Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Shannon Skevakis, DVM"Thank you so much for being so wonderful and patient with Sweetie and me. The way you helped us during this difficult time is greatly appreciated. I know sometimes your job may make you sad, but you are doing a wonderful and much needed service. I miss her terribly, but feel good about her last day and the kind way you handled her. Thank you again for being so gracious."C OEwing, New JerseyJune 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Leann Sargeant, DVM"The world holds a few special people to help in times of need. Leann is one of those unique individuals. Thank you for the love and care you showed my Angel."Greer WilliamsEl Cajon, CaliforniaJune 27, 2017Angel's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lauren Cassady, DVM"Dr Lauren was wonderful. We knew our Newnan boy was ready to pass and Dr Lauren gave him peace at last. This was the hardest thing we have ever had to do, and Dr Lauren guided us in such a loving and peaceful manner. The box Newnan's ashes were returned to us in is absolutely beautiful. For a day we hoped would never come, Dr Lauren made the process as peaceful and beautiful as it could be. We will love you forever, sweet Newnie Boy."Katie Hall & David TesnarAtlanta, GeorgiaJune 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sue Mowatt, DVM"Dr. Sue Mowatt, You were so compassionate, kind and patient with my beautiful Sapphire and me during this loving and tranquil transition of helping My Beloved Sapphire cross over the Rainbow Bridge, at her loving home, Wednesday, June 21, 2017! Dr. Mowatt spent quality of time with Sapphire and me!
Dr. Mowatt's extra care, beautiful gifts and a precious Sympathy Card were greatly appreciated. I was Blessed when God brought Sapphire and Tango Wango into my life!
Bountiful Blessings,
Nola Joy Carello June 27, 2017"
Nola Joy CarelloSacramento, CaliforniaJune 27, 2017Sapphire Carello's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Gorney, BVMS"Our almost 12 yr old sweet Pit Bull, Sara had to be put down after having Cushing's disease for several years followed by cancerous tumors on her liver. We wanted to have her pass away at home in her own surroundings and Lap of Love was just the service we needed. Dr. Erin was so kind and gentle with Sara and even was patient with my other dog Lucy when she was trying to get attention from her. The whole process was heartbreaking for my husband and I but Erin was so understanding from the start and waited for us to be ready for the injections. The paw printing and the fur cuttings were a special touch along with the Eternal Paw Prints booklet. We had decided to have Sara cremated and the Dr brought a gurney and a nice blanket to wrap her in. After tearful goodbyes, they were gone. But Dr. Erin followed up the next day which was so wonderful of her. I highly recommend Dr. Erin Gorney to anyone who wants to have their pet euthanized at home. I wouldn't have had it any other way. Thank you Erin!!!"Terry LaBryerMonongahela, PennsylvaniaJune 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Our dog Bean , a beautiful 7yr. old lab, was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure and shocked the entire family. Although we knew she was very sick, she would still wag her tail and beg for food. Being heartbroken, we were hoping it was all a mistake.
I made a phone call to Lap of Love and received nothing but kindness as I wept uncontrollably on the phone telling my story. It was explained that a hospice vet could make a house-call and discuss Bean's diagnosis and euthanize her if necessary. Needing guidance and reassurance that I was doing the right thing, I made the appointment. We anxiously waited for the vet to arrive on the scheduled day.
Dr. Heather arrived and a feeling of calm overcame my family. Bean greeted her with lots of wet kisses which she embraced. She asked about our relationship with Bean and about her life. She then explained the medical diagnosis of kidney failure and what Bean was feeling. We knew immediately that we were doing the right thing by ending her suffering. Dr. Heather explained what would take place and was so compassionate and patient. She stroked , hugged and kissed Bean as if it were her own dog.
Bean died a very peaceful death with her whole family around her. Although losing a pet is such a painful experience, Dr. Heather made it bearable and a special tribute to a beautiful friend and family member. She was not only Bean's angel that day, but my
entire family. We will never forget what you did for us and Bean!"
Laurene FargnoliWest Islip, NYJune 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"We are so thankful for finding Lap of Love and Dr. Heather. You provide a unique and wonderful service for pet owners at one of the most difficult times we must sometimes deal with. We want to express our gratitude and support for your kind and humane assistance. Our hearts are content knowing that Sunny’s last moments at home were peaceful, and Sunny was able to transition into the afterlife without discomfort from his illness which had quickly taken over his body just three weeks prior.
Sunny, a young, handsome orange tabby cat was left at a shelter I had volunteered at and immediately I knew he was meant to come home with me and my husband to join our kitty Starrina and pup Dasher. Sunny was such a sweet boy, always giving my husband and I equal time of affection and love. He loved to talk and he had the loudest purr we have ever heard. Although he has had some health issues along the way, it was nothing we could not handle. Sunny shared over 12.5 years of his happy loving life with us. He was a very special kitty who showed love and affection to everyone.
Dr. Heather is truly an Angel. Although it will take time, we will heal much better knowing that Sunny spent his last days/moments in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family and love. He will forever be in our hearts and memories. Dr. Heather made a special paw print for us to keep and it is now in our glass display cabinet so that we can feel Sunny's presence always. Thank you Dr. Heather M.
With warmest regards, Donna & Keith"
Donna and Keith KaufmanSaint James, NYJune 27, 2017Sunny's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elizabeth Gill, DVM"Dr. Elizabeth was so loving & kind. She made sure that I was making the right decision. No rush & so nice . I would like to thank her for all the love & kindness."Beverly ClineKISSIMMEE, FloridaJune 26, 2017Daisy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Thank you, Dr. Bates. Your kindness and compassion are so appreciated."Bridget BorlakBridgeton, New JerseyJune 26, 2017Ti Ti's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Christina Fenton, DVM"It has taken me two months to get to the point where I can think about our baby without tearing up. I wrote this today for Spikey on the second month anniversary of his passing. Dr. Christina was an angel with us, and her kindness and special words helped us in our time of grief.

