Southeastern PA: Bucks, Chester & Montgomery Counties
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 rosewood urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to you within two weeks directly at the crematory in West Chester or by mail.
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 in a pet cemetery.
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.
Julie Willenkin, DVM
Growing up in Lancaster, PA, I had at least 3 dogs by my side at any given time. I’m an only child, so dogs have quite literally been my siblings since the day I was born. Despite my inherent love for dogs (and cats!), I differ from most veterinarians in that I did not know that I wanted to be a veterinarian until the end of my freshman year in college at the University of Delaware. Once I knew that it was what I not only wanted, but needed, to do, I switched my major from marketing, and took additional veterinary science courses every summer and winter session until I was caught up. Fortunately, I completed my pre-vet curriculum a semester early, which gave me the time needed to volunteer in the ER of the University of Pennsylvania’s Animal Hospital.
It was only my third time volunteering when my view of the human-animal bond changed forever. I remember standing across the room, frozen in place, as I watched a Philadelphia police officer, a man in his mid 50’s, laying on top of his German shepherd, sobbing uncontrollably. He was wearing normal street clothes instead of his uniform, had taken his sweatshirt off and placed it under his knees for support, and had his arms stretched around his dog’s thick and furry neck with his face buried into hers, as he told her how much he loved her and thanked her for being his loyal partner and friend, and for keeping him safe. At that moment, it really hit me that despite our profession, age, gender, income, or pride, we all share a deeply profound connection and love with our pets. It is unlike any other relationship, inexplicable with words or language, and uniquely different in that we, as pet owners, have the responsibility of determining when it is in our pet’s best interest to make the hardest decision most of us will ever face - the decision to say good bye.
A few years ago, when I had to make this decision for my very own best friend in the entire world (Abby, my 14-year-old fox red lab), I realized the complexities and emotions involved were far more than it simply being a “yes” or “no” answer. I had grown up with Abby and could not imagine a day without her by my side, yet I knew she was no longer enjoying her favorite things like she once did or more importantly, like she deserved to be. When our family ultimately had our heads agree with what our hearts had known for quite some time, we set her free in her favorite spot in the house, on her favorite bed, after a feast of potato chips, whipped cream, and chicken soup. While it didn’t make it any easier, I found comfort in knowing that her final moments were spent in a familiar place surrounded by abundant love, silky ear kisses, and encompassing hugs around her thick and furry neck, just as that police officer had given to his best friend as he set her free many years before.
Even with my medical background and knowledge, it was difficult for me to separate my love for Abby with what was best for her, and looking back, it was this experience that truly sparked my passion for geriatric and end of life care. I want to be able to help others along the winding road of ups and downs that we all face as our best friends need us most, and I am honored, every day, to be a part of this personal and special journey of the families who welcome me into their home.
Jessica Wilbourne, DVM
Since I could remember, I have always had a drive to understand the world around me. I would ask why things happen, how they work, why things fall apart and how we put them back together. For me, the ultimate questions of why we lose things in our lives has led me to the confluence of events that surround those moments. Trying to understand the 'why' became nil to the experience of simply letting go, offering comfort to our fellow man/animal, and to find a sense of peace and bravery in living in that moment.
I grew up in beautiful Bucks County, PA, surrounded by family, friends and animals. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in biology, I worked and travelled before ultimately earning my veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. Studying abroad was an amazing experience that opened my eyes to new cultures, people and ideas, and allowed me to travel the world to explore places like Africa, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and throughout Europe. Following veterinary school, I completed a small animal rotating internship at Hickory Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth Meeting, PA, and then moved to Guam to work as a civilian in a U.S. Army military hospital. After Guam, I then worked in small animal practice in Florida and Pennsylvania, before joining Lap of Love.
Having traveled the world, I have returned home to Bucks County where I enjoy spending time with family, friends and even more animals. I hope to offer relief and comfort to those I meet and I am honored to assist in the peaceful transition of our beloved pets to the next stage.
Julie Willenkin, DVM
"Thank you Dr. Jessica for being so patient and kind to Gunner and our family."
Stephanie SandersWillow grove, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Julie, you made a difficult process the best it could be. Your kindness, compassion and true love for animals came through so clearly. You truly have a gift for helping others in this situation...your thoughts and words really helped us in so many ways. You made the process so calm, peaceful and loving, and we cannot thank you enough for helping us to give Chase the gift of having his family stroking him and loving him in his favorite room at home as he left this earth for the Rainbow Bridge."
Joyce KellerHaverford, Pennsylvania
"Thank you so much Jessica. You really helped us through this process. You were incredibly kind about the experience. Thank you."
Laura SzymanskiPottstown, Pennsylvania
"Words can not express how thankful I am for Dr Julie and vets like her that go the extra mile to make the hardest decision of your life as peaceful and calming as it could be.The decision to put my best friend Rudi down was long overdo but I then realized it was me and not her I was thinking of.She had been by my side for 15 and a half years and I just could not envision my days without her.When I finally made the decision I contacted my own personal vet and asked if someone could come out to my home but they don't provide that service.They did give me the name of Lap of Love and told me other clients had used them.After reviewing the web site I called and was immediately impressed by the compassion and ease of arranging an appointment.My adult children spent the day with Rudi and I feeding her treats and showering her with love.When Dr Julie came into the room she immediately got down on the floor and started petting and talking to Rudi. When I told her that Rudi was deaf she said I don't care I talk to them anyway .Rudi responded by licking Dr Julie's face.Dr Julie explained the process and then left the timing of when to begin totally up to us.There was no rushing us.When Rudi was confirmed to have passed she gave us as much private time to say our final goodbye as needed.I will never stop telling people of this compassionate organization.Thank you for making one of the the hardest days of my life a little easier ."
Patricia MozzilloAudubon, Pennsylvania
"From the moment Dr. Julie walked into our home, her compassion and care was immediately present and shown. She was very kind and made our experience easier on us. She explained evevrything she was doing, asked about Bosco's past and was very nurturing with him in his final moments. After his passing, she immediately turned her care to us and helped us with this tough moment. This was a great service and I couldn't have asked for better care. If and when the situation arises I hope to get Dr. Julie again."
Ian LiberatoreLevittown, Pennsylvania
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
CARES (Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services), Langhorne
Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support, Drexel Hill
HOPE Veterinary Specialists, Malvern
MVA's Pet Loss Support Group, Norristown
Metropolitan Veterinary Associates (MVA), Norristown
Veterinary Grief Counseling Program at Penn Vet's Ryan Veterinary Hospital, Philadelphia
Hickory Veterinary Hospital, Plymouth
The Veterinary Grief Counseling Program at Penn Vet's Ryan Veterinary Hospital
Quakertown Veterinary Clinic
Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support. Philadelphia
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve families in Southeastern PA, including Montgomery, Bucks and Chester counties with some parts of Delaware. A travel fee ranging from $30-$100 may apply based on distance travelled from the veterinarian.
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 LoveP.O. BOX 71Glenside, PA 19038-0071