Central Savannah River Area
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 returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or office.
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 by the crematory.
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.
Nancy Rodriguez, DVM
Growing up as a child in New York City, I had an array of “apartment” pets: cats, birds and hamsters. During my summers I would visit my grandparents in Puerto Rico and help nurse piglets, brush horses and help with the cows. I decided early on that I wanted to be a veterinarian, and I was fortunate to attend a high school that helped me towards that goal. My veterinary career started in academia where I pursued a specialty in Laboratory Animal Medicine so that I could work with monkeys.
During my residency, I worked on the weekends in an emergency clinic which allowed me to maintain my exposure to a variety of pet animals. Over the years I had a rewarding career assisting cancer, diabetes and neurological research in Laboratory Animal Medicine, but after some time I realized that I was “missing something.” I realized that I needed to refocus my efforts to a more personally fulfilling role. As I tried to define what that role would be, I reflected on my past experiences. Our family has been blessed to have shared our life with a variety of pets (of all sizes!).
As our pets became older or chronically ill, I had meaningful discussions with my children to help them understand quality of life and know when it’s time to say goodbye. In addition, I have assisted close family and friends as they’ve wrestled with the same decisions with their animal companions. It has been those experiences that have brought me a sense of accomplishment and gratification that I was able to assist someone in their most vulnerable time.Those reflections have empowered me to assist others with making difficult decisions for their pet companions and providing an improved quality of life through better pain management practices for geriatric and chronic illness pets.
I currently live in Aiken, SC with my three children, husband, two dogs, one cat, three chinchillas, 7 chickens and six horses. We enjoy a variety of outdoor activities at the beach or the mountains.
Sunday Cozzi, DVM
As a kid, it never occurred to me that I could be a veterinarian, although animals always held my fascination. I was an only child, living with my mom—a busy graduate student. What a big deal it was to me to have my very first pets—a pair of gerbils. I’ll never forget how thrilled I was to watch them run on their exercise wheel and snuggle down in their nest together. I loved visiting the petting zoo near where my dad lived—feeding the animals and riding the resident camel. I couldn’t get enough! When my dad and stepmom got a kitten, I was over the moon! I absolutely adored him. When they got a Golden Retriever named ‘Jenny,’ I was beside myself—she was the four-legged sister I’d never had! We played hours of fetch where I would throw slobber-drenched balls as deep into the woods as possible. Since then, I have been blessed to welcome many more animals into my life—each one a special member of my family. I went on to finish high school and pursue a telecommunications degree at the University of Florida. Frankly, I was a little intimidated by science and math.
After graduation, I worked for a public radio station for a couple of years. I enjoyed my work, but felt like something was missing. I had the opportunity to hang out with some veterinary students and vet techs. Their conversations were so interesting and their work so rewarding. After volunteering at a small animal clinic and with the UF Foal Unit, I knew that vet school was for me. I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. I worked for many years in small animal private practice, where I was able to really experience the depth of the human-animal bond. The most memorable moments of my career have been when I knew that I’d not only helped my patients, but helped their owners as well—through one-on-one education or counseling. I remember so many times when the waiting room was full at the end of the day, but I had a teary client in an exam room with their terminally ill pet. It was so important to me to help them and never rush them through the decision-making process and euthanasia. That is so difficult to do in a clinical setting.
As a pet owner who happens to be a veterinarian, I have had the opportunity to experience euthanasia of my beloved pets both in a clinic and at home. In fact, it didn’t occur to me to do it at home until my very anxious and fearful cat Mookie became too ill to go on. She had gotten to the point that she preferred to stay in my walk-in closet. I was able to help her leave this world peacefully and painlessly in the place where she felt safest. Wow! What an epiphany for me—why hadn’t I been doing this all along for my four-legged kids?! Knowing what I know now, I would never consider any other way for my own pets, and I feel blessed to be able to offer this to other folks who feel the same about their special family members.
Nancy Rodriguez, DVM
"I would like to thank Dr. Elinka Beck for all the years of love and care she gave to Pickle. She loved him like her own.
Thank You Dr. Nancy Rodrigues for helping Pickle cross over. You were so kind and gentle. It meant so much so having him in the comfort of his home with his loved ones with him."
Tony and Donna CarnesAiken, S. Carolina
"It has taken me 37 days to finally decide on how to word my testimonial for Dr. Nancy.
On December 3, 2016, my husband, daughter and I said our final goodbye to our beloved Bear. We were trying to get him to hold on until after the Holidays for our own selfish reasons, but it became apparent that he was not going to make it. I called Bear's vet to ask for help, as Bear was too sick to be moved. I was told that he did not make housecalls and did not refer me to anyone. Then, my daughter suggested St. Francis, and when I called sobbing to ask for assistance, the very nice, and patient, receptionist referred me to Lap of Love.
