Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elyse Persico, DVM"Dr. Elyse was very accommodating when my aging dog suddenly took a turn for the worse. I called to make the final arrangements with her office and was able to have her over the next day (Mind you that I live nearly an hour from her location with traffic). Even as I sobbed sadly, trying to say my final goodbyes to my best friend of nearly 15 years, she provided excellent compassionate care for my dog Jack, as well as providing warmth and compassion for my aching heart. She gave Jack love and affection in his last moments, for which I will be forever grateful knowing that his last moments were able to be spent with his loving family at home. I believe this helped prevent further anxiety and eased the process. Dr. Elyse and her staff followed up with me within a day or two of the process to check on our family to see how we were coping. I had forgotten to grab his collar and a paw print, which Dr. Elyse personally delivered to me to my home today. I highly recommend her services and cannot thank her enough for everything she has done to help ease our pain from the loss."Matthew HallNewport News, VirginiaMay 3, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Slade, DVM"Thank you for helping us through this very tough day from the moment I called through your follow up. My mom is 89 and couldn't leave the house and we didn't want Beau to be scared. We wanted him to pass in our arms on his favorite couch. Thank you again."Kirsten GebertLong Valley, New JerseyMay 3, 2019Beau's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Olivieri, DVM"Dr. Tina was my angel of Light in my darkest day. Her compassion and kindness have me strength to set my boy free. Deeply grateful forever.

I was devastated when my Pomeranian Gordi was very sick and could barely walk. He was the love of my life. Dr. Tina Olivieri walked into my house like an angel of light. She was so deeply compassionate and caring. She confirmed that it was definitely time for Gordi to pass on and that it was the most loving thing I could do for him. She was so kind and listened to my concerns. She was very informative and patient. She made the entire process smooth. She is an angel and I have huge respect for her. When I had remorse and deep sadness the next few days she was there for me, so supportive. So deeply grateful for Dr. Tina through my darkest days she was a light."
Talia AricaTopanga, CaliforniaMay 3, 2019Gordi's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Tina Olivieri, DVM"I hope I can find the words to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Tina for her warmth, compassion and kind words during my very difficult time to say goodbye to my Jack. She was so open and informative that I felt comfortable to actually be there during the service so I could pet, talk and soothe my Jack. I am calling it a service because my Uncle Bud said it felt more like a service other than a procedure. It was so peaceful and loving during the whole time I felt a flood of relief when he passed knowing he went to doggy heaven very peacefully, leaving us with wonderful memories. Good bye my Jackie Boy."Tracy GibsonLos Angeles, CaliforniaMay 2, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Jessica Boden, DVM"Dr. Jessica was phenomenal, and this process was amazing. We have had to put two dogs down in the past, and we had our personal vet come to our home. I knew I wanted to put Flippa down at our home, but I wasn't 100% sure if it was the right time. Jessica spent a long time with me, and gave Flippa a thorough exam. She talked me through what I knew was the right decision. Dr. Jessica's compassion and empathy were palpable, by both myself and Flippa. I am so grateful for Lap of Love, and I will most definitely use you all again."Shannon HaddawayFort Worth, TexasMay 2, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kimberly Carper, DVM"We are forever grateful for the care and compassion Dr. Carper showed our family and Jewel."MOONA & LEVI CARDINALPFLUGERVILLE, TexasMay 2, 2019Jewel's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Erin Deveau, DVM"Dr. Erin - Thank you for providing a calm and respectful experience for our dear friend Boomer. He gave us almost 15 years of love and joy. He knew his time was near and let us know with his loving “howl”. First to me when I was about to go to work, then to my wife that day and finally to one of our sons on the phone who wasn’t present to say goodbye in person. He knew it was time and with your calming touch allowed him to pass at home in front of his family. He would have been scared to death if we took him away from home on his final day.

