Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"There is really not much that my family or I can say to take away the pain in losing a loved pet whom we considered a huge part of our family for over 16 years. Meisha was the best first pet we could have ever asked for, she sat and stayed and gave paw and never went to the bathroom in our home or ever laid on the furniture, but more importantly she was there when we were sad or mad or in need of alot of love. She was a pet who never failed to make you smile, she was the best sort of company you never knew you needed. It was the hardest decision in the world to say goodbye to her but my family had agreed it was time to let her go. Dr. Heather helped make this super sad experience a little easier for us. She treated us and Meisha like we were her family and we are so grateful to have found her. I hope anyone reading this can understand the weight that she had lifted off our shoulders just by sitting in our company for 2 hours, saying all the right things and holding Meisha through the process, Thank you for helping us find peace Dr. Heather, you are very much appreciated"Nicole O'LearyLindenhurst, NYJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Julie Hasenfratz, DVM"Thank you Dr. Hasenfratz, you made one of the hardest things to do a lot easier. Your kind heart, and loving touch made Tyson's last moments on earth so peaceful. You handle a tough situation with ease. You transformed it from being such a hard moment to being such a peaceful and calm moment. I am glad that you were the doctor we got to share this hard time with. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts Dr. Hasenfratz and Lap of Love for what you do."Savannah MartinezLakewood, ColoradoJune 26, 2017Tyson's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"I had to say goodbye to my first baby, Alfie, one month ago today. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life, but Dr. Dawnetta really helped ease my mind. We did a hospice consultation and only a few days later, she had to return for a final visit. It was her day off, but she still came out and helped us that day. She was not only a wonderful veterinary, but she was also a great counselor and friend:) We will never forget her kindness and willingness to go above and beyond. Thank you!"Jana DeoliveiraSt. Charles, MissouriJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Otis was an amazing dog. We have three, and trust me when I say he was the most laid back and chill dog. Like any Hound/Retriever mix, he loved running around the yard. In March when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma we had a choice with Lap of Love or amputation. We opted to go the route of amputation and give him as many more months as we could so long as he was pain free. Lap of Love was involved and touched base with us every few weeks just to make sure Otis was doing well which I was so thankful for as our own vet never once called us or returned our calls. Otis' recovery was great, seeing how well he adapted to three legs was even more astounding, but that was the kind of dog, always a fighter. When Otis began having pain and almost instantly stopped walking, we knew right away we had to call Lap of Love. Dr. Heather was able to come out the same day we called. Dr. Heather was great, we were all set up outside sitting on the ground with Otis and Dr. Heather walked in and sat down on the ground with us. The way she was so sweet to Otis put us all at ease. Dr. Heather was absolutely amazing and I am so glad my sister found Lap of Love online because I would not have wanted Otis to be put down any other way, not in a sterile room on a metal table or on a cold tile floor. I've been through euthanasia before with my sisters cat in the vet's office and it was a horrible experience, it feels so much colder. Being able to be there with Otis, outside on the grass which was his favorite spot was all I could ask for and more when it comes to such a terribly sad moment. Please please please go with Lap of Love if your pet is in need of going to doggy heaven. It makes a big difference in how they feel, and how you feel.

Thank you again Lap of Love and Dr. Heather."
Tiffany JohnEast Meadow, NYJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"I can't say enough how kind and thoughtful Dr. Samantha was when it came time to say goodbye to my little girl Bella. She was very understanding and assured us it was the right time to let her go. Bella was 17 1/2 yrs old and I know I gave her a wonderful life and spoiled her rotten. Lap of Love made it so much easier to let Bella go and put her out of her pain. Dr. Samantha made us feel much better and gave us plenty of time to spend our last time with Bella. Its so hard to say goodbye to a pet, our bonds are unbelievable! I know we did the right thing and I would tell anyone that when that time comes.. there is no other way then Lap Of Love. Bella spent her last day at home and peacefully went to sleep on my lap.

Thank You Dr. Samantha and Lap Of Love, You made this whole horrible process much easier."
