Aiken-Augusta and 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 returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.
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 by the crematory.
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 8am - 8pm. 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.
Growing up as a child in New York City, I had an array of “apartment” pets: cats, birds and hamsters. During my summers I would visit my grandparents in Puerto Rico and help nurse piglets, brush horses and help with the cows. I decided early on that I wanted to be a veterinarian, and I was fortunate to attend a high school that helped me towards that goal. My veterinary career started in academia where I pursued a specialty in Laboratory Animal Medicine so that I could work with monkeys.
During my residency, I worked on the weekends in an emergency clinic which allowed me to maintain my exposure to a variety of pet animals. Over the years I had a rewarding career assisting cancer, diabetes and neurological research in Laboratory Animal Medicine, but after some time I realized that I was “missing something.” I realized that I needed to refocus my efforts to a more personally fulfilling role. As I tried to define what that role would be, I reflected on my past experiences. Our family has been blessed to have shared our life with a variety of pets (of all sizes!).
As our pets became older or chronically ill, I had meaningful discussions with my children to help them understand quality of life and know when it’s time to say goodbye. In addition, I have assisted close family and friends as they’ve wrestled with the same decisions with their animal companions. It has been those experiences that have brought me a sense of accomplishment and gratification that I was able to assist someone in their most vulnerable time.Those reflections have empowered me to assist others with making difficult decisions for their pet companions and providing an improved quality of life through better pain management practices for geriatric and chronic illness pets.
I currently live in Aiken, SC with my three children, husband, two dogs, one cat, three chinchillas, 7 chickens and six horses. We enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at the beach or the mountains.
As a kid, it never occurred to me that I could be a veterinarian, although animals always held my fascination. I was an only child, living with my mom—a busy graduate student. What a big deal it was to me to have my very first pets—a pair of gerbils. I’ll never forget how thrilled I was to watch them run on their exercise wheel and snuggle down in their nest together. I loved visiting the petting zoo near where my dad lived—feeding the animals and riding the resident camel. I couldn’t get enough! When my dad and stepmom got a kitten, I was over the moon! I absolutely adored him. When they got a Golden Retriever named ‘Jenny,’ I was beside myself—she was the four-legged sister I’d never had! We played hours of fetch where I would throw slobber-drenched balls as deep into the woods as possible. Since then, I have been blessed to welcome many more animals into my life—each one a special member of my family. I went on to finish high school and pursue a telecommunications degree at the University of Florida. Frankly, I was a little intimidated by science and math.
After graduation, I worked for a public radio station for a couple of years. I enjoyed my work, but felt like something was missing. I had the opportunity to hang out with some veterinary students and vet techs. Their conversations were so interesting and their work so rewarding. After volunteering at a small animal clinic and with the UF Foal Unit, I knew that vet school was for me. I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. I worked for many years in small animal private practice, where I was able to really experience the depth of the human-animal bond. The most memorable moments of my career have been when I knew that I’d not only helped my patients, but helped their owners as well—through one-on-one education or counseling. I remember so many times when the waiting room was full at the end of the day, but I had a teary client in an exam room with their terminally ill pet. It was so important to me to help them and never rush them through the decision-making process and euthanasia. That is so difficult to do in a clinical setting.
As a pet owner who happens to be a veterinarian, I have had the opportunity to experience euthanasia of my beloved pets both in a clinic and at home. In fact, it didn’t occur to me to do it at home until my very anxious and fearful cat Mookie became too ill to go on. She had gotten to the point that she preferred to stay in my walk-in closet. I was able to help her leave this world peacefully and painlessly in the place where she felt safest. Wow! What an epiphany for me—why hadn’t I been doing this all along for my four-legged kids?! Knowing what I know now, I would never consider any other way for my own pets, and I feel blessed to be able to offer this to other folks who feel the same about their special family members.
Nancy Rodriguez, DVM
"Special thanks and loves to Dr. Nancy for her hand-holding, check-ins, big hugs, and making one of the hardest things our family has done, comfortable.
She is a blessing to our family and we will never forget what she did for us."
Heather CuillierGrovetown, Georgia
"Dr. Nancy Rodriguez is an amazing person and veterinarian and I can't thank her enough for helping me say goodbye to my cats. Last summer she helped with Rickety and her patience, understanding, and empathy were so important to me. She treated Rickety and me with tremendous respect and allowed me to take all the time I needed. I'm not one to show emotion openly but I felt completely comfortable crying my eyes out in front of her and dealing with my loss in the way I needed to. Her delicate and compassionate treatment of her was just what I needed. As hard as it was to have to go through the process again this summer with Calhoun I knew that the only way I could do it was with her help again. If everyone had an ounce of the empathy and compassion she has this world would be a much better place. I can't thank her enough."
