Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"On Sunday morning my husband and I came to the painful realization that our 15 year old pitt-terrier, Patty wasn't getting any better and we needed to end her suffering. In addition to our dog being in pain, we were very unsure of where to take her for this. She isn't a very social animal, other dogs specifically made her very anxious. I found Lap of Love through a google search and I was met with nothing but love and understanding from the moment the call was answered. Dr. Brad arrived to my home about 2 hours after my call and was an absolute angel. Not only did he calm my Patty down, he did the same for us. He reassured us of our decision and allowed us some time to say our goodbyes. We were able to feed her snacks and hold her on the couch until she fell asleep. I will forever feel indebted to Dr. Brad and Lap of Love for their unique service. One of my worst days was met with compassion, understanding and love. I know that my Patty lived a great life and her ending was just as peaceful as anyone can hope for.
If you are reading this and you know that you are out of options for your pet, be confident in this team's ability. The comfort of home is so much more calming to you and your pet, when compared to the alternative."
Alaina Riehsphiladelphia, PennsylvaniaDecember 1, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Allison Bergin, DVM"Dr Allison is a wonderful, compassionate, and caring person. She came to our home for our beloved cat Chloe, who had shared this home with us for 16.5 years.

Chloe was a cat that was found on a road in our community by the Humane Society. Our 3 kids were 14, 13, and 10 years old, and they loved Chloe dearly. And Chloe loved all 5 of us back, equally. She would gravitate towards whoever was ill, or feeling down. Chloe was like a caregiver for all of us !

The day Chloe passed, all three of our kids were present. The five of us surrounded our little friend with as much love as we could show. Chloe looked after all of us for so many years, we needed to pull together for her. Dr Allison was very kind to Chloe, and carefully guided us through this difficult process. She made sure everything was gentle, and compassionate, and we all had the time we needed to say goodbye to our furry friend.

The attached photo is of our Grandson Jaxon, with Chloe in one her favorite place's"
Jeff & Jane BargerWest Bend, WisconsinNovember 30, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Carrie Roberts, DVM"Skeever came into our lives as a five year old. My husband wanted a companion, but I had resisted. As it turned out, Skeever was a companion to my husband for 5 years, and then to me for his last 5 years. He had just had his 15th birthday. He loved going for rides in the car. The front passenger seat was HIS; any fellow traveler had to be prepared to have this 35 -pound pup on her lap. He had at least one trip to the Maplewood Dog Park every day for 10 years where he had his "pack" of canines and humans. I had been telling Skeever recently how much he meant to us, that he was such a good boy, that I was thankful for him. I must have sensed that the end was near even though it came up so fast! I was so grateful to have Dr. Carrie come out the day I called and to take us through this last steps with such caring and empathy. Now I have Skeever's ashes which will be spread around my husband's grave. They are meant to be together. Thank you for making these last moments so peaceful."Kathleen MilliganShrewsbury, MissouriNovember 30, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sally Lynch, DVM"Dr. Sally was so wonderful during this really difficult process. She was so clear and communicative about what to expect and throughout Toby-wan's passing. She added a sense of calm and never made us feel rushed; she allowed us to take the moments we needed. I couldn't be more grateful to Dr. Sally for making such a hard experience one that was dignified and peaceful - exactly what we wanted for Toby-wan."Marie NguyenSomerville, MassachusettsNovember 30, 2018Toby-wan Kenobi's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Toby Goldman, DVM"We are so very grateful.

We had never heard of Lap of Love, until Tuffy, our 14-year-old beloved Shih Tzu, became incurably ill and was nearing her end stage and a friend (a longtime pet sitter in town) recommended we go through them.

We knew we wanted to say goodbye to Tuffy in the comfort of her own home where she could be in her own bed, surrounded by those who loved her, and not in a waiting room and then a clinical exam room. We were relieved to know that Lap of Love provided full services and seemed to emphasize compassion.

