Testimonials
Helping Families Honor the Lives Of Those They Love
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Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"I would like to thank Dr. Brad from the bottom of my heart. Words can not express the kindness, compassion and professionalism Dr. Brad showed my Dad as he had to make the hard decision to put his beloved Sammi Girl to rest. I really don't think we would have been able to make this decision without the guidance and kindness from Lap of Love. Truly a God send! I can't say enough good things about Lap of Love & Dr. Brad. I would recommend them to everyone. Dr. Brad was so kind, gentle and efficient. You can tell that he truly loves animals. That really meant a lot to me & my Dad. So even though I can't put into works how grateful we are, please know how you really helped us!"Karan BeaumontCinnaminson, New JerseyMarch 21, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"We are very grateful to Dr. Brad for his sincere compassion and kindness that made the difficult situation of saying goodbye to our beloved Howie much easier to bear. He was understanding of our grief, and so very gentle and sweet with Howie. We are truly appreciative of all he did for us - thank you, Dr. Brad."Laura SMedford, New JerseyMarch 17, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"We want to express how grateful we feel to have met you during such an emotional period in our lives. You were there for us and our beloved Dukie all the way to the final moments of his life. I could not think of anyone else I would even consider sharing such a personal moment in my family. YOU are a GODSEND and made Duke's passing so much easier on us. I will never forget your kindness, empathy and compassion during our loss.

Thank you again, Dr. Brad. You truly are a very special man"
Moorestown, New JerseyMarch 14, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"We had to make the heart breaking decision to put our beloved dog Riley to sleep this weekend, and Dr Brad was absolutely wonderful to both Riley and our family. He was extremely sensitive, courteous and empathetic to our situation, and took every measure to ensure we were at peace. My heart is still broken about losing our beloved dog of 11 years, but feel Dr Brad and the team's approach made my last memory of our loving pup a very peaceful and loving one."Suzanne LawtonBlue Bell, PennsylvaniaMarch 13, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Words do not express the gratitude I have for Dr. Brad. Having Simba for 15 years is a long time. We have been through so much together. He was always my comforter. There is a huge difference between being in the comfort of your own home and taking your cat to the Vet. Simba was always freaked out. This made me freak out. Simba transitioned to the other side in calming, peaceful serenity. It was the least I could do for him. Dr. Brad was gentle, kind and loving. I highly recommend this as an option for that time."Deborah WASCOWBroomall, PennsylvaniaMarch 11, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Thank you, Dr. Brad, for helping me say goodbye to my best friend, my buddy, my confidante, my heart and my everything. I knew that the day would come when I'd have to say goodbye, but nothing ever prepares you when it actually comes. From the first phone call to the last goodbye, everyone was so kind and compassionate. My heart is broken and nothing will ever fill the hole left by my Jack. Thank you again and I will not hesitate to recommend you to all my friends with fur-kids."Nicole MacLeanHavertown, PennsylvaniaMarch 9, 2017"One-eyed Jack"'s Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"I wanted to express my gratitude to Dr. Brad for helping me with the passing of my cat Magnolia. Dr. Brad is so knowledgeable and shows such kindness and compassion in all that he does. I miss my sweet girl immensely. However, I take such comfort in knowing that she passed peacefully in the comfort of her own home and did not suffer.
I also want to thank Cheryl, the person who took my initial phone call regarding Magnolia. She was so kind, caring and patient."
Maria CacciatoreBoothwyn, PennsylvaniaMarch 6, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad was able to come to our house within a few hours of learning that we had to put Linus down. We were able to be in the comfort of our own home on the couch, keeping Linus warm and cozy the entire time which gave us peace of mind. Dr. Brad was so gentle with Linus and his compassionate disposition truly helped us get through the hardest moment of our life. We are thankful it was him who helped Linus cross over rainbow bridge."Kelly & Nicolas GannonPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaMarch 2, 2017Linus's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"We had to let our sweet girl Carmen pass on ...It was a heart wrenching decision, but I didn't want her last memory to be.. going to the vet office ( which she hated, I would have to physically pick her up and drag her in) So we found laps of love .....Dr Brad was kind, gentle, understanding and patient ...He made the whole process easy for myself and family. The day our Carmen passed , she was at complete peace, comfortable in her own home,surrounded by her family ...It made the process easier to accept, knowing she was at complete ease....Thank you Dr Brad !"Michelle CromleyPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaFebruary 27, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Our dear Casey was our 18 1/2 year old deaf cat. She was the sweetest cat we've ever had. She began to stop eating and drinking last week. We knew it was time but we also knew that the final trip to the vet would be a stressful experience for her. A friend of ours told us about Lap of Love. It was the perfect solution. Dr. Brad Bates made this sad situation as painless as possible for all of us. He was very compassionate and understanding. He handled Casey in a very gentle manner, making the process go smoothly. We have already begun to tell our "pet friendly" friends and relatives about this wonderful service. We are truly advocates for Lap of Love."Suzanne and Glenn EverittLanghorne, PennsylvaniaFebruary 25, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"I just wanted to say thank you so much for helping us with Smokey and allowing her to pass peacefully with us.
