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.
Brad Bates, VMD
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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Samantha Souther, DVM
I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. From career day in 4th grade, when I wheeled in a wagon of bandaged stuffed animals, all the way through the rigors of veterinary school, animals have always been my passion. I received my veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences in California. After veterinary school, I completed a one year rotating internship at an emergency and specialty hospital in San Diego, where I found my calling in hospice care and helping patients with special needs.
During my work as an emergency veterinarian, I was confronted with hard cases and very sick pets. I was drawn to helping the sickest of pets towards the end of their lives. My pets are my family, and I realized my dream was to help other families through hard times with their fur children. Allowing a family member to pass is never an easy decision, but I realized my role as a veterinarian is to help these special pets live comfortably until their time and to pass with dignity. I want to be there to help your family navigate these hard times and decide when the time is right for you and your pet. And I want to help your pet pass in dignity, at home, for their comfort and yours. While it is never easy, I believe one of the most beautiful gifts we can give our pet is to let them pass peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones. Trips to the vet can be hard on some of our pets, but it is a true honor to be able to come into their home, where they are at ease, and help them pass at peace.
As part of Lap of Love, I want to make difficult times as stress-free as possible and strengthen the bond between you and your pet through their last moments. In addition to helping families as a Lap of Love doctor, I am completing a veterinary residency at the University of Pennsylvania, working with pediatrics and difficult genetics cases. I live in Philadelphia with my husband and our two fur-babies, Maddy, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Agouti, our rescue cat.
Brad Bates, VMD
"I just wanted to take a second to thank Dr Samantha. This was our family's first time using Laps of Love, and we had a wonderful experience. Dr Samantha was wonderful, and handled everything perfectly. I would highly recommend this company in the future."
Rose HudeckiPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
"Dr Brad was very empathetic and patient with me during this difficult process and he was very encouraging. He reminded me that I was doing the right thing and how difficult it was. I'm grateful for his kindness."
"Saying goodbye to our Teddy was one of the hardest things we've ever had to do. Dr. Samantha, Dr. Brad, and the Lap of Love staff made it as comfortable as it possibly could be. It was important for us to be at home, where Teddy felt safe. He’d had some scary experiences at the vet, so we couldn't bear to say goodbye in that environment. Both doctors visited our home on different occasions – Dr. Brad to evaluate Teddy, give insight on the progression of his illness, and explain how Teddy was likely feeling. Dr. Brad provided pain medication and even checked in by text later that evening. When we scheduled euthanasia, Dr. Samantha visited. Dr. Brad had filled her in, so we didn’t have to explain anything. Dr. Samantha was so kind and patient. She explained every step of the process, answered our questions, and allowed us all the time we needed with Teddy. We also appreciated little touches that we wouldn't have thought of - like making a paw print. Thank you, Lap of Love, for being there for us in this difficult time."
Julie MPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
"I recently had to make the hardest decision of my life and say goodbye to my best friend of almost 10 years. Her name was Lady and was the life of our home and family. I spoke with a few places that offered in home euthanasia. Lady hated going to the vet and I wanted her last moments to be in the comfort of our home where she has spent so many great years and made so many memories. After speaking with the awesome staff at Lap of Love I made other phone calls comparing services and pricing. After speaking with a few other places it wasn't hard at all to make a decision to go with Dr. Brad @ Lap of Love. From the moment someone answered my phone call all I felt was compassion. The woman I spoke with was beyond kind and patient as I cried to her and asked numerous questions. Before scheduling an appointment Dr. Brad called me to discuss things further. (Called me in a very short period of time) He was patient and kind as well and described the process and answered all of my questions. He gave me his cell phone number and told me not only to text or call with any questions but that if I did want to schedule the appointment to call him first so he could hold the appointment time that I wanted. So like I said earlier after I spoke with them I made a few other calls. The other places made me feel like I was calling about scheduling a dentist appointment and were very "matter of fact". Right away I knew that Lap of Love was the right choice. Throughout the process of scheduling the appointment the staff was available for all of my questions and concerns. My dog was not good at all with strangers and Dr. Brad went above and beyond to make her last moments beyond peaceful. My Lady literally never knew he was there. I was able to give her oral sedatives myself and when she was ready he came in and sent her peacefully over that rainbow bridge everyone talks about. Although it was literally the hardest moment of my life (not to mention I'm 6 months pregnant) he made it as peaceful as it possibly could have been. If anyone has to go through this extremely emotional experience Lap of Love is definitely the right choice. I am so grateful that I was able to send my best friend off peacefully in the comfort of our (her) home surrounded by all the people who she loved and who loved her. There is a hole that will never be filled from our loss but Lap of Love made the process as pleasant as it possibly could be. Thank you for your compassion, our family will never forget how helpful you truly were."
Jenna ColburnErial, New Jersey
"Dr. Brad was our Earth Angel. We feel so Blessed that he was the veterinarian who assisted in releasing our dear Bodhi's soul.
We kept our home calm, peaceful and full of love for Bodhi in the day and in the hours before he passed.
Dr. Brad brought that same calm, peace and love into our home and Bodhi sensed it immediately as did we.
Thank you Dr. Brad and Lap of Love for giving our little guy the option to leave us without pain, suffering or the stress of an emergency room. We are ever grateful. Max and Anita Crandall"
Max and Anita CrandallLambertville, New Jersey
"Dr. Brad is my hero. I knew the time had come for my long-lived rabbit (13 y) to depart for the Rainbow Bridge, and could not stomach dragging her back to the vet for the 3rd time in a week. Thank goodness a vet student told me about Lap of Love. Pearl lived a charmed life, and this was her last blessing. Her passage was peaceful, at home in my lap, with her feline sister there to provide a little comic relief. I'm telling everyone I know who has pets. Thanks so much for all you do."
Melinda RamseyPhiladelphia, 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