Albuquerque & 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 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.
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 on cemetery grounds.
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 6am - 8pm Mountain Standard time. 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.
Erin Deveau, DVM
“The meaning of life is service to others.” This pearl of wisdom was shared by a mentor in my hometown of Corning, a small community in rural Upstate NY. The truth of his statement resonates with me as much today as when I first heard it. Thanks to my husband’s military career, I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve animals and clients all over the country. My husband and I agree, however, that Albuquerque is the first place that has truly felt like home. We are so glad, after a short hiatus in Connecticut and Hawaii, to be back home in New Mexico for good.
The first time I experienced the joy of an animal’s unconditional love was when my mother finally succumbed to years of begging for my very own kitty. I still remember the excitement I felt when I came home from school to hear the indignant yowls of a half-Siamese, gray fuzzball who had been hidden in the bathroom as a birthday surprise. His name was Mooters and we were inseparable.
Despite the many years and happy memories we had together, it was during the heart-breaking loss of Mooters that I found my calling. I knew at that moment my purpose in life was to care for, heal, and relieve the suffering of animals. During my training at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine I volunteered with the Pet Loss Support Hotline, taking calls from pet owners who were grieving the loss of a beloved friend. It gave me a unique glimpse at the enduring power of the human-animal bond, and I embrace the responsibility of nurturing and honoring that bond in my work every day.
I do my best to assist clients during some of the hardest decisions they will ever make: when to transition from seeking a cure to hospice care and when to say goodbye to their four-legged family member. Giving the gift of a peaceful, dignified, and pain-free journey over the Rainbow Bridge to their companion – who is so much more than “just a pet” – is an honor and privilege that touches my heart. I hope to help you and your special loved ones during these difficult times with the compassion and understanding of having been there myself, first with Mooters and several furry family members since.
"Dr. Erin was wonderful. Paako was a member of our family for nearly 13 years. We couldn't bare the thought of losing him, even though his physical condition had deteriorated to the point that he could hardly move around. Dr. Erin immediately made us feel comfortable with our decion-making process. She was knowledgeable, compassionate and patient. She made our final moments with Paako manageable. We highly recommend Lapoflove to anyone faced with losing a furry friend. Thank you Dr. Erin."
Vincent WardAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Making the decision to euthanize Bob was difficult…and for our family as a whole—the biggest loss in our household to date. We each recognized it was the right decision at the right time….even though there really isn’t a ‘right’ time for such a hard decision. All of us had been preparing ourselves for the loss of Bob for a while since he was a big breed and approaching 14 years of age.
We took him to the Vet a couple weeks earlier and although he had some issues, and we knew he was starting to deteriorate—we didn’t realize how quickly we would actually have to say goodbye to our old boy. Thursday night was a hard night for Bob as he struggled to breathe and he seemed extremely restless. Paige stayed up with him and let me know very early on Friday morning it was time to schedule Bob’s departure.
It is unfortunate so many of our decisions have to be based on money…do we have it or don’t we? We always knew we wanted Bob to be at home with us and Annie as he passed, and we always knew we wanted Bob’s individual cremains to be brought back home to us. We also knew---- regardless of the cost----we would find a way to honor Bob the way we wanted and the way he deserved. It was worth every
Thanks to Lap of Love and especially Dr. Erin, (email@example.com) we were able to experience the most humane and peaceful way to say goodbye to our beloved Bob. Both Bob and Annie were immediately at ease when Dr. Erin walked into our home. It was like they both could sense her purpose—and knew she could be trusted. What a gift.
Bob was able to eat his most favorite snack—chocolate chips as Dr. Erin gave him a sedative to completely put Bob to sleep. As Bob found his place to lie down in the kitchen, close to the back door, we all gathered around him to say our final goodbyes. The heartache was/is tremendous—but we should all be so lucky to pass in such a loving and peaceful environment."
Kelley SchneppleAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"I found my sweet boy in August of 2009. My husband said I could get a little dog, no bigger than 20 pounds. He came into his new family at 100 pounds and grew to about 200 pounds. Helping him leave this world was going to be a large task. Thankfully, I found Dr. Erin Deveau, and "Lap of Love". Putting our furry children to sleep is the hardest thing in the world to do. Dr. Erin could not have been kinder, and made this task a bit easier. My sweet boy "Fatty", was so at ease having this done in his home surrounded by his family. I wish I had found this service for my other furry babies. After it was over, the wonderful people at "Best Friends" came and took my baby for cremation. Being that I will never be without furry kids, I will continue to use "Lap of Love". Thank you for offering this type of service, and for understanding that those of us that have animals truly believe they are one of our children, and should be treated as such. The photo of him is the first day that he came to his new mommy and daddy. He always thought he was a lap dog, don't they all."
Denise ChristieAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Erin Deveau was so amazing, we was/and still are heart broken over our sweet Ginger. Erin came to our home and explained everything to us with compassion. She did not hurry us on our goodbye to our sweet baby. We cried during and are still crying for our little girl. We feel so blessed to have Erin Deveau/Lap of Love to help our sweet Ginger cross over to the Rainbow Bridge.
Thank You May God Bless You
Rod & Deb Rinehart"
Deborah & Rod RinehartAlbuquerque, New Mexico
"Saying good bye to our Mr Guniess was going to so hard but the time had come and we needed a peaceful way for us to say good bye. I called Lap of Love and we were sent an angel named Erin Deveau, DVM. Thank you for helping us through such a difficult time. Mr Guinness went with dignity and we were comforted with his peaceful passing."
Cindra ArmijoLos Ranchos, New Mexico
"As difficult a decision it was to make for Mugsy it was the most peaceful and loving process. From making the phone call to meeting Dr. Erin and witnessing her compassionate approach to every detail I will never forget that peaceful day. I would highly recommend to anyone who is faced with the decision of giving your pet Angel Wings to only consider contacting Lap of Love. It is truly a gift to your beloved pet."
Loretta RissoAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center
Best Friends Pet Cremation Services Pet Loss Support Group
Veterinary Emergency & Speciality Center of New Mexico
Animal Humane New Mexico Pet Loss Support Group
Pet Loss Support Group
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the metro Albuquerque area, including Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas & East Mountains. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$100 based on your location.
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 LoveP.O. Box 67572Albuquerque, NM 87193-7572