Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Anne Mitchell, VMD"I am so grateful that these services were available when it became clear that it was time for our cat to go to heaven. I found out on a Wednesday morning that her time had come. My son was only available during the evening to be there when we put her to sleep. I called Lap of Love at 7:00 PM and Dr. Anne came at 8:30 PM. It was a sad but wonderful experience to be able to surround our cat with love as she left this world. Dr. Anne was very kind and loving. I could tell she loved our cat even though she had just met her. I highly recommend Lap of Love and would use their services again."Cass Rulon-MillerNewtown Square, PennsylvaniaJanuary 23, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Anne Mitchell, VMD"It has taken me a few days to write after the passing of our sweet puppy, Sasha, age 16 1/2. Everyone at Lap of Love was so patient and understanding from the start.. We had set up her profile about a week before when we saw she was failing; so glad we did as we could never have done it on the day of. Put in a call on 1/19 to the Support Center at 5:30AM and heard back at 7AM promptly. Dr. Anne arrived by 10 AM and was an absolute angel, providing comfort and kindness to us all. Lap of Love has continued to reach out, offering us support if needed. We only wish this service had been available for our other baby, back in 1994. Am forever grateful to our local vet in providing us with the name of Lap of love."Marla BurchellEwing, New JerseyJanuary 22, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"Barklee was always terrified of going to the vet. When we got his diagnosis of large cell lymphoma, I talked to a friend in St. Louis about how I couldn't imagine taking him to the vet for his last moments. She mentioned a service like this that she knew of in her area, so I decided to look for one here in Philly. I found the website for Lap of Love and shared it with my parents, who agreed that this would be the best option for Barklee, if and when the time came. When he took a sudden turn yesterday, Dr. Sam was able to come out within a couple of hours. Of course for us, this still felt like not enough time, but it would never feel like enough, and we just couldn't prolong his suffering.

It feels strange to feel some relief and to thank someone for something that's resulted in such heavy grief for us. But we are all extremely grateful to Dr. Sam for helping us give Barklee the sendoff he deserved. I wish most people had the peaceful transition that he had. While we had already decided that this would be the best choice to make, we'd never been through losing a pet before, and there was a lot of anxiety leading up to Dr. Sam's arrival. But she was so empathetic and calming. Any anxiety on Barklee's part was very slight, and he seemed to know that she was there to help him. She let him take his time getting comfortable and falling asleep and was very gentle in taking his pawprint and taking a lock of his fur for us. She explained everything to us and was very reassuring. While his condition had already made us feel that we were making the right decision, she was able to confirm that for us, being so knowledgeable about his symptoms. We hadn't seen Barklee so relaxed in so long, and hearing his light snores was comforting, even though we were saying goodbye. He passed so quietly and peacefully, and Dr. Sam gave us more time with him after. She was gentle in getting him onto the stretcher and covering him in a soft blanket. I feel that everything she said in person and in her profile, as well as her hug, was genuine, and that she and the vets who work for Lap of Love are just so dedicated to helping give our best friends peace. The hardest part is now, suddenly having to live without him, but I am so glad that we found Lap of Love and couldn't have asked for anything more for Barklee. Thank you."
Jessica SiegerPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJanuary 20, 2018Barklee's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Abigail Shearin, VMD, PhD"Dr. Abby was so knowledgeable and compassionate during our hospice visit. I learned what the signs meant that Phoebe was exhibiting. When she came for the second visit to allow Phoebe to pass peacefully at home, she again showed her expertise and compassion. Our Phoebe was calm in her own home and I am very thankful for that. I am very grateful to Dr. Abby."Tracy DasBrookhaven, PennsylvaniaJanuary 20, 2018Phoebe's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"I can't speak highly enough about the care and compassion shown by Dr. Sam. She made an awful situation better, though it was still extremely painful (for me). But it was comforting to know that Maxie was in such great hands, and Dr. Sam helped her exit peacefully and serenely, on my bed with Maxie's head in my lap. Three months after, I still tear up, but it helps to know that my good companion of over 15 years couldn't have had a better caretaker help her through this part of her journey. Dr. Sam has my deepest gratitude."Charles DonnellyPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJanuary 18, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr Brad helped my Drucilla pass last week. She was a 16 year old cat who was with me for the past 16 years.
Drucilla was taken off the streets when she was about a year old. She had been fixed and declawed but somehow
became lost or abandoned. Therefore, she had some feral tendencies so his task wasn’t easy. She developed a large
mammary tumor and seemed to be in pain. Dr. Brad was professional and showed great patience and kindness to Drucilla.
He also showed respect for her remains after she had passed.
I would recommend him and Lap of Love if anyone needs this kind of service.
Drucilla was able to pass peacefully and that has given me comfort."
Kate HalusPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJanuary 15, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Thank you Dr. Brad for providing our beloved Winston a respectful and comfortable transition into the afterlife.