To all of you, send your beloved friend to God with dignity and respect. After all, my friend Boomer always gave it to us."
Skip TinageroAlbuquerque, New MexicoMay 2, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Heather Manfredi, DVM"Dr. Heather lovingly assisted our beloved Jake in his transition to the Rainbow Bridge. Dr. Heather made everyone comfortable, especially Jake. She was patient, thorough and explained everything with sensitivity and genuine warmth. We are grateful to her for her kindness, compassion and support after her visit. We were blessed to have met Dr. Heather at a time of great sadness and grief... and grateful that she followed her calling so Jake could peacefully acquire his wings."Gail NotaroMoriches, NYMay 2, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Elyse Persico, DVM"When Dr. Elyse entered our home Roxelle was taken to her. Giving her hugs and kisses. I'm sure she knew she was there to help. As much as it hurt our hearts to let our girl go Dr. Elyse made the process easier. I love the fact that we were able to give Roxelle comfort in her own home with her family for her last moments. It not only helped Roxelle but her sister Torque, and our Son Q."Chelsea BennettNorfolk, VirginiaMay 2, 2019Roxelle's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Roger Chase, DVM"Many thanks Dr. Roger for your kind words and the beautiful service you provide. Rio was a gift to us for almost 12 years. We miss her so much, but are grateful for all of the time and experiences we shared with her. It was hard to make the decision to say goodbye, but knew the timing was right. It was an honor to have loved such an amazing soul."Salt Lake City, UtahMay 2, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Stacy Blake, DVM"We are so grateful for Dr. Stacy -- she has been so kind and compassion during this difficult time. She helped us say goodbye to Jim in the comfort of our home, snuggled on his favorite blanket with is family by his side. She explained the process to our teen children and ensured they were involved as they wanted to be. We appreciated her support as we shared stories of our sweet, silly boy as he passed peacefully. We are thankful for Dr. Stacy and the team at Lap of Love and all they do for families."Susan WilliamsWinter Garden, FloridaMay 2, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kristine Campanelli, DVM"Thank you to Dr. Kristine. Your patience and love for animals was very obvious as soon as you walked in our door. You made our family and our dog feel at peace. For our Shayla to be able to lay in her own bed and not experience that trip to the vet for the last time was something that we wish we could have had in the past for our previous animals. Knowing that your service is available now we will never have to make that trip again. We can't thank you enough."Joseph, Carolyn & Samantha PalladinoEast Northport, NYMay 2, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Dana Lewis, DVM, CHPV"Two weeks ago, we said goodbye to our sweet 14 year old puppy, Biscuit.
Dr. Dana came to our home and helped us send him off in the kindest, gentlest way possible. She explained everything she was going to do, and allowed us time to have closure with our sweet boy. She made our paw print memorial and clipped a bit of his hair for us to keep.
We will forever be grateful to Lap of Love and Dr. Dana for giving us the opportunity to end Biscuit's suffering in his home surrounded by his family."
Jennifer ThornburgDurham, North CarolinaMay 2, 2019Biscuit's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Bruce, DVM, CVA"Hi Dr. Kim,

Thanks for coming over and helping me out in the time of need. You did an amazing job and made things very peaceful. It is very quiet around the house, which I am not use to. Thanks again for everything."
Reggie CoatsCentennial, ColoradoMay 2, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Caroline Kiert, DVM"Dr. Caroline was so sweet for all of us. I know that it has got to take a lot of compassion to do what she does. I had already experience euthanasia of a pet in a vet clinic years ago. I don't think there is anything worse than being taking while at deaths door then placed on a cold metal table then being expected to be calm while your own grieves the whole experience in front of you..... at least that is what I took away from my first experience. Because of this experience I prepared myself for the moment that I might ever need to experience it again.

I was so happy when I found Lap Of Love. Dr. Caroline did not just do her job. She engage in conversation of person loss as well as appreciation for what we where doing. She showed genuine interest in Princess and the coffin I built for her final resting place. There are not enough words of gratitude to show our appreciation for the work Lap Of Love puts into this care nor the love we received from Dr. Caroline in our difficult time."
Terri BeltramSacramento, CaliforniaMay 2, 2019Princess's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Toby Goldman, DVM"Knowing when it is time for your furry children to go is so incredibly hard. We truly wanted every last minute we could get with our little Bismarck, but also didn't want him to suffer. I wish I would have known about this service with our other dogs, as I believe all animals should have the opportunity to pass from this world in such a peaceful and loved manner, right in their own homes where they feel the safest and loved.

