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.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
Anne Mitchell, VMD
"I called Lap of Love when I knew my beloved Charlotte was in great pain . I was very unsure of my choice as I did not know any of the doctors or how they would be with my big girl. My fears were unfounded. From my first phone call to schedule my appointment I was treated with compassion and immediately knew I made the right call. When Dr. Brad came to help my Charlotte he was kind and thoughtful, he let me know each step he was taking to insure her passing was peaceful. She will be returned to me from their crematorium in a beautiful urn. Lap of Love made one of the hardest decisions of my life into a beautiful passing and I knew she was at peace and pain free when she passed. Thank you Dr. Brad and the staff at Lap of Love. You are all in my prayers and your care was simply the best."
Penny CorbyCoatesville, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Brad is an amazing person. He is so compassionate and caring. Dr. Brad made this sad and devastating experience peaceful for our baby Chili, and helped us through it. He was so patient and allowed us all the time we needed with Chili. We felt that our baby was cared for and respected. We are so grateful that Dr. Brad was the one who helped our beautiful girl become our angel. He truly cares about animals."
Marcella MorrisSewell, New Jersey
"Dr. Brad, with his kind and compassionate demeanor, made this most difficult decision a much more caring and peaceful experience. One never wants to say good bye to a beloved pet, but when the time comes, this is a loving and kind way to do so. I only wish I would have been able to do this for my other pets in the past. To have our precious Kiwi surrounded by her family was a beautiful gift for all of us. Dr. Brad was so respectful of the situation and allowed us all the time we needed. I highly recommend the wonderful service Lap of Love offers, and especially appreciate our fortune to have had Dr. Brad help us."
Meg ClemmBlue Bell, Pennsylvania
"It is hard to find the words for how much we appreciate the service Lap of Love provides and the compassionate care and expertise of Dr. Brad Bates.
Our 14 year-old female tabby, Bee, was suffering with an untreatable cancerous mass in her mouth. We saw her decline quickly over a period of days and we could not help ease her pain. Dr. Brad came to our home on a Sunday, he had read all of the background materials we had sent (from our vet and oncologist) and spent the time to answer all of our questions regarding Bee’s cancer, her symptoms, behavior and prognosis. He then spent time with Bee and talked through with us all of our options. He did not push us in any direction and when we came to the conclusion that euthanasia was the most humane course of action (she couldn’t eat or drink) he was so very helpful and supportive.
For us to be able to spare Bee the trauma of another vet visit and for her to go sleep free of pain surrounded by the things and people she loved was priceless. We also now have a very clinical understanding of her suffering - this has been helping us immensely as we’ve been dealing with the loss, we know we did the best thing for her (even though it was the hardest for us).
We are so grateful to Lap of Love and Dr. Brad Bates."
Margot MorrisPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
"Thank you so much for your service! Coming to my home to do what needed to be done made it so much better for Nicky and for me!!! God bless you!!!! I have recommended you to a few of my friends who had animals that had to go over the rainbow bridge. Yes, I miss my buddy every single day!!!
Merry Christmas to you and your associates. And keep doing what you’re doing.
Kenny MoorePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
"I wish we had known about the geriatric consultation limb of Lap of Love a long time ago. Our darling Sam, a 13 1/2 year old yellow lab, could have had months or even years that were better quality, but I guess that is water under the bridge. We did call Lap of Love for a palliative care consultation, and even in that one hour meeting a week ago, Dr. Brad came up with a dozen suggestions, both medical and otherwise, to make her days go more easily. He met us half way in our own capacity to accommodate her escalating needs, for example in a discussion about whether or not to use a cart if she became paralyzed or completely unable to use her back legs. We did not feel judged or pushed one way or another. He presented the options in a kind and thoughtful way, and was willing to offer his own experienced opinion as well, as well as tools to help us decide. In the end I think we contacted Lap of Love late in the day. She had already deteriorated quite badly. Her last days actually were better because of Dr. Brad, but we put Sam to sleep just a week after our initial consult. We could not have asked for a more gentle passing for our girl. We are still heavy with grief, but we were supported in the process and Sam was eased out of this mortal struggle with as much kindness, grace, and dignity as is possible in this world. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Brad and Lap of Love."
Jo BuyskePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
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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