Our precious puppy left our world
Two short months ago.
He waits for us in painless peace
At Heaven’s golden door.

But life without him still brings pain
When we think of all we had,
A pup became our little boy
And the loss still makes us sad.

Who would think that a little pup
Could be the center of our lives,
But without complaint, we did our best
To help our boy survive.

So today we’ll hold each other tight
And wish that Spike was here
For just a moment so we could say,
“We love you so much, dear.”

I’m sure the pain with dull with time
I’m sure we’ll see a day
When the thoughts of Spike
Might miss a beat or might just go away?

No….he’ll always be here in my heart.
My soul will cry for him.
We’ll learn to live without his sighs,
But we’ll never forget him."
Susan CusterBaytown, TexasJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erica Fry, DVM"Lap of Love was the last kindness we were able to give our almost 17 year old cat Salsa. After over two weeks of illness from kidney failure, our cat Salsa passed away at home with the help of a very kind vet, Dr. Erica Fry from Lap of Love, at our request. Salsa had been with us for almost 17 years. After medical issues in her early years, she was not trusting of most people most of her life, most visitors barely caught a glimpse of her, but she was the sweetest kitty to her family, especially her mommy and daddy. She was never really healthy once she became hyperthyroid, she did not have a good tolerance to medication and was not a candidate for other treatments due to kidney issues. Her kidneys finally gave up, and our vet told us that we would know when it was time. Her last few weeks were hard, giving her IV fluids and trying to get her to eat, trying to warm her little body as she was always cold, watching her slowly fade into a cat of only just over 4 pounds, but still purring when she would hear our voices and trying to climb into bed even when she couldn't do it on her own anymore and we had to help her. Once she showed signs of not being able to lie comfortably in her favorite positions and stopped eating completely, we knew it was time. We had hoped she would go on her own, peacefully in her sleep, but I think in a way she was holding on to comfort us, trying her best to purr when we would touch her and love on her. Our desire to hold on to her so that we could have every last moment wasn’t fair to her, she deserved the best, and we didn’t want her to suffer anymore. The decision was not easy, but we knew we wanted her to be able to pass in the comfort of her own home. We found Lap of Love online, and the availability of the online form was much appreciated. Just minutes after filling out the form, Lap of Love called and offered an appointment for the next day. Dr. Erica arrived as arranged, calling to let us know when she was on her way. She was simply wonderful, and so much appreciated in our time of need and sorrow. It is so obvious she has a gift, she knew just what to say and do, she prepared us and answered all our questions and comforted us. We had everything done the way we were comfortable with. We miss Salsa terribly, but know she is not suffering anymore, and is at peace. Looking back, we have no regrets, and would recommend this path to anyone who has a pet who deserves only the best."Rebecca TaylorForney, TexasJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"There is really not much that my family or I can say to take away the pain in losing a loved pet whom we considered a huge part of our family for over 16 years. Meisha was the best first pet we could have ever asked for, she sat and stayed and gave paw and never went to the bathroom in our home or ever laid on the furniture, but more importantly she was there when we were sad or mad or in need of alot of love. She was a pet who never failed to make you smile, she was the best sort of company you never knew you needed. It was the hardest decision in the world to say goodbye to her but my family had agreed it was time to let her go. Dr. Heather helped make this super sad experience a little easier for us. She treated us and Meisha like we were her family and we are so grateful to