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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"I couldn't have asked for a more caring Veterinarian. Dr. Brad was excellent and I recommend him highly. This was an experience that could have been much worse, but Dr. Brad was kind and gently. Thank you Dr. Brad for making this transition easier."Leticia BuchananPhiladelphiaMay 25, 2020Maggie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Thank you for your caring words and for making Jax comfortable in his last minutes. I’m happy the you were able to have him pass in his home."Karen RogersNorwoodMay 24, 2020Jax's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"There aren't enough words to express our gratitude and thanks to Dr. Brad Bates. His compassion and empathy went above and beyond. He helped make an extremely difficult situation as loving and beautiful as possible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Dr. Bates!"Heather SliwinskiWarminsterMay 7, 2020Gunner's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Dr Brad Bates was the most amazing veterinarian and is highly recommended. He was able to guide us throughout the entire process and remind us we were making the best decision possible for the health of Eddie. He made the worst day of our lives a bit easier and let us spend as much time as possible with Eddie before we had to say goodbye forever. We are forever grateful to Lap of Love and Dr. Brad Bates for helping us say goodbye to our little man and being there for us when we were unsure what to do."Allanah RichmanPlymouth MeetingMay 3, 2020Eddie Richman's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"We cannot say enough about Dr. Brad Bates. When we knew it was time to say goodbye to our sweet Callie who had given us nothing but pure joy for almost 17 years, we made arrangements with Lap of Love. However, the day before our scheduled date, it became apparent that we needed to proceed on a more urgent basis. Dr. Bates accommodated us within an hour and he could not have been more compassionate or professional. He explained the process thoroughly in a gentle manner, was sensitive to our overwhelming sadness, and treated Callie with respect the entire time. As a result of his kindness, we were able make sure our sweet little girl could go to sleep peacefully in her own home surrounded by all of us who loved her so much. We truly can’t thank him enough and will be forever grateful."Beth GallagherHaverfordMay 2, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Dr. Brad was wonderful in such a sad moment. He explained all that he was going to do for Floyd. He was both respectful and professional. He let us have our time with Floyd before and after.

I would also like to thank Jessie, who I spoke to to make the appointment. She just like Dr Brad was both respectful and professional. Jessie took the time to answer my questions as well as let me have my crying moments on the phone as it was so terrible to make that phone call."
Amanda IRidley ParkApril 27, 2020Floyd's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"It is truly a rare person who can enter a stranger's home, during the height of Covid19, one of the saddest days of her life, and instantly become a calming, helpful, and ensuring presence. Rare for sure, but yet this is exactly what Dr. Brad is.

I called Lap of Love, when I knew it was time for me to say good bye to my Jali. He was declining and showing more signs of discomfort and pain. I wanted his parting to be as peaceful as possible without the anxiety of a car ride to the vet. Because of the very professional and able services of Dr. Brad, he passed away in my arms peacefully and without pain.

Dr. Brad talked me through everything that would happen. He reminded me to keep talking to him when I was choking on my own sobs and had temporarily stopped. He showed compassion and kindness. I felt at all times informed, understood, cared for, and empathized with.

Thank you, Dr. Brad, for helping me let go of my friend in the kindest way possible. Thank you for understanding what I would need to hear. Thank you for caring that I was alone.

I'm sure your job is heart breaking and difficult, but you are amazing at it."
Kendra PricePhiladelphiaApril 23, 2020Jalapeno (jali)'s Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Dr. Brad Bates was so gentle removing Blue from our home, it made it a bit easier seeing how caring he was towards our baby boy."Vivian CallahanMortonApril 20, 2020Blue's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Due to restrictions of the covid 19 virus you are no longer able to go into the vets office. I could not hand my baby over in the parking lot. For Cody and myself I could not say good-bye that way. My vet recommended Dr. Brad.
From the time Dr. Brad entered my home I felt nothing but kindness and compassion from him. We discussed Cody's condition and he walked me through everything he would do and what Cody and I would experience.
In a difficult situation Dr. Brad brought peace and love.
He so gently took Cody from me and carefully laid him in the basket.
The next day he check-in on me and how I was doing."
Freda FultonPhiladelphiaApril 11, 2020Cody's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"With us losing our first pet we found that Lap of Love and Dr Brad were so helpful with the whole experience. It was so peaceful and reassuring to our whole family that Bentley was in such great hands. We will recommend to anyone who has to go thru this your organization and especially Dr Brad. Thanks for everything and making a very hard time a little easier and putting our minds at ease."Kathleen McBrideHolmesApril 8, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Dr. Brad was so compassionate and gentle with Zeus as well as our family. He came to lay our baby to rest durning this pandamic of COVID 19. Dr. Brad had a mask, gloves and removed his shoes before entering our home. Thank you for allowing our beloved ZuZu the comfort of being in his own home with those who love him around him."Sarah KoenigPHILADELPHIAApril 7, 2020Zeus Nick Name Zuzu's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Dr Brad Bates was compassionate and very gentle with our beloved Chestnut and us. He called when he was 10 minutes away. He made beautiful paw prints and allowed us to have some fur as a remembrance. I was very pleased with the services to allow Chestnut go peacefully in his own comfort of home. Thank you Lap of Love."Amy YarlettpSpringfield, PAMarch 29, 2020Chestnut's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Dear Dr. Brad
Thank you (again) for all of your thoughtfulness, kindness, compassion and professionalism. Your empathy and awareness of making Leo’s passing painless and peaceful is very much appreciated. The tail wag from Leo confirms this.
You are a blessing.
Sincerely,
Marion Moon"
Marion MoonPhiladelphiaMarch 28, 2020Leonardis's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Dr. Brad what an amazing man! Compassionate, understanding and kind. His comforting words during such a sad and painful time were truly a blessing. Thank you for being such an amazing and wonderful veterinarian."Beth and Drew CarlinKing of PrussiaMarch 27, 2020Penelope (Penny) Carlin's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"We could not have asked for a better doctor into our home to help us during our time of sorrow. His compassion and competence assured us that we made the right decision. Moxie was so comfortable in my arms and all she felt was love. Dr Brad explained everything in detail and gave us private time before he took her. We know that even when she was with him, she was in good hands and she was loved. Thank you so much!"Minelle EastlackWenonahMarch 26, 2020Moxie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Dr. Brad came to our house to help our Nettie. He was so kind, caring and compassionate. Nothing could take the pain of letting her go, away. But he sure made it easier. He was such a blessing to her, and to us."Kim and Rich CalhounMediaMarch 24, 2020Nettie 's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Dr. Brad, we are so thankful that you were there for us and Harley when we needed you. Your compassion and gentle manner during this emotional time was very much appreciated. Harley felt comfortable and your warmth and kindness helped carry us through this difficult experience."Tammy and Bob GeigerPhiladelphiaMarch 22, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"This is the second time we used Lap of Love to help our pets suffering. Both times the Vet was outstanding. We could not asked for a better experience. Our dog Mitch was in distress due to Boxer Cardiomyopathy and was suffering greatly. My wife Laura called Monday morning and within a few hours the Vet (I think his name was Brad but not sure) was at our home and eased Mitch's pain. He was very patient and kind.

