Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Allie Prokop"Dr. Allie was so kind. I will be forever grateful that she was willing to come into our home during these uncertain times. She gave us and Lady the gift of a peaceful crossing over Rainbow Bridge. Dr. Allie gave us all the time we needed and explained everything to us so we wouldn't be alarmed.

Thank you, Dr. Allie, for helping us love Lady in her last moments."
Emily DavisKnoxvilleMay 22, 2020Lady's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tiffany Matheson"Tiffany was very comforting during this difficult time. She made things as easy and comforting as it could be."Debbie LeederJupiterMay 22, 2020Sophie Leeder's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elyse Persico"We had to say goodbye to our beloved Heidi this week. She was a beautiful husky that lived to the age of 15 1/2 years old. We rescued her from the SPCA when she was just one. She had always been so energetic and strong and stubborn and a joy to have as part of our family. Her health had been failing for a while and we felt that her quality of life was also failing. We thought long and hard about our decision and when our Veterinarian's Office suggested Lap of Love instead of an office visit we were intrigued. We wanted our family members to be there with Heidi as well as our "grand dog" Brody - they were best of friends.
Dr. Elyse came to our home and immediately sat down to engage with both dogs in her calm and loving manner and she assured us that we were doing the right thing for Heidi. She also explained the entire procedure and we felt comfortable. We decided to be in the living room where we all sat as a "pack" every day and were all able to sit around Heidi and pet her and tell her how much we loved her all the way up to the end. Even Brody came up and licked Heidi's face. When Dr. Elyse no longer heard Heidi's heartbeat - she told us that Heidi had her "angel's wings" and there were tears in her eyes. This was the most loving and compassionate way to say goodbye to our beloved Heidi. Dr. Elyse was wonderful and professional and so aware of how difficult such a decision is. We could tell how much she truly loves animals and cares so much for families when having to say goodbye to a pet. Dr. Elyse is a true angel and we can't thank her enough for her compassion and love and strength. As hard as this decision was for us - we are so happy that we selected Lap of Love to assist in Heidi's departure from life. Thank you Lap of Love and thank you again Dr. Elyse. I highly recommend this path to take when struggling with the decision to say goodbye to a beloved pet who is truly a member of the family."
Jackie ShapiroNewport NewsMay 22, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Desiree Thomas"Dr. Desiree helped my Mother's cat Pumpkin cross the rainbow bridge yesterday.

She was so professional, compassionate and so very caring that even though the situation was very hard and sad she helped us through it. Thank you!!!!"
Lori DitmarFort MyersMay 22, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lori Braun"Lori has helped both of my dogs now cross the rainbow bridge....two of the hardest days of my life but she made it so peaceful and treated both my babes with so much compassion. Last night, Jay crossed the bridge. Lori brought him some yummy brownies to enjoy some chocolate before he left this world. Her compassion for animals and her support for their people is truly a blessing during this difficult time. I never thought I would have one of my dogs cross at home but this experience is so peaceful for them to be surrounded by their comforts and their safety’s their home! I am so grateful to you, Lori, for helping Gracie a couple years ago and JayJ last night! I can’t thank you enough for being so kind to my sweet boy last night ❤️🌈💔🐾😢"Kristin HolenSalemMay 22, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Carrie Dobey"Absolutely wonderful vet. Dr. Dobey was so kind and helpful during this difficult time. Thank you."Marnie CoddingtonGreensboroMay 22, 2020Mylie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Shannon Cabell"We extend our appreciation to Dr. Shannon for helping us ensure a peaceful transition for our baby girl, Sophie. It was a very difficult decision for us to make, during a very difficult time in the world right now. And Dr. Shannon's kind words and professionalism put all of us at ease. Her gentle and caring manner with both Sophie and Spirit was comforting and reassured us that our baby girl was in good hands. A sincere "thank you" to Dr. Shannon from the bottom of our hearts."Annette and John SkiendzielHillsboroughMay 22, 2020Sophie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elyse Persico"I will start by saying that this was a terribly difficult decision to make. I rescued Chance 11 years ago, he had a horrible start in life but it was love at first sight and I was determined to nurse him back to health and keep and love him for as long as he lived. He was my boy. He was mine and my husband’s first dog together. Chance was with me through a lot of difficult times, 2 kids, 4 deployments and we took him as far as Alaska! His behavior started to change just before my husband left on a year long deployment and really, looking back, his regression was worse than I allowed myself to see.

