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.
Nancy Rodriguez, DVM
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.
Sunday Cozzi, DVM
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
"Nora joined our family 13 years ago and was our constant, loving companion. As her health declined over the past couple of years, she was so stoic that we hoped she would be in our lives for some time to come. It was a sad day when we learned that her health had declined to the point that she was at risk of experiencing sudden complications that would cause her significant pain and anxiety at the time of her death. We learned about Lap of Love from our primary veterinarian, Dr. Vann. What a gift for Dr. Sunday to help Nora leave us peacefully in her own home with those she loved and who loved her. Nora was instantly comfortable with Dr. Sunday, who was compassionate and comforting. We have such appreciation for the care that Dr. Sunday provided for Nora and us--it was the best passage possible. It has taken over two months to write a testimonial; we still have a great void in our family. However, if we are faced with this painful decision in the future, we will turn to Dr. Sunday and Lap of Love to ensure a calm and loving goodbye."
MJ GoolsbyAugusta, Georgia
"I think the hardest obstacle that I've faced as a devoted pet Mom was making the decision to put our sweet Boston, Sammy down. He was a handsome boy, full of unconditional love, and a Faithful friend. He deserved to pass peacefully and lovingly. I cannot convey how much Dr. Rodriguez helped our sweet boy cross over in the most humane, loving, and respectful way. I knew we were making the Best choice for our boy and I was still filled with sadness and fear. She truly "gets" it and knows how to hold space for your family during this most difficult time. Dr. Rodriguez honored our sweet boy and she knew how to conduct this procedure gently for Sammy most importantly, and US. I hope we won't need the services from Lap of Love anytime soon. However, if the day comes when we need to make the tough choice for another one of our pets, we won't hesitate to call upon Lap of Love . Our animals deserve Hospice too and we are grateful for this sacred practice."
C. MarcusMartinez, Georgia
"Bear has been a huge part of my life since I was 18. When I got him, he was 6 weeks old and weighed 7 lbs. He grew into a beautiful golden retriever mix full of fluff and life! He was with me through 10 moves, major life changes, and 3 kids. No matter what I went through, he was always there with a smile. Even though I knew it was time for him to leave me because he was in so much pain, it was the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I put it off for so long. I even signed him up for lap of love and spoke to Dr. Nancy about making an appointment a few months before I finally forced myself to let him go. Dr. Nancy was calm and understanding. She knew how badly we were hurting and she did everything she could to make the transition as peaceful as possible. She went above and beyond, even making paw prints for all our children and giving them little scrapbooks to work on. She slowly introduced herself to Bear until he was comfortable, and only got started on things when we were ready. We never felt rushed or like we were just another client for her. Everything was so personalized and Bear knew we were all right beside him until the very end. I'm just so thankful to have found lap of love and Dr. Nancy. As much as we love our furbabies, from here on out we will ALWAYS use lap of love to help them cross the rainbow bridge!"
Samantha McManusMartinez, Georgia
"Dr. Nancy was incredibly sweet in helping with the transition of my baby boy. She went above and beyond to make experience as easy as possible. She even checked in with us a couple days after. I highly recommend her."
Kimberly HGrovetown, Georgia
"It was a sad day when I heard the news that our sweet baby girl had terminal cancer. We spent the next couple of months enjoying every precious moment. It is not easy letting go of a beloved family member. Our vet recommended Lap of Love. We contacted Dr. Sunday. She came to our house for hospice and got to know me and my sweet Lou.. She spent so much time talking to me. My little girl liked her and was very relaxed. Dr. Sunday was very understanding and respectful of my feelings. I changed the date more than once . I did not want to end my baby girls time to soon .It was nearing the end and I could see Lou losing ground. I called Dr. Sunday and she came to our house. It was calm & peaceful. Dr. Sunday sat beside me & my baby girl. Her papa was there along with Her brother Clay. Lou went to sleep and when we knew she was resting peacefully Dr. Sunday helped her leave this world filled with pain. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Sunday & Lap of Love!
Sandy Gregg & Clay"
Sandy ShannonWagener, S. Carolina
"You hope to be spared this decision for your pet, that they would go naturally and quickly without your intervention. We weren't spared this decision wth our sweet Friday and had to make a quick and unexpected choice. Dr. Sunday handled the situation with such compassion, for us, and our beloved Friday, who passed peacefully this weekend on a cool, breezy afternoon in her favorite spot on the back deck. She was a very comforting presence at such a difficult time. I don't hesitate to recommend Dr. Sunday should you need this service."
Cherise and MikeNorth Augusta, 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.