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
"I cannot say enough good things about Lap Of Love. I did not want my sweet girl's last breath to be taken while on a cold metal table in a scary place. Dr. Cozzi came to my home and showed such compassion and professionalism while comforting my dog and I. Choosing to put her down was the hardest thing I've had to do. I have no children so this was my baby. Dr. Cozzi was a savior. I would highly recommend this service to anyone who sees their pet as more than "just a dog or cat". Thank you so much Dr. Cozzi. (and thank you for not making me feel awkward as a grown man that wept like a child). Ill never forget the kindness you showed Cookie and I. Because of you, I know she'll suffer no longer."
Aiken, S. Carolina
"Our Annabelle was so precious to us. Dr. Sunday honored her spirit and helped to make her passing gentle and love filled. As the sun set from our bed room window, Annabelle passed from our lives as gently and sweetly as she came into our life. Thank you Dr. Sunday for your compassion, gentleness and love."
theresa schusterAIKEN, S. Carolina
"I can't say enough about Dr. Sunday Cozzi. The heart she has for the fur babies and the families is unsurpassed. She gave us such a peace about what we were doing. She didn't rush us, let us cry, laugh, and love on our precious Bo as long as we needed to. Dr. Sunday is special and we loved her."
Susan LuckyMartinez, Georgia
"I was very skeptical about the Lap of Love home service since I had never heard of this. However, it was much better for us and most importantly for MaxBoy. Considering the weak condition Max was in, not having to unnecessaraly introduce, anxiety and discomfort by moving him to another location was a blessing. Dr. Nancy was very kind to Max, and I can now say encouraging us to remember our good times with Max during the procedure was extremely helpful for CoCo and I both. Dr. Nancy, thank you again for your assistance."
John & CoCo BellavichGrovetown, Georgia
"I was very apprehensive to approach any vet about putting my old man to sleep. I've heard so many horror stories about loving moms taking their senior dogs in for euthanasia and being guilted into paying exorbitant amounts of money to no improvement in their fur babies.
From the very first email, Dr. Sunday made me feel at ease. She was so warm, supportive and transparent. For such a horrible situation , she made the experience a comforting one. I can not say enough beautiful things about her.
I will miss my baby for the rest of my life. I will also remember the loving way his last moments were handled by the sweetest vet I have ever met.
Thank you, Dr. Sunday. From the bottom of my heart."
Tonya GordyAiken, S. Carolina
"I've known Sunday for about a year, although our paths have crossed over the years as our boys have played various sports for the city soccer and basketball leagues. Both boys now play club soccer together so I got to know her more over the past year.
Max became sick about a month ago with chronic diarreah. His vet tried antibiotics, probiotics, herbal tummy soother, enzymes, and a steroid shot. Nothing worked and I started asking Sunday questions. She answered them all, asked me questions, and let me know she would be there to help however she could. Last week I knew his condition wasn't going to improve and Sunday said she could be available to help him transition into his "new life". His day came 10/8/17.
Sunday made such a painful decision for me feel so right. She spoke to my daughter with such love and made the process easy for her to understand. I have never witnessed a "letting go" of a pet, but the time she spent with us and the care she gave to Max, my daughter and me, and our two other dogs, was incredible. Love. I can't thank her enough for the amazing gift of his send off to healing."
Catherine BakerAiken, 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.