have found her. I hope anyone reading this can understand the weight that she had lifted off our shoulders just by sitting in our company for 2 hours, saying all the right things and holding Meisha through the process, Thank you for helping us find peace Dr. Heather, you are very much appreciated"Nicole O'LearyLindenhurst, NYJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Julie Hasenfratz, DVM"Thank you Dr. Hasenfratz, you made one of the hardest things to do a lot easier. Your kind heart, and loving touch made Tyson's last moments on earth so peaceful. You handle a tough situation with ease. You transformed it from being such a hard moment to being such a peaceful and calm moment. I am glad that you were the doctor we got to share this hard time with. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts Dr. Hasenfratz and Lap of Love for what you do."Savannah MartinezLakewood, ColoradoJune 26, 2017Tyson's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"I had to say goodbye to my first baby, Alfie, one month ago today. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life, but Dr. Dawnetta really helped ease my mind. We did a hospice consultation and only a few days later, she had to return for a final visit. It was her day off, but she still came out and helped us that day. She was not only a wonderful veterinary, but she was also a great counselor and friend:) We will never forget her kindness and willingness to go above and beyond. Thank you!"Jana DeoliveiraSt. Charles, MissouriJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Otis was an amazing dog. We have three, and trust me when I say he was the most laid back and chill dog. Like any Hound/Retriever mix, he loved running around the yard. In March when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma we had a choice with Lap of Love or amputation. We opted to go the route of amputation and give him as many more months as we could so long as he was pain free. Lap of Love was involved and touched base with us every few weeks just to make sure Otis was doing well which I was so thankful for as our own vet never once called us or returned our calls. Otis' recovery was great, seeing how well he adapted to three legs was even more astounding, but that was the kind of dog, always a fighter. When Otis began having pain and almost instantly stopped walking, we knew right away we had to call Lap of Love. Dr. Heather was able to come out the same day we called. Dr. Heather was great, we were all set up outside sitting on the ground with Otis and Dr. Heather walked in and sat down on the ground with us. The way she was so sweet to Otis put us all at ease. Dr. Heather was absolutely amazing and I am so glad my sister found Lap of Love online because I would not have wanted Otis to be put down any other way, not in a sterile room on a metal table or on a cold tile floor. I've been through euthanasia before with my sisters cat in the vet's office and it was a horrible experience, it feels so much colder. Being able to be there with Otis, outside on the grass which was his favorite spot was all I could ask for and more when it comes to such a terribly sad moment. Please please please go with Lap of Love if your pet is in need of going to doggy heaven. It makes a big difference in how they feel, and how you feel.

Thank you again Lap of Love and Dr. Heather."
Tiffany JohnEast Meadow, NYJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"I can't say enough how kind and thoughtful Dr. Samantha was when it came time to say goodbye to my little girl Bella. She was very understanding and assured us it was the right time to let her go. Bella was 17 1/2 yrs old and I know I gave her a wonderful life and spoiled her rotten. Lap of Love made it so much easier to let Bella go and put her out of her pain. Dr. Samantha made us feel much better and gave us plenty of time to spend our last time with Bella. Its so hard to say goodbye to a pet, our bonds are unbelievable! I know we did the right thing and I would tell anyone that when that time comes.. there is no other way then Lap Of Love. Bella spent her last day at home and peacefully went to sleep on my lap.

