Atlanta & 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 wooden urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within a week. They can also be made available directly from the crematory (no charge) or mailed to you for an additional fee of $40.
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.
Lauren Cassady, DVM
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and I always had a cat by my side. Although I had an interest in medicine during high school and college, I did not know that I wanted to become a vet until my junior year at Furman University. Our cat, Lilly, had escaped from the house and had been in an accident. She was rushed to the vet where her life was saved. That summer, I began working for the doctor who helped Lilly. Through my family’s experience and the compassion of Dr. Stark, I realized that pet parents can be healed on an emotional level by veterinarians helping their pets. I knew from that point forward that I wanted to be a veterinarian.
In my career, I have been a general practitioner, emergency vet, and practice owner. The one interaction during all the stages of my career where I feel like I can make the biggest difference in the lives of both pets and their families’ is during the final days and minutes of a pet’s life. When I can ease the suffering of a pet in a way that the family feels at peace with their decision, then I know I have done my job. I am honored to be working with Lap of Love, and helping families in this unique way.
Cary Mackey, DVM
I grew up in Tidewater Virginia in a house filled with animals. We have always had at least three cats and one dog at any given time. My close association with animals from birth naturally cultivated a love for taking care of them and learning all about them. This led me to follow my family roots to the Deep South for college and veterinary school receiving my Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Auburn University. In veterinary school, I developed special interests in surgery, feline medicine and dermatology but since starting in general practice, I realized there is a great need for learning how to care for geriatric pets and pets at the hospice stage. No time is more important with your pet than at the end of their long life. I believe we have a wonderful gift of euthanasia in our profession that helps our pets pass with dignity and in peace. I am honored to serve you, your family, and most importantly your pets with Lap of Love.
Lauren Cassady, DVM
"We were so fortunate to have Dr. Lauren be with us during this sad occasion. She is a wonderful person and was such a blessing. Dr. Lauren's warmth and compassion helped make saying goodbye to our beautiful golden retriever peaceful and reassuring. We are very grateful for her gentleness as we eased into the transition at our family's pace. We highly recommend her and Laps of Love."
Dawn DudraAtlanta, Georgia
"I just wanted to say that my experience with Lap of Love was very positive. Hugo had been diagnosed with lymphoma and went from chasing tennis balls to being unable to eat in the span of a week. Our Lap of Love appointment was originally later in the day, but we realized he'd taken a turn for the worse that morning. I called and Dr. Cary was there a few hours later. She was very compassionate and made a very hard and emotional day so much easier.
I can't emphasize enough how impressed I was with Lap of Love. I called late at night and Brian was very helpful. I was able to reschedule early the next day and Dr. Cary was great. Hugo hated going to the vet so much and this just felt like a much better option.
Ian HilsdonAtlanta, Georgia
"Dr Lauren was nothing short of spectacular in what she did for me, my girlfriend, and our amazing dog.
Dr. Lauren came walked into my home during what was the most difficult time of my life. My senior rescue, Maggie, had a traumatic medical episode, and I was caught in the emotional conundrum of deciding if it was time for me to say goodbye. I had no idea what to do and, although my girlfriend was with me, I felt completely alone.
From the moment she entered our house, she was kind, courteous, emotionally connected to Maggie, and patient with me. In the hour we spent together she learned everything she possibly could about Maggie: When I adopted her, medical history, emotional history, her quality of life, and so much more.
Through this hour, talking with her made me realize it was time to say goodbye. From there, she supported me completely, and administered the necessary medication in such a gentle and loving way that my Maggie didn't react at all, just proving to me that she was ready. She passed peacefully, and for that I am tremendously thankful.
I don't recommend many things online, but I will talk to whoever I need to whenever I need to for Dr. Lauren. She made a huge impact on our lives in such a short amount of time, and there are not words to express our level of gratitude. Please, if you are caught in a bad situation with a beloved pet, call her."
Joe BroccoliLAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia
"I can't say enough good things about the customer service and the compassion of the Lap of Love team and Dr. Lauren Cassady. We felt extremely supported and comforted as we had to make the worst decision of our lives and say goodbye to our best friend of 12.5 years. We felt like our golden was loved and comfortable till her last breathe. Thank you Lap of Love for being so understanding and loving during a difficult time."
Adair FlyntAtlanta, Georgia
Words can't express how much I appreciated your compassion towards my beloved dog Lucky. He was the love of my life and it was so hard to let him go. Your sweet personality and kind words made the whole experience a peaceful one. I knew he was in good hands when you came into my house and sat beside us on the floor while I laid beside him stroking his beautiful soft hair. You listened with such compassion and were so gentle with him. That meant everything to me. I would highly recommend you to anyone who has to go through such a painful time. God has blessed you with a talent that is hard to find. Thanks so much. Julie Bishop and Lucky"
Julie BishopPowder Springs, Georgia
"This service is the best thing I have ever done. The comfort, compassion and attention to detail they provided is on a whole other level. What I would consider to be one of the hardest jobs in the world, was handled with grace and emotion. Dr. Cary I could never thank you enough for getting me through this. You are truly special."
Lauren ChambersAtlanta, Georgia
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Lawrenceville: Christy R. Simpson, LCSW
Norcross: North Pines Counseling Center
Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs GA
An-emerge (after hours only), Gainesville GA
Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Woodstock, GA
Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Marietta, GA
The Village Vets in Decatur, Decatur, GA
St. Francis Veterinary Specialists, Decatur, GA
Helping families in the following areas:
We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in Atlanta and surrounding suburbs. Travel fees may be assessed based on distance from veterinarian's home, beginning at $30 for travel over 20 miles.
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 Love2107 N. Decatur RoadSuite 246Decatur, GA 30033
The Atlanta Journal: Veterinarian Brings Hospice Care to Pets
We Are deKalb Magazine: Lap of Love Brings In-Home Pet Hospice Care