North Jersey & 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 cherry 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 scattered in a memorial garden.
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.
Sandra Simko, DVM
For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. This desire was further encouraged by my parents who allowed me to have a wide variety of pets, including dogs, cats, snakes, birds, ferrets, lizards, fish, and even a tortoise while growing up!
This dream was realized when I received my Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health concurrently from the University of Florida. Following graduation I pursued a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery.
One aspect of veterinary medicine that I love is the human-animal bond. When I was 2 years old a kitten literally walked into my home while my mom was standing at the door. Ultimately my family decided she could stay and Tina became a part of my family. I’ll never forget my parents calling me at Rutgers, 19 years later, and telling me that Tina was not doing well. I went home to spend some of her last days together with her. The pain of losing Tina was great, but the memories we shared will never be forgotten. It is this love I have for Tina that made me truly understand the strength of the human-animal bond.
I have witnessed time and again, families looking to do everything they can for their beloved pet. Unfortunately there are times when there is little or nothing that can be done to fix or cure their friend, but there are often options that can provide comfort and improve quality of life, even if only for a short period of time. Although this is a difficult experience for families and tough decisions need to be made, I believe hospice care and euthanasia are some of the greatest services that veterinary medicine has to offer, and can be a relieving option when a pet’s quality of life is declining.
As a part of Lap of Love, I strive to make difficult times like these as peaceful, stress-free, and comfortable as possible. I reside in Northern NJ with my husband and two cats, Max and Lulu. In my spare time I can typically be found cuddling with my kitties, spending time with my family, or doing anything outdoors.
"Tuesday was one of the hardest days I had in a long time. I have had many in the past 2 years but this day was the worst.
I stayed awake all night struggling with letting my Sophie go. I was physically sick. When I knew in my heart it was right, I called Lap of Love. I spoke to Donna, who was wonderful. Kind, understanding and compassionate. We scheduled Dr. Simko to come at 3P.M. and the day seemed endless. My stomach was sick all day, and I couldn't stop crying. I have 2 other dogs, Francis and Pearle and we were a team. They went everywhere with me. Such a void now.
Dr. Simko is an angel herself. Wished she was in private practice. I can't find a Vet I really like or trust. Just started with a new one for Francis, he has a sensitive stomach. Hoe she works out, so far she is good.
Dr.Simko was kind, compassionate, and made this awful experience bearable. Sophie died peacefully, and with dignity. We should all be so lucky in this difficult world.
She took care of Sophie and did things I just could not do. She hugged me with sincerity and we talked awhile about the work I
use to do. She listened intently and showed me she cared. What a blessing she is.
So, the aftermath is heart wrenching and grief takes so much time. The pain never really goes away for animal or human, we just get by somehow, I think with many little holes in our hearts that heal with painful scars. But we can't forget the happy memories, that made us love them so much.
Sophie was one of my angels and I hope she is playing and happy with all those that went before her, and smiling down at me, saying: "Don't worry Mom, I am O.K. now and happy!! I want you to be one day also. God take care of my Sophie Love, rose."
rose Christencranford, New Jersey
Words can't express my gratitude for helping me and PeeWee during his transition.
Your kindness and patience while I rambled on with my stories about PeeWee and then to read on your tribute to him that you not only listened, but remembered...well it touched my heart more than you'll know.
This was the hardest decision I've ever made, but you made me understand that it's usually the kindest and most important decisions that are the hardest in our lives.
For that I can never repay or thank you enough.
You really were an angel and blessing to me and my little boy.
Much love and light to you always.
JoAnn, Olive and PeeWee"
JoAnn PresleyFlanders, New Jersey
"Sandra was so pleasant and helpful towards our feelings and made our experience that much better. The love you felt from her towards our Mulligan was peaceful and warming."
Tamara BaroneNorth caldwell, New Jersey
"Dr Sandra, We are so relieved to have had your help to go through such a sad time. Your compassion, your warmth, your honesty, and your patience made an incredibly difficult decision a much less stressful and a great deal more acceptable than we both thought it could ever be.
We are very grateful and feel lucky to have had Moo in our lives for the past 11 years, despite his failing health over the past 6 months. After you left, we let out a huge audible sigh of relief knowing that Moo wasn’t struggling and that we’d done the right thing. Yes, our home feels changed, a little less active and little lonelier, but we move forward knowing that we’ll always have good memories of him- not horrific ones of him struggling.
Once again, we can’t thank you enough for your help and your kindness to us and for how gently you ushered Moo to a peaceful rest.
With appreciation and gratitude,"
Jessica PearsonVerona, New Jersey
"Dr. Sandra, you are an incredible hospice vet. As soon as you walked through the door, I knew that Beau was in good hands. You have a soothing, compassionate way about you that made Beau's passage over the rainbow bridge peaceful and anxiety-free. Thank you for helping both Beau and me during a very difficult day."
Carole NowickiButler, New Jersey
"Dr. Simko was wonderful and made the process as good as it could possibly be. It's never easy, but she made it personal, private and peaceful."
Diane SchillerParsippany, New Jersey
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus
Animal Emergency & Referral Associates in Fairfield
Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls
Alliance Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Randolph
Animerge in Raritan
Newton Veterinary Hospital in Newton
Westfield Veterinary Group in Westfield
Oradell Animal Hospital Pet Bereavement Support Group
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
Areas over 40 miles may be available on weekends and can be quoted on request.
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 Love549 Pompton Ave.Suite 227Cedar Grove, NJ 07009