Central New Jersey
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 with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you for an additional fee.
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 buried by the crematory at a pet cemetery.
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.
Shannon Skevakis, DVM
I was born and raised in Arizona and even though it's a lot of desert, I fell in love with all the wildlife and domestic animals that I encountered. I was fascinated by them and their way of life at an early age. I remember my parents taking me on trips to zoos, aquariums, farms, and national parks. I was always looking for the animals; wanting to learn more.
It was at this young age I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. My interest in animals has taken me across the country. I graduated with my Bachelor's from the University of Arizona (GO CATS!) and headed to Orlando, Florida to work as a Marine Mammal Intern at The Seas, EPCOT at Walt Disney World. I had my sights set on becoming a marine mammal veterinarian at the time. After this, I worked as a veterinary technician, took graduate courses in conservation biology, and worked my way into veterinary school.
I graduated a University of Florida gator in 2011 with my Aquatic Animal Health certificate and went into small animal practice. I stayed in Florida for 2 years practicing small animal medicine where I got to be part of our house call service of which were mostly in-home euthanasias. Having to personally struggle with leaving my own cat of 17 years at my vet's clinic after saying goodbye, I felt obligated to take these house calls and provide this service in the home where the whole family is comfortable.
"I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love. Dr. Shannon gave us the joy of nearly an extra year with our beloved Rosie. Rosie was born in Missouri 4/22/2001 and rescued from a puppy bill and adopted by me 9/2001. With age, she developed dementia, blindness, deafness, and debilitating arthritis. Dr. Shannon was somehow, miraculously, able to control her pain and give her more time with her loving family and to to lie in the grass with the sun shining on her back. This is a gift I will never be able to repay. At the end, Dr. Shannon navigated my intense grief and Rosie's pain with finesse, confidence, and limitless compassion. Life will never be the safe without my sweet girl but I do know that she got the dignified and gentle good bye that she deserved and I cannot thank Dr. Shannon and Lap of Love for that enough. The attached picture is of Rosie in her youthful exuberance many years ago.
Bless you and yours always, Dr. Shannon!
Rose, until we meet again at the Rainbow Bridge, I will think of you every day and dream of you every night. I love you forever and always. Love, Mama"
Jen LaRosaBerkeley Heights, New Jersey
"Our old girl, Lilly, had suffered a doggy stroke last spring ( 2016) and although it left her with deficits in walking and unsteadiness, she managed to recover , but need some assistance on stairs. Two weeks ago, she suffered another attack and was not able to walk much without falling, lost her appetite and was a bit sad, stuck on the floor. Dr. Shannon came out and was very empathetic to Lilly and myself. She asked me to try to feed lilly prior to the tranquilizer, which, luckily, Lilly took some apple- she was chewing them happily , on her blanket in the kitchen, as she fell asleep. When Dr. Shannon gave the euthanasia drug, it only took a minute before she passed. I have to say, as sad as it was, Lilly never had a clue what was happening, and was totally happy and relaxed. The best way to go! Thank you to Dr. Shannon!"
Teresa razianobranchburg, New Jersey
"I cannot say enough good things about Lap of Love and Dr. Skevakis. Saying goodbye to your best friend is hard and sad, but Dr. Shannon made it bearable with her kindness and compassion. She was also very aware that Pup's best friend would be missing him as well, and gave me some very good advice on how to comfort a grieving pet dealing with a huge loss. She is a special and warm person, who helped me through a very difficult time, and took her own time to follow up with me on how both I and Pup's sister were doing. So appreciated by me - and a tremendous help."
Barbara AnconaColts Neck, New Jersey
"Dr. Shannon made a very difficult time for us so much easier. She was very calming and reassuring during the whole thing. She explained everything she was doing, every step of the way. Thank you for letting us send Zaeda off in the comfort of our home."
Ashley FletcherHamilton, New Jersey
"We couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, loving, nurturing way for him to go - comfortable in his bed, surrounded and hands on by those that adored him. Thank you for taking care of him and us."
M TSkillman, New Jersey
"I just wanted to thank Dr. Shannon Skevakis for helping us through a tough time with Rusty. She made it about family--both my wife, Michelle and I, and our 4 cats. Rusty was almost 17 years old and developed trouble walking shortly before Thanksgiving. As the days went by, his ability to walk worsened to the point that we could clearly see it was time for Rusty to go to his final rest. I will always remembered her words, "Ok, he's at peace." And as hard as it was for us, that is what we wanted for him. She allowed us, and Mr. Kitty, Oreo, Tiger and Oliver, time to say good-bye to Rusty. She was patient, gentle, caring and professional. Thank you Dr. Shannon."
Bob LanganEdison, New Jersey
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Petfriends, Inc. - NJ
BERGEN COUNTY: Oradell Animal Hospital
ESSEX COUNTY: Animal Emergency & Referral Associates
MERCER COUNTY: NorthStar VETS
MIDDLESEX COUNTY: Garden State Veterinary Specialists
MONMOUTH COUNTY: Garden State Veterinary Specialists
MORRIS COUNTY: Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic
MONMOUTH COUNTY: Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
OCEAN COUNTY: Jersey Shore Veterinary Emergency Service
SOMERSET COUNTY: Animerge
NorthStar Veterinary Services
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support Group
Oradell Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Support Group
Pet Memorial Services
Helping families in the following areas:
Proudly serving Central New Jersey including: Middlesex County, parts of Somerset County, and parts of Mercer county
Extended Travel areas (Additional $50-100 may apply): Burlington County, Essex County, Hudson County, Hunterdon County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Union County, parts of Mercer County.
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 Love2227 US Hwy 1 #290North Brunswick, NJ 08902
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