which is rare. Thank you Dr. Brad for your kind understanding and we will forever be in your debt for making Jessie's transition for Nancy and I (almost) stress free. All the best, Joe and Nancy Swords."
Joseph SwordsBrookhaven, Pennsylvania
"This is the first time I have had Lap of Love in my home. Thanks Goodness I am a long time owner of a pet sitting business and have referred Lap of Love many times and it has always been a very positive experience. Every client had only positive things to say as do I. It’s always a difficult time and made much easier with this service. I would only continue to refer Lap of Love.
Love’m and Leave’m Home Pet sitting."
Tina McElvarrMorton, Pennsylvania
"For 17 years, the world was a funnier, sweeter place because of one little wiener dog named Jack who touched the hearts of everyone he met. Lap of Love allowed our entire family to be with Jack at the end. He left this world just as he lived it - in his own home, surrounded by the things and the people he loved most.
Thank you, Dr. Anne, for your kindness, compassion and professionalism. Thank you, Tiffany, for your empathy and concern.
You made one of the most difficult times in our lives a little less painful. We will always be grateful."
Lynn TariniPhiladelphia, 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 parts of New Jersey. Travel fees ($30-$100) may apply based on distance traveled 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
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Brad Bates