Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sandra Simko, DVM"Dr. Sandra was wonderful. She came to see Skye as a hospice visit and she helped us understand how to watch for quality of life and what to expect as things progress. She was so very kind. I communicated with her several times after our first visit to let her know how Skye was doing. She always responded quickly and seemed genuinely concerned when things were down and happy when Skye was doing well. When the time came to say goodbye, Dr. Sandra turned a horrible day into a sweet day. She was patient with us and did such a wonderful job with Skye. We are so grateful for what she does and the way she does it. I can’t say she can take away the pain but she left us with a good memory. I appreciate her willingness to put up with my emails and updates about Skye. I can’t say enough about this wonderful doctor. Thank you, Dr. Sandra, from the bottom of our hearts."Cindy and Fred BassBranchburg, New JerseyNovember 24, 2017Skye Lynn Bass's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Becky Frank, DVM"Becky was a wonderful and drove a considerable distance on short notice to help with Bunnie's passing. She was thought flu and wonderful and I am thankful to have had her part of the process."Diane Rodichriegelsville, PennsylvaniaNovember 24, 2017Bunnie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sandra Simko, DVM"Sandra was so compassionate and understanding that it might have been easy not to see her professionalism and ability. I hope she will understand how grateful I am to her for helping my buddy have a peaceful end in his home."Ernie AustinBoonton, New JerseyNovember 24, 2017Beancie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"As much as I certainly did not look forward to this day I knew it would eventually come. Well —when the time comes for your pet to cross the rainbow bridge to run free, I can’t think of a better way to let him go then to invite lap of love into your home. Dr. Heather could not have been more wonderful. The whole experience, from the first phone call to the day of Dr. Heather’s visit, lap of love could not have been more compassionate and caring. It’s a wonderful company and I would most definitely use them again as well as recommend them to anyone who has to go through this. Thank you lap of love and Dr. Heather"Luanne HorneBrightwaters, NYNovember 23, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Walters, DVM"Dr Walters was very nice and empathetic. I can't imagine a better person for such a difficult task. It takes a very special person and she has a great blend of professionalism and personality for it. Thank you, Jennifer."Steven TalbotHuntersville, North CarolinaNovember 23, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Webster-Boden DVM"Lap of Love made a very difficult situation much easier for me. Dr. Jessica was compassionate and loving."Amy DarrowPlano, TexasNovember 22, 2017Zena's Pet Memorial
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
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli, DVM"Dr Kristine, thank you for making the hardest day of my life more bearable. You are just so soothing and caring and you did such a sweet and kind job with my little girl.
You had kind words that I still hear in my head and they bring me some peace. I am sorry that you had to be there for that but you are tied into that memory forever now."
Anna PizzoWest Hempstead, NYNovember 22, 2017Cally's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender, DVM"After three rounds of unsuccessful chemotherapy for cancer, we spent a brutal weekend watching our 6-year-old female Burmese cat Aggie rapidly deteriorate. I registered an online request for assistance at 5:30 a.m. Monday. Dr. Katie called at approximately 7:15 and arrived at our house around 8:15. She was extremely caring and comforting while being entirely competent and professional. She helped us allow Aggie's litter mate brother to say goodbye to her also. The entire process, though excruciatingly painful, was respectful of our wishes and needs. We wholeheartedly endorse the service provided by Lap of Love for anyone who must deal with this most difficult of all decisions associated with the care of a fur family member."Cheri RoachJacksonville, FloridaNovember 22, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Shannon Skevakis, DVM"We sadly had to say goodbye to our sweet dog, Rufus Henry Valerio on Sunday, November 19th 2017. He was the biggest angel and biggest mush you'd ever meet! He loved people and he loved his fur family of cats and his late sister doggie, Dixie Rose. His whole downfall after we thought he injured his leg or hip, to finding out that he really had a very aggressive malignant tumor in his spinal cord was tragic. In only 6 weeks, we saw Rufus go from thriving and happy and healthy to paralyzed, incontinent and depressed. We were not looking forward to having to take him to vets offices when he was in pain before the tumor was removed, and we were not looking forward to possibly having to take him to an office to put him down, considering he lost his ability to use his back legs and he was incontinent in his final few weeks of life. It was a blessing, although painful, that Lap of Love came up in my search engine for "in home vet services for sick dogs." I made the appointment for Rufus to be laid to rest over the phone at 10:45pm and the Lap of Love Support Staff Member, Alex stayed with me on the phone and emailed me past business hours to talk to me about the process, about Rufus' life, and about picking the right day to say goodbye. She emailed me literature about feline depression after losing a loved one, because I was concerned about my cats.

