Westchester County & 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 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 on private fields.
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.
Alexandra Saura, DVM
Dr. Alexandra Saura was born in New York City. Her affinity for animals came at a young age while she spent her winter vacations with her Grandfather, a Veterinarian in Guatemala. Dr. Alex's academic pursuit began at UMass Amherst, where she studied Pre-Vetetinary Medicine, receiving her Bachelors in Science. She then traveled across the sea and attended St. George's University on the beautiful island of Grenada. After 3 years of study and sun, she spent her last year at North Carolina State University, finally earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Upon graduating, Dr. Alex began practicing small animal Veterinary Medicine at a private practice in Westchester, NY. She continues to do so today, earning high praise for her top practice of medicine and impeccable kindness with her patients.
Dr. Alex currently lives in Westchester, NY. She has 2 Dogs: Luna, a spunky Jack Russell mix and Twiggy, a regal Italian Greyhound. They all enjoy the daily chirping of Eugene, a 3 year-old Parakeet. She spends her quality time with Santino, her 2 year-old son, and her wonderfully supportive husband, Chris.
Her passion for animals and desire to help them and their people has only grown since she was young. Alexandra has a unique gift of compassion and the ability to help people and their pets through difficult situations, making her a wonderful asset to Lap of Love.
Laura Parke, DVM
While talking to my other veterinarian friends, I have come to realize that becoming a veterinarian is a calling, driven by our love and compassion for our furry friends. My own childhood involved caring for my first friend - Sabbath - a sweet and rambunctious kitten who brightened up my day when I came home from school. My connection to Sabbath and all of the neighborhood pets in my home town of Coral Gables instilled a passion for helping animals in their time of need. I knew at an early age that becoming a veterinarian would be my career.
I started my first step toward becoming a veterinarian at Florida International University, earning my BS in Biology, and started my career at the University of Miami Trauma Institute. I continued my studies at St. George's University and completed my clinics at Louisiana State University. After receiving my DVM in 2009, I did a very unusual thing for a Floridian! I moved from the Sunshine State to the Big Apple with my best friend - my Golden Retriever, Loki.
While living and working in New York City, I became more involved with veterinary geriatric care while attending to Loki. I realized how nuanced and involved pet care can be for my aging pup, and there is so much that we can do to maintain his comfort, reduce his stress level, and keep him happy. Getting older usually means issues with mobility and diseases typically arise as they age, just like us. I'm grateful that I can impart a level of care at my home as a veterinarian and I want to share that level of care with you when the end of life stage arrives. I have learned that transportation can be problematic and stressful for pets that are old, sick, or in pain. Many times, the anxiety some pets feel while being in an unusual place does not help their treatment or recovery. I want to give the best care possible in the best environment possible, and it brings pets and their pet parents a great deal more comfort and assurance to have their needs met at home.
I am happy to say that Loki is doing well and loving life. We live in Westchester County near Long Island Sound, where Loki and I enjoy hiking, swimming, and the beach. When the time comes to say goodbye, I know that I've done the best that I could to make my guy happy and feel loved, which is what life is all about.
Alexandra Saura, DVM
"Dr. Alex came to our home on the evening of February 21st. We'd requested an evening appointment because we wanted to spend extra time with our pooch, Spencer, during the day.
Alex spent a good hour and a half with us. Talked to us about our options (including changing our mind, which we were convinced we should not do). She examined Spencer, listened to our description of his recent, very severe, problems, and suggested that this was the best "window" in which we should let him go. Knowing the dreadful experiences others have had watching their dogs die a painful and horrible death, we understood that it was the right time.
We gathered around Spencer on a very cozy rug in our living room. Alex administered a sedative, shortly after which Spencer rose to his feet, as if to say, "wait a minute; what's going on here?" Walked toward the kitchen, changed his mind and came back and lay down again beside us, and decided to take a nap. After awhile, he began to snore. When he was deeply asleep, Alex shaved the top of his paw, gave an injection into his vein, and frankly, I have no idea when it was he actually stopped living.
