Orlando & Surrounding Areas
All services are provided in the comfort of your home.
Includes an 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, with prompt follow-up for any questions after the visit.
Includes a brief consultation by the veterinarian, medication to ensure comfort, peaceful euthanasia, paw impression memorial keepsake, lock of fur, and a Lap of Love Pet Loss Booklet. The additional cost for the varied cremation services are detailed in the Aftercare Pricing section.
Includes an 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 rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, fish, goats and pigs - call for pricing and availability.
With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian between 5-7 days. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.
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 by 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 7am - 11pm. 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.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
Being a veterinarian has been my calling since I was around 7 years old. I was lucky enough to have three very close neighbours who were veterinarians working in different fields of veterinary medicine. I spent my childhood volunteering at our local humane society, helping farmers to care for their animals and improving their quality of life, and also working at a family owned pet store. Then, I became a veterinary technician and worked in small animal veterinary hospitals for several years.
I received my degree in Veterinary Medicine from University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada in 2005. I have been practicing in small animal hospitals in Florida ever since and enjoy caring for pets and helping them feel better day after day.
I feel privileged to help pets and their family every day, but I also think that I am blessed to have the opportunity to end a pet's suffering. I believe that pets are appreciative, like most of us would, to be able to go in peace where there is no more pain, in the comfort of their home and in the arms of their beloved family members.
Stacy Michele Blake, DVM
I was born and raised in Decatur, IL, the “Soybean Capital of the World.” One of my fondest childhood memories is from my eleventh birthday, when a gray kitten wearing a pink bow jumped out of a box and into my heart. Being my first pet cat, Hilary (named after a character on "All My Children" in the 80s) was a gift that would pave my road to veterinary medicine. Through the years, she gave me comfort and made me laugh. I couldn’t imagine life without her. I’d always loved animals, but I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” Then one day, I honestly had one of those “aha moments" while standing in a pet store at the local mall. I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to caring for animals!
While in veterinary school at the University of Illinois, I gained experience with horses, cows, pigs and goats, but cats and dogs were still my favorites. I graduated with my DVM degree in 1999, and could not wait to escape the cold Midwestern winters to start my career in sunny Orlando, FL. Of course, Hilary moved along with me. She was starting to show signs of her advancing age. A few years later, while battling several chronic illnesses, I could see a decline in her quality of life and I knew it was time to say "goodbye." I loved Hilary for 18 years, and she taught me first-hand, the strength of the human-animal bond.
I have worked in small-animal, general practice now for over fifteen years, and I enjoy seeing excited “new parents” with puppies & kittens, but I find the challenges of caring for older companion animals to be much more rewarding. I have such respect for my aging patients, and I have had the privilege of seeing many of them through their entire lives. Our pets are living longer, and I strive to make their “golden years” the best they can be. And when it’s time, I want to make the end-of-life process less stressful and more peaceful for these beloved animals.
Elizabeth Gill, DVM
Even as a child growing up in Clearwater, Florida, I had a strong desire to help animals in need. I finally convinced my parents to let me have a puppy, then a kitten, and ultimately a horse, a little girl’s dream come true. It was ultimately that horse that led me to become a veterinarian. When I was 16, she suffered a severe injury and I was faced with a life or death decision. I took it upon my 16 year old shoulders to nurse her back to health and from that day forward I dedicated myself to learning all that I could about veterinary medicine and I have strived to provide the very best care I possibly could to all my furry patients.
I graduated from the University of Florida with my DVM in 2005, and started my veterinary career as an equine vet. A few years into that career path, I was pulled into companion animal medicine and though I still love horses, I have dedicated the past 9 years of my life to helping the smaller varieties of pets. I have spent my career trying to extend animal’s lives as long as possible, and I now feel privileged to be able to provide as peaceful a passing as possible to those furry beloved family members who are no longer experiencing the quality of life they deserve.
Annie Dion-Byrd, DVM
"Dear Dr. Annie, Thank you for being so compassionate, and soothing with me and Max. By the way Max greeted you and came over to you it was as if he had seen his Guardian Angel. You were able to guide us through a very difficult time in such a gentle way that Max and I knew it was time for him to rest in a peaceful way."
Celia CorreaOrlando, Florida
"From the beginning phone call, I knew I had contacted the right people for my Buddy. Dr. Stacy was awesome, and made what was such a difficult day for us, so much easier to get through. I felt the compassion right away from everyone I had talked to at Lap of Love. Thank you so much for taking care of Buddy, as well as the rest of my family through this transition.
Thank you so much Dr Stacy. I am so glad we chose you. You are truly a god send."
Gordon WatkinsOrlando, Florida
"It's been over a month (December 8th) since I lost you, my sweet baby boy Rusty. We did everything to keep you strong and prolong your life but your cancer took over and made you very weak. I knew it was your time to go to the bridge even though it was hard to let you go. Our house feels so empty without you but at the same time I know your spirt lives among us everyday. I feel beyond blessed that I got share17 wonderful years together. You were my best friend who was always by my side through the good times and the bad. I would give anything to have one more day with you but I know that you are healthy and happy again. May you rest in peace until we meet again someday. Your family misses you dearly and you will never leave our hearts.
Dr. Stacy Blake came to my house to help my precious boy enter the Rainbow Bridge. She was very kind and sincerely compassionate. I honestly could not have asked for a better person to put my baby at peace. I would recommend her to anyone who needs "Angel Wing" services for their pet."
Allison Herx- McClamLongwood, Florida
"Like so many others who have written testimonials, Lap of Love made a deeply painful time a little easier. To be able to be home, in a spot in the yard that Nicky loved so much, made it a little less stressful to let him go. Being at home made it possible for us to just focus on Nicky and being with him....not having to deal with being at the vet and in a place unfamiliar to him. Dr. Elizabeth was so very gentle and caring. The beautiful paw print she made for us is a treasure. I highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Elizabeth."
CarolAnn DykesOrlando, Florida
"Her name is diamond. She was my best friend for 15 years. Has been with me for all my ups and downs. She sadly passed December 28th 2016.
She passed with her family beside her, loving her the whole time. Dr Annie and Laps of love was the best and help me the whole time through this tuff time.
She will always be loved and missed by many people."
Ryan DyerKissimmee, Florida
"My little precious feline hero Mr. Pickles was over 18 years old and had several mounting health issues. He usually changed his hangout spot after about a month and when he kept returning to the same spot for about 4 months I had a feeling he was showing me his departing spot. When he let me know it was time it was Christmas morning and I was overwhelmed by the thought that he was suffering and I wouldn't be able to do anything for him for a day. When I filled out the form for Lap of Love I was hoping at best they would be available early the next morning. It was a huge unexpected relief when Dr. Annie was available that morning on such short notice. She `was very empathetic and professional and worked around the particular issues that my little angel was having that morning. It was such a relief that I could give my baby the dignity he deserved when we said our final goodbye. I feel like somewhere Mr. Pickles is thinking " You did good Dad.""
Gary BickersOrlando, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Healthcare Associates
Veterinary Emergency Clinic
The Pet Loss Center
Lotus Therapy Center, Holly Cox, LMFT - Winter Park, FL
Animal Emergency Center (Pet ER)
Helping families in the following counties:
Our veterinarians proudly serve all or some of the counties named above. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of up to $60 based on the distance and travel time from the veterinarian. 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.
P.O. Box 916613 Longwood , FL 32791-6613
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