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 walnut 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 in a field near the crematory.
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 6am - 10pm. 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.
Sally Lynch, DVM
Growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana, I was the little girl who preferred the company of cats and dogs to other kids. Whether it was my neighbor's Doberman Pincher or my babysitter's collection of stray kittens, the sincere companionship and complexities of animals fascinated me even at a very young age. I started volunteering at the local humane society when I was in second grade. From that time on, my career path was clear...I wanted to become a veterinarian!
In 2002, I moved to Memphis to attend Christian Brothers University where I majored in Natural Science. I quickly fell in love with the city of Memphis and was fortunate enough to work and volunteer for some of city's wonderful nonprofits including the Memphis Zoo, the Shelby County Humane Society, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It was not long before I claimed the Bluff City as my second home!
After graduating from CBU, I completed a Master's degree in Public Health from Louisiana State University where I focused much of my research on the health benefits of the human-animal bond and pet ownership. In 2010, I moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and began my four years of veterinary school. It was a long road, but in 2014, I graduated, finally achieving my dream of becoming a veterinarian! After vet school, I completed an internship at Nashville Veterinary Specialists where I was exposed to a variety of challenging cases and complex medical procedures. Finally, in August of 2015, I moved back to Memphis and began working in small animal medicine in Cordova. It has been an extraordinary journey, and I am so glad to be back home in Memphis!
Despite being so enamored with animals as a child, I was not able to get my first dog until I was 13 year old, but on that very special birthday, I was handed a tiny, black puppy...and I immediately burst into tears of joy! Rocko and I had many adventures together throughout my young adult life, and being his pet parent taught me more than I could have imagined about responsibility, friendship, and, above all, unconditional love. We spent many years walking our neighborhood together, and with every mile, he listened to me talk through my hopes and dreams, my concerns, and my fears. I know that everyone says this about their dog, but he was the best...a piece of my past, and a piece of my spirit...always.
"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, Tennessee
"Dr. Sally was the most caring, gentle soul.
It's Obvious she cares so much for what she does. Having to make
the decision to let my Maggie go was heart wrenching. Dr. Sally
assured me it was the right time, she made the situation as
comfortable as it could possible be. Dr. Sally was so gentle with
Maggie and that made things so much easier. She understood
my pain and didn't rush me. I'm so very grateful for Dr. Sally and
pray I don't need her again anytime soon, but if God forbid I do;
she will be my first call. Thanks for what you do Dr. Sally."
Mary LoweMemphis, Tennessee
"We've had to do this once before and were fortunate enough to have our vet come to our home. It is so much more comfortable and peaceful for these little ones. They are not stressed or scared. That was so important to us. Problem was, this came on so sudden and our vet was not physically able to help us. Sally came with glowing reviews from more than one source and came to our rescue within 24 hours. She showed Gumbo and our family all the kindness and compassion you could ever wish for. What a wonderful and kind person. It was truly a difficult, but peaceful time thanks to Sally. They are some pretty special people in the world and she is one of them."
Michelle BinghamMemphis, Tennessee
"Doctor Sally was a blessing. She allowed our Sweetie to leave this would in the safety and comfort of her own home. Dr. Lynch was gentle and caring in the treatment. She truly made it an easier thing to deal with knowing our baby is no longer in pain. Thank you and bless you Doctor Lynch.
David and Judy Cunningham"
David CunninghamBartlett, Tennessee
"I can't imagine going through this difficult process without Lap of Love and Dr. Sally Lynch. I did not want Stella passing in a vet office. I wanted her to pass in our home, in my arms with family. Dr. Lynch was so kind and reassuring to both my family and Stella. The keepsakes she made for us will be cherished.
(paw prints and a lock of hair) I have a peace in knowing that just as we loved Stella in life that we also gave her the most loving was to pass. Thank you Dr. Lynch and Lap of Love."
Valerie MonismithGermantown, Tennessee
"A wonderful person - so loving and caring. Having pets as part of your family means that the day may come when the sad decision to let them go has to be made. Dr. Sally is the one you will want to be there to help you, and your loved one. Would highly recommend her to anyone."
Janet HarrisMemphis, Tennessee
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Animal Emergency Center
Dixie Memorial Pet Gardens
Pet Med Emergency
Tennessee Pet Loss Resources
Memphis Animal Emergency
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Memphis area, including Fayette, Shelby, and Tipton Counties. Our veterinarian cannot help families in Arkansas or Mississippi due to state veterinary license restrictions.
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 LoveP.O. Box 1312Cordova, TN 38088-1312