Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"Words cannot express the gratitude that my family has for the services you provide. On July 22, 2017 our family made one of the hardest decisions we have yet to come across. We are a family of 9 with 5 of them being rescued furry family. My human children are 29 and 25 years old. My 2-oldest furry family members were 16 years old, Murphy, who was a chow-shepard mix and Kitty who was a ragdoll cat. Murphy was brought to my youngest son's cub scout car wash. He was just a pup and the owner stopped at our car wash and asked if anyone was interested, and home with us he went. Kitty was rescued from the Humane society on Macklind. His name at that time was Lorenzo, which was not liked by us but since he was already a year old we decided that Kitty might be the only name he's likely too take to quickly. So, needless to say these two grew up with my boys and were very close and very much a part of our family. At times we even joked that Murphy and Kitty had a pack to outlive each other. As both these two started having problems with ambulation and incontinence, we as a family had no problem putting down pee pads and lifting Murphy to assist him outside. However, as they started to rapidly decline, we were faced with the thought of what their quality of life was. This was very upsetting as we thought they were such outstanding and special pets that we couldn't bring ourselves to take them vet to be put down. The anxiety was almost overwhelming and took a toll on the family. No one wanted to stress the animals with the vet's office and a cold table as their last resting spot. So, I started looking into home euthanasia and found lap of love. Now, if this wasn't enough that we found a company that will come out and assist us with our pets crossing over ( as we our now convinced that our love kept them living), we were blessed by meeting Dr. Dawnetta Woodruff. I mean her last name alone tells you this was her calling- Wood RUFF. But I mean to tell you, she is a very special lady. She entered our home and within minutes we were all 100% convinced that this was the way to handle assisting our oldest pets in crossing over. She explained everything and respectfully asked permission before proceeding with any and everything. She listened to my family tell stories about our animals, I mean really listened. She comforted when we needed comfort and she educated when we needed educating. Dr. Dawnetta helped with the guilt and assured us that we were doing the right thing with regards to the health of Murphy & Kitty. She gave advice on how to handle the past, the now and the future. The only negative that this whole experience had was in the beginning I did think that it was costly. But let me tell you, now that I have experienced it..... I would sell my jewelry to make sure that my remaining three furry family members have the same quality crossing. Dr. Dawnetta has set the bar high for whoever gets the pleasure of meeting the rest of my crew, but hopefully, it is Dr. Dawnetta herself."Tracy KirbyHigh Ridge, MissouriSeptember 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Gorney, BVMS"Dr. Erin came into our lives during one of the most difficult times and helped us walk through losing not one but two of our babies. She was always available to answer questions or just to check in on how they were doing as we navigated the various stages of their illnesses. Our debt to her for making the passing of both our boys so peaceful can never be repaid."Carrie ZahniserPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaSeptember 20, 2017Bear & Max's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: 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, GeorgiaSeptember 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"I had never heard of Lap of Love until this past Friday when I called my vet about my poor Bogie. Because of his size, I was not sure how I was going to get him to the vet. The receptionist at Stoney Creek Vet Hospital mentioned Lap of Love. From the moment I placed the phone call and to speaking to Karen, I knew I was making the right decision. It was probably one of the hardest decision I had to make but I definitely know it was the right one. Dr. Sam came to the house and walked me through the entire process. She made me feel better and she showed so much care and compassion to our Bogie. My husband, daughter and son in law were all there to say good bye to Bogie and Dr. Sam offered comfort to each and everyone of us. I hope I never have to use this service again but in the event I did, I definitely would recommend it. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Sam for letting me spend the last few seconds with my Bogie before he made his journey over the Rainbow Bridge."Nancy WebsterFolcroft, PennsylvaniaSeptember 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lisa Littlejohn, DVM"I spoke with Dr. Littlejohn on the phone and she seemed very kind. But when she came into the house, looked at me, dropped her bags and came to me to hug me in a wonderful, strong bearhug, I knew for certain she was truly sincere and really did believe in what she was doing. I took my first deep breath in days, because i knew she was invested in helping our boy go home in a relaxed, non-fearful way, and validated our grief. She took her time with all of us, had us share our stories of Homie and memories of brighter days. Dr, Littlejohn is an amazing person and doctor. She truly cares and I think she is in the job she was born for, Thank you, Dr. Lisa. You made one of the most difficult times of our lives as peaceful as possible. The honor you showed us you had for Homie while preparing to take him has won you a place in our hearts forever. Thank you for everything. We will never forget you, and you have our eternal love and gratitude."Debbie SchaierSpring Hill, FloridaSeptember 20, 2017Homie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"The decision to let go of my Shemp was one of the most heartbreaking I've ever had to make. He had been been Dx with a large soft tissue sarcoma invading the bone at the back of his nasal cavity and into his throat only a week prior with only minor symptoms manifesting even a week and a half before that. It was ultimately determined that because of its location and how quickly/severely it had affected him (unable to eat and drink on his own) that any treatment would be palliative at best.
I knew I did not want to take him to a vets office and put him in more distress in and unfamiliar place and I was aware that there were vet services that came to your home. I was referred to Lap of Love through VSEC in Levittown, Pa.
I cannot express how grateful I am for Dr. Sam. She explained everything that was to happen but also gave me (and my parents) the time to say goodbye and when I was ready. She was so lovely and compassionate with him and with us. I don't think he could have passed over the Rainbow Bridge more peacefully. Knowing he was in his fur-ever home surrounded by warmth and love was a comfort.
Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Sam. You are a blessing."
Jaime BuddPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaSeptember 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Wilbourne, DVM"Dr. Jessica was so kind and gentle. Our little Gigi's cancer was diagnosed only days before we needed to let her go, so we were all in quite a bit of shock. Dr. Jessica has such a calm, loving demeanor that we were put at ease by her presence even though it was a very hard time. I can't say enough about all of our interactions with everyone at Lap of Love. I was so impressed with the kindness, compassion, and patience that I received during every interaction on the phone or in person."Janine BoshSellersville, PennsylvaniaSeptember 19, 2017Gigi's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dana Lewis, DVM"Thank you Dr. Dana for being patient and caring with are Abby. She was great explaining everything that was go to happen. We loved having you come to our home where Abby could be comfortable in her own bed and her own surroundings. The vet office always made Abby nervous because she was always afraid we would leave her there."Alisia FowlerClayton, North CarolinaSeptember 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erica Fry, DVM"I occasionally think of you and Lap of Love with gratitude! [just passed the one year anniversary of saying goodbye to Garrett] You were so warm, friendly, and professional you actually made a sad time more bearable. I had watched Garrett being born and it was only fitting that I be there when he passed. You gave him a peaceful, painless passing, free of fear. I am so thankful that Lap of Love exists.

