Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"I just wanted to take a second to thank Dr Samantha. This was our family's first time using Laps of Love, and we had a wonderful experience. Dr Samantha was wonderful, and handled everything perfectly. I would highly recommend this company in the future."Rose HudeckiPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 24, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr Brad was very empathetic and patient with me during this difficult process and he was very encouraging. He reminded me that I was doing the right thing and how difficult it was. I'm grateful for his kindness."Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 21, 2017Roxie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"Saying goodbye to our Teddy was one of the hardest things we've ever had to do. Dr. Samantha, Dr. Brad, and the Lap of Love staff made it as comfortable as it possibly could be. It was important for us to be at home, where Teddy felt safe. He’d had some scary experiences at the vet, so we couldn't bear to say goodbye in that environment. Both doctors visited our home on different occasions – Dr. Brad to evaluate Teddy, give insight on the progression of his illness, and explain how Teddy was likely feeling. Dr. Brad provided pain medication and even checked in by text later that evening. When we scheduled euthanasia, Dr. Samantha visited. Dr. Brad had filled her in, so we didn’t have to explain anything. Dr. Samantha was so kind and patient. She explained every step of the process, answered our questions, and allowed us all the time we needed with Teddy. We also appreciated little touches that we wouldn't have thought of - like making a paw print. Thank you, Lap of Love, for being there for us in this difficult time."Julie MPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"I recently had to make the hardest decision of my life and say goodbye to my best friend of almost 10 years. Her name was Lady and was the life of our home and family. I spoke with a few places that offered in home euthanasia. Lady hated going to the vet and I wanted her last moments to be in the comfort of our home where she has spent so many great years and made so many memories. After speaking with the awesome staff at Lap of Love I made other phone calls comparing services and pricing. After speaking with a few other places it wasn't hard at all to make a decision to go with Dr. Brad @ Lap of Love. From the moment someone answered my phone call all I felt was compassion. The woman I spoke with was beyond kind and patient as I cried to her and asked numerous questions. Before scheduling an appointment Dr. Brad called me to discuss things further. (Called me in a very short period of time) He was patient and kind as well and described the process and answered all of my questions. He gave me his cell phone number and told me not only to text or call with any questions but that if I did want to schedule the appointment to call him first so he could hold the appointment time that I wanted. So like I said earlier after I spoke with them I made a few other calls. The other places made me feel like I was calling about scheduling a dentist appointment and were very "matter of fact". Right away I knew that Lap of Love was the right choice. Throughout the process of scheduling the appointment the staff was available for all of my questions and concerns. My dog was not good at all with strangers and Dr. Brad went above and beyond to make her last moments beyond peaceful. My Lady literally never knew he was there. I was able to give her oral sedatives myself and when she was ready he came in and sent her peacefully over that rainbow bridge everyone talks about. Although it was literally the hardest moment of my life (not to mention I'm 6 months pregnant) he made it as peaceful as it possibly could have been. If anyone has to go through this extremely emotional experience Lap of Love is definitely the right choice. I am so grateful that I was able to send my best friend off peacefully in the comfort of our (her) home surrounded by all the people who she loved and who loved her. There is a hole that will never be filled from our loss but Lap of Love made the process as pleasant as it possibly could be. Thank you for your compassion, our family will never forget how helpful you truly were."Jenna ColburnErial, New JerseyJuly 14, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad was our Earth Angel. We feel so Blessed that he was the veterinarian who assisted in releasing our dear Bodhi's soul.
We kept our home calm, peaceful and full of love for Bodhi in the day and in the hours before he passed.
Dr. Brad brought that same calm, peace and love into our home and Bodhi sensed it immediately as did we.
Thank you Dr. Brad and Lap of Love for giving our little guy the option to leave us without pain, suffering or the stress of an emergency room. We are ever grateful. Max and Anita Crandall"