But when the time came to make the call, we were terrified, ill at the thought of scheduling such a final appointment and did so with tremendous dread. Fortunately, a woman named Angie answered the phone and immediately put us at ease. She was patient, respectful, kind, clearly loved pets and understood exactly what we were going through. Without her, it would have been a totally different experience. We couldn't thank her enough. The call was followed up with an email that offered explained how to prepare and what to expect. They encouraged us to enjoy our last day with her. So we did. We held a small love-filled gathering with all her moms and her brother Karl and we cried, told stories, played jazz and showered her with love.

When it was time for Dr. Toby to arrive, we were panicked and grief-stricken, but the second he walked into the house, said hello, greeted Karl and joined us on the living room floor with Tuffy, we knew we were in good hands. He was so friendly and kind and he answered our questions about how dogs experience grief and life. He saw for himself that Tuffy was ready to cross over to meet her late-brother chance on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

With an enamored little Karl at his side, Dr. Toby guided us through the step-by-step process and seemed more like an old friend. He sat with us while we played a recording of John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders," which seemed the most fitting song for Tuffy. He sat with us as we grieved and when Tuffy was gone, he retrieved a small basket from his car and gently lifted Tuffy, her blanket, her toys, letters from us and locks of hair and placed her into the basket while we continued to pet her and say goodbye. When we were ready, he carried her out to the car and buckled her in, then let us say goodbye again before they drove off together. Tuffy was in good hands.

Rather than feeling a stark emptiness when we walked back into the house, we felt Tuffy everywhere and were overwhelmed by the beauty of such an otherwise sad and painful experience, so very grateful for the years of friendship she gave us, and that we were able to send her out with so much respect, love and comfort.

The days ahead would undoubtedly seem empty without our precious companion, but now we have this amazing memory that we will cherish forever and that helps fill that void.

We are so grateful to Lap of Love, to Dr. Toby and to Angie. They helped us, took care of us and shared in the experience of our loss. We can not thank them enough and will never forget them.

Kristen, Kelly, Rain and Karl."
Kristen PetersonLas Vegas, NevadaNovember 30, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Alexandra Saura, DVM"I want to sincerely thank Dr. Alexandra for her impeccable service. She was so caring, gentle & balanced. And because of her genuine caring nature, she made the whole experience that much more endurable. We are so grateful that she shared this precious moment with us with a loving heart."Patricia OConnorRye Brook, NY, NYNovember 30, 2018Carrera's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Ashley Payne, DVM"Dr Ashley, we cannot thank you enough. When you first came into our home, Watt got up and greeted you, of course he had his baby. You were so kind and loving towards him and immediately a sense of peace came over us. There are no words to express how caring, so thoughtful and extremely compationate you are. You took the time to explain the process and never once did we feel rushed to proceed with the process. You even had the patience with his brother and sister which thought you were there to play with them. You are a very special person with a special gift. We will always remember how peaceful our home was while saying goodbye to our sweetest boy ever because of you. We are forever grateful for you. You are our blessing in disguise."Lisa HuffLilburn, GeorgiaNovember 30, 2018Wyatt's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Aimee Vasse, DVM"Aimee was very kind and tender with me in my most vulnerable and heartbroken moment. Thank you Aimee."Jennifer UsherFort Collins, ColoradoNovember 30, 2018Hunter Boo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dawnetta Woodruff, DVM"Dr. Dawnetta,