Dr. Toby was just so wonderful and we will forever be grateful for his kind words, gentle touch, and professionalism in walking us through this process. He took his time with us and just being able to sit alongside our little guy on his own bed, took away so much fear and anxiety. Dr. Toby made such an emotional experience so much easier to bear than we imagined. I will never have those awful fears in my head of whether he suffered or not. What a wonderful gift he gives to so many families."
Lisa and Roger WeingardtLas Vegas, NevadaMay 1, 2019Bismarck's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Shannon Cabell, DVM"Dr. Shannon was great, she was very quiet, calming and even let my dog Bobby jump on her when he greeted her. She made the transition much smoother and let me realize that I indeed am doing the right thing."Bea FerreiraEast Brunswick, New JerseyMay 1, 2019Buffy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Bruce, DVM, CVA"Thank you Dr. Kim,

We appreciate the compassion you showed Shiloh and the kind thoughts and sentiments that have come our way.
We know that Shiloh is in a better place and no longer in pain. We are very appreciative of the support and services you provided. This was the perfect environment for our family to let him move on and cannot express our appreciation to you more. There is definitely a hole in our hearts and emptiness in our home, but Shiloh will continue to be our sweet and cherished boy and we will remember him fondly.

Warm regards,
~ The Middlemist Family"
Tanya MiddlemistLittleton, ColoradoMay 1, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Bruce, DVM, CVA"I give my thanks to Dr. Kim.
I was feeling too emotional at the time to express this to you, but you made my bunny's death so comfortable and calm for him.
It was actually really beautiful, and I couldn't have wanted anything more.
I appreciate you so much.
It was a painful experience, but a really good one.
Thank you for doing what you do."
Denver, ColoradoMay 1, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Kim Bruce, DVM, CVA"Dear Dr. Kim,

My husband and I want to thank you again for your help in releasing our dear little friend from a life that had become burdensome and painful to her. I can't tell you how much we appreciate your kindness and professionalism. I'm sorry I was such a teary mess, but she was our dear, dear little friend and I just hated to have her go, even though it was the right thing for her.

Once again, thank you.

Thank you...

Deborah Wadsworth"
Deborah WadsworthDenver, ColoradoMay 1, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Amanda Page, DVM"It's been 1 yr today that I said good-bye to my precious beauty!

Where do I begin? It’s hard to adequately express how blessed I have been by Lap of Love and Dr. Amanda Page.

When my precious Phoebe started to have problems, and as I worked with my vets to figure out what was going on, I knew in the back of my mind "it could be cancer". Even so, when she was diagnosed on Feb 8, 2018 with Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC), it crushed me.

Phoebe never liked going to the vet. It was always a struggle to get her in her carrier. As calm as I would try to be, I was always a nervous wreck and it made for a tense event for the both of us. So I had decided early on that when the time came, I wanted to say good-bye in the comfort, warmth and privacy of our home rather than making a stressful car ride to a cold, impersonal vet office.

I’d had a couple friends that had done in-home euthanasia and spoke so highly about what a wonderful (considering the circumstances) experience it was. I always knew that when the time came, that was what I wanted for Phoebe and me as well.

It was Lap of Love that assisted one of these friends so when this became a reality for me, I spent lots of time on their website. I read the articles on assessing quality of life and information on common diseases (of which TCC was one). I watched videos by Dr. Dani discussing that "subjective" time period when assessing when the right time is. I watched Dr. Mary's FB videos about "budgets" and saying good-bye on a GOOD day. All so very very helpful!

I also read the bios of each of the vets assisting my area so that I could "get to know them" as they would be handling a very precious and priceless treasure of mine. It was clear that they ALL were beautiful individuals with the most amazing, kind hearts. I knew I would be in good hands with any of them and I may not have a choice anyway, depending on how things transpired with Phoebe ... but secretly, I hoped that Dr. Amanda would the angel assisting us. (Maybe because I knew from her bio that she had a heart for kitties I felt a special connection with her and was a wee bit partial.)