I have a 14 year old kitty that may need your services in a year or two. When her time comes, I will be sure to contact Lap of Love and request you.

Again, I can't say enough about how your kind, calm, caring demeanor helped me through this-you simply have the touch! Please feel free to share this so others who might feel anxious about calling, will feel less stress - even the young lady who answered the phone when I called was warm and caring-so appreciated!"
Marcia ThomasFort Worth, TexasSeptember 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Rene Butler, DVM"Dr. Rene was there for us on one of the worst days, and within a few hours of my initial contact. Her kindness, compassion, sensitivity, and professionalism are appreciated so very much. Thank you Dr. Rene, for making a very difficult morning calmer and easier for both Barkley and me."Jill ZuernerVacaville, CaliforniaSeptember 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Spitzer, DVM"I had Dr. Jessica come over to put my beloved Tucker to sleep. He was a yellow lab and had aggressive bone cancer. I had heard through some friends that she was wonderful and they were right. She was so gentle, kind, and comforting I couldn't have imagined anyone who could me me feel more at peace. She was so sweet to my Tucker and immediately put him at ease with her presence. She gave us all the time we needed and when we were all ready she gently put him out of his pain. It was as good as I could have imagined this type of thing could ever be.
As much as I love my vet, I will never bring another animal there to be put to sleep now that I know about Dr. Jessica and Lap of Love. Thank you so much for your kindness."
Amy KarrThousand Oaks, CaliforniaSeptember 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Moon, DVM"Dr. Amanda was wonderful. She was very considerate of our feelings and explained everything to us so there were no surprises. I highly recommend Dr. Moon and Lap of Love."CARRIE ENTSMINGERHIGH POINT, North CarolinaSeptember 19, 2017Princess's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Olivieri, DVM"Words are hard to find to express how much Dr. Tina helped me through a very painful and heartbreaking decision. I’m very grateful to have met such a beautifully kind and compassionate lady, who loves her work and let’s it show in her actions.

In September of 2016, my wife of 36 years (Chris) died from stage 4 Colon Cancer. I’m grateful she no longer suffers, but some days I miss her so much it hurts. Chris was my best friend and soulmate. She was the one who wanted cats and I loved her, so we rescued 4 cats. The strange part is, I’m very allergic to both cats and dogs. It’s been a huge challenge living with the 4 cats since Chris died, they slept with her. Since her death I’ve been struggling to breathe and to just be able to care for my girls.