Chance had many changes, he messed a lot in the house and paced constantly. He would find himself at the wrong side of the door and stare into his water bowl for a long time. He stopped cuddling and slept most of the day and paced most of the night. He just looked so tired. When my husband returned from deployment we spent much time debating what to do. We both decided that it was time to let him go. We planned his day of departure about a week out. It was a horrible week of anticipation but we made sure to spend a lot of extra quality time with him and really made things as special as we could. I went back and forth every hour and just really didn’t know if I was making the right decision, even though my friends and family all around me said it was best for him. I spent a lot of hours crying over it, but I prayed too, and I believe God gave me the extra courage to keep moving forward.

When Dr. Persico arrived, I was very nervous and a upset. She had a warmth and kindness about her that I could sense immediately. We sat down and discussed Chance for a bit and really it eased my mind that I was doing the right thing. I think the most difficult part about having a senior like Chance is just not knowing what his pain was or wasn’t and there were just too many what if’s in my mind. But Dr. Persico agreed that a lot of what Chance was exhibiting, were what we could see in end of life with our dog. My final thought was that I didn’t want to make him suffer by waiting too long to let him go, simply because it’s too hard to say goodbye when you have loved them for so long.

I’m grateful to Dr. Persico for her care and kindness to Chance and my family during this sensitive and difficult moment. I would say to anyone that is unsure about letting their pet go, try to push out the pain during your contemplation, for just a moment, because ultimately we don’t want them to suffer after all the love and joy and great memories they brought us through the years."
Sara Van HornHamptonMay 22, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Blaine Brennock"Dr Blaine was so kind & gentle & helped make the passing of Marley much more relaxing."Patricia VittorioWest Palm BeachMay 22, 2020Marley's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sierra Hedrick"On 05/15/2020, my husband and I had to put our sweet six year old girl, Lola to sleep because of kidney failure and lymphoma. It was one of the most heart-wrenching decisions that we have ever had to make and I wanted to share our experience with this wonderful company.
During the process of making the call to schedule a vet to come to our home to give our girl the most peaceful experience that she could have had, I spoke with a Lap of Love representative about urn options and was told that I there were some included in our package, but I would need to contact the cremation company to discuss what my husband and I would like to order. When I called cremation company, they directed me to their website and showed me the urns that were included in our services. Once our sweet girl was put to sleep, I did not hear from the cremation company and reached out to them to make sure that we placed the correct order for the urn. When I talked to the representative at the crematory, she stated that the "standard urn" that I was told would be included in our services was actually an up-charge of $70 (it was $50 on their website) and it was going to be an additional $26.00 to engrave Lola's name on the cedar urn. This was very upsetting because we were told that it was included and picked out the urn that we felt would look best in our home. This was very important to us because our dog is a huge part of our family After going back and forth, the representative finally allowed us to have the cedar urn that we were originally told was included, but she insisted that we pay an additional $26.00 for the name to be engraved on the urn. Since this was still a very sensitive issue, I did not want to cause a problem and told her that we would just go without the name engraving since vet bills were already so expensive. It bothered me all day that our urn wouldn't have Lola's name on it and I even silently cried about it. I know it's $26, but this was something that I was told would be included and it seemed like they just wanted to make extra money. My husband reached out to Lap of Love and the representative that he spoke with took care of the engraving for us. This was not their