All Sunday night I stayed up with Rufus and once the sun came up I was a nervous wreck. I was very nervous for him and I was nervous about having to say goodbye. I had never experienced an in home death of a pet / family member so I was very anxious. About 45 minutes before Rufus' appointment, Dr. Shannon gave us a call letting us know she was on the way and what time she was set to arrive. I didn't hear the phone ring and she left a very sweet and thought out voice message. When she arrived, I was still nervous but after talking to her and seeing her talk with Rufus and my family I started to feel better about everything. She explained every detail about what was going to happen and reaffirmed all of the things we asked for - for Rufus' post mortem arraignments. She was not in a rush to do anything and we felt very at ease talking to her, not only about Rufus, but about life in general. She was very kind and gentle with our concerns and needs throughout the whole process and we really appreciated her assistance in this heart-wrenching time. It is never easy to say goodbye to our pets, because they really are our family members, but I was very happy with Dr. Shannon, Alex, and all of Lap of Love's support and resources.

Thank you <3"
Latisha Di VenutoRahway, New JerseyNovember 22, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"Kali's soul was gentle, friendly and sweet. It was because of this, we chose Lap of Love for the end of her life care and Dr. Amanda Page showed up at our house with 5 of us crying over our beautiful Golden Retriever. Dr. Amanda, like Kali, has a gentle soul and very kind, amicable heart. We were so lucky to have her with us having conversations about our dog, stories throughout her years, and she talked us through the "going to sleep" process very delicately. She brought Kali treats and made sure Kali was comfortable. We know Kali was happy as she was eating ice cream as she went off to sleep. We are so grateful for Dr. Amanda and her compassion. That was a true gift to us. And, I know Kali would be grateful too."Kristi LindseyOrange, CaliforniaNovember 21, 2017Kali's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lauren Cassady, DVM"Dr. Cassady assisted us in saying goodbye to our sweet kitty, who was almost 18. It is never easy saying goodbye to a beloved pet, but Dr. Lauren was a very calming, loving, and assuring presence throughout the process. She exuded warmth and caring, and helped to make a difficult procedure more bearable. She seemed to care about our pet, and also us and our wellbeing. I would highly recommend her and would use her again if in the position to need her services."Tucker, GeorgiaNovember 21, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"Our 18 year old calico cat, Scooter, had happily resigned herself to the upstairs level of our home. Originally a 6 month old stray with a bit of feral, Scooter would hide under the bed and only come out when she felt safe and no coaxing would bring her out when strangers were in the house. That evening when Dr. Page came upstairs, Scooter came out from under the bed immediately and ran to her arms. I watched, amazed, and thanked God for sending this amazing woman. I want to thank Dr. Page for her loving assistance in returning Scooter with great care and respect to the arms of her creator."DOREEN MYERSSanta Ana, CaliforniaNovember 21, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Carrie Roberts, DVM"This is the second time in the last 6 months that we have had to use Lap of Love. Both times Dr Carrie assisted with our dogs. In fact this second time we had to call we requested Dr Carrie. She was so kind and gentle with our dogs. She does a great job of explaining everything that is going to happen. She listens to our stories about our dogs. She really cares about us and our dogs. I will never use another service when the time comes with our current dogs. i highly recommend Lap of Love to all our friends who are facing the same decision"Becky TuckerSt Louis, MissouriNovember 21, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Wilbourne, DVM"Dr. Jessica is wonderful. Calm, professional and compassionate, she helped us when it was time to say goodbye to our sweet dog Rocco. Rocco hated going to the vet and I am so grateful he was able to die here at home with us around him. I hadn't expected it to be so peaceful. Thank you."Tanya PertzoffWest Cheseter, PennsylvaniaNovember 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tara Mudry, DVM"Dr. Tara treated Cherokee with great tenderness. She greeted Cherokee as if she had always known Cherokee. I couldn't ask for a better person to come help Cherokee cross over the Rainbow Bridge."Toni SchneiderAuburn, WashingtonNovember 20, 2017Cherokee's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Walters, DVM"Bobbie Jo was my best friend for the past 12 years, and when I found her laying unable to move last week I knew that something was very wrong. I took Bobbie Jo into two different hospitals and after several days of care and medication I started to come to the realization that by beloved dog was not going to come back from this brain disease that was unexpectedly taking her life. On Sunday morning after hearing her cry in pain all night long my fiancé and I decided that it was in her best interest that we let her go. We contacted Lap of Love after talking with the second hospital that we took her too and talking to one of our other friends who's dog was put to rest in the same way. I always knew that I didn't