It meant a lot to me to be able to be so close to her during the process. I feel so lucky that we were able to do this and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way!"
Nina Bar-GioraBala Cynwyd, PennsylvaniaFebruary 16, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"I would like to thank Lap of Love and Dr. Brad for helping us with the passing of our loved Corey. To know there are people that truly care about you and your pet's needs is a blessing and to see the compassion and care given was amazing. To have Corey at home and to have all the family with him was beautiful. We all are still deeply sad that we had to let him go, but with Dr. Brad and Lap of Love it was made a little easier and we know that he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you again for all that you did."Scott EllerProspect Park, PennsylvaniaFebruary 14, 2017Corey's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad was so genuine and compassionate in his care for Reilly. He took the time to explain and confirm what we had be noticing, and to reaffirm to us that it was her time. As much as she loved people, our dog did not like going to the Vet. It made her so anxious. She was able to pass lying on the couch at home, surrounded by her family. She was so calm throughout. As sad as a day it was for us, we will be forever grateful for his tenderness to Reilly. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
The Durkins"
Brian DurkinHavertown, PennsylvaniaFebruary 11, 2017Reilly's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"We were grateful to hear about this service just days before we needed it. So that when the time came, we knew we could call and have someone out to our home to help us through Cassie’s final hour. The woman who answered the phone (Layla) immediately put me at ease, which in itself was some kind of a miracle, considering the fact that I was clearly already grief stricken. Such a phone call is one of the most difficult I’ve ever had to make, and before I picked up the phone I could not even think of how I was going to say what needed to be said. Thankfully Layla made that part as easy as possible. She was able to set an appointment for us in three hours, which we appreciated, because we had already had 2 days of heartbreak watching Cassie deteriorate.
I think we sobbed crying from the time we greeted Dr. Brad at the door until he left with Cassie. He was kind and thorough. He explained in advance how and when everything was going to happen. The whole experience is disturbing, disorienting and surreal, so the vet present needs to be a calm, stabilizing force, which is what we found in Dr. Brad. Even through the pain and sadness , we couldn’t help but feel deep gratitude that this service exists and that Dr. Brad was perfect for us at this time in our home."
Patricia and Paul ConroyJenkintown, PennsylvaniaFebruary 9, 2017Cassie's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Words alone cannot express adequately the profound gratitude our entire family extends to Dr. Brad and Lap of Love. Clearly, this is a calling and a commitment for him to serve the most vulnerable members of our families during their time of greatest need. Thanks to the extraordinary care and time taken by Dr. Brad, our beloved cat, Buffy, was able so peacefully to pass with dignity from her temporal life surrounded by the love and all that was familiar to her in her beloved home of sixteen years. She was not frightened, nor were we. There is so much to be impressed by in Dr. Brad’s approach. He spent unhurried time with us, and, with an astonishing amount of professional knowledge, was able thoroughly to assess the progress of our Buffy’s illness and explain it in lay terms. He was so reassuring and calm that what could have been a very traumatic experience will remain in Buffy’s and our memory as a tranquil transition to a happier place. This is a gift. Yet there is more. Perhaps unlike any other, Dr. Brad follows up with an outreach program, offering even his own personal support, if needed, in the days and months that follow of what can be, at times, overwhelming grief. His insights come from his own deep relationships formed as a pet parent. Dr. Brad even lit a candle on the memorial site for our beloved cat, which meant so much to us. Who will take the time to do this? You will also learn from the wisdom he imparts along the way! God has truly called Dr. Brad and Lap of Love’s circle of caring hearts to this mission. Buffy and our family are forever grateful and will always carry our gratitude in our hearts."Patricia KellyRiverside, New JerseyFebruary 9, 2017Buffy's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"At a very hard time, Dr Brad was very compassionate and assured me i was doing the best thing for Buddy. It made the decision a little less painful. He did not rush anything, very caring to ease Buddy's pain and make sure he went peacefully, which he did. I am so glad there is this service available. Buddy was so scared whenever he had to go to the vet and didn't want his passing to be stressful. Thank you for your compassion."nina bachlevittown, PennsylvaniaFebruary 9, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad was