Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$225
Evenings and Weekends$255

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.

Euthanasia$225
Evenings and Weekends$255

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.

Geriatric Consultation$225
Evenings and Weekends$255

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.

Additional Appointment Fees

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.

Other 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.

AFTERCARE PRICING

Private Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$230
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$280
Pets over 150 pounds$315

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.

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$85
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$145
Pets over 150 pounds$170

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. 

Additional Aftercare Fees

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

Availability

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 8am - 8pm. 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.

Meet the Doctors

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.

About 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.

"The service provided by Lap of Love, Dr. Sunday, made the journey for my sweet Makenna so peaceful. As her battle with cancer came to an end, She was able to be home, comfortable, loved. The loss is never easy but I now have comfort knowing she was treated with kindness and compassion. Thank you for what you did for Makenna and for me."

Debbie Rhodes
Aiken, S. Carolina

"Dr. Sunday's passion, caring and expertise truly speak to her love of all living beings. We cannot thank her enough for her guidance, wisdom and compassion. The loss of our beloved Cisco affected three generations of our family. She has helped us all as we mourn for our fur baby. Thank you, Dr. Sunday. Your strength, love and support are appreciated more than you will ever know. Blessings, Elaine and Rick Covard and Family"

Elaine Covard
Graniteville, S. Carolina

"Dr. Sunday was so compassionate. It was hard to let Fred go, but he went with dignity and love on his own back porch, with no pain and no anxiety. Very peaceful. This is the way our fur babies need to go."

Sally O'Connor
Augusta, Georgia

"I first met you when you helped Bryan Thompson's Great Dane, Dixie, gain her angel wings in November, 2015. That was such a loving experience, I knew I wanted that for Bailey,

So, when Bailey's time came, I called you to help me through this ordeal. I wanted Bailey to be home on her bed surrounded by her family. When I called and told you about Bailey's harsh panting, you told me it was time and we made an appointment for the next day. I wanted to prepare the family and give them time to say good-bye to Bailey.

You made this ordeal bearable for us. Thank you so much for your kindness and gentle care of Bailey during this time. Also, thank you for the concern you showed for me and the rest of the family (Elaine, Scottie, Lexi and Jake) and offering a listening ear if we need it. Lexi had the hardest time because she did not believe Bailey was going to die. And when the time came it hit her hard. She is okay now and is glad that she was with Bailey when she gained her angel wings.

Again, thank you so much for helping us. Your are truly one of God's angels."

Barbara Thompson
Evans, Georgia

"I am not sure I have the right words to describe the support I received from Lap of Love and Dr. Sunday. From the call back when I first reached out, to the care she took with us and our Teddy, to her bringing him back home to me. She was an angel who came into our family at a time when we were all hurting so much and she helped us to move thru this process with grace and comfort and most importantly knowing that she truly cared about Teddy and his last moments here. I will be forever grateful for how she helped Teddy and really how she helped me."

Cheryl Mulvehill
Evans, Georgia

"Dr. Nancy,

It's been a few months since you came to our home and helped with Asher's passing. I wanted you to know how much we appreciated your compassion and kindness during his final moments. It was such a peaceful experience for us and we knew that Asher was feeling calm and loved as he went to sleep. We wished we had known about your service when we had our cat put to sleep last year.

I have given your name and mentioned the experience on many occasions to fellow pet owners.

Thank you so much for providing this service and providing it in such a meaningful way.

Best regards,

Laura"

Laura Dobbins
Evans, Georgia

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Counselor

  (706) 496-3935

Cindy Foster, LCSW, NBCCH

Emergency Clinic

  (706) 733-7458

Augusta, GA: Augusta Animal Emergency

Emergency Clinic

  (706) 860-6617

St. Francis Animal Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (803) 798-3837

South Carolina: SC Veterinary Emergency Care

Pet Loss Support

  (803) 407-3185

Joy in the Morning

Service Area

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.

  • Aiken
  • North Augusta
  • Augusta
  • Evans
  • Martinez
  • Beech Island
  • New Ellenton
  • Jackson
  • The Valley area
  • Trenton
  • Edgefield
  • Johnston
  • Ridge Spring
  • Monetta
  • Windsor
  • Wagener
  • Lexington
  • Hephzibah
  • Waynesboro
  • Barnwell
  • Saluda
  • McCormick
  • Batesburg/Leesville
  • Grovetown
Pet Memorials
“Our sweet Pearl,You were so tiny when we brought you home for the first time. What a beautiful little girl you were. That is why I called you Peanut so much. Your mom and dad will and are missing you so much. We know you are finally happy with your brother Pickle and not suffering anymore. You can now snuggle with him every night. I can still ...
Tony and Donna Carnes
March 22, 2017
“From our 7 yr old grandson, Kayden:
Sisco,
I will miss you. We will all see you in heven. We will honor to and will love you. I love you and will honor you as much as you honord me and them. You ment a lot to us. I will love, respekt,miss honor you and never ferget you! To-Sisco from Kayden, Grammie, poppa. Sisco Love.”
Elaine Covard
March 14, 2017
“Ah, what a hard thing to do--write a memorial for my Bailey (BayBay, Bailey Girl, Baby Girl). You were absolutely the sweetest dog ever. You were so loving, gentle and sweet even when you were so sick. We had a birthday party for Lexi a few weeks before you left us. Even then, you were greeting everyone from the oldest to the youngest. You ...
Barbara Thompson
March 6, 2017
“Sookie,
Thanks for coming into our lives and teaching us all about unconditional love. You gave us so much love and I hope you felt all our love in return. You will always be missed and thought of with thanksgiving. You were a good dog (almost all of the time). Life won't be the same without you for quite some time. While the pain in our ...
Pete Lamb
February 21, 2017
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Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 5296
Aiken, SC 29804

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is independently owned and operated by Drs. Cozzi and Rodriguez.