Despite having done a lot of research on Phoebe's disease and what to anticipate and watch for as it progressed, it was often difficult to assess when that “right time” was. One day she would struggle a bit and I would make the call … only to have her perk-up shortly there after and I would call off the appointment.

I made (and cancelled) several appointments. Every call I made was handled with such understanding and compassion. There were times when I could swear that the Care Coordinator was getting choked up by the end of our call. And when I needed to cancel, they understood. They understood the weight of this decision and were so incredibly caring.

After about 3 cancelled appointments, I received an email from, none other than, Dr. Amanda. She was reaching out to provide me with resources to help assess Phoebe's condition and quality of life. She also offered her support via email or phone which totally blew me away!

We exchanged a few emails and again I was completely overwhelmed by the warmth and care she expressed to me. I never expected this. She didn't know me or my cat. She didn't need to take the time to do this. But clearly, for those that work at Lap of Love, this is not just a "business" but their calling. The time that she took out of her schedule to reach out to me and care about what I was going through makes my heart swell with gratitude.

Phoebe and I cruised along for about a month when again I was faced with making that dreaded appointment. Once more, I couldn't go through with it and cancelled the appointment but asked if Dr. Amanda would speak with me as she had previously offered. We talked the following day and our conversation gave me such reassurance - I knew in my heart of hearts it was time ... so when I made the appointment I understood that it could be any vet assisting us and I was okay with that. BUT ... as God so lovingly orchestrated, it was Dr. Amanda who would be on the schedule that day.

This time I didn't cancel the appointment. I knew it was the right thing to do and the right time. I was sad, sick to my stomach, scared ... but I was at peace.

On the day of our appointment, this ANGEL appeared at my door! Dr. Amanda is the most beautiful, sincere, kind, gentle, compassionate person. Her calm and soft-spoken demeanor was so comforting. She took time visit with Phoebe and me, asking about our "story" and how Phoebe came into my life. It didn't feel like talking to a stranger, but like she was a close, caring friend. She explained everything to me as we went through each step of her transition and allowed me to take as much time as I needed to say goodbye. She was so tender and gentle with Phoebe and gave her such a peaceful and dignified send off.

I will forever be grateful to you, Dr. Amanda. What you gave to Phoebe and me in those last months/moments is truly a GIFT!"
Deanne EckhartAliso Viejo, CaliforniaMay 1, 2019Phoebe's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Nellie Wilbers, DVM"Our angel, I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Nellie. God sent you to us on the hardest day of the year for us, you will also be in our hearts and mind, thank you. Lap of Love is an amazing resource we are very fortunate we were given the information."Jeanna DavisReynoldsburg, OhioMay 1, 2019Rufus Davis's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Roger Chase, DVM"Thank you for the kind words. It is nice that you remember our sweet Belle. I appreciated the compassion you have shown our family."Michael SanfordSyracuse, UtahMay 1, 2019
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Becky Frank, DVM"Dr. Becky was kind, compassionate and empathetic. In our worst moment of life, she helped us by helping our angel cross the rainbow bridge."Missy KramerEphrata, PennsylvaniaApril 30, 2019Kona's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Keri Morgan, DVM, MPH"Dr. Keri Morgan was such a gift to us on the day that we had to say goodbye to Ellie. It was such a hard thing to do but she helped us feel at peace. She was respectful of us and of Ellie. Dr. Morgan was considerate of our feelings, gentle with Ellie and as difficult as it was to say goodbye, I knew that Ellie was in the best hands possible. I am beyond grateful to Lap of Love and to Dr. Morgan for allowing Ellie to experience her last moments in the comfort and security of her own home rather than being traumatized by a trip to the vet.
Thank you Dr. Morgan."
Janet HarveySt. Louis, MissouriApril 30, 2019Ellie's Pet Memorial