Winston's final days were so wrought with pain the thought of moving him into the car to be put to sleep seemed incredibly cruel and inhuman. Lap of Love Veterinary at home euthanization provided us and our beloved dog the comfort of his home, it also; allowed us as grieving parents the privacy to be ourselves and hold him and kiss him to his last breath. Dr Brad treated Winston with professionalism and respect throughout this very painful time. He handled his little body with the same loving kindness that my Winston deserved. As I mourn his loss; I will have the comfort of knowing that even in his death I gave my baby the best.
We are forever grateful for the Lap of Love Organization and Dr. Brad."
Hali FreemanLAFAYETTE HILL, PennsylvaniaJanuary 14, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Anne Mitchell, VMD"Every single person that I dealt with was so kind... they understood the pain that my family and I were going through, and helped us through this very difficult time. I am so grateful that my friend was familiar with this organization and shared her experience. Dr. Anne made everyone comfortable with our decision, and included our other fur baby in this transition. I can not find the words to properly express how wonderful I believe Lap of Love to be, or how grateful we are that KaiLee's last moments were filled with peace and LOVE."Kelly PasquarelloBensalem, PennsylvaniaJanuary 8, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Abigail Shearin, VMD, PhD"We are so thankful for Dr. Abby. She was so kind, patient and gentle. We had doubts about whether the time was right for Flip, and she reassured us that we were doing the right thing for our baby.
She gave us all of the time that we needed and helped us to feel as comfortable as possible. Thank you, Dr. Abby, for helping our boy to cross over peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family."
Marcella and Ken MorrisSewell, New JerseyJanuary 8, 2018Flip's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Abigail Shearin, VMD, PhD"The kindness, compassion and genuine concern that Dr. Abigail showed for our Tiger was unlike anything I've experienced. She was soft spoken, but absolutely clear and confident with the information she gave to us about Tiger's condition. My husband and I knew that our poor senior kitty had a tough battle with Type II Diabetes: She managed very well for almost two years after her diagnosis before she took a turn for the worse this past weekend. Left with the choice of either bundling her up in frigid temperatures and risking having her uncomfortable and anxious at a veterianian's office, while she was frail and unwell, we chose to contact Lap of Love. This amazing service brought our loved family member peace, and a compassionate transition over the Rainbow Bridge. I don't wish any pet lover to have to make this final decision: But this decision was the right one for us. We were at home, together as a family, holding our beloved kitty while we said our goodbyes. I will be forever grateful that she was completely at peace in her own home, surrounded by warmth and love. Thank you."Jillian HarrisPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJanuary 7, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"I said goodbye to my little man Nacho on December 6, 2017. He was 16 years old and lived a life that most animals don't get to live. He was 8 weeks old when I first laid eyes on him and it was love at first sight. He was the best dog I could ever have asked for and saying goodbye to him was one of the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. He was my little man, my road trip companion, my snuggle buddy, my foot warmer, my baby...and I miss him terribly.

But Lap of Love helped make my decision easier. They discussed with me the entire process and explained exactly what would happen, step-by-step. Dr. Sam and her associate Chris were wonderful. I could not have asked for a better way for him to go ... in his own home ... in his own bed ... surrounded by his family ... and being there with him til the very end.

Until we meet again Nacho....kisses and hugs!"
Mary Beth ImondiHaddon Heights, New JerseyJanuary 5, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"My only complaint is that I discovered your service too late to use you for my first cat. I was shocked to call you on New Years Day and be connected promptly to a human... someone with compassion and empathy. From that first call, to the same day appointment when Samantha came to help Sharky rejoin her sister in Kitty Heaven, Lap of Love was incredible every step of the way. Your entire service was designed really well; it made it easy for me logistically, but also emotionally. It was obvious that everyone I spoke with sincerely cares for animals and knows the feeling of losing a family member. And I could not have asked for a better veterinarian to come to my home... Samantha was kind, gracious, empathetic, and helpful. I'm not typically the type to write testimonials, but all of you deserve this one. I'd happily be a reference for anyone who is hesitant. It is absolutely worth the extra money to have this quality compassionate care at home. Sharky passed peacefully in her favorite spot, surrounded by family she loved."Adam TwerskyBensalem, PennsylvaniaJanuary 3, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"Our family was very pleased with the way that Dr. Samantha Souther took such great care with the passing of our pet Lacy. She was so kind and understanding and allowed us the time we needed to be with her in her final moments. Thank you for a wonderful service.
Ray Bonikowski"
Ray BonikowskiPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJanuary 2, 2018Lacy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"My sweet Ginger passed on her own bed very relaxed being at home no stress from going to vets office"Broomall, PennsylvaniaDecember 29, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Abigail Shearin, VMD, PhD"Kaitlyn, thank you for everything. Your kind understanding words were immeasurable. Kaitlyn listened to me with so much compassion, she was exactly what I needed at the time. Dr. Abby was the absolute best, she was patient and handled Deuce with tenderness. My Boo looked so peaceful when all was done.
I'm glad I found Lap of Love. The service personified the name of the company.

