Central Savannah River Area
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
"We were in the worst situation and then came Dr. Nancy like a true angel. Our sweet boy Train had been battling cancer for a couple months but was doing okay until he took a turn for the worst on Sunday and we watched him rapidly deteriorate. By Sunday evening it was clear to us he would not make it through the night. I hesitated to take him to the emergency vet, I wanted him to be with his regular vet who had treated him for so long and knew him. Finally Train's amazing rescue group (Bullseye Rescue out of Atlanta) told us to find someone who could come to us and thank God we found Dr. Nancy. Dr. Nancy came out late Sunday night and took the time to really get to know Train and our family before we ultimately made our final decision. She went from being a stranger to feeling like a friend. Train crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in the most peaceful way possible. Dr. Nancy made the most horrible experience for my family bearable. Though I hope not to have to use this service again, I will definitely recommend Dr. Nancy and Laps of Love to anyone with a terminally ill pet."
Meeya SakuraEvans, Georgia
"We cannot thank Dr. Sunday enough for taking care of our beloved 16 year old Rudy. She was so calming and compassionate with his care. Her service of coming to our home and helping Rudy pass in his favorite spot was comforting to all. Even though it was one of the worst moments of our lives, she comforted us throughout our loss.
Thank you so much Dr. Sunday,
Iris and Frank Carter"
Frank CarterNorth Augusta, S. Carolina
"We know God makes no mistakes. The hurt for all of us is very real, though. We were able to have our Buddy with us at home till he breathed his last breath.
Tommy went and talked to our vet at 9 a.m. Friday morning. The vet agreed with Tommy that, because there was nothing that could be done, it was time to let him go. Our vet put us in touch with a very special vet with Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Inc.. I called them about 11 a.m. and Dr. Nancy was here at our home at 6 p.m. Many of our children and grandchildren as well as other family members and friends were here with us throughout the day and were able to tell their Buddy goodbye in their own special way. Many stayed with us, through his final moments. Those who couldn't be here kept in touch with texts and calls.
I can't say enough wonderful things for Dr. Nancy and Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Inc. She was amazing.
Why do all of this for a dog you may ask? Because our Buddy was more than an animal. He was our baby. He was here in our home from the time he was just a 5 week old pup. When Tommy had trouble with his diabetes or parkinsons, Buddy would know ahead of time and would be there for him, even waking him up at night so he (Tommy) would get up and check his blood sugar.
Many, many times when one of our children or grandchildren needed comforting he would sense it and was there for them. Everyone who knew him was aware of the deep love Bud shared with and for us. Friday was a very hard day for us. After a sleepless night for both of us, Tommy and I shared with each other our feelings of loss. And we both agree ... no more pets. Not for now anyway.
Thank you, Dr Nancy, for being there, for your patience with all of us and for helping Buddy as he gained his angel wings and met his friends at Rainbow Bridge. Your service is invaluable."
Diane WallsAiken, S. Carolina
"Spooky was with us for almost 15 years. He and my husband Brad were best friends and "connected at the hip". Spooky seemed fine one day and the next day we found out that he was terminally ill with fluid in his chest cavity. He was miserable, lost his appetite, and could not lay down or get comfortable. We could not stand to see him suffer, so we called Lap of Love. It was late on a Tuesday evening, just hours after receiving the news. Dr. Sunday Cozzi came over first thing the next morning. She was so kind and gentle and treated our Spooky like he was her own pet. Spooky gently fell asleep and off to the other side he went. As heartbreaking as it was to let him go, he went in the best way possible - in the comfort of his own home. We will always be grateful for the service that Lap of Love provided."
Jayne WilliamsNew Ellenton, S. Carolina
"Dr. Nancy Rodriguez was the best. Nothing was rushed and she encouraged us to recall our time with Mika as a pup and chronicle her15 years of life, both overseas and here in the U.S.. Nancy allowed us to tell her when we were ready to begin the final process. In total, she spent two hours with us and was most compassionate and helpful."
Trudy GaughranAiken, S. Carolina
"Nancy was so kind and patient with us. She was extremely gentle and loving to Chance, and gave us time through the process. She was quiet when needed, but would also ask us about Chance to let us remember good memories and laugh (if for just a little moment). She was wonderful, and we couldn't have asked for anyone more perfect for us and Chance through one of the hardest moments of our life. Thank you so much, Nancy....we will never forget you and how much you meant to all of us through that time."
Kelli MillerEvans, 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 Central Savannah River Area including 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.