Phoenix & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian, a full assessment of your pet's quality of life, and a custom treatment plan to help you care for your pet and monitor their condition.
Includes a discussion with the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, gentle euthanasia, pawprint impression keepsake, lock of fur, and Lap of Love's Eternal Pawprints booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes a brief examination by the veterinarian to help explain your pet's condition, discuss symptom management including pain and anxiety, and prepare an end of life care plan using the appropriate quality of life scale to manage your pet along with your family's needs and desires.
There may be an additional charge for extended travel (see Service Area below), holidays ($50 - $100), pets over 99 lbs, appointments outside normal business hours (when arranged), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.
Although we mainly see dogs and cats, some of our veterinarians can assist you with other species such as pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely cedar urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are scattered on a private farm with no visitation.
There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 5am - 8pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability.
Sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice when possible.
If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area.
I grew up in a little house in Phoenix where animals were part of the family. I went to college at Arizona State University for my undergraduate degree in Biology and attended the University of Florida for veterinary school. After five years in Florida, I'm happy to be back home in the valley! When I'm not working, you can find me with my four fur-kids. I enjoy hiking, yoga, Mexican food, good conversation and the occasional Netflix binge.
I was drawn to this job because of my personal experience with the loss of my childhood pets. My first dog, Schatzi was a surprise gift for my 5th birthday. We shared 17 beautiful years together and Schatzi unexpectedly passed while I was away from home during college. Years later, I still find myself thinking about that day and wishing that I could have been holding her in my arms when she left this earth. Every pet deserves to feel safe and be surrounded by love when it’s their time to go.
Although every appointment experience is as unique as my patient, I strive daily to provide the best possible experience for both my patients and their pet parents. I am honored by those who invite me into their homes and allow me to help their beloved family member on such a difficult day.
Jordy Merrifield, DVM
"I can not express how fortunate I was to have Dr. Jordy come to my home for my sweet Chuck who was 14 and very sick. I got him at the pound around 10 years ago and was so fortunate to have him. So many wonderful memories. When it was time for him to go, the hardest thing ever, I can't express how fortunate I was to have found Dr. Jordy when I had to make that decision. She is one special person.
Dear Dr. Jordy,
I guess I will just begin with thank you. Thank you for being so truly kind, caring, compassionate, and caring. These things can only come from someones heart, they cannot be faked. I knew right away when you came in my home to take care of my sweet sweet Chuck that somehow I had gotten really lucky that you were the one that came. After reading your bio I see why.
Tears are still streaming down my cheeks tonight missing him. And as you said these things do come in waves. My sweet Little Bits is behind me on the couch right now. I think he still thinks Chuck might show up. He is going to need a lot of love from now on and I will be there for him.
Another thank you for your generosity regarding the fee. I am still speechless about that. Again, thank you. Good things happen to me sometimes I don’t understand. If you hadn’t done that I was going to have to borrow the money from my son because I would only have had a few dollars to last for a week and a half until my next paycheck. I really need to repay things like this. I am retiring at the end of November and I intend to do some type of volunteering or something to help where I can.
Thanks again from Jazell, Little Bits and especially Chuck. I feel is now happy. Oh no, here come the tears again. I do think he had a good life and is now happy again. I will cherish his paw print and tuft of fur forever. What a special touch.
Jazell MichaelPhoenix, Arizona
"Dr. Jordy was very kind and compassionate. I initially scheduled the appointment to see if Oliver would be a candidate for Hospice/Palliative care and to find out what that would involve. On the day of the appointment, however, Oliver was not doing well. It was clear that a different decision needed to be made. She was very patient with me while I made my decision and gave me time alone with him. She explained the process to me and, while I was very sad, it was a relief to see my little boy not suffering anymore. I would recommend her to anyone having to face this difficult time for your pet and am grateful for the Lap of Love services to be able to do this in the home."
"Dr. Jordy's kindness, compassion, and empathy helped us immeasurably with the passing of our girl, Sally. Her gentle guidance and genuine heartfelt connection to Sally and us helped to make this as painless as possible. As she was leaving she thanked us for giving her the gift of letting her transition Sally in this way. Those words had a profound impact on us and we will not forget them or her. Dr. Jordy, you truly are an angel and we love the beautiful contribution you make to this planet."
"When Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma we knew we did not have much time left with her. We promised we would not let her suffer. When we could no longer control her pain we found Lap of Love and Dr. Jordy.
The compassion she showed not only to Maggie but to my husband and myself, made a very hard day a little easier. She explained everything with such kindness and assured us we were doing the right thing. She allowed us all the time we needed. Maggie was able to pass peacefully in her favorite spot on the sofa with us and her best friend Lexie by her side.
I am so grateful to Dr. Jordy and have told many of our friends with dogs about our experience. Best decision we made not only for Maggie but for us as well.
Thank you Dr. Jordy"
Pam SimmondsGilbert, Arizona
"Dear Dr. Jordy,
Words can’t begin to tell you how grateful we are for your compassionate care for our Willy. The time that you spent, the care that you gave were so comforting for us. We knew that when Willy left with you he could not have had better care. We will treasure his paw print, hair patch, and the picture we have of him in his blanket.
The work that you do is truly meaningful, and if we have anyone we know needing geriatric or terminal care we will certainly tell them of our experience with you.
"Ruby was a rescue at age 5/6 which is almost senior for a German Shepherd - so we were incredibly blessed to have her for 6 more years. She was (like most dogs) terrified of going to the veterinarian and when we discovered she had lymphatic cancer we knew it was time for her to have some peace. We didn't want her agitated and fearful in her last moments so we chose Lap of Love - and I will never do this last journey any other way again. Dr. Merrifield was soothing, compassionate and professional - giving dignity to our baby girl's last moments. We fed her treats and whispered how much we loved her as she went to sleep. She was surrounded by her family including our other 2 fur babies - who got to say goodbye as well. I couldn't have asked for anything better for her. Thank you to Dr. Merrifield and Lap of Love."
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Phoenix
Pet Loss Support Group Phoenix Companion Animal Association of AZ
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, West Valley/Peoria
Deer Valley Counseling Pet Loss Counseling
VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of AZ, East Valley/Mesa
Pets Unlimited Grief Support (P.U.G.S.)
VCA Paradise Valley Emergency Animal Hospital
Paws Bereavement, Pet Grief TherapyDennily Lerner, LCSW
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Phoenix area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be an additional drive fee of $50-$75 depending on your location. Please call for more information.
Preferred methods of payment are check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash.
Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. Please have any paperwork ready for the veterinarian to complete so that you can submit it for reimbursement.
Lap of LovePO Box 84562Phoenix, AZ 85071