Thank you very much"
Karen DavisPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaDecember 25, 2017Deuce's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"I just had my 13yr. old German Shepherd, Beau euthanized. This is the first time I've done this at home. I spoke to Lynn on the phone and she was very sweet and explained the process to me. I was able to get it done same day for which I was very grateful since Beau was losing his battle with cancer. Dr. Brad came to my home, explained the procedure and settled the details as soon as he arrived. It was obvious he loved my Beau at first sight. It was a very painful experience for me but made much easier by his kind and caring words and actions encouraging me during the procedure. I would recommend Lap of Love to anyone who needs to part with their beloved pet. Thank you Dr. Brad and Lynn."Irene HoelzelJeffersonville, PennsylvaniaDecember 24, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"I was grateful for the service provided by Dr Sam. I was able to ease my dog into the next world without the stress of getting her in the car and being at a vet office. Dr Sam was sweetly empathetic and was easy to have a cry in front of. I've recommended this service to a number of people."Wendy FordHatboro, PennsylvaniaDecember 18, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad has assisted us twice sending our pets to their final resting place. What I like about Dr. Brad is that while he comforts us that we are doing what's best for our pet, he also recognizes how painful it is for us."karen ditomobrookhaven, PennsylvaniaDecember 15, 2017Katie Mae's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Abigail Shearin, VMD, PhD"Dr. Abby was very compassionate and caring. It made a heartbreaking event easier. She gave us all the time we needed to say our final goodbyes. I wouldn't hesitate to use this service again. It is much more personal and loving in the home environment. Thank you again, Dr. Abby."Mary MarteletteWilliamstown, New JerseyDecember 12, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"It was a very difficult decision to call lap of love as we have had our husky for 14 years. She was our baby especially my husbands. Dr. Sam came and was very accomodating as Sophie was out in the back yard. She helped Sophie to feel more comfortable and made things much easier for my husband and I. We appreciate the footprint and lock of hair that was given for us to remember her. We appreciated that Dr. Sam understood how much Sophie meant to us and allowed us time to say our final goodbyes."Jenny McMullenLevittown, PennsylvaniaDecember 6, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Since my 18 1/2 year old cat, Snusssnick, could not longer eat or walk, it was time to let him go. My vet recommended Lap of Love. Dr. Brad Bates came to the house. Everything was handled with great sympathy, dignity, respect, and love. Snusssnick sat comfortably in my lap, happy to be in his favorite warm and loving place. Dr. Bates checked his heart, and then proceeded with the two injections, which Snusssnick didn't seem to feel at all. When he passed away, as comfortable and cosy as he was just a few minutes before, with his head resting against my chest, a sense of serenity came over me that made me feel as if I wanted to remain there with him forever. I will always treasure that sense of peace and repose."David EskinPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaDecember 6, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Anne Mitchell, VMD"Thank you Dr. Anne for helping us through one of our most difficult days. I am glad we were able to help Rory in the comfort of his home where he felt safe and loved."Anna M.Phoenixville, PennsylvaniaDecember 1, 2017Rory's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"I knew something was very very wrong with my Yorkie, Nayva. I made the decision to look into end of life options and found Lap of Love. Nayva's quality of life was awful due to toxins built up in her brain from liver issues. I sensed her overwhelming daily fear/anxiety in all areas of her life. Dr. Brad Bates came to my home to help give my Yorkie a peaceful end to her misery. He was kind, sensitive and understanding. Somewhere in my heartbroken state, I found calm in my decision to end her suffering. Doing it at our home with Nayva in my arms as she passed. Dr. Brad guided me through talking with her as he proceeded. I now have an imprint of her paw and a bit of her fur which I was glad that Dr. Brad suggested. I'm glad I found Lap of Love."Carolyn RoskoHavertown, PennsylvaniaNovember 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"It was a horrible day i didnt know how i was going help her she was in so much pain and it came on so suddenly we couldnt move her without hurting her but the made time for us so quickly and he was so nice and compassionate it was horrible but he made bearable for all of us and sally didnt need to suffer i cant thank him enough i really appreciate him coming out when he did"Lisa foulkePhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaNovember 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Anne Mitchell, VMD"Sadly on November 20, 2017 my family had to make the devastating decision to put or Beloved Jake to rest. Jake had no awful diagnosis such as cancer etc. Jake's primary problem was at the age of 14 his legs could not longer support his body. He was very tall and weighted 77 lbs. Jake had difficultly getting from standing to laying and vice versa. He could no longer take the steps, often his front paws would give way too. He also had degenerative myelopathy and very often had problems controlling his bowels. I was told that it could be done in the office of my vet however, Jake was not fond of the car and had much anxiety just to get his nails done or annual shots. I wanted Jake's last day to be one of peace and calmness. I did not want to go to the Vet's office where there were puppies and happy people. I wanted Jake to be where he was most comfortable, which was at home surrounded by all who loved him. This was my first pet to put down and I had no idea about cost etc. While it was more than going to the Vet office it was beyond WELL WORTH EVERY PENNY. Dr. Ann was the doctor who came to put Jake to rest. She was gentle, soft spoken, compassionate and patient. She was literally an angel sent to help us give Jake the best Farwell eve. I would highly recommend Lap of Love and HIGHLY recommend Dr. Anne."Francynne McKeeverGlassboro, New JerseyNovember 22, 2017
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