Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Christina Hampton, DVM"Dr. Christina was the very spirit of kindness. Her professionalism and warmth made for the best possible experience. It was an ideal process for this regal little being who so touched our hearts. Thank you so much!"Rebecca MarmadukeMorrisville, North CarolinaDecember 30, 2018Mia marmaduke's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Abra Osorio, DVM"Dr. Abra was an absolute pleasure to meet and have come to our household to assist us with Piper. I didn't know what to expect, as I'm wary with strangers in my household due to my mental illnesses but she was extremely kindhearted and such a joy to meet/talk to through the entire process. She is very compassionate, caring and I know Piper felt safe & relaxed with Dr. Abra taking care of her. I'm really happy that she was the veterinarian that came to my house for the final moments with Piper. Truly an absolutely wonderful person and although it wasn't the best moment to meet her, I am thankful it was Dr. Abra I met, of all people, to help Piper and I through this difficult time. I cannot thank her enough for the kindness she showed my family, myself and Piper, it truly means a lot to me that I had the pleasure of having her in my household for this situation."Amber BrownMurfreesboro, TennesseeDecember 30, 2018Piper's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"I'm not sure there are enough words in the English language to express my gratitude and appreciation for the kindness and empathy Dr. Dawnetta has brought to our home with each pet that's passed. Today we had to let go of our 16 year old cat Teep-Teep and while we knew the end was near we didn't expect the drastic overnight turn for the worse. Our appointment today was in the later afternoon but it was clear early this morning that Teep was starting to struggle. I called into the office to see if there was any way to move our appointment up and Dr. Dawnetta found a way.

This was our third experience with Dr. Dawnetta after losing our 18 year old, Clark, in 2015, our twenty old, Lois in 2017 and Teep just today. Each time she's been so patient and kind. I can't say enough nice things about her. So I'll just close by saying thank you Dr. Dawnetta for your compassion, empathy and kindness in helping our little furry family members find peace and also for helping us to say goodbye and to find comfort in knowing what a gift it is to help them pass peacefully.