kind, thoughtful, and respectful when the time came to put our beautiful cat Lucky to sleep. I am grateful to him and Lap of Love for helping us say goodbye to Lucky in a peaceful and comfortable manner at home."Yolanda RevillaPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaFebruary 7, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Our family contacted Lap of Love about our 16 year old dog Haley, we knew it would be to painful and anxiety ridden for her to go to the vet and we wanted her to be in her home surrounded by her family. The person answering the phone for Lap of Love was amazing and understanding and answered all of my many questions. Fortunately Dr. Brad was available that very same night and when he arrived he not only set my family at ease but was so gentle and caring with our family dog. He allowed us to ask questions and explained everything ahead of time, at such a difficult time he was very reassuring and comforting. He reached out the next day to make sure we were all okay and see if we had any questions. This was such a hard decision and yet being able to allow our dog to pass at home with the guidance of such a compassionate veterinarian was the best of such a sad time. Thank you Lap of Love and Dr. Brad from the Davis Family."Theresa DavisSwedesboro, New JerseyFebruary 4, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Before the Dr Brad arrived, Coco and I relaxed and watched the snow fall. It was so peaceful, she loved playing in the snow.
When Dr Brad arrived he immediately put us at ease with his calm and compassionate personality. He was so gentle with Coco and allowed us to spend extra time saying good-bye. Thank you for everything."
Gina GiordanoFranklinville, New JerseyFebruary 3, 2017Coco's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"In the last two years I've lost both of my babies. First my Rat Terrier Melo two years ago and now my Shepherd mix Brer Bear. Dr. Brad helped me with both my babies and I cannot imagine having anyone else. This is the most difficult decision we can ever make for our babies but Dr Brad was so comforting and assuring me I was doing the right thing for my babies. He was so calm, empathetic, gave me the time I needed and treated my babies with as much love as I do. He has to have one of the hardest jobs I can think of, yet he is the kindest person around. I cannot thank him and Lap of Love enough for the first they've given me. My babies passed away in my arms in their home knowing they were loved. Thank you so much! I could not ask for anything more."Nicole DiodatiNorristown, PennsylvaniaFebruary 3, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"I want to thank Lap of Love and Dr. Brad for easing the loss of our beloved cat. From the time I called to make the appointment to the time when Dr. Brad left, I was treated with compassion and sympathy. The woman who made the appointment for me must be repeating the same information over and over to other clients all day every day, and yet she spoke to me with sincerity and individual attention that showed that she truly cared about my grief, and sent me helpful information about what to expect, and how our young son may react to his pet's death. Dr. Brad was no different. He expressed his condolences with similar sincerity and reassured us that we were giving our cat the greatest gift - a painless death in his home, surrounded by those he loved. He was so gentle and kind, which made the experience so much less difficult. He similarly gave us information about grief counseling, should we need it, and followed up with an individualized e-mail. I'd recommend Lap of Love to anyone who wants to provide their animal companion with a loving, gentle passage over the rainbow bridge."Susanna KramerPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaFebruary 2, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad came to our home this past Sunday to help us with a very difficult decision. Our beloved Cosmo was suffering, and we knew we needed to help him. Dr. Brad was so very kind and compassionate. He helped to make Cosmo's transition as loving and serene as possible. We are so grateful to Dr. Brad and Lap of Love. We will be telling everyone we know about their services.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, Dr. Brad."
Susan BurdMarlton, New JerseyFebruary 1, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr Brad Bates,
It was 3 years ago today & we will never forget how kind & gentle you were with our Jessicat.
You didn't rush, you let her go down gradually. Although she was nearly 20 years old, she needed what you called a "Beagle dose." Her spirit was strong, but her body was worn out. Most importantly, she didn't suffer. And I laid in bed with her. So she crossed The Bridge while being cuddled in her Mommy's arms. Because you took your time, watched her signals & were patient.
We are forever grateful to you, Dr Bates. Jessicat was a rare & special "once-in-a-lifetime" cat.
Thank You,
Debbie & Lou"
Debbie DawsonFolsom, PennsylvaniaJanuary 28, 2017
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad is a godsend. He was so gentle and kind. He talked us through every step of Tank's last minutes. He assured us that it was the