All I can say is you are the best! I cannot imagine those moments without your help, and I cannot thank you enough.
With all my heart and soul, thank you!!!!!"
Steven SchuttOFallon, IllinoisNovember 30, 2018Whiskey's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Sue Mowatt, DVM"Dr. Sue was wonderful, very supportive and compassionate"Vicki LittleRancho Cordova, CaliforniaNovember 30, 2018Rusty's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli, DVM"Knowing that my Tiffany was always afraid to go to the
Veterinarian office, I decided to have her home “on my lap”
when we said goodbye. It couldn’t have been a more
peaceful experience for her as well as for us. Dr Kristine
was so compassionate for someone we just met that
day for the first time. I will recommend this service to
all my friends and family. It’s never easy to say goodbye
to our fur babies, but when the time comes , this was the
most gentle peaceful way to do it.
Thank you again, Dr Kristine"
Christa TurzaMiller Place, NYNovember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Olivieri, DVM"Making the decision to say goodbye to my beloved molly brown was so so devestating and heartbreaking 💔😞😭🌈🐾🐶but I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else next to me during the euthanasia process but Dr. Tina❤️ She was so comforting and gentle , she gave us all the time to say our farewell, she was so gentle and kind and listened to me go on and in about my beloved molly and was so sweet and complimentary which was so comforting. After the procedure she just sat back and allowed us to have our moment to say our final goodbyes to her. She has followed up with loving and caring emails just to check in and see how I am doing, she is an angel and I will be referring all my dog loving friends to Dr Tina when it’s time for them to say goodbye to their furry best friends
I will never forget her gentle and kind way ❤️❤️❤️🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻✨✨✨"
Rosie NikuWest Hollywood, CaliforniaNovember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kimberly Moen, DVM"Kimberly instantly put our family at ease when she arrived- her kind demeanor and professional approach gave us what we needed in this time of grief. She assured us that we made the best decision for the happiness and comfort of our pet and talked us through the process with love and patience. Thank you Kimberly, we appreciate you very much."Boca, FloridaNovember 29, 2018Bo's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Christine Baldwin, DVM"Having to make one of the most difficult decisions in my life, I called Lap of Love at 5 am after a long night with Wasabi. I knew it was time, and he needed my help. When Dr. Christine arrived, her gentle spirit immediately put me at ease. Dr. Christine took her time and carefully explained what she would be doing and what might happen. As I had always promised my little boy, I was able to hold him and his little paw in my hand as he passed. I cannot put into words how relieving it was to have this done in my home not having to add additional stress for Wasabi and with an genuine soul such as Dr. Christine, to guide both of us through this difficult moment. I am incredibly grateful!"Maranda BlantonWest Hollywood, CaliforniaNovember 29, 2018Wasabi's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Dr. Heather was so very kind. She was the very best-case of a worst-case scenario. I'm so grateful for her kindness, her patience, her strength. I don't recommend losing a pet to anyone but she made it the easiest it could possibly have been. Thank you!"cindy KrezelBrentwood, NYNovember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Steven Schultz, DVM"Dr Steven was so kind and caring"Lisa SchlegelDepew, NYNovember 29, 2018Elly's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erica Fry, DVM"We cannot say enough good things about Lap of Love, especially Dr. Erica. She spent time with our cat Bailey and with us, explaining what she would be doing with Bailey every step of the way. It was one of our saddest days to be sure, but Dr. Erica was so caring and positive, allowing us to take as much time as we needed. We could not imagine putting Bailey through a stressful carrier ride to the vet's office, which she absolutely hated, and then looking back at that as her last day with us. Lap of Love is truly a godsend!"Blair and Janelle CurrinAledo, TexasNovember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Michelle Halverson, DVM"Thank you, not only for your comforting words but also for your compassionate care for Willow and Linda and me. Linda says she’s never seen so much compassion in such situations before, of which both she and I have experienced too many through the years.

Not only have we experienced the emptiness of her absence the past couple of days, but so have two of our other cats. Felix, with whom she lived for over four years, is visibly sad and clearly misses her. Harley, who shared the house with her for two years, crossed the street today for the first time in over a year, to the places where Willow used to spend most of the day, apparently in search of her. Our happy moments are all tinged with the sadness of her absence from our lives. But that sadness is tempered by the knowledge that she was able to make the transition with as much care as possible.

With warm regards,

Jim and Linda"
James MorrisonNeptune Beach, FloridaNovember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM"One of the most difficult times in our life was saying goodbye to our Punkin. She brought us so much love and happiness during her 19 years on Earth. We are eternally grateful for Dr. Annie, her kindness and thoughtfulness helped so much during the entire process. She was very comforting for all of us. Punkin went to sleep in her favorite spot, my son's lap.