Forever grateful,
-mark"
Mark SellanSt. Louis, MissouriDecember 30, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Colleen Lambo, DVM"The entire experience was calm, peaceful and respectful from the initial call for an appointment to the actual visit. Dr. Lambo was reassuring and kind..she made sure I was aware of the process and was considerate of my grief and concern. Our girl Sinatra was 19..since she was 7 weeks old..she was a saucy and outspoken cat..but loved us and nurtured us in her own way. It was a difficult decision to make but she was in such pain. It was so comforting to have her pass on at home ..safe in her comfortable spot on our bed.. We miss her terribly but are grateful for the opportunity to give her relief."Kari CurtisBryan, TexasDecember 30, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"So impressed with Dr. Brad! My heart is broken in such a way that I will never recover from, but Dr. Brad made this experience as easy as it could possibly be. From the very second he arrived, he couldn’t have been more kind and caring. It really felt as if he was a good friend or even family. He examined my sweet Penny in such a gentle and loving way that she didn’t even seem to realize that he was a doctor or that he was examining her. I’m pretty sure that she thought he was just more of the family loving on her. There really aren’t enough words to describe this doctor or the way he made us feel...he was soft spoken, kind, caring, knowledgeable, and gentle just to name a few. In fact, I talked to 4 or 5 different people throughout this whole process and each one was so wonderful and caring. This is pretty pricey, but so worth every dime. I know this is something that not everyone can afford, so I would advise anyone with a pet to just start saving at any point in your pets life, so that you’ll have the money when the time comes."Eileen DempseyTrainer, PennsylvaniaDecember 30, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Hannah Curtis, DVM"Dr. Hannah,
I cannot thank you enough for your compassion and care during one of the most difficult days of my life. My husband and I are so comforted knowing that Chloe was given the best care and that she was able to leave us peacefully. I don't know how you are able to do what you do but I am so grateful that there are angels like you on earth assisting sweet fur babies like my Chloe. We appreciate you so very much."
Maresa NguyenFullerton, CaliforniaDecember 30, 2018Chloe's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kimberly Moen, DVM"I will be eternally grateful to Dr. Kimberly. She was so loving, caring and tender. Mielo transitioned so peacefully in her hands.
Thank you Dr. Kimberly."
Janet RiosJupiter, FloridaDecember 30, 2018Mielo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender, DVM"We couldn't have asked for more for our 16 yr old dachshund, Bruce. Dr. Katie came in and immediately put us at ease sitting down on the floor while Bruce was napping. He was not awakened during the process as we were telling him our goodbyes. His passing was extremely peaceful and as wonderful as it could be. Thanks to Lap of Love and Dr. Katie S for the support, patience and compassion. We love you Bruce and your doxie brothers Eddie and Cody miss you!"Kris PetersenJacksonville, FloridaDecember 30, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Will Basinger, DVM"We were struggling with how to make our Buddy’s last days/hours peaceful and not more of a struggle for him. One of the emergency vets in our area recommended Lap of Love. Dr. Will came to our home within an hour and made us feel relieved with our choice almost immediately. His bedside manner with not only Buddy, but his struggling family was something none of us will ever forget. Buddy passed calm and peacefully on his favorite bed, a baby crib mattress (he had many) with pillow and blanket by the light of the still lit Christmas tree. It doesn’t take away the sadness, but every single one of us feels that it was the right decision for Buddy. No anxiety, home comforts, his family surrounded him and he got to meet another beautiful soul, his favorite thing to do. Meet new people. Thank you for your kindness, compassion and being here Dr. Will."Rea LoftisWest Columbia, S. CarolinaDecember 30, 2018Buddy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sarah Clarke, DVM"Words cannot express the gratitude I feel towards Lap of Love and Dr. Sarah’s presence yesterday. I have sang praises of her compassion and empathy to my family. I could never have undergone the process without the comfort of her services and reassurance that this was a decision of compassion. I am forever thankful for the genuine interaction during such a difficult time."Dee Dee AndersonChesterfield, VirginiaDecember 30, 2018Jadore's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kimberly Moen, DVM"I am most grateful to Dr. Kimberly Moen for the easy passing of my beloved cat. Kimberly was kind and patient as well as emphatic and professional. Some people are born with certain vocations. Kimberly was a gift to me in my distress of letting go of my beloved Isadore. She took good care of me as well as proficiently caring for my cat. I am forever grateful!"MARIETTA MARTINJupiter, FloridaDecember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jo Millard, DVM"Dr Jo came to our home in the midst of a terrible rain storm. Charly had just woken up from a very restless night and needed to go outside. So we went outside without a rain coat so that Charly could walk around one more time. Dr. Jo was very patient with us. She sat quietly on our sofa as we proceeded to say goodbye and cuddle and comfort Charly. Dr. Jo explained the process in a loving way and helped us to remember that we made this decision out of love and compassion for Charly. She provided a peaceful setting and loved and hugged Charly all the way through. Dr. Jo gave us time to spend with Charly and even let us carry her to the waiting to van. Dr Jo and Lap of Love are a blessing to the grieving parents. Charly was in her favorite spot, covered with her mom's sweater and her parents around her. She knew that she was loved not only by us but also Dr. Jo."Susan DewberryAtlanta, GeorgiaDecember 29, 2018Charly Dewberry's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Nellie Wilbers, DVM"Our beloved boxer Sadie was nearing the end of her life, and we decided having her in the comfort of her home with her favorite toys and blankets would be the best way to say good-bye. Making the call to schedule such a procedure is never easy. This was the first time we used Lap of Love. Dr. Nellie arrived at the home and was beyond compassionate, willing to listen and took her time with us and Sadie. She took time to ensure Sadie was also comfortable with her. The day after we said good-bye to Sadie, we received a very nice email from Dr. Nellie offering her continued support and listening ear. The last few weeks have been tough for everyone, as the feeling of someone missing is difficult.

