Philadelphia & Surrounding Areas | South Jersey | Delaware
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.
Dr. Brad - In the News:
Brad Bates, VMD
"Words can not describe how appreicative we are of Dr. Bates. Yesterday was truly one of the hardest days for my family but we felt a little more at ease when Dr. Bates and Dr. Julie came into our home to help our beloved Eddie go to heaven. Eddie had been suffering for the past weeks, he had overcame cancer through syber knife and was doing great, it wasn't until a bad virus hit him that he went downhill and the cancer spread throughout his little body. Eddie was one of our greatest joys and to see him in so much pain was dreadful. We wanted Eddie to not be in pain but we also were not ready to see him go. Dr. Bates and Dr. Julie were both so gentle and comforting. We have never felt more at peace and know that our Eddie is at peace because of these two extradoniary doctors. We highly recommend to anyone who wants the assurance to know your pet died peacefully in his own home comfortately with all of his loved ones. Thank you thank you Dr. Bates you are truely a blessing!"
Suzanne ZampinoMedia, PA, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Brad wasn't able to get to the house in time to ease Abby's labored breathing, however when he made it over, he was nothing but compassionate and hugged me and made a paw print of Abby. My daughter and I put Abby on her bed after she passed and waited for Dr. Brad to arrive. He carried her out to his van in her favorite blanket and assured us he would make sure Abby was taken care of with the utmost love and respect and he would keep in touch about when to expect Abby's remains to be returned to us. He had a very calming and caring demeanor to him. He and his colleagues are truly angels themselves."
Kathy WarneboldJobstown, New Jersey
"Dr. Brad was very caring and thoughtful during our last moments with Tugger. He explained the steps he would go through to put Tugger at ease and gave us plenty of time to say our goodbyes. Having Dr. Brad come to our house allowed Tugger to spend his last moments in the comfort of home, and it gave us peace of mind knowing that Tugger was at peace."
Melanie SciochettiHolland, Pennsylvania
"My husband and I are grateful for the support we received from Dr. Brad and Lap of Love. Our cat, Sumi, was only 2 when he was diagnosed with dry FIP. Sumi was in and out of his veterinarians' offices frequently, which was stressing him out and making him even more uncomfortable in the little time he had left. Lap of Love the rescue, and Dr. Brad was truly a hero. He assessed Sumi's condition, answered all of our questions, and very kindly helped us develop a plan for Sumi's last days. Every step of the way, he offered support and empathy. Though it hurts every time I think about how my furry family is smaller by 1, Sumi left this world surrounded by people who loved him--the best possible outcome. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Brad for everything."
Rachel ChaffinJenkintown, Pennsylvania
"Sebastian has been my best friend and constant companion for over 15 years. I remember the day I brought him home - December 31, 2001 - like it was yesterday. We'd had a big New Year's bash that evening, and the poor guy got so scared he peed on the floor right at midnight! Many-a-moons have turned over since. Starting out as a puppy abandoned in woods in the dead of winter in Western Pennsylvania, Sebastian had lived in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia (with short stints in rural Oklahoma, Baltimore, and New York City).
Sebastian was always a healthy dog, but his body aged much faster than his mind. He lost his hearing some time ago, and the past few weeks things have been getting tougher for him. It will be tough to forget the way he looked at me when I found him at 4:30 in the morning, wedged under the bed, wet from his own pee and shivering. I knew it was time to let him go. We spent the last weekend at the beach and at the park - his favorite places to run and explore.
When Dr. Brad came to the house, I think Sebastian was relieved. He laid down on his favorite pillow - a pillow he'd had for nearly 10 years - and seemingly went to sleep. He knew he didn't have to hold on for me anymore."
Michael GrosbergPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
"This is an important service and made a huge difference regarding our feelings about euthanizing Starbucks . She was two months shy of 20 and absolutely terrified about any car trip. When I found that somebody could come to our home my family felt much calmer and ready for the inevitable . Dr. Brad was very compassionate and professional . I would highly recommend this service and him if the time ever comes when it is needed ."
Anne HorowitzHuntingdon Valley, 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 New Jersey and Delaware. Travel fees ($30-$75) may apply based on distance travelled 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