Thank you so much for Lap of Love and Dr. Annie!"
Wendy DavisWinter Park, FloridaNovember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Shannon Cabell, DVM"My family and I are so very thankful for the absolutely wonderful services Lap of Love had to offer. Our sweet boy, Riley, was suffering from lymphoma. We felt so much support every step of the way. Every single phone call, even the calls lasting an hour or longer, we received nothing but kindness and empathy. I am a very private person and thought I would feel uncomfortable being emotional in front of a stranger during our vulnerable time. Dr. Shannon was so warm and comforting for us all. It was the best ending that I could have ever asked for. Riley was comfortable and anxiety free throughout the whole process, unlike his visits to the vet office. It was such a beautiful experience and so gingerly handled. It meant the world to us that Lap of Love helped provide such an incredible experience for an extremely difficult time. I know Riley is in a better place and truly appreciated the generosity and humanity that was given to him. Thank you to all of the staff at Lap of Love, especially Dr. Shannon. We cannot thank you all enough."Jennifer AdamsFlorence, New JerseyNovember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"Dr. Amanda treats the family as well as the pet and that is truly such a gift. We will never be able to thank her enough for being there and holding us up during this terrible time, I really don't think we could have gotten through it as well as we did without her. She not only helped Maddie, she was happy to the end and never scared, but she truly helped us through it as well.
Dr. Amanda's heart and compassion are huge and she shows it with every word and action and we are so thankful. Dr. Amanda holds a very special place in the hearts of our family :)"
Maddie's FamilyMission Viejo, CaliforniaNovember 29, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jennifer Walters, DVM"We can't say enough wonderful things about Dr. Jenn. Her calm demeanor and thorough explanation truly helped us as we said goodbye to our sweet Cher. She gave us the gift of allowing our sweet girl to pass peacefully with us by her side and for that we will always be grateful."Kate SherryCharlotte, North CarolinaNovember 28, 2018Cher's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Savannah was a beautiful 14 year old mixed breed rescue who brought me unconditional love and happiness for 12 years. A few months ago she was diagnosed with a tumor in her spleen. The vet prescribed pain killers and we kept Savannah comfortable. She seemed happy, although slow, and enjoyed life up to the end when she went downhill pretty quickly. It was apparent that her time on earth was ending but she was hanging on. My vet game me the phone number for Lap of Love and it was one of the hardest calls I've ever had to make, but I knew my last act of kindness for Savannah was to not selfishly hold her here. She may have been holding on for my sake, who knows. Dr. Heather came over in the early afternoon of November 20. She was sweet, kind and reassuring. I know Savannah felt loved in her last moments, not only from me, but from Dr. Heather too. She left this earth with me hugging her. I will be forever grateful to Lap of Love and Dr. Heather. The picture is of Savannah with my son's puppy. She was a great "mama"."Donna LlorensRonkonkoma, NYNovember 28, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli, DVM"While the loss of Stella was one of the most difficult things we've ever had to endure, we were very fortunate to have Dr. Kristine present to provide comfort and support for both Stella and our family. Visits to the vet office were generally stressful for Stella; it meant a great deal to allow her to pass at home with dignity and without any nervousness or further suffering. We are very grateful and would highly recommend Dr. Kristine to others at this difficult time in the life of a pet.

Paul & Mary Shawn"
Huntington, NYNovember 28, 2018
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jocelyn Spiga, DVM"Our family is so grateful for Dr. Jocelyn and the Lap of Love organization. Dr. Jocelyn turned an experience that we were originally dreading into a peaceful experience where we were able to feel full appreciation of our 15 year journey with Sammy.

Dr. Jocelyn exuded kindness and empathy throughout each step and treated Sammy with just as much love. Her presence and words were an immediate source of comfort in this difficult situation.

Dr. Jocelyn is a skilled veterinarian but also just a wonderful human being. We are thankful for her and this service."
Hillary WangRockville, MarylandNovember 28, 2018Sammy's Pet Memorial