As another wonderful gesture of kindness, Dr. Nellie sent us a card mentioning that she knows how hard this time of the year can be without our pet. I'd heard having this difficult process handled in your home was an option. I never thought it would be so wonderful, understanding and caring, while dealing with something that is hard to face. Thank you Lap of Love, but most of all Dr. Nellie. Your professionalism, caring nature and understanding is unmeasurable."
Lorie Hollandsworth-SarrafColumbus,, OhioDecember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"As sad and upsetting as it is to make this decision, I know that my sweet kitty was relaxed and comfortable with me buy his side and in his own home as he passed. Lap of Love is compassionate, warm and humane."WYNNEWOOD, PennsylvaniaDecember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kimberly Carper, DVM"Words simply cannot describe how absolutely wonderful and strong this woman is. She compassionately walked us through the process of our first time having to make the decision and then saying goodbye. It felt as if she were a part of the family and that made something utterly heartbreaking a little easier to process. Dr. Carper listened to every story with a kind ear and opened her heart to help guide Bandit and us through the transition. We cannot thank her enough for the unconditional love she showed Bandit and us, as he has given us over the years."Alexander and Alexandria MaishCharleston, S. CarolinaDecember 29, 2018Bandit's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Bruce, DVM, CVA"Dr.Kim,
You truly helped me through what was a very very difficult time. I know Lizzie passed peacefully and your kindness and love towards she and I was deeply felt. I miss her terribly but I know in my heart she is now pain free and healthy with her beagle brother and sister in heaven. Many thanks for everything. You were our angel❤️"
Kim QuijanoLittleton, ColoradoDecember 28, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Bollinger, DVM"Dr. Jessica Bollinger is an angel. My Chin Chin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three months ago. He was 13 years old and had other problems. Treatment was not an option, but I believed that he still had some good days left in him. Dr. Jessica made those possible. She made a full evaluation and recommended strategies and medications to keep him strong and pain-free. She gave me the confidence to give him the chance to have a good life for a little bit longer. She also guided me to understand and identify the time to let him go. I was terrified that losing Chin Chin would break me. Dr. Jessica made it bearable. She even delivered the ashes personally and talked about possible tributes to my dear boy.
If your animal companion is old or ill, I would strongly recommend veterinary hospice. Chin Chin and I were very lucky to have Dr. Jessica in our team."
Maria Vanessa CruzMinneapolis, MinnesotaDecember 28, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli, DVM"Dr. Kristine was so kind and caring with my little dog Gretel. She ended Gretels suffering in such a peaceful way in our own home. Gretel never had to move out of her warm bed. Thank you Dr. Kristine."Kristen GillooleyLindenhurst, NYDecember 28, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Having to make this decision was overwhelmingly difficult and heart breaking, but we had to put an end to our beloved Brownie's suffering. I cried when the call was made then made sure Brownie's last few days were filled with her favorite places, hugs and walks. The anticipation of what was to come was awful, but Dr. Heather came to our home and helped us recall the wonderful times we shared during Brownie's 13 years as the baby in the family. Dr. Heather spoke quietly and carefully, explaining the process and gave us the time we needed to say our goodbyes. With respect and dignity for Brownie and our family, she eased Brownie back to the angels and gave Brownie her angel wings. It was a peaceful and loving way to let our girl go. My heart is filled with gratitude to Dr. Heather and the Lap of Love organization for their compassion to those of us who have to make this horrible decision. Dr. Heather was our angel on the day we she gave Brownie her angel wings. Eternally grateful for making Brownie's last moments in my arms peaceful."Martha RatnerMerrick, NYDecember 28, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amy Parrish, BVMS"Dr. Amy Parrish showed great care and kindness in helping Mocha transition. Dr. Amy also spent some time with Mocha when she first arrived so Mocha became acquainted and comfortable with her. It was not stressful for Mocha because she was in familiar surroundings and was resting on her favorite pillow on the couch, with Dr. Amy sitting next to her. Mocha's transition was painless and peaceful, and freed her from the suffering she was experiencing during her last few days. We were greatly relieved to see how the initial sedative shot put Mocha into a deep sleepy state, just like how she used to sleep so deeply and was the first rest and peace she had in days.