Max and Anita CrandallLambertville, New JerseyJuly 10, 2017Bodhi's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad is my hero. I knew the time had come for my long-lived rabbit (13 y) to depart for the Rainbow Bridge, and could not stomach dragging her back to the vet for the 3rd time in a week. Thank goodness a vet student told me about Lap of Love. Pearl lived a charmed life, and this was her last blessing. Her passage was peaceful, at home in my lap, with her feline sister there to provide a little comic relief. I'm telling everyone I know who has pets. Thanks so much for all you do."Melinda RamseyPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJuly 8, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"It's been a bit less than 24 hours since Dr. Brad came to our home to help our beloved Magic Star find peace. She had been ill for quite some time, hated the car but loved her regular visiting vet. Unfortunately, when Magic's time was near, her vet was out of state. We were so very concerned that we wouldn't be able to have Magic cross The Rainbow Bridge at home. However, a dear friend of ours did some research and discovered Lap of Love; we bless her for thinking of us and finding a wonderful group of individuals who understood us perfectly. Dr. Brad examined Magic and told us our timing was ideal. By calling Lap of Love on the day before a holiday (July 3) we saved her immense suffering. He was so gentle with her that I'm certain Magic knew that Dr. Brad was going to help her. We did as well. I cannot praise Dr. Brad enough for his caring, understanding and extreme patience with over-the-top "Mom" & "Dad". Laurie, who answered the phone that morning was 'the best'. Also, kind, considerate and
so patient and understanding. We highly recommend Lap of Love to anyone who has to help their pet leave this world.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Toby & Jerry Joseph (& Magic Star, too)"
Toby JosephYardley, PennsylvaniaJuly 4, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Our dog Cosmo hated the vet. He would shake and whine and pant every visit. When we found out he was very sick and not recovering I didnt want to subject him to vet visits every time something changed. On a recommendation from my boss, I called Lap of Love and immediately was set up with Dr Brad. He helped us and Cosmo calmly get the hospice care our dog needed and then when it was time to let Cosmo go we did so in the quiet, loving and familiar surroundings of our home. Dr Brad and his team were extremely sensitive to our needs and feelings about what was happening to our dog. I am so grateful they exist and will proudly recommend them to any pet owner who needs their kind of assistance. Thank you Lap of Love for making Cosmo's last days calm and loving."Cristina SwinneyNorristown, PennsylvaniaJuly 2, 2017
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: 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: 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: Brad Bates, VMD"My sweet little Molly was diagnosed earlier this year with Lymphoma. This was her second cancer diagnosis. She had been in remission from Leukemia for 6 years! I did everything I could to treat her cancer, but she did not improve. She was so special to me and had endured so much during her 13 years of life that I was determined to make sure her last moments were peaceful, in my arms, and in our home. I wanted the last place that she saw and smelled to be her comfortable home. We contacted Lap of Love to discuss Molly's situation and they assured us they would be there for us when the time was right. When we felt that it was time, we called and scheduled an appointment with Dr. Brad. He was wonderful! He called to let us know he was on his way, which helped prepare me for his arrival. When he arrived, he assessed Molly and assured me that it was the right time. Knowing when it is the right time is a very difficult thing to decide. It never feels right, but he helped me accept the decision I had made. Dr. Brad was so patient and made sure we were ready. He gave her a little sedation which helped keep Molly calm. She was so tiny and didn't have many good veins left because she had a lot of blood draws and IV's from her cancer treatments. Dr. Brad was spectacular and very gentle with my sweet baby! I am so grateful that he chose this profession which allowed our Molly to rest peacefully in my arms at home. Dr Brad was wonderful and our experience was exactly the way I had hoped it would be. Rest in Peace my sweet Molly (4/29/17). I miss you more and more each day!"Michele BrunkerLevittown, PennsylvaniaJune 24, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Knowing that our beloved Duchess was in her final days we needed to make sure her transition was as comfortable as possible. Dr. Brad and his assistant supplied the needed
Comfort for our Duchess and quietly gave us the comfort needed to get through this difficult time.
Thank you Dr. Brad we take comfort in knowing the right choice was made when we contacted you."
Jeffrey SamuelsPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJune 18, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"We had our sweet Paula for longer than projected. She was loving and loved until the end, which snuck up on us in 48 hours' time. On the morning that it became clear that she was suffering , Donna from the Lap of Love hotline answered my early morning call efficiently and sympathetically ,and arranged for Dr Brad to come within a couple of hours. He was competent and compassionate and made a painful situation as easy as it could be. Thank you !"Julia CohenHavertown, PennsylvaniaJune 14, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"When it became clear that it was time to say goodbye to our Tiny Wonderful Cat, we desperately wanted to spare Tiny the traumatic car ride to the vet, the smells, the dogs in the waiting room, the cold metal table, etc. Our vet recommended Lap of Love, and Dr. Brad Bates responded within three hours. His gentle disposition and kindness meant the world to us. Dr. Brad went slowly, explaining every step and answering questions, and not proceeding until we were ready. Tiny passed away peacefully in his own little cat bed with his loving family giving him pets. It was hard for us, but not for Tiny. This sweet cat gave us so much in life...I am grateful we were able to give him this dignified, painless, peaceful end.

