Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$300

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.

Euthanasia$300

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.

Geriatric Consultation$300

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.

Additional Appointment 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), 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 39 pounds$275
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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$175
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets over 150 pounds will be quoted

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.

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. Anne

Anne Mitchell, VMD

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.

Dr. Toni

Toni Knox, DVM

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.

Dr. Brad

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:

About Anne Mitchell, VMD

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.

"Our Girl, Isabelle was a 12.5 year old GSD/Pit mix who I rescued when she was around 8 weeks old from our local shelter. She slowed down slightly in the last year but seemed to deteriorate quickly in 2 weeks which is when I noticed some new lumps, one that was quite large on her neck and was drastically impeding her ability to breath, eat or drink. The following day our worst fears were confirmed, Lymphoma. We knew that we didn't want her to suffer but wanted to do everything we could to allow her to pass comfortably at home. Luckily for us, the steroid worked to shrink the mass and temporarily restore her quality of life.

From my first phone call to Lap of Love through our final moments with Belle, I couldn't be more pleased with the kindness, compassion and empathy shown to us by everyone we encountered during this painful process. They understood the impact a pet has on your life and the feelings associated with making the tough choice to euthanize. Lisa was who I spoke to first, her kind words showed her genuine concern for our family. She did all she could to ensure we had the resources we needed to navigate the loss of our Belle and to set up a time that we were comfortable with.

Belle's last day was the first time she (and we) met Dr. Brad but you never would have known that. He was gentle and kind, he listened to us ramble on about Our Girl as he calmly petted her. He moved at a pace that we were comfortable with, guiding us every step of the way, ensuring us that this was the most generous gift we could give our beloved furry family member. He treated Belle with complete respect and I am grateful that she was able to pass in our home, comfortable in her spot, surrounded by love.

It takes very special people with kind hearts to take on the burden of being with other's on some of their toughest days. I will be forever grateful for Dr. Brad and Lisa for being there to allow us to say goodbye to Our Girl Isabelle, the best way we knew how."

Meghan Tustin
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Lap of Love was wonderful from the beginning to the end of this process. Dr. Anne came to our home today to help us relieve our cat Alli from pain. It was as peaceful as possible and Dr. Anne took amazing care of her and of us. She listened, answered questions, and was patient while we said goodbye and gave our other cats a chance to do the same. We’re so grateful that something like this exists, and we can’t and don’t want to imagine how stressful it would have been if we had to take Alli somewhere for this. She was able to pass peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family. This situation is terrible and heartbreaking, but Lap of Love really does do a phenomenal job at making it as peaceful and painless as possible. Thank you so much."

Melissa Stephan
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

"This is the only way to go! Your pet is in the comfort of their own home, unafraid and around all their loved ones when the time comes. there is nothing more beautiful then seeing your pet at piece after struggling to survive Imagine having to take your loved one to the vet, wait your turn while they are afraid and in pain, rather then being in their known surroundings, passing peacefully while her family (dogs, cat's owners) surround them. A caring Vet with only them to care for."

MAURICE TANNENBAUM
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania

"Dr. Anne made a very difficult day more bearable and I appreciated her innate sense of timing and tact in how she dealt with both me and Blue. She confirmed what I already knew in my heart, and set about making both of us as comfortable as possible. Alex, the operator that I spoke to in the morning was incredibly kind too. There's no way to describe how difficult it is to put your trusted companion of 15 years down, so the ease with which all Lap of Love staff handle the stress and grief in this circumstance is commendable.

I'm deeply grateful to Dr. Anne, Alex, and Lap of Love for allowing our last moments together to be as peaceful as possible. Thank you, and please continue your courageous work!"

Dawn Haussler
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

"So impressed with Dr. Brad! My heart is broken in such a way that I will never recover from, but Dr. Brad made this experience as easy as it could possibly be. From the very second he arrived, he couldn’t have been more kind and caring. It really felt as if he was a good friend or even family. He examined my sweet Penny in such a gentle and loving way that she didn’t even seem to realize that he was a doctor or that he was examining her. I’m pretty sure that she thought he was just more of the family loving on her. There really aren’t enough words to describe this doctor or the way he made us feel...he was soft spoken, kind, caring, knowledgeable, and gentle just to name a few. In fact, I talked to 4 or 5 different people throughout this whole process and each one was so wonderful and caring. This is pretty pricey, but so worth every dime. I know this is something that not everyone can afford, so I would advise anyone with a pet to just start saving at any point in your pets life, so that you’ll have the money when the time comes."

Eileen Dempsey
Trainer, Pennsylvania

"As sad and upsetting as it is to make this decision, I know that my sweet kitty was relaxed and comfortable with me buy his side and in his own home as he passed. Lap of Love is compassionate, warm and humane."


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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
“Alli we miss you so much it’s overwhelming. You gave us 8+ years of unconditional love and we wish we had more. Although you were too young & we didn’t have enough time with you, we’re so lucky we got what we had. You left a hole in our lives when you left & our only solace is knowing that your pain is gone and there will be no more suffering. We ...
Melissa Stephan
January 16, 2019
“Kiwi was truly an angel on earth. She had the sweetest personality and loved everyone. Each morning Kiwi woke up wagging her tail, greeting the new day! Even as she aged and her health failed, she never lost that wonderful quality. She truly set an example of how to live life. We were blessed to have her in our lives and know she is an angel ...
Meg Clemm
December 16, 2018
“In our house, Chili was referred to as, "The Baby". Now our baby is gone and we are devastated. She brought so much happiness to our lives and now we are left with sadness. We miss her beautiful face, the way she followed us to the kitchen when we were eating or cooking, talking to her, how she barked and ran across the room and everything ...
Marcella Morris
December 11, 2018
“Ozzy
What a great life you gave all of us! You were the funniest dog always doing the silliest things. You came into our home 15 1/2yrs ago and you joined the family with Riley. After Riley passed you were top dog till Buddy joined in. You were a great pal to Buddy. You had so many health issues but you were the toughest little dog and we ...
Toomey Familey
December 2, 2018
Payment Options

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.

 

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 63583
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Brad Bates

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