Long Island - Nassau & Suffolk Counties
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 scattered in a pet cemetery called Field of Dreams.
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.
Kristine Campanelli, DVM
I started out as a veterinary technician 20 years ago and knew I would be involved with taking care of animals and their families for the rest of my life.
I earned my DVM degree from Ross University in 2002 and returned home to Long Island to practice small animal medicine. I returned home with Cricket, a tabby cat, and Marvin, a kititian hound, who I adopted during my second semester on the island of St. Kitts. They were great companions to each other and me during my school career. They adapted well to life in the states and lived long, happy lives and each succumbing to a different illness as they grew old together. Marvin developed congestive heart failure and Cricket developed kidney failure. I learned a great deal caring for them and ensuring they had an excellent quality of life, with medications and diet to maintain their heart and kidney function. It was a difficult decision when the time came but my family and I were there with them at the very end to say good bye. I know Marvin was there to greet Cricket at the Rainbow Bridge and my hope is that they are romping around together just like they used to in our living room.
Being in private practice, you watch a patient grow up and grow old. We help patients and their families manage their illnesses on a daily basis but at the very end it comes down to an unfamiliar and stressful place. Many of my pet parents have told me they would prefer the home environment, something I was not able to provide at that time. That is why Lap of Love is so special - keeping pets and their families in a comfortable setting and loving environment. I am blessed to be able to help families through this difficult time in their lives.
Heather Manfredi, DVM
I have always been fascinated by critters, both big and small. As a longtime equestrian, I understood the strength of the human-animal bond that deepens as you tend and care for an animal that becomes a part of your family and your heart. I incorporated that passion and love into a career when I happily graduated veterinary school from University of Florida in 2006. In the beginning of my veterinary career, I worked as an ambulatory veterinarian for large and small animals in sunny Florida, the state in which I grew up. I expanded my experience by practicing in Kansas City, MO, where I treated a myriad of animals ranging from dogs and cats to sheep and llamas! Throughout my tenure as a veterinarian, my primary goal is to help people understand the needs of their pets, both for wellness and preventative health, and during times of illness and disease.
I currently live on Long Island to pursue a life closer to my loved ones. I enjoy all that Long Island has to offer including spending time outside boating, at the beach, enjoying craft beer, visiting museums and community festivals, and horseback riding. I'm a parent to both two-legged and four-legged babies: Haden, my teenage son; Jewel, my 10 year-old Jack Russell terrier; and Ozzy, my 8 year-old Abyssinian cat. I'm grateful to have an opportunity to visit families in their homes and help them walk through their options when dealing with end of life decisions.
Kristine Campanelli, DVM
Thank you so much for your kindness and compassion you showed to my Family and Sage. It was one of the worst days of our lives having to say good bye to our Sage!. You made us feel at peace making our decision to say goodbye. What a wonderful person you are, "Our new found Angel".
Thank you with all our Hearts!
Patricia and Robert Eadon"
Patricia EadonEast Islip, NY
"Dr. Kristine was absolutely wonderful and amazing. She is kind, caring, gentle, empathetic, and compassionate. It is clear she has deep concern for the animals she helps across the Rainbow Bridge. Dr. Kristine made a terribly sad day for us a little easier. I feel so blessed to have found Lap of Love. Ashley and Jenifer were also very kind and patient-I called them 5 times in 24 hours! I love the fact that the family gets a little fur and paw print to remember our dear pets. With deepest gratitude and appreciation, Trudy Mansfield and Family"
Trudy MansfieldPatchogue, NY
"Dear Dr. Heather,
We can't even express the gratitude we feel for the kindness and tenderness in which you administered to our Noelle during the moments preceding, during and after her final journey.
The whole experience is heart wrenching to anyone who has had and loved their fur baby as much as we loved our Noelle.
We are eternally grateful for having found you and the fabulous staff at Lap of Love.
Geri, Rita & Pete Guccione"
Geri GuccioneLevittown, NY
"Thank you to Dr Heather Manfredi - Lap of Love for showing compassion and kindness during Rosie's final moments. She assured us that we made the right choice and allowed us time to grieve and embrace Rosie while she passed comfortably in the comfort of her own home. Jessica Levien Schaier first contacted Lap of Love on December when we knew Rosie's health was failing. From that moment on they stayed in touch and let us know that they were there for anything we needed at any time. When we contacted them that the time was imminent they returned our call immediately and Dr Heather was there within a few hours. The process was peaceful and beautiful ending for Rosie's beautiful life."
Michael & Jessica SchaierFreeport, NY
"Words cannot fully express my gratitude for the compassion shown by Dr. Heather to our beloved 15 year old miniature schnauzer, Baxter. Having owned dogs all my life, usually more than one at a time, euthanasia is something I have unfortunately been through before. It is a heartbreaking ordeal, regardless of whether your furry family member has lived a long, beautiful life such as our Baxter or if it is sudden and tragic. I have experienced both in my lifetime. This was the first time I was able to hold my baby in my arms in the comfort of our home and see him off to rainbow bridge at my own pace. I cannot begin to express how much that meant to me. To be able to say goodbye to Baxter in the privacy of our home and surround him with love meant the world to me. Dr. Heather was amazing. I did not feel rushed at all. She made my situation bearable with her kind words and gentle presence. I am so thankful I found Dr. Heather and I know she will be the one I turn to if ever faced with this agonizing decision again."
Alicia NorizsanHauppauge, NY
"Dear Dr. Heather
You made the worst day of our lives just a little bit better. I don't think we could have managed or made that decision without you. The paw print and the lock of hair you left were something that will be cherished forever. Even when it was time for Mia to leave her home the way you put her in a wicker bed and covered her in a snuggle blanket you made us feel as if Mia was one of yours. Your beautiful words on face book were so moving and caring they brought tears of gratitude to our eyes. Dr. Heather you truly are an Angel god bless you!!! All veterinarian's should be trained by you.
Even though you spent such a short time with us you will always be part of our family now. thank you so much again we will never forget you.
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Cornell University Pet Loss Support Hotline
East End Veterinary Emergency Center
Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists
Animal Emergency Service
ASPCA Grief Hotline
Helping families in the following areas:
Our veterinarians proudly serves Long Island - including most of Suffolk and Nassau Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$75 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 LoveHeather Manfredi, DVMP.O. Box 225Deer Park, NY 11729
Lap of LoveKristine Campanelli, DVMP.O. Box 116Mount Sinai, NY 11766