responsibility and they could have easily said that it wasn't their problem or issue. We are so thankful for the kindness of this company and will never use anyone else for the end of life needs of our pets. Thank you, Lap of Love for being so kind and willing to go above and beyond for us. We didn't expect that and appreciate everything that you have done for us in these very hard times. On a side note, Dr. Sierra was amazing and made the experience so peaceful for us. She reassured us and explained the entire process from beginning to end. Words can't express how appreciative we are of you and your services. I have attached a photo of the beautiful urn with Lola's name and her paw print."
Tina DesormierMonessenMay 22, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Anna Champagne"As heartbreaking as it was to say goodbye to our 16-year-old pup, Chance, Dr. Anna helped us get through this painful time, gently explaining the process, while protecting us during Coronavirus, wearing a mask and gloves. We would highly recommend Lap of Love for anyone who has to make this difficult decision."Deb & Ken KelleyTampaMay 21, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jeni Goedken"Dr. Jeni...I just wanted to thank you again for your help with Lucy Lu’s end of life process. It was exactly what I had hoped to give her. Your calming compassion was appreciated more than my words could express!! So again thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving my sweet girl the send off she deserved after 18 years of unconditional love!!"Cathy NelsonSan JoseMay 21, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Nil Wilkins"Dr. Nil saved me from drowning in my sorrow. She was so caring, said the right things and made me feel better about my decision. I am so thankful that she was the one who was there with me when Toby took his last breath."Gail TurnquistHOLIDAYMay 21, 2020Toby's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Lisa Rodin"Dr. Lisa was so kind. She took her time with us and we didn't feel rushed in saying goodbye. Everything was on our terms and she was very good at communicating how everything would go and what she was doing. Everything was so easy and peaceful. She was a joy to have in our home for such a big moment. I'm so thankful for Dr. Lisa and LapofLove. I would 100% do this for everyone of my pets."Fallon BrooksOklahoma CityMay 21, 2020Truvy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elyse Persico"On 8May20, My wife & I came to resolve that our beloved pet Golden Lab, Buddy, had endured enough pain & suffering from his advanced anal gland cancer & debilitating Lumbar degenerative disc disease & hip arthritis. We were assisted in helping our good puppy into doggie heaven with the very capable & compassionate Veterinarian, Dr. Elyse Persico, DVM. Dr. Elyse was very supportive & informative during this difficult time. She showed our wonderful dog incredible love & tenderness during her visit that day, and she demonstrated great empathy & support to us. She gently gave our Buddy a very dignified and comfortable rest which enabled my Susan & I to be at peace that we were giving our Buddy a great gift of peace & rest from his illnesses. We thank Dr. Elyse, and give Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, highest praise for their help & assistance to our faithful companion, and for their kindness toward us in the sad - but necessary - decision we made."Michael & Susan PicioVirginia BeachMay 21, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Bruce"I want to thank Dr. Kim for coming into our home during this unprecedented time in our country, and being so compassionate, kind, caring, and gentle when handling our dearly beloved kitty, Rascal's, little body. He had passed during the night with no medical intervention before Dr. Kim's arrival but she still came out to provide us with the grief/loss booklet and to make a clay print of our dear Rascal's paw and clip his beautiful, cotton-ball-soft, black and white fur and presented it to us in a little keepsake. We had listened to Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Tori Amos and shared our stories of Rascal's beginning in our lives and all the places he had been with us (Oakland, Brooklyn, Denver), and then we read the Rainbow Bridge poem. When it was time, Dr. Kim gently and lovingly picked up Rascal and placed him in her basket and put a blanket over him ... like Dorothy returning home ...