We also appreciated the information on the Lap of Love website, which helped us decide it was time to let Tiny go."
Dottie ParkerPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJune 13, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"It has taken me almost two months to come to this page and say thank you to Lap of Love. It is hard to put into words the comforting experience we had, from our initial phone call to Dr. Brad arriving.

Dr. Brad was gentle and respectful with Kona. It was a great relief for us that Kona's final moments were with a caring, kind person who spoke softly and understood.

We were able to hold Kona as he drifted to sleep. I imagine him sleeping in a sunny spot across the rainbow bridge. Thank you for making the entire experience easier for all of us."
Jeanne MacarroLansdowne, PennsylvaniaJune 6, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Thank you so much you were so kind and caring to my little girl and to me I'll never forget you and what you did for my baby I asked you so many questions not once did u get upset thank very much for helping pomuk God bless you and your work"Dawn Altieri-kabadayiLevittown, PennsylvaniaJune 3, 2017Pomuk's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"To start I'm still very heart broken I lost my best friend her name was pomuk she is a beautiful loving caring maltiese mix I had her for three and hafe years I adopted her from a shelter best thing I've done but then my baby started getting sick. It happen so fast the vet said maybe sugary would help but she's 9 yes old and in pain they gave me dr brads number it was a heaven send cause he help my girl go to heaven with no pain he's a caring wonderful man and he also help me a lot by telling me it was not my fault I can not thank Dr brad enough he's a kind angel sent to us from God to help us with our animal children God bless"Dawn Altieri-kabadayiLevittown pa, PennsylvaniaJune 3, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Words can not describe how appreicative we are of Dr. Bates. Yesterday was truly one of the hardest days for my family but we felt a little more at ease when Dr. Bates and Dr. Julie came into our home to help our beloved Eddie go to heaven. Eddie had been suffering for the past weeks, he had overcame cancer through syber knife and was doing great, it wasn't until a bad virus hit him that he went downhill and the cancer spread throughout his little body. Eddie was one of our greatest joys and to see him in so much pain was dreadful. We wanted Eddie to not be in pain but we also were not ready to see him go. Dr. Bates and Dr. Julie were both so gentle and comforting. We have never felt more at peace and know that our Eddie is at peace because of these two extradoniary doctors. We highly recommend to anyone who wants the assurance to know your pet died peacefully in his own home comfortately with all of his loved ones. Thank you thank you Dr. Bates you are truely a blessing!"Suzanne ZampinoMedia, PA, PennsylvaniaMay 17, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad wasn't able to get to the house in time to ease Abby's labored breathing, however when he made it over, he was nothing but compassionate and hugged me and made a paw print of Abby. My daughter and I put Abby on her bed after she passed and waited for Dr. Brad to arrive. He carried her out to his van in her favorite blanket and assured us he would make sure Abby was taken care of with the utmost love and respect and he would keep in touch about when to expect Abby's remains to be returned to us. He had a very calming and caring demeanor to him. He and his colleagues are truly angels themselves."Kathy WarneboldJobstown, New JerseyMay 4, 2017Abby's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad was very caring and thoughtful during our last moments with Tugger. He explained the steps he would go through to put Tugger at ease and gave us plenty of time to say our goodbyes. Having Dr. Brad come to our house allowed Tugger to spend his last moments in the comfort of home, and it gave us peace of mind knowing that Tugger was at peace."Melanie SciochettiHolland, PennsylvaniaMay 3, 2017Tugger's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"My husband and I are grateful for the support we received from Dr. Brad and Lap of Love. Our cat, Sumi, was only 2 when he was diagnosed with dry FIP. Sumi was in and out of his veterinarians' offices frequently, which was stressing him out and making him even more uncomfortable in the little time he had left. Lap of Love the rescue, and Dr. Brad was truly a hero. He assessed Sumi's condition, answered all of our questions, and very kindly helped us develop a plan for Sumi's last days. Every step of the way, he offered support and empathy. Though it hurts every time I think about how my furry family is smaller by 1, Sumi left this world surrounded by people who loved him--the best possible outcome. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Brad for everything."Rachel ChaffinJenkintown, PennsylvaniaMay 2, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Sebastian has been my best friend and constant companion for over 15 years. I remember the day I brought him home - December 31, 2001 - like it was yesterday. We'd had a big New Year's bash that evening, and the poor guy got so scared he peed on the floor right at midnight! Many-a-moons have turned over since. Starting out as a puppy abandoned in woods in the dead of winter in Western Pennsylvania, Sebastian had lived in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia (with short stints in rural Oklahoma, Baltimore, and New York City).

Sebastian was always a healthy dog, but his body aged much faster than his mind. He lost his hearing some time ago, and the past few weeks things have been getting tougher for him. It will be tough to forget the way he looked at me when I found him at 4:30 in the morning, wedged under the bed, wet from his own pee and shivering. I knew it was time to let him go. We spent the last weekend at the beach and at the park - his favorite places to run and explore.

When Dr. Brad came to the house, I think Sebastian was relieved. He laid down on his favorite pillow - a pillow he'd had for nearly 10 years - and seemingly went to sleep. He knew he didn't have to hold on for me anymore."
Michael GrosbergPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaMay 1, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"This is an important service and made a huge difference regarding our feelings about euthanizing Starbucks . She was two months shy of 20 and absolutely terrified about any car trip. When I found that somebody could come to our home my family felt much calmer and ready for the inevitable . Dr. Brad was very compassionate and professional . I would highly recommend this service and him if the time ever comes when it is needed ."Anne HorowitzHuntingdon Valley, PennsylvaniaApril 29, 2017
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