There is no question that in-home end-of-life transitioning was the best thing for Mocha. Because Mocha did not like to travel and became more skittish in her later years, and she usually needed two days to get back to normal from a trip to the vet, we could not imagine the extreme stress from driving her to a clinical setting. It would have been unbearable for us to see Mocha in such stress in her final moments. This is not intended to disparage end-of-life transition support at vet clinics and their important critical care services, but simply that it was not the best approach for Mocha."
Center Valley, PennsylvaniaDecember 28, 2018Mocha's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristina Kalivoda, DVM"About two weeks ago it became clear that my 20 year old cat, Perry, was losing his battle with kidney disease. He had been with me since he was four months old, and I did not want his last moments to be fearful driving to the vet. From the moment I made that first phone call to Lap of Love, I knew this was the right choice. They all just get that our pets are family, and it's apparent in all their actions.

Dr. Kristina could not have been more wonderful. She assuaged our concerns that we hadn't done enough (I think every pet parent questions this decision, even when it's obvious). She explained everything and asked us questions about Perry and our lives with him. She treated Perry so tenderly and respectfully both in life and in death. Possibly most amazing was that as she was leaving, she saw our other cat Inky in the hall and understood that Inky needed to say goodbye. She lay Perry's body on the floor so Inky could come and kiss Perry one last time.

But it didn't stop there. I received a lovely email two days later with a link to the Facebook tribute Dr. Kristina had written, as well as an invitation to call even if we just needed talk. We also received a card and note from Dr. Kristina with a copy of the tribute.

We can't thank Lap of Love enough for making this experience so much easier for all of us. We are sad for Perry's loss but we have the peace of knowing he went with dignity thanks to your help. I know we face this sorrow some day with our other pets; I only hope that we are fortunate enough to be able to use Lap of Love's services when that time comes."
Mari FecarottaHoffman Estates, IllinoisDecember 28, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tara Mudry, DVM"I want to thank Tara for her complete respect and calm demeanor during our experience. I was not prepared for how difficult this was even knowing for months we had to bring peace to our pet. She was beyond professional and truly helped us ease into this transition."Dawne RadcliffeSnohomish, WashingtonDecember 28, 2018Darwin's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jordy Merrifield, DVM"Dr. Jordy was incredibly compassionate and helpful to me and Sam and I'm so grateful that she was available to help. I couldn't have had a better Dr. to help my boy Sam during the last moments of his life. I can honestly say that Dr. Jordy made the experience calming and comfortable to both Sam and me. I can go to sleep at night knowing Sam was peaceful in his last moments. Thank you Dr. Jordy!"Barb PorterScottsdale, ArizonaDecember 28, 2018Sam's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"This was one of the worse days of our lives but Dr Heather made it so much easier and so peaceful for our beloved girl Roxie. She showed true compassion and made us at ease that we were making the most difficult decision the right one for our baby girl. We know Roxie was at peace in her home, laying on her favorite rug in her favorite spot. We are eternally grateful to have Roxie treated with such dignity in her last hours.
Best Regards
Karen and Tom Turndahl"
Karen TurndahlNew Hyde Park, NYDecember 28, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Anne Mitchell, VMD"Lap of Love is such a wonderful organization.

Today is not about me but about my sister Pepper. I'm not so sure on how I say goodbye to someone who has taught me how to be lady in this house, other then to honor her in all she has done in the 14 years that my humans had her. She loved being part of the NewPennDel Newfie club with extravagant water parties. She also loved being part of the Therapy dogs International organization, helping to put similes on peoples faces making them feel loved and special. She was such a huge part of a family who loved her and took her everywhere they could from the beach to the mountains, enjoying both the ocean and the snow. She loved enjoying all the special moments a family goes through like birthdays, holidays, and even a few graduations. I hope I can make your humans proud of me just like they were proud of you. I will miss you forever Pepper.
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