Joe LeottaBensalem, PennsylvaniaJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM"Beau, our mixed bread hound of 14.5 years had gotten to the point where he couldn't get up on all fours without assistance from me or my wife. He also couldn't control his bodily functions. Lap of Love was recommended by a close friend. When I contacted them, they were very kind. They only asked a few questions and exhibited so much compassion. A couple of weeks later when we were ready to make the tough decision to let Beau go peacefully, the scheduling was so easy. Dr. Annie arrived right on time. She should so much tenderness and compassion for Beau, my wife and myself. Dr. Annie was never rushed and explained everything before she did anything. Dr. Annie showed Beau such dignity. The four of us were on the ground together as Beau went in to a deep gentle sleep. As you can imagine, this was a painful time for our family, but Dr Annie made it as tolerable as possible with her kindness."andy abernathyMaitland, FloridaJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Nancy Rodriguez, DVM"Nancy, Cinnamons memorial was perfect.
As much as it hurt my husband and me ,we knew what had to be done. Because of you we were able to do what needed to be done and allow Cinnamon to pass with the dignity that she deserved . .It takes a special person to do what you do, helping families get thru a very difficult time. I will never forget the compassion and care you showed my sweetness girl, and the understanding of my grief. I can not thank you enough, may GOD bless you."
DARLENE BURCKHALTERGRANITEVILLE, S. CarolinaJune 26, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sally Lynch, DVM"Dr. Sally helped more than I can describe in the time I have left before I must leave for work. I hope I can edit this later."Gertrude MoellerMemphis, TennesseeJune 26, 2017Raven Shasha Giggle Strobush The First, One And Only's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dear, sweet, crabby sissy-witch,
How can I ever put down in words how much you mean to me? To say you were my spirit animal is an understatement. I have so many words for you, Ti; so many things in my mind and my heart that I will speak into the wind now that you're no longer here. Poppy says the love is eternal, and of course he is right. Still, I wish you were here with me. Thank you for taking care of my heart more than I could ever take care of you. Thank you for 18 years of unconditional love.
Your Popples and your Googer continue to miss your disdain. Secretly, and also outwardly, they know you loved them. Those gentle head kisses were everything to them. Thank you for loving them.
It's so hard to adjust to being without you. The canyon is empty, and there's no one to usher me to bend, no buzzard-ry before meals, no bone biting, no craw, no baggages. None-dle.
We are eternally grateful for everything you gave to us --- the language, the laughter, the catitude, the love.
I know you went back to the light from whence you came. My heart will always miss you, Dolly. Rest In Peace, my baby. I love you.
~Mummy"
Bridget BorlakBridgeton, New JerseyJune 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Samantha Souther, DVM"Thank you to Dr. Souther, an angel who came and made the hardest decision I had to make, bearable. Your light touch and kind heart made Kitton's last moments on earth stress free and peaceful. There is nothing easy about saying goodbye to your best friend, and you handled the situation with grace and warmth. I didn't want to take Kitton out of the house for the end, and your service allowed me to give her a peaceful passing at home. Thank you Laps of Love and Dr. Sam."Ridley Park, PennsylvaniaJune 25, 2017Kitton's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Melanie Santspree, DVM"Dr. Melanie Santspree was the the best. We could not have asked for a better person to help us with Frank. She treated Frank like he was her own, and was very gentle and loving with him. We cannot say enough good things about her and the way she handled everything."Shad HopsonBallston Spa, NYJune 25, 2017Frank's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Robyn Baldwin, DVM"Our beloved 17 year-old Westie, Sparky, began declining rapidly when his kidney's started to fail. Sparky brought so much joy and love into our home that he will never be forgotten. Sparky's love was unconditional and his love of people knew no bounds. I can honestly say that I took more from him than he took from me. He was a constant companion and we were blessed to have had him for so many years.
Once we realized that he would not recover or continue to have good quality of life, we made arrangements to help him.
Dr. Robyn was an angel - her care and ministrations were the kindest, gentlest and most loving possible. She was a gift in a time of crisis.
Though we knew he would not live forever and prepared ourselves for the eventuality of his passing, we just weren't ready. I don't believe anyone is ever ready but I was ready to stop his pain and discomfort.
Sparky's departure was so peaceful; he just went to sleep. It's the way we had hoped he would go naturally but his illness was not going to allow that so we are eternally grateful to Dr. Robyn and Lap of Love for helping our boy move on so serenely.
I choose to remember him scampering in the back yard, running through grass while we played fetch. His sunny disposition and genuine and unlimited affection will live on in our hearts; we will carry hi love with us always."