Thank you so much for providing this service!

Scott and Laura"
Scott and Laura SmithRoyal OakMarch 20, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Toni Knox"Dr. Toni Knox was wonderful as she cared for our pug babies, Levi and Lily, yesterday. Being brother and sister, we felt it was important for Levi and Lily to end their lives as they began, together. The gut wrenching decision for euthanasia does not come easily, and we struggled with it for months. Watching our babies decline and become more debilitated almost week by week, at now 14 1/2 years, we knew it was time. Having experienced euthanasia in an office setting with another dog some years ago, I left the experience was "sterile" and I wanted a different experience for Levi and Lily. I am so thankful that I called Lap of Love. From my first interaction over the phone with Lisa, to Dr. Toni entering our home, I was treated with kindness and understanding. Dr. Toni provided a peaceful and loving departure for Levi and Lily, and for that we will be forever grateful."Elaine LangMaple ShadeMarch 14, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"We used this service, for our Yorkie,Dr. Brad was excellent, it was very comforting to have our coco’s last moments at home surrounded by loved ones .............we would definitely recommend this service."Joe RoselliPhiladelphiaFebruary 25, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lucy Astor"Thank you so much. This was an extremely hard week but we knew putting our puppies paws in your hands was the right thing. Thank you for doing it so lovingly it meant so much to us all. Vellucci/Hoover/Kober family 💕💙"Ramona VellucciPhiladelphiaFebruary 21, 2020Guinness ❤️ganja's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"Dr. Brad made a painful and stressful situation much easier on Feb 18, 2020.He put my Mom at ease with his compassion and his caring demeanor, when we had to make the decision of putting my Moms nine year old long hair cat, Amber to rest. Thank you for making a painful day a little easier Dr. Brad.A great organization and experience.

James Hegarty"
james hegartyphiladelphiaFebruary 21, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"To Dr. Brad Bates,
I don't know how to thank you for all you did for Spike. To help him in his time of need.
I want to also thank you for putting up with me through all of this because I couldn't think straight and I asked crazy questions.
You were always quick to text a reply, and always so caring.
Pat"
Patricia GartlandPhiladelphiaFebruary 20, 2020Spike's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates"I can't begin to tell you how grateful we were to have Dr. Brad and the Lap of Loves's kind and compassionate services for our dog China. Let me begin by giving you a background on my baby girl. China was a full bred Bull Terrier feisty and loyal just as bull terriers are. She was the runt of the litter when we got her and the last to be taken away from her parents and honestly we almost passed on her. What a mistake that would have been. We brought her home to our male bull terrier Chino who was a year old at that time he needed a companion and so that's where it all began. 2 liters of pups -8 pups each liter she was such a good mommy and her pups were all healthy and beauties. Unfortunately my male passed at age 12 but China remained with us until 17. Yes she almost made her 17th birthday just shy a few days even Dr.Brad was amazed. She was so loyal to us that she held on with all she had but we began to see that her health was deteriorating fast. Blind weight loss and getting weaker everyday. In my heart I knew it was time but I couldn't bare to give up on her since she never did give up on us. The final days were heartbreaking and I made the call to Lap of Love that forever changed my outlook on making the decision to let her go.. I called and spoke to the staff who were so kind, compassionate and just amazing who assured me that they would be with us every step of the way. Dr Brad arrived at my house on a Sunday and got us through the most difficult day. The compassion that you all demonstrate to not just the animal but to the grieving families is so amazing. You all are angels and I'm forever indebted. Thank you Dr. Brad for being so patient and kind that day We appreciate you so much. Happy heavenly birthday China. We miss you. Give Chino a kiss for us. ❤️"Dana/ Jose GonzalezPhiladelphiaFebruary 19, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melinda Glavin"Dr. Melinda was kind, loving, gentle and understanding from the time I spoke with her over the phone to the end of my Cameron's earthly life. It was a very stressful time for my family and Dr. Melinda left us with a sense of knowing that we made the right decision for our beloved Cameron as he was in too much pain and to have him suffering was simply inhumane. Lord knows I wanted to be selfish and keep him despite his suffering."Liana RoadcloudYeadonFebruary 18, 2020Cameron's Pet Memorial
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