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.
Ashley Payne, DVM
I was born and raised in Alpharetta, GA and attended Woodward Academy. My journey to becoming a veterinarian began when I got my own dog at the age of 7. My wish had finally come true!
I grew up in a medical family and knew that I wanted to pursue medicine in some fashion, but it wasn’t until my freshman year at Auburn University that I found my calling. I was working in a veterinarian’s office when my beloved Sheltie got sick and had to be hospitalized. As an employee at the veterinary office, I witnessed first-hand the compassion they showed to both my dog and me. It was then that my love and animals and medicine came together. I returned to Auburn and changed my major to Zoology. After that, I was accepted to the University of Florida College of Veterinarian Medicine and earned my DVM.
I feel so privileged to be able to guide other families through the process of helping their pets, whether it be to improve their quality of life or end their suffering.
Lauren Cassady, DVM
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about Lap of Love. The kindness of their staff, from the very first phone call (that I cried all the way through), to the preparatory emails providing information we needed, to the visit to our home, made this very difficult process much easier. Dr. Cassady and her assistant were so gentle and kind, were tender with our grieving hearts, and incredibly gracious with our beloved Bella. They explained every step and were very compassionate. Before this experience I had no idea an in-home euthanasia option even existed, but if we ever have to put another pet down, they are the only service I will consider using. Dr. Cassady and her staff are absolutely amazing."
Jenna RMarietta, Georgia
"We knew it was time to let our beloved dog go. Although we have received wonderful vet care over the years, my dog hated to go there. It was stressful for her and not the way we wanted her to spend her last moments.
My vet recommended Lap of Love. We scheduled an appointment for euthanasia. Dr. Lauren was gental and very clear about the process. My husband, Dr. Lauren and I sat with Socks in the sunshine, on our back porch. She got lots of love and bacon in her last moments. It was as good as it could have been. Every detail was handled with care and great respect.
Putting a dog down has to be one of the saddest things I've ever had to do. Dr. Lauren made it peaceful and painless. It allowed us to say goodbye to our sweet Socks in our own home. A big thank you to Dr. Lauren and Lap of Love."
Addie TurnerGrayson, Georgia
"Our dog Dunkin was a light in our lives. Robbie and I miss his snuggling, the tap of his nails on our hard wood floors, and the constant companionship. Even our cat notices the loss in our lives. He was a special little guy that will forever be in our hearts. Helping him move on was one of the toughest things I've ever gone through. But, his quality of life had diminished to a point where he was no longer able to cope with his circumstances. When Dr. Lauren arrived at our door, I broke down. Never meeting her before, I just needed that connection and she gave with open arms. I fully respect the work she does. I don't know how she does it , but she was able to make the circumstances, as unbearable as they are emotionally , much easier for all of us. I am so thankful Dunkin could be with us in our home for his last moments. He was loved to the last second of his life and will be with us in memories forever."
Jim ClinardAtlanta, Georgia
"#mayaownstherecliner This was a hashtag created because my dog loved her recliner. I bought a recliner in college because I thought it was a great lazy piece of furniture a college kid should have. It did not take long to learn that recliner would soon be Maya's. She loved it, if you sat in it, she would just sit there and stare at you. If you got up, you would return to her sitting there. If you sat there too long, she would be sitting in your lap. Eventually her recliner started peeling and became an eye sore. I decided it could not be in the living room any longer. So I got up one Saturday morning and went to buy a new one. Not because I enjoyed it at this point but because it was Maya's favorite spot. The picture you are looking at is the day she got her new recliner. In my bedroom she always rather sleep on the floor than in the bed. I think it had to do with body heat because in the winter she would jump in the bed on a regular basis. I decided to move her old recliner to my room and tuck a blanket where it had started to peel. That decision probably made Maya more happy than ever. She never slept on the floor again. You could either find her in the recliner in the living room or my bedroom. She loved those chairs. I tell you this because what made me so happy about the service Dr. Lauren provides is that Maya was able to pass from the comforts of her recliner. When Dr. Lauren arrived Maya was already laying in her recliner, surrounded by those that loved her. It was a peaceful experience. Maya went quietly in the spot she loved so much. And since that day, my other dog has started making the recliner his spot to sit in every day. Thank you Dr. Lauren for giving Maya a chance to take her final rest in the place she loved so much. Giving her this option was probably the best choice that could have been made for her."
Brandon SwainAtlanta, Georgia
"Going into this kind of situation is a horrible, especially making this decision for my Charlie Brown and myself. I called a few other services where I had to coordinate more than just the service to come to my home, but also with the creamatorie as well. They started to run together in my head and it was just too overwhelming to do this during this time with such a heavy heart. Lap of Love took care of everything, with coordination and communication. On top of that, during such an emotional time, they got to the point with just enough compassion, that didn't feel insincere or forced. Dr. Cassady was the perfect person to take care of Charlie Brown during what might have been one of the worst days of my life. She handled this time just like meeting with the family before a funeral to bring back the happy and good times to the forefront of our minds and hearts. We were able to go through these steps, to be in the situation with immense pain and grief, knowing that he, my sweet Charlie Brown, my shadow, deserved the best until the end. He died comfortably in his bed, in my arms, so calm, so comfortable, giving me strength and love until the end. There is no such thing as closure, but the choice to do this, to be able to see him to her car, say goodbye (if that's even possible). I received a beautiful email the following Monday from Dr. Lauren with a type of eulogy on Charlie Brown that I immediately passed along to my friends and family as well as sharing it on facebook. They were as touched as I was by this sentiment. I then received a call from the crematorie that Charlie Brown was being sent back to me. It was like a punch in the gut, but the fact that they knew what my reaction would be, they again showed so much care, compassion and sincerity. Yesterday, I received a beautiful wooden box with a poem as well as a pamphlet with more education on this grieving process. They know this is not just a 'pet' and that he and I were soulmates, he and I were part of each other. Thank you for everything in this devastating situation, your care and compassion will never be forgotten."
Kate LiptonAtlanta, Georgia
"Thank you Dr. Lauren for being so kind and comforting during this difficult time. I adopted Maya from a local vet while I was in nursing school. She was so tiny but had the biggest ears! She was such a sweet cat, and brought such liveliness to her brother Charlie. I was so fortunate to have her for twelve years, she was quite the lady, so beautiful, my "pretty girl". As like others, I struggled with the decision to help her pass, but as a nurse I knew it was time. Having you care for her in our home helped ease her into heaven."
Chantel BrooksPine Lake, 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
Fox 5 Atlanta: Pet Owners Say Goodbye At Home
The Atlanta Journal: Veterinarian Brings Hospice Care to Pets
We Are deKalb Magazine: Lap of Love Brings In-Home Pet Hospice Care