A friend from work had come by and noticed that my two oldest cats (Millie & Lena) were suffering and suggested that I consider making their quality of life better by putting them down. Needless to say, that was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make.

I reached out to a local Veterinarian to see if they knew someone who could come to my home to help and was lucky to be given Dr Tina’s number. I’m feel so blessed to have met such an Angel to help my through this troubling life transition. Dr. Tina is the most loving and kindest Veterinarian I've ever met. She made what I had thought was going to be a horrible situation, into a positively uplifting experience. Her inner beauty (light) truly matches her outer beauty. Dr. Tina was kind, loving and made me feel and know that I had made the right decision to help my girls. She filled my house with love and made me feel at ease and happy we could send my girls to the rainbow bridge where their mother was waiting to bring to them other side. I’m so grateful to have met Dr Tina and I really consider her to be an angel.

May God bless you Dr. Tina for all of the lives you’ve helped and for the mercy you’ve brought to all the animals you’ve helped, they all have been lucky for meeting you and sharing the love you give.

Namaste sweet lady and thank you from my soul to yours. Blessings and Peace, Steve Vallo"
Steve ValloBurbank, CaliforniaSeptember 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Santspree, DVM"Making the decision to let Gracie go was incredibly hard. We are so glad to have had someone as kind, patient and compassionate as Dr. Mel here to help her and us. She made a very sad and stressful time easier to bear."Kathi and Dan RabideauBallston Spa, NYSeptember 18, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Deveau, DVM"Words cannot express how grateful we are to have met you. Our dog Spot was more than just a pet he was part of our family. He was diagnosed with cancer and we knew that the decision was to be made of when we would have to say good-bye. Dr. Deveau was kind and compassionate. I am thankful that I found this service, unfortunately there is a stigma about Pit Bulls. Because of this we didn't want him to pass in a cold, un-friendly, scary clinic. We wanted Spot to feel safe and be comfortable in his last moments. Dr. Deveau did this for him. We will be eternally grateful. Spot lived 11 wonderful years and he was loved so much. He brought so much happiness to our lives. He loved twizzlers candy and playing the part of being this big intimidating dog. But what most didn't know is that he was lazy and was the biggest baby. It's amazing to me how selfless he was, even in his last moments he wanted to protect us and comfort us. I have never felt this kind of loss, and I really never understood it. Now I do. I posted this pic of him, I wish you could see his spot on the top of his head. Our hearts are missing something today and always; our Spotters is gone. Sept 16, 2017 will always be a sad day for my family. Forever in our hearts, we love and miss you SPOT.
Cisco, Estefanita, Cisco Jr and Alicia"
Estefanita Morenoalbuquerque, New MexicoSeptember 18, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jordan Taheri, DVM"I can't say enough about Lap of Love, and Dr. Jordan. With Hurricane Irma bearing down on South Florida, we woke up to our Grumpy Old Man (an almost 26 year old cat!) letting us know that this was the day we'd been dreading all along. I expected Lap Of Love to tell us that they couldn't come because of the hurricane preparations required. I was wrong.
Dr. Jordan arrived right on time, and walked us through what would happen. He let us say good bye to GOM in the comfort and peace of his favorite spot. I am forever grateful, and though I hope to never have to go through an experience like that again, I'll never forget the kindness and compassion that LOL showed us, and in turn, allowed us to show Grumpy Old Man.

-Tori & Jen"
Tori BertranWilton Manors, FloridaSeptember 18, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender, DVM"I wanted to Thank Dr. Katie for coming to our house and helping Nina cross over. The experience of having Nina spend her last moments at home with her family was very peaceful and Dr. Katie came in and was so soft and gentle with her that even though we were terribly upset at loosing our Beloved friend we were relieved that she went in peace. If anyone is struggling with making the decision, this is the only way to feel a presence of peace. This was by far one of the hardest decisions that I have ever had to make and I am so thankful that my baby is at peace and not suffering any more. Thank you so much Dr. Katie, you are truly a special person!"Gail SmithJacksonville Beach, FloridaSeptember 18, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Gies, DVM"Thank you for coming to our home and helping Delaney pass peacefully, surrounded by us and in a familiar setting. It was worth the small financial sacrifice to be able to have this done at our home.

You helped make a truly rotten situation more bearable and we appreciate how lovingly you handled Laney after she had passed. Our biggest concern was that she'd be tossed about and that would just break my heart.

