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
"Losing a pet is always hard especially when the pet is a part of your family. Mikey, was my special cat that I always referred to as my baby boy. Mikey had feline leukemia but lived 8 wonderful years with me and my husband with very little symptoms until this past August. When I called Lap of Love and spoke to Dr. Sunday, she understood how difficult it was to talk about putting Mikey down rather than him suffering. Dr. Sunday listened to all my concerns and assured me that it would be okay. When Dr. Sunday came to our home to meet us and Mikey, she was very patient with us and we were able to hold Mikey as Dr. Sunday helped him go over the rainbow bridge. I am so thankful for vets like Dr. Sunday and the services Lap of Love offers when the time comes to help one of our precious babies cross the bridge."
Tami CassaroNorth Augusta, S. Carolina
"Thank you, Dr. Nancy. I am so grateful that you were able to be there for me and my family. But most importantly, that you were able to be there for our best friend, Jake. You were there for us on very short notice, but without hesitation. You were very sweet and gentle with Jake and I will never forget you.
Because of you, he was able to leave peacefully, surrounded by his family that loved him. And for that I will forever be thankful."
Stacy CarterAppling, Georgia
"Dr. Nancy was good with clay."
Gregg PasciutiWagener, S. Carolina
"During this heartbreaking time, Dr. Nancy was so compassionate and understanding. If one has to face the situation that the time has come to let go of your best pal, it was comforting that we were able to hold our dog, Appy, and that she was comfortable at home on her very own bed. I know that she could feel our love for her. Dr. Nancy was so professional yet showed great empathy . Her knowledge, kindness and understanding helped us through. We will forever miss Appy. We will always be grateful for the the support and empathy of the good doctor."
Carol CampbellAugusta, Georgia
"On September 14, 2018 we had to make the most difficult decision to let our Ava go across that bridge. She was a very special girl and we simply adored her. Ava was a rescue and was with us for 6 beautiful years. She started having seizures 18 months ago and then was diagnosed with Cushing's Disease a little later. She did great on her medications for a year and then she hated to take them and there was nothing that we could hide them in and her not know. Sadly we had to pill her twice a day and many times we would cry because we hated to do that, didn't bother her as much as it did us.
She really started to decline and the Cushing's was getting harder to control and then the seizures happened again. Shortly after that she started to have a real difficult time with her back legs working and then the tremors started. For a few days we worked with her and tried to help with her legs and getting them working again but they steady got worse. The tremors got bad and her mind seemed to be slipping and she was in a bad place.
I called Dr. Sunday Cozzi that Friday and she agreed to come that day. I cancelled the appointment a little later, just didn't feel I could do it but the Ava seemed to get worse and I just could not allow her to be in pain or lose her dignity. She had been my best friend and she would never let me suffer, I had to do this...for her, not for me. I would have kept her forever.
I called Dr. Sunday back and she was here in 30 minutes. She talked with us and sat in the floor with us and with Ava and loved on our Ava just as we did. She explained to us every step that would happen and then she also explained it as it happened. While this was the hardest thing we have to do for our fur kids, having such a wonderful and caring person as Dr. Sunday by our side and helping our Ava cross made it easier. She was very patient with us, took her time, gave us the extra time that we needed and even time we didn't know we needed.
Our Ava was in her favorite spot in the home that she loved with mom and dad both by her side, loving her and sobbing. our girl went from having a concerned and stressed look on her face the past few days to looking like a puppy again. When she closed her eyes her face took on the most peaceful look she has ever had. I have never seen Ava puppy, but I did that day.
Dr. Sunday took Ava with her that day and that was even done with the dignity and respect that she deserved. She brought her back to us less than a week later in the most beautiful hand crafted Urn that was simply beautiful. It assured us that she was handled with care until the very end.
I will forever highly recommend Lap of Love to any and everyone. Thank you for making a very difficult day a little bearable."
Teresa CoxAiken, S. Carolina
"My cat, Clover, had been quite sick for many years (lymphoma, renal failure, etc.). She always bounced back, except for last month when she didn't. Dr. Sunday arrived promptly and treated my cat (and me) with kindness and compassion. This was the most graceful, respectful way possible of sending her on. I am forever grateful that I was able to give her a peaceful end to her journey."
Cynthia Leigh WelchGraniteville, 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.