Thank You Dr. Samantha and Lap Of Love, You made this whole horrible process much easier."
Joe LeottaBensalem, PennsylvaniaJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM"Beau, our mixed bread hound of 14.5 years had gotten to the point where he couldn't get up on all fours without assistance from me or my wife. He also couldn't control his bodily functions. Lap of Love was recommended by a close friend. When I contacted them, they were very kind. They only asked a few questions and exhibited so much compassion. A couple of weeks later when we were ready to make the tough decision to let Beau go peacefully, the scheduling was so easy. Dr. Annie arrived right on time. She should so much tenderness and compassion for Beau, my wife and myself. Dr. Annie was never rushed and explained everything before she did anything. Dr. Annie showed Beau such dignity. The four of us were on the ground together as Beau went in to a deep gentle sleep. As you can imagine, this was a painful time for our family, but Dr Annie made it as tolerable as possible with her kindness."andy abernathyMaitland, FloridaJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Nancy Rodriguez, DVM"Nancy, Cinnamons memorial was perfect.
As much as it hurt my husband and me ,we knew what had to be done. Because of you we were able to do what needed to be done and allow Cinnamon to pass with the dignity that she deserved . .It takes a special person to do what you do, helping families get thru a very difficult time. I will never forget the compassion and care you showed my sweetness girl, and the understanding of my grief. I can not thank you enough, may GOD bless you."
DARLENE BURCKHALTERGRANITEVILLE, S. CarolinaJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sally Lynch, DVM"Dr. Sally helped more than I can describe in the time I have left before I must leave for work. I hope I can edit this later."Gertrude MoellerMemphis, TennesseeJune 26, 2017Raven Shasha Giggle Strobush The First, One And Only's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dear, sweet, crabby sissy-witch,
How can I ever put down in words how much you mean to me? To say you were my spirit animal is an understatement. I have so many words for you, Ti; so many things in my mind and my heart that I will speak into the wind now that you're no longer here. Poppy says the love is eternal, and of course he is right. Still, I wish you were here with me. Thank you for taking care of my heart more than I could ever take care of you. Thank you for 18 years of unconditional love.
Your Popples and your Googer continue to miss your disdain. Secretly, and also outwardly, they know you loved them. Those gentle head kisses were everything to them. Thank you for loving them.
It's so hard to adjust to being without you. The canyon is empty, and there's no one to usher me to bend, no buzzard-ry before meals, no bone biting, no craw, no baggages. None-dle.
We are eternally grateful for everything you gave to us --- the language, the laughter, the catitude, the love.
I know you went back to the light from whence you came. My heart will always miss you, Dolly. Rest In Peace, my baby. I love you.
~Mummy"
Bridget BorlakBridgeton, New JerseyJune 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"Thank you to Dr. Souther, an angel who came and made the hardest decision I had to make, bearable. Your light touch and kind heart made Kitton's last moments on earth stress free and peaceful. There is nothing easy about saying goodbye to your best friend, and you handled the situation with grace and warmth. I didn't want to take Kitton out of the house for the end, and your service allowed me to give her a peaceful passing at home. Thank you Laps of Love and Dr. Sam."Ridley Park, PennsylvaniaJune 25, 2017Kitton's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Santspree, DVM"Dr. Melanie Santspree was the the best. We could not have asked for a better person to help us with Frank. She treated Frank like he was her own, and was very gentle and loving with him. We cannot say enough good things about her and the way she handled everything."Shad HopsonBallston Spa, NYJune 25, 2017Frank's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Robyn Baldwin, DVM"Our beloved 17 year-old Westie, Sparky, began declining rapidly when his kidney's started to fail. Sparky brought so much joy and love into our home that he will never be forgotten. Sparky's love was unconditional and his love of people knew no bounds. I can honestly say that I took more from him than he took from me. He was a constant companion and we were blessed to have had him for so many years.
Once we realized that he would not recover or continue to have good quality of life, we made arrangements to help him.
Dr. Robyn was an angel - her care and ministrations were the kindest, gentlest and most loving possible. She was a gift in a time of crisis.
Though we knew he would not live forever and prepared ourselves for the eventuality of his passing, we just weren't ready. I don't believe anyone is ever ready but I was ready to stop his pain and discomfort.
Sparky's departure was so peaceful; he just went to sleep. It's the way we had hoped he would go naturally but his illness was not going to allow that so we are eternally grateful to Dr. Robyn and Lap of Love for helping our boy move on so serenely.
I choose to remember him scampering in the back yard, running through grass while we played fetch. His sunny disposition and genuine and unlimited affection will live on in our hearts; we will carry hi love with us always."
Cynthia CabreraHallandale Beach, FloridaJune 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Moon, DVM"Thank you Dr. Amanda for coming to our home to help make Grady's last day be at home so he could rest in peace. You treated him with so much respect. God bless you for what you do. I don't know what we would have done if we would have had to take him somewhere. He would have been hurting and upset. Instead, you made it possible for this to be a very peaceful process. You are an angel for doing what you do. Thank you for everything. We truly appreciate your service and love for animals."Tanya SkidmoreLexington, North CarolinaJune 25, 2017Grady's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Gorney, BVMS"Dr. Erin & her staff are wonderful. They are caring & comforting. I'm thankful for the service they provide as my Annie was very afraid of going to the vet. I'm so glad her last moments were at the home she loved. Thank you."Michele GebhardtMonroeville, PennsylvaniaJune 25, 2017Annie's Pet Memorial
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