Cynthia CabreraHallandale Beach, FloridaJune 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Moon, DVM"Thank you Dr. Amanda for coming to our home to help make Grady's last day be at home so he could rest in peace. You treated him with so much respect. God bless you for what you do. I don't know what we would have done if we would have had to take him somewhere. He would have been hurting and upset. Instead, you made it possible for this to be a very peaceful process. You are an angel for doing what you do. Thank you for everything. We truly appreciate your service and love for animals."Tanya SkidmoreLexington, North CarolinaJune 25, 2017Grady's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Gorney, BVMS"Dr. Erin & her staff are wonderful. They are caring & comforting. I'm thankful for the service they provide as my Annie was very afraid of going to the vet. I'm so glad her last moments were at the home she loved. Thank you."Michele GebhardtMonroeville, PennsylvaniaJune 25, 2017Annie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"My sweet little Molly was diagnosed earlier this year with Lymphoma. This was her second cancer diagnosis. She had been in remission from Leukemia for 6 years! I did everything I could to treat her cancer, but she did not improve. She was so special to me and had endured so much during her 13 years of life that I was determined to make sure her last moments were peaceful, in my arms, and in our home. I wanted the last place that she saw and smelled to be her comfortable home. We contacted Lap of Love to discuss Molly's situation and they assured us they would be there for us when the time was right. When we felt that it was time, we called and scheduled an appointment with Dr. Brad. He was wonderful! He called to let us know he was on his way, which helped prepare me for his arrival. When he arrived, he assessed Molly and assured me that it was the right time. Knowing when it is the right time is a very difficult thing to decide. It never feels right, but he helped me accept the decision I had made. Dr. Brad was so patient and made sure we were ready. He gave her a little sedation which helped keep Molly calm. She was so tiny and didn't have many good veins left because she had a lot of blood draws and IV's from her cancer treatments. Dr. Brad was spectacular and very gentle with my sweet baby! I am so grateful that he chose this profession which allowed our Molly to rest peacefully in my arms at home. Dr Brad was wonderful and our experience was exactly the way I had hoped it would be. Rest in Peace my sweet Molly (4/29/17). I miss you more and more each day!"Michele BrunkerLevittown, PennsylvaniaJune 24, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amy Tanis, DVM"Thank you for helping me through one of the most painful decisions of my life."Gregory GriebCharlotte, North CarolinaJune 24, 2017Misty's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM"My golden retriever was 10 years old when she was diagnosed with bone cancer. The cancer was aggressive and we didn't want her to suffer so we looked into Lap of Love to help us at home. Although unsure of the right time to do this Dr. Annie assured us we were making the best decision for Baysie. Dr. Annie was kind and respectful and made us feel as comfortable as possible during this difficult time. She also send a nice card which made me feel so touched that she continued to think of us after she left. I recommend Dr. Annie to anyone who needs help at home with their beloved pet."Nicole M.DeBary, FloridaJune 24, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender, DVM""I had to say goodbye to my 12 year old best buddy way too soon because of cancer. He passed on June 10th and it has taken this long before I could even write about it. Boscoe was always so nervous and anxious going to the vet so I knew I could not let him go at the vets office. Dr Katie came to the house and was warmly greeted by Boscoe and his buddy Lola. She went above and beyond making sure Boscoe was comfortable and at ease. Boscoe was surrounded by the people who loved him, my wife, mom, sister, stepson and his girlfriend, and everyone there commented on how relaxed Dr. Katie made Boscoe for his journey over the Rainbow bridge. Dr. Katie made this heart breaking moment better because Boscoe was not stressed, anxious or scared when he got his wings. I wished I had known about them when my other dog and cat, Shadow and Precious passed over the Rainbow bridge. I will always be grateful to Dr. Katie for her compassion and assistance with Boscoe's journey. I would recommend anyone going through this difficult time to reach out and use this service.""Larry WebbMiddleburg, FloridaJune 24, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dana Lewis, DVM"Dr. Dana was a godsend. I couldn't have handled this without her gentle way and kind demeanor. Thank you so much Lap of Love."Denise FraileyApex, North CarolinaJune 24, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Leslie Peltier, DVM"I had such a tough time trying to decide what was right for Chloe. I had made an appointment with Dr Leslie because Chloe was having a very bad