She also sent us a wonderful card for our loss and it was very touching and thoughtful. Tim and I both appreciated being thought of in our time of loss"
Erin BrychelDENVERMay 21, 2020Rascal's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Liz Myers"Myself and my family would like to thank Dr.Liz from LAPS of love for coming to us and our beloved Moo in our time of need. Thanks to laps of love for compassion, love ,and support. Forever in our thanks. Wright family."Ernest/ Tracy WrightNiagara FallsMay 21, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Faye Sparks"Wow, is the first thing that comes to mind. I received the 5 star treatment from the initial phone call, to my little Jackie resting in peace. They went out of their way to accommodate my request. Dr. Sparks was wonderful, professional, efficient and proficient. I could not have guessed how easy everything would be at such a difficult time. I am truly grateful to have Lap of Love as a service to handle these difficult decisions we sometimes have to make. Thanks again to all staff members involved and i will spread the word about what great customer care i received.
floyd brookinsdallasMay 21, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Bell"Dr. Jennifer was tremendously compassionate."Lynn MitchellBaltimoreMay 21, 2020Misty's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Aspen Perretta"I would first like to thank Lap of Love for having a service for such a unsettling procedure any pet parent has to go through. On May 17, 2020 I had to make that upsetting decision of saying goodbye to my loving sweet Toby of 13 and a half years. Dr. Aspen Perretta was wonderful, kind and caring through the entire experience. It truly was something I did not want to do but knew in my heart that it was a gift for Toby to finally be free from his ailing body. She greeted and gave love to both of our dogs before coming in and was so gentle with Toby. She let us take our time in saying goodbye and was quiet and respectful of our grieving. I have had experiences with this being done at the vets office and now at home and by far the home experience is the ultimate choice. Thank you Lap of Love and many thanks to you Dr. Aspen Perretta for helping my sweet boy be at peace."Rebecca NicolettiFreedomMay 21, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jen Bush"Saying goodbye to our precious pup, Emma, was one of the hardest things we’ve done as a family. That little girl gave our family eighteen and half years of unconditional love and devotion, and her absence is still deafening. Opening the door to welcome in Dr. Jen was excruciating. I cannot say it enough: we should all be so lucky, to die in such a peaceful way, at home, surrounded by our family. Dr. Jen cared for all of us that morning, gently attending to Emma while giving us the patience and space we needed to say our goodbyes and let go. As agonizing as it was, to walk her out of our home the last time, and put her into the car that would drive her away from us, we took great comfort in knowing Dr. Jen had her. We KNOW she was treated with the utmost respect and care, which made the awful parting just a little easier. We are deeply grateful for Lap of Love, and the services they provide. Dr. Jen was exactly who we needed, to help us say goodbye."Heather KamerBothellMay 21, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Aspen Perretta"I am extremely grateful for the compassion and kindness Dr. Aspen Perretta gave us during a time of despair. She met both of our dogs on the porch and gave them love before coming in the house. She was kind and caring during the entire process and though I truly wasn't quite there in my mind I could hear her soft spoken voice explaining everything that was happening. Saying goodbye to my sweet boy Toby was so hard to do but I am thankful that it was done in our home with a wonderful, kind and caring vet. Thank you Dr. Aspen Perretta for being there for Toby's last moments."Rebecca NicolettiFreedomMay 21, 2020Toby's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"I thought putting my dog of 13 years down at home would be difficult all around for myself and my family. The professionalism, kindness, and Compassion Dr.Heather showed our family during our difficult day was incredible. It takes a special person to do the job she does. I will recommend LAP OF LOVE To anyone going through a similar situation."Christopher TsoiPatchogueMay 21, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Becky Frank"Our beloved dog Kelcee

Kelsee was happy up until the end. No suffering. Laps of love, Dr Becky came up on a beautiful sunny and breezy afternoon. We said goodbye to Kelcee under a shade tree. I was able to hold her to the end. She left us peacefully and is buried aside of our other dog Kaycee. Close to us on the edge of our woods. As heart breaking as this has been for us we knew it was time. I am so thankful for Dr. Becky and Laps of Love. We are so sad . Small things can bring on our non stop tears. We have so many wonderful memories of her, boating, camping and just being outside with our chickens, playing ball. So good. loving and kind. Never a worry never left our side, not even one night in the last 11 years. Thank-you Kelcee for sharing your life. And thank you Laps of Love for helping with our last moments with her to be gentle and peaceful."
Lynne MullismohntonMay 21, 2020
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi"Walker (age 15.5) had been struggling with his balance and his appetite had withered.

I decided it was time for me to say goodbye and give him a dignified send off he deserved

It was not easy - making that phone call to set up the appointment was extremely difficult - but in hindsight 6 weeks later I am now viewing is as a truly positive one for Walker.

Dr. Heather's compassion and professionalism turned one of the most difficult days of my life into one of joyous remembrance.

Thank you Dr. Heather and Lap of Love!!!"
Walker KreindlerOld WestburyMay 21, 2020