Stacey LanceAiken, S. Carolina
"Dr. Sunday expressed more kindness and compassion than I could have ever imagined possible. She explained everything in detail before she did anything. She showed concern for the comfort of my sweet, precious baby boy, myself, my husband and our other cat. Dr. Sunday answered all of our questions, gave us her full attention and made us feel as if nothing else mattered in the world. She gave us the greatest gift that I have ever received. Saying goodbye to my cat of 19 years was one of the most difficult things I have ever done, but with her assistance, it was also one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced. Words cannot convey enough how the love she showed to us will impact my life forever."
Jennifer PeedeGrovetown, Georgia
"Everything happened so fast. Our Rottenweiler Roxie lost the use of her back legs practically overnight. It was unexpected and devastating. Dr. Nancy was such an angel. She came over so very early on a Sunday morning to help us get our sweet baby on her next journey to the Rainbow Bridge. She kept our Roxie from suffering and we are eternally grateful! It was such a peaceful, spiritual and beautiful transition. Roxie was such a sweet girl, she deserved only the best. She was happily eating Reese's peanut butter cups as we kissed her to sleep. As hard as it is to tell your baby goodbye for now, this is the very best way to do it. Thank you Dr.'s Sunday Cozzi and Nancy Rodriquez for everything!"
Cathy EnroughtyAugusta, Georgia
"I would recommend all pet owners to utilize this caring service. I experienced the hurt and painful realization that I had to put my dear Alvin to sleep after a three month bout with cancer on his back. As all caring pet owners know, our cats and dogs are part of our families. Dr. Sunday was very supportive in the decision making and scheduling -- she even made time to visit us on a Sunday, as Alvin was declining at a rapid rate.
The entire experience was loving and peaceful. I just can't imagine saying goodbye any other way going forward with my pets."
Muriel GouffrayAIKEN, S. Carolina
"We are so thankful that we learned about Lap of Love, and Dr. Sunday Cozzi. Our loving and wonderful doggie, Ike, was almost 14 years of age, and was experiencing so much difficulty. Ike had lost much of his vision this year, and then began a fast downward slide. Ike just could not get comfortable, and after consultation with Dr. Sunday, we realized that Ike was actually suffering with significant distress and pain. It was just so hard to watch his decline. Dr. Sunday provided us a complete written description about the process that would allow our Ikey boy to be at peace and no longer have to suffer. Dr. Sunday arrived at the appointed time on a Sunday so that our daughter and her family could be there with us. Our other doggies, Charlie, Woody and Abigail, were right there with Ike, and of course, Ike's lifelong companion, Audrey, was by his side to the end. Ike and Audrey were together for almost 14 years. Nothing was rushed, Dr. Sunday went over again what would occur, and brought Reece Cups for Ike to have, which he loved! She encouraged us to talk about Ike, and we all shared familiar and fun stories about Ike. This was particularly helpful as we all were able to hold Ike and tell him how much we loved him. After some time, Dr. Sunday eased Ike to sleep and he painlessly passed away with our hands resting gently upon Ike. Although sadness and tears were evident, our access to such a wonderful and caring doctor was so helpful to our family. Dr. Sunday personally delivered Ike's ashes, encased in a piece of hand-made pottery, so that Ike still remains with us. We wholeheartedly encourage anyone to contact Dr. Sunday should you ever need such assistance with your pet. Dr. Sunday is such a caring and loving person, who will address your concerns and answer your questions, as you strive to care and comfort your loving pet at such a sad and difficult time."
Ken and Sherry HodgeAiken, S. Carolina
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Cindy Foster, LCSW, NBCCH
Augusta, GA: Augusta Animal Emergency
St. Francis Animal Hospital
South Carolina: SC Veterinary Emergency Care
Joy in the Morning
Helping families in the following areas:
We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in the Aiken-Augusta area ncluding the following listed below. Our veterinarians are willing to travel upwards of 50 miles and travel fees will be determined based on distance from the doctor's home ranging between $30-$100. Please call us to learn more about pricing for your area.
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 5296Aiken, SC 29804
Aiken Standard: At-Home Service Available for Pets in Their Final Days
The Augusta Chronicle: Local Vets Provide In-Home Care to Aging Pets
Aiken Standard: Business Helps Pet Lovers Make Tough Choices
This Lap of Love location is independently owned and operated by Drs. Cozzi and Rodriguez.