We appreciate you more than you know. Thank you for caring enough to help us during this time."
Columbia, S. CarolinaSeptember 18, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lauren Shell, DVM"Dr Lauren was so compassionate and such a sweetheart. From the moment she walked in the door you could sense her sincerity and true condolences and kindheartedness for loss of my girl. I truly couldn't have asked for anyone better to assist me and my family through such a difficult time."Pam GormleyPeabody, MassachusettsSeptember 17, 2017Sabrina's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jade Tenberg, DVM"When we first contacted Dr. Jade, we were not ready to let Markie go. When Markie became even weaker and could no longer get up, we still did not believe that it was time. Even though Markie was trying to let us know that it was time for her to leave, it was still so difficult to make that very final decision. Dr. Jade helped us to understand and accept the inevitable and she did so with compassion. Her respect for and gentle treatment of our beloved Markie helped us through this extremely difficult time. Her concern was first and foremost for Markie. She wanted to make sure that we knew that Markie was relaxed and peaceful so that we were better able to deal with the loss. We appreciate everything she did."Carol and Ray ParzikHoliday, FloridaSeptember 17, 2017Miss Markie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Walters, DVM"I just said good bye to the last of my furbabies-Lucy. Though it is hard to say goodbye Lap of Love and Dr. Walters made it peaceful and respectful with minimal stress for my girl. She never was one to go to the vet without extreme stress, so as her health declined my stress increased trying to figure a way to maintain her quality of life. Once I went to inhome Vet things were manageable but in recent days I knew it was time. She was 16 after all with renal failure.
Lap of Love was highly reccomended yet I had never heard of this type service. When I called, Shanan was so caring, sensitive, knowledgeable and professional. She explained everything and set me up with Dr. Walters. I also received a confirmation email with some helpful reading on the process as well as a way to assess the situation.
Dr. Walters was so kind, gentle and patient with my Lucy. She explained everything to me and I was with my girl til the end. I could not have asked for a more peaceful goodbye. I could tell she is a truly compassionate Vet.
I certainly was not sure what to expect but the people and the process were exceptional and should I be in this position again, I will definitely use Lap of Love."
M HCharlotte, North CarolinaSeptember 17, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Laura Parke, DVM"Dr. Laura - Thank you for giving of your self as well as your expertise. It's strange to say that I enjoyed meeting you, but I did. Let me know if you change specialties, because I hope not to need your hospice services again for a long time! Roz"Rosamond GianutsosSunnyside, NYSeptember 17, 2017Penny's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lauren Cassady, DVM"We want to thank Lap of Love and especially Dr. Lauren for helping us send our beloved Charlie to heaven. She was heartfelt, genuine, reassuring and professional. If you're facing this decision with your own beloved pet we would highly recommend Lap of Love. It was such a peaceful, loving environment. We were able to say our goodbyes where Charlie was most comfortable, surrounded by his family and toys. So much appreciation and gratitude towards this group, thank you."Rachael SuterFlowery Branch, GeorgiaSeptember 17, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"On what could have been a deeply sad and depressing day, Dr. Samantha brought a great sense of peace and comfort to our entire family as we said goodbye to our beloved 20 year old cat. She brought a deep sense of empathy and kindness to her care, both for our pet and for our entire family as well. While we knew it was time, Dr. Sam helped us to better appreciate how important and appropriate our decision was and the peace that it would bring to our beloved pet. Having experienced a farewell to another great pet several years ago--one that was incredibly painful despite the kindness of the staff in our vet's office--we cannot express enough how wonderful the Lap of Love service was for all of us. Being at home, in safe and comfortable surroundings, and with Dr. Sam being a patient and compassionate guide, saying goodbye brought a true sense of closure to everyone and all of us felt that a very bad day was absolutely as good as it could have been. For families who deeply love their companion animals this is an amazing support that we cannot recommend highly enough. A huge thank you to Dr. Sam, and to Lap of Love (including the great phone rep who helped us make the arrangements with great compassion herself). While we could never do the work that you do, it's amazing that there are people willing to help families in the way you do."Jason RabbinoBala Cynwyd, PennsylvaniaSeptember 17, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Stacy Michele Blake, DVM"Dr Blake was wonderful.
We can not thank her enough for allowing us the time we needed. She was so gentle with Peanut. So patient. Thank you Dr Blake for your beautiful compassion, and for helping our girl pass on so peacefully."
Vanessa HaroutounianOrlando, FloridaSeptember 17, 2017Peanut's Pet Memorial
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