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
"It was beautiful, calm and a perfect way to say goodbye! Nancy, the vet was the kindest, most gentle and caring lady. She came in and got to know her and love on her. Cricket never felt a thing... she gave her two Reese's peanut butter things and she was so busy eating those she did not even notice the sedation shot!! It was still hard of course... both of us a basket case but I am so glad I called Nancy of Lap of Love to help with this!! I told her my friend commented about what a beautiful and compassionate service. It is truly her calling!! She wanted to hear about Cricket and all her stories at the beach and her life!! Sweet!! Tom dug the hole by her kitty friend Mattie and I started a fire in the fire pit!! As I looked up and commented... I am surprised the Hawk has not been here. Tom commented he probably is sitting out there observing!! At that moment a hawk flew over our heads very low and that was the perfect final God touch!! She is over the rainbow bridge!! 🐾🌈🐾❤️"
Bren DeVaneyNorth Augusta, S. Carolina
"This is going to be short and sweet...Dr. Sunday was amazing. She made our last moments with Milo a positive experience that we will remember always."
Eric KershnerAugusta, Georgia
"On December 26th in the early hours of the morning our dear 13 year old Golden Retriever, Blossom collapsed on the floor and could not move her rear end nor stand. After spending the rest of the night with her on the floor, we knew that she was at the end of her time with us. Since both my husband and I are no longer young, we realized there was no way we would be able to get our 70 lb girl to the car and to our vet. We remembered an article in the local newspaper about a “hospice” type service that would come to the home. We searched and found Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, called and were put in touch with Dr Sunday Cozzi DVM. She was at our home in a very short period of time. She was understanding, comforting and generally concerned about us and Blossom. The care and attention she paid to Blossom was outstanding and she had us relaxed and comforted also. She had treats for Blossom and she ensured that Blossom was comfortable after examining her and assuring us that nothing medically could be done for her. It was time for our final goodbye. She fully explained what was going to take place even though we told her we had been thru this before with our past Goldens. The whole process of sending her on was peaceful for both us and we are sure for Blossom. The greatest respect was paid to Blossom, her paw print was taken and she was wrapped in a blanket with her head on a pillow and carried to Dr Cozzi’s car. The whole process carried out by Dr Cozzi could not have been better, given the circumstances. While we are very pleased with our regular vet and their facility, however it was so much better to have Blossom's last moments be in the peace and quiet of her own home. The Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice and Dr Sunday Cozzi are a combination we would highly recommend to people who cannot get their beloved pets to their own veterinarian for final care or who would like this service in their home."
Kris BurkeAiken, SC, S. Carolina
"Thank you Dr. Rodriguez for your compassion in assisting my sweet Bananas cross into his new life, free now to run and play. It was so comforting for Bananas to have his final moments at home and surrounded by what is familiar and comforting to him. You provide a wonderful service and it greatly helps when faced with the decision. I feel guilty for not having the courage to make the decision sooner.
Thank you again for your patience, and your sincere compassion. It was such a peaceful departure.
Sincerely, Kathryn Muente"
Kathryn MuenteAiken, S. Carolina
"I want to take the time to say thank you to Dr. Nancy for all she did for our Ellie and our family. There is not enough thank yous in the world for the love, comfort, compassion and understanding that you showed us during such a hard time. My sister and I wish we had seen this level of professionalism during the passing of both of our parents. Thank you and God bless you and Lap of Love"
Brenda HinsonGilbert, S. Carolina
"Losing a family member is never easy, especially a family member you chose. My Mercedes was such so special, a mini me in that she was spoiled & fully expected to be treated like the diva she was at all times. I was blessed to have her only 12 short years. Diagnosed with CHF and maxed out on her dosages I knew our time together was limited. I have deallt with death many times & I only hope and pray that when my time comes it will be under the same circumstances as my Mercedes. Held by the ones that love me with whispered messages in my ear. It is cruel to watch any human or animal suffering their last days on this earth with we all know death is inescapable. Dr. Nancy was so kind and caring allowing us to say goodbye at our speed. Thank you so much for providing this wonderful service."
Joan PoseyWarrenville, 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.