evening and didn't think she could make another day. At the time of the appointment Chloe was showing some good signs and once again gave me a glimmer of hope. So after much deliberation we decided to give Chloe some more time. Dr. Leslie had been so caring about the situation and had offered to come back at anytime if Chloe needed her. I had a fairly good evening with Chloe. She got extra love and chin scratches and anything she wanted. After another day, it was apparent Chloe was suffering again and I knew we needed Dr Leslie. She was true to her word and came right away! And thankfully so, as Chloe was really struggling. Dr.Leslie was very kind to me and Chloe through the whole process. I'm thankful to her for helping us through such a painful time. Couldn't have asked for better care for my sweet Chloe. Thank you Dr Leslie."Larry BartholomewGrove city, OhioJune 23, 2017Chloe's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Loren Gassler, DVM"There are simply no words to adequately describe our experience with Dr. Loren. She greeted us with hugs and spent time with our other two pets. She was so kind and gentle with Roxy and guided her to the Rainbow Bridge with such compassion and peace. She gave us all the time we needed to say goodbye to sweet Roxy. Dr. Loren is truly a gift, and we were so incredibly fortunate that she came into our home to help us through this heart-breaking time."Chris WilsonClearwater, FloridaJune 23, 2017Roxy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Carly Billeaudeau, DVM"We would like to thank Dr. Carly for her gentleness and compassion with Jake, and with all of us during this difficult time. We had never heard of Lap of Love until Jake took a turn for the worse. Dr. Carly was a calm and comforting presence for all of us and there aren' t enough words to express our sincere gratitude for her and what she does. Thank you so much."Kevin, Angie, Meghan, Hannah, Chloe and Bear LukerBaton Rouge, LouisianaJune 23, 2017Jake's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Laura Porta, DVM"I found out about Lap of Love at the HSHV Walk n' Wag n' Run a month ago. When I called them at 7:30 in the morning this week , as it was clear that our nearly 15 year old Franky needed help over the rainbow bridge, not only did I speak with a kind and compassionate real person but was able to have Dr.. Laura arrive in a matter of hours. We felt like she was an angel from heaven - so patient and understanding and professional. We lost another dog a few months ago and that was a nightmare. Our own vet kindly came out but Rudy had died a painful death before she could rearranged her appointments and come. If only we had known about Dr. Laura and Lap of Love. I highly recommend their services and am spreading the word to our own vet, our neighbors and friends and the HSHV emergency services that helped our little girl go to sleep quietly, painlessly and with dignity."Janice and Bob AnschuetzYpsilanti, MichiganJune 23, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Katie Stender, DVM"I had to say goodbye to my 5 year old baby way too soon because of cancer. He was in so much pain. It was the hardest thing I've experienced in my life up to this point. Dr. Katie made such a sad moment a little easier. The moment she entered our house I felt a calm come over me. She talked me and my husband through the whole process and let us know when our baby got his wings. She went above and beyond making sure Jackson was comfortable and made sure we knew how to be there for him up until the very end. She sent a follow up email several days later checking in on us with little details that I had forgotten we even said. It felt very personal. I would recommend anyone going through this difficult time to reach out and use this service."Dani RothrockJacksonville, FloridaJune 23, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Our hearts were breaking watching our 14 year old chocolate lab Buca as she tried to move, stand and eat. We knew her body was failing, she was in pain and had little quality of life. We were given Dr. Heather's name and number from a member of the NYPD K-9 team. I knew instantly that I liked her and more importantly, that she loved animals.

Dr Heather literally climbed atop of the closet/landing where our precious girl was laying in order to keep Buca in her most comfortable position possible. She was unwavering in her determination to get close to Buca and provide her the most intimate care. The time, patience, compassion and care she showed to Buca and to us was indescribable. I have never met anyone so humble, graceful and warm. Dr Heather's kindness, her fortitude and expertise will not be forgotten. She is an example for ALL veterinarians when dealing with end of life decision making for pets. Curious about this brave woman and her chosen profession, I asked if "this" type of work is what she did all day. Dr. Heather replied sincerely and without hesitation that it is her HONOR to help pets in their final days or hours. It was the most heartfelt, genuine and honest answer. We were truly honored to have met Dr. Heather."
Danielle GirimonteCommack, NYJune 22, 2017