My next call was to Lap of Love, and an angel entered into our lives when Dr. Nancy called me back. She had never spoken with me before, as I had not heard of Lap of Love. After speaking with me, between my sobs, Dr. Nancy indicated she would be at our house within two hours, as she was in Aiken and we live in South Augusta. She is a woman of her word. She came into our house and immediately knelt down to speak and comfort Bear. She evaluated him and listened to what we told her of his deteriorating condition. She gently explained the procedure.
We agreed that it was time and she began the process. All the while, she was listening to me and my husband tell of our wonderful 10 years with Bear and of our many stories of how he was as much a family member as anyone else. I was not able to stay during the entire process, but my husband indicated Dr. Nancy was as comforting to him as she was to Bear.
I am crying again writing this testimonial, and I know it does not sufficiently express how much it meant for Dr. Nancy to assist Bear in his journey over the Rainbow Bridge. However, again, she is an angel and I have recommended to anyone I know with a fur baby that they contact Dr. Nancy and Lap of Love when and if a time comes that they, too, must let their beloved family member go.
God bless, Dr. Nancy."
Teresa SandersAugusta, Georgia
"My heart still breaks since my precious Smokey is no longer with us. I could not have made it through this process without Dr. Nancy Rodriguez. If I could have kept my baby pain free I would have but his precious zest was gone. I would like to include a poem written by my husband:
Every Sunday after church he would meet me with a smile at the front door.
After many years of unconditional love he can't do that any more.
I wanted you to know what a great pleasure it was to know my best friend, Smokey Joe!
by Curley Kitchens
Thank you Dr. Nancy. I pray every that God heals my heart."
Janice KitchensAugusta, Georgia
"Dr. Nancy was extremely fast in responding to my initial inquiry. I had laid awake in the night, worried about my dog Leo. I filled out a questionnaire online in the middle of the night, and by the time I got up in the morning I already had a missed call from her. She helped me gently through the process of determining if it was really time for Leo to say goodbye to us or not. She never urged in any direction, only pointed us to helpful resources and gave general advice to help us come to the decision that was right for our family. Once we came to the conclusion that it was the necessary step, we scheduled a time for Dr. Nancy to come to our home. She moved very slowly, always telling us exactly what to expect in detail before moving ahead. She was very reassuring, comforting and compassionate. She encouraged us to take our time and to talk, sharing with her and with one another our cherished memories of Leo. From beginning to end, our encounter with her has been entirely professional yet somehow she managed to also make it highly personal. I cannot recommend Dr. Nancy highly enough."
Mary ThomasFort Gordon/ Augusta, Georgia
"Dr. Cozzi was truly wonderful. She was an absolute blessing and the exact person we needed to be with my myself and my family while we laid our sweet boy to rest. She explained everything, took her time, made sure we were all comfortable and knew what was going on. She made sure my kids that their best friend was ok and not going to be in pain. I can't say enough how grateful I am that she helped us in this difficult time."
Amanda PiperGrovetown, Georgia
"We spoke with Dr. Sunday about our cat, Vega and received nothing by understanding and patience. At the last minute, I needed another day with Vega, and Dr. Sunday assured us that there was no hurry or pressure. We needed to wait until our hearts were more at ease. The scheduled day I spent hours just sitting with my dear companion on my lap and came to terms with knowing that I couldn't ask her to stay any longer. Dr. Nancy came out the next day (our wonderful Vet from Silverbluff was more than willing but the scheduling didn't work on such short notice, and he recommended Lap of Love). Dr. Nancy couldn't have been more sensitive or patient or gentle with our (still) sassy cat. We've had to say good-by to other beloved pets, and I cannot emphasize enough what a gift it is to yourself, and your four-legged family member, to let them go in their peaceful, familiar home, with the faces, hands and voices of those they love surrounding them. This is blessed work that these Doctors do, and we are grateful for their generous hearts."
nancy and jerry H.aiken, S. Carolina
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Cindy Foster, LCSW, NBCCH
Augusta, GA: Augusta Animal Emergency
St. Francis Animal Hospital
South Carolina: SC Veterinary Emergency Care
Joy in the Morning
Helping families in the following areas:
We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in the Central Savannah River Area including the following listed below. Our veterinarians are willing to travel upwards of 50 miles and travel fees will be determined based on distance from the doctor's home ranging between $30-$100. Please call us to learn more about pricing for your area.
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 LovePO Box 5296Aiken, SC 29804
Aiken Standard: At-Home Service Available for Pets in Their Final Days
The Augusta Chronicle: Local Vets Provide In-Home Care to Aging Pets
Aiken Standard: Business Helps Pet Lovers Make Tough Choices
This Lap of Love location is independently owned and operated by Drs. Cozzi and Rodriguez.