It was quite remarkable. Serene, peaceful and beautiful. We miss him terribly but do believe this was the very best thing we could have done for him.
This is a wonderful organization. By all means, if you have to let your pet go, this is the way to do it. Many thanks. We are very grateful."
Ann WinstonJackson Heights, NY
"Thank you very much for providing these services. Dr. Alexandra Saura was so understanding and gave us great comfort when we decided to let Paddy go. Friends and neighbors were so surprised this service is an option and I can't thank you and Dr. Saura enough for allowing us to say goodbye to Paddy in the comfort of our own home. Paddy will remain in our hearts forever."
Carol BekelElmont, NY
"It's been a couple of weeks now since I had to say goodbye to my best friend. Minnie was the sweetest living thing I ever had the chance/luck(found her 12 years ago) of knowing. It was an insidious cancer that quickly turned her from Superdog to my little sick girl who couldn't get out of bed. How could it be so fast?
After a hard to watch 72 hours I had to relieve Minnie of the pain she was in. That is when I was lucky enough to find Lap of Love and Dr. Alexander Saura. On a Sunday morning after calling just the day before Dr. Saura came to my house and with my dad we did the best thing we could do for such a hurtful time. From the bed Minnie and I shared we sent her to the Rainbow Bridge....yes,we cried alot but knew it was for the best.
To anybody who is wondering how to make such a hard decision we love and do everything we can for our babies when they are living day in and day out and I believe we all try to do the same when they are in their last days. Lap of Love and Dr. Saura made it as nice and sweet as can possibly be. I'm thankful and grateful to her and Lap of Love. -Noel Granite-"
Noel GraniteArdsley, NY
"Dr. Alexandra was wonderfully kind. We sat down and discussed options before deciding euthanasia was the kindest decision, and she talked me through the whole procedure before it happened. Afterward, she left me alone with Jeremy for a few minutes so I could grieve in private with him. I'm thankful for her kindness and professionalism and for being there for me when I had to say goodbye to my baby alone."
Jennifer BatesBrooklyn, NY
"I just wanted to Thank Dr Alex and Lap of Love for creating turning a painful process into a beautiful celebration of life."
Dawn NargiNew York, NY
"Two days ago while at a Home Depot we spoke with a total stranger about our dog. This man told us about Lap of Love and Dr. Alex, stating that she had helped them with their dog only weeks ago. He said, "She is a saint"... And so yesterday, when our beloved Jeter looked at me and told me " Mom, it's time to let me go" we called Lap of Love and Dr. Alex. Today, Dec 20th, Dr. Alex came to our home, and sat on the living room floor with our family and our wonderful dog Jeter, for 2 hours. She listened to stories about Jeter and his therapy work at the local Veterans Hospital, and all kinds of stories. When WE were ready Dr. Alex explained everything to us and then, in the comfort of his own home, in his own surroundings, and with utmost dignity, our friend and companion of 12 years was allowed to pass into the next world where he will be waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge.
What an amazing service, what wonderful compassionate people. From the person taking your initial call, to Dr. Alex herself, these are beautiful caring people. I will sing your praises loud and strong. Dr. Alex, you personally, and your entire Lap of Love team members are truly God sent. On behalf of our entire family, especially Jeter, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Diane and Gary FlynnNew Rochelle, NY
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Animal Specialty Center (VCA)
Cornell University Pet Support Hotline
Veterinary Emergency Group
Animal Medical Center
Helping families in the following areas:
Our veterinarians proudly serve Westchester County and surrounding areas.
Extended Service areas include, but are not limited to, Rockland & Putnam Counties, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn. Typical fee is between $50-75 depending on distance.
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 515Larchmont, NY 10538
The Patch: Lap of Love Brings In-Home Pet Hospice Care to Westchester
This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Drs. Laura Parke & Alexandra Saura