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
"I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Rodriguez. The day we lost our sweet Smokey, she did all she could to ease our pain and help him get to the rainbow bridge peacefully.
I will never get over this sweet animal but plan to channel my love and grief by helping other dogs."
Denise Simonaugusta, Georgia
"Dr. Sunday was truly an angel who gave our Poncho Villa his angel wings. Her kindness, compassion and love for people and their furry babies was evident the moment we met her. She explained in depth to our god-daughter Flo that we were doing what was best for Poncho, as his health had taken a quick turn for the worst. It was not a good day for my husband David, Flo or for me, Dr. Sunday made it bearable as our four legged hairy son was at home surrounded by the people he loved when he left his pain behind. Dr. Sunday, we are so thankful for you and you will always be in our thoughts and prayers."
Judy WhitakerAugusta, Georgia
"We called on Dr. Nancy Rodriguez at a time when arthritis was finally getting the best of Gabe, our sweet boy and faithful companion of 14 years. We wanted to let Gabe go peacefully, at home, and with us at his side. Dr. Nancy was a calming and comforting presence, most importantly with Gabe, but also with us. She fully explained everything as she was attending to Gabe and throughout was respectful of our wishes. We saw and felt the genuine love, caring, and compassion that she extended to Gabe. We will always remember the gentle and dignified way she placed Gabe on a stretcher and wrapped him in a blanket in preparation for departing our home. Dr. Nancy was an angel to our angel Gabe and a true blessing to our entire family."
Ernie NessAiken, S. Carolina
"I would like to say Thank you, Dr. Rodriquez.
She was wonderful and very compassionate in this time of sadness for me and my mom. I would greatly recommend her to anyone that wants there animals to be comfortable in this kind of crisis."
Olivia RenewNorth Augusta, S. Carolina
"Dr. Sunday was amazing. She made the experience very personal and heartwarming, given the circumstances. Kind-hearted, soft spoken, very understanding. One excellent shoulder to cry on while listening. Truly amazing..."
Harmony HamanHarlem, Georgia
"Thank you for the compassion and kindness you showed Harry as he crossed over the rainbow Bridge. You made everything peaceful and we thank you for that. Jenny"
Jenny CochranEvans, Georgia
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.