want my best friend to go in a cold unknown hospital so it was a no brainer for us to contact this company who allows her to go in peace in her own home that she knew and loved for many years surrounded by her loved ones. My experience with Lap of Love was a wonderful one from the beginning when I called them and couldn't even speak through the tears of knowing that my girl was going to leave us soon. The woman on the phone was very understanding, and pleasant and worked to fit us into the schedule even though it was the same day and on a Sunday nonetheless. Dr. Jennifer contacted us 30 min before arriving to give us time to grieve before she got to our home. She came in and was able to look at my baby and hear her story was able to ease my mind that she was not going to be coming back from this disease. She kept us informed during the entire process and my dog was able to go to rest with us at her side. She gave us time alone with Bobbie Jo to morn and say our goodbyes. Thank you Lap of Love for everything. Thank you Dr. Jennifer for making me feel like I was doing the right thing for my best friend."Melissa KernCharlotte, North CarolinaNovember 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jo Parr, VMD"We cannot thank Dr. Jo enough for her compassion and caring in our time of grief and need. She was so loving towards our beloved Oslo and made our end of life experience one of love and comfort. You provide a special service that cannot be duplicated with other providers in the area. Lap of Love provides the most respectful way of saying goodbye to our loved ones. Thanks you again Dr. Jo for all you did for Oslo and our family."Lisa PetersLancaster, PennsylvaniaNovember 20, 2017Oslo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Gorney, BVMS"She did a great job. Gave us time with Baxter before she did the procedure. Very compassionate"Melissa KrizmanichGlenshaw, PennsylvaniaNovember 20, 2017Mr. B..... Baxter's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Walters, DVM"So thankful for this service. It's such a hard thing to say goodbye to a family pet, but Dr. Walters made the process as bearable as anyone could. Obviously, no one could make the situation any less sad, but Jennifer was able to provide us professional insight that helped us feel a little more secure in our decision."Jeff MurphyCharlotte, North CarolinaNovember 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Deveau, DVM"I am so thankful for Erin's DVM service. It was the first time for my family with this process, not easy, but peaceful to the end. Erin truly signifies what vet angels do day to day. As a nurse I could relate somewhat but learned so much from Erin about dignity for all animals dying. Bless this service."Connie rasmussenAlbuquerque, New MexicoNovember 20, 2017Brandi Sue Rasmussen's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amy Tanis, DVM"Dr. Amy, Gave our Trumper a beautiful, peaceful, painless send off. She made us feel like she was a friend we knew all our lives with Trumper and she gave Trumper just what he needed. She shared song, tears and memories with us. We were blessed to have her a part of Trumper and our lives. She gave Trumper the send off we could only have dreamed of having for him. Mick, Barbara, Trumper, Bounder, Petra
Mick GastRock Hill, S. CarolinaNovember 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Anne Mitchell, VMD"I would recommend this end of life experience for any pet owner. Dr Anne was a calming presence and made the experience as peaceful as it could have been. Jake was able to stay in his own home in his favorite resting place on our couch and not have to travel when he was not well. She left a paw print and lock of hair from Jake which we will treasure and has already been helpful to our young grandchildren in helping them to understand what has happened."Susan RaabHavertown, PennsylvaniaNovember 20, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jo Millard, DVM"The decision to lay our dear boy to rest was not the easiest one. Through life's coincidences, it brought Dr. Jo to our door and we were blessed with an angel in our life. Dr. Jo took the time to get to know us and our cat and fully understand his issues before presenting us with our options. When we decided that euthanasia was our best option, Dr. Jo patiently let us say goodbye to our sweet boy and surrounded him with love in his last moments. She was a source of strength and someone to lean on during a very difficult time. The day after, Dr. Jo returned to our home with some handcrafted hearts that we will cherish forever. We are so very thankful for Dr. Jo; she is fantastic doctor with a bedside manner and compassion for animals and their owners you rarely see. We will forever hold a special place in our hearts for her and what she helped us through."Amanda & Jorge OSmyrna, GeorgiaNovember 19, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli, DVM"I feel so fortunate that we found Dr Kristine and that she was the one to help my special, sweet boy cross the rainbow bridge. I didn't want to take Puddy out of the house and cause him more stress. Dr Kristine showed such kindness and compassion. She sat and listened to his life story, his health issues and reassured us that we were doing the right thing. She let us take are our time, without any pressure. She made it so peaceful for him and us - it was everything I wanted for him."Beverley CostelloGlen Cove, NYNovember 19, 2017Puddy's Pet Memorial
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