Pittsburgh & Surrounding Areas
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 on a private farm.
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.
Erin Gorney, BVMS
I was born in Erie, Pennsylvania though I was raised in Florida. Animals have always been a fascination of mine from an extremely young age. While I cannot recall one specific event that fueled my desire to become a veterinarian, I have been working towards that goal for as long as I can remember. Dogs, cats, horses; you name the animal and I wanted to know everything about them. Coupled with this love of animals was an affinity for science. I have to know how things work!
I attended veterinary school at the University of Glasgow in Scotland from 2007-2012. Upon graduating, I started my career at a small animal clinic back home in Erie. In addition to the clinical setting, I have also enjoyed working with the horses at the Presque Isle Downs as one of the State Veterinarians. Zoo medicine was also an exciting avenue to explore. Even though I have enjoyed all of these areas of practice, I still felt like I had not found my niche.
The first time I heard about Lap of Love, I thought it was an incredible idea and an invaluable service. A few months later, I had the privilege of sitting through continuing education provided by Dr. Dani McVety and Dr. Mary Gardner. After hearing about their work and passion for Lap of Love, I knew this was the niche for me. Being able to provide hospice and in home euthanasia services for my patients and their families is an honor.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my two furry children, Liam and Jethro. I enjoy a wide range of interests, including woodworking, cooking, and exercising, just to name a few. I recently relocated to Pittsburgh and am enjoying exploring a new city.
"Dr. Erin came into our lives during one of the most difficult times and helped us walk through losing not one but two of our babies. She was always available to answer questions or just to check in on how they were doing as we navigated the various stages of their illnesses. Our debt to her for making the passing of both our boys so peaceful can never be repaid."
Carrie ZahniserPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"As a pet parent, let's face it, this is a call nobody wants to make. Exactly one month ago today, I found out my sweet 10 year old kitty, Mischka, had cancer. She had a rapid downhill course, and I had to have her euthanized only a week and a half after her diagnosis. The day I made the awful decision, my baby was no longer eating, and was getting weak. She was withdrawing from me and wanted to be alone. I called Lap of Love around 3 pm, and spoke to a very compassionate woman, Erin, on the phone. I'm not sure how she was even able to understand me because I was crying and when I wasn't crying my voice was shaking. She arranged to have Dr. Erin Gormley come to my house at 7 that evening. Dr. Erin was professional but also very human. She told me exactly what to expect. She was kind to me and my baby, and did not rush me at all. I was so grateful I was able to be with my baby when she took her last breath on this earth. Dr. Erin treated her body with such respect, gently wrapping her in a soft blanket, and placing her in a basket, which I carried her out to her car. She followed up with me the next by email, and again expressed her condolences. I told her I wanted Mischka to be cremated, and told her what I wanted on her urn. Everything was handled exactly the way I was told it would be, and a week or so later, my husband was able to pick up her urn which was engraved with her name, DOB, date of passing, and the inscription "Mischka, Queen of our Hearts". It was exactly the way I wanted. I am so thankful for Dr. Erin and the invaluable service provided by Lap of Love."
Kelly HaarerMonroeville, Pennsylvania
"I'm writing to let Dr. Gorney know how much my whole family appreciated her sensitivity, and her professional but also deeply humane presence. It's a lot to ask of a caregiver, to be present at such intimate and terrible moments, and to help without seeming to intrude. She did it amazingly well, and we're all grateful."
Monty KanePittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Thank you, for your kindness and gentleness with Samantha. It is so odd to experience something so personal and deep with a complete stranger. But I didn't feel uncomfortable at all, I knew I was doing the right thing for her but you really showed you care about the animals and you're doing your job with the best intentions of bringing them peace."
Jessica GalvanekPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"We can't thank Erin enough for her kindness and compassion during this difficult time. She handled our baby with a gentle touch.
Thank you for confirming this is what was best for her."
Deanna KmonkPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Erin was incredibly kind, compassionate and patient. This was my first experience having to put a pet to sleep and she made the process much less painful than I thought it would be. She really listened to me through my sobs and was gentle and caring with Aki. I greatly appreciate her for how she was with me and my kittypants and couldn't have asked for a better doctor for him... Thank you Erin."
Colleen GrentzPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Animal Friends' Pet Loss Support Group
Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC)
Heal From Pet Loss
VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Pittsburgh area, including Allegheny County and parts of Westmoreland, Indiana, Armstrong, Butler, Beaver, Washington, and Fayette Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$75 based on your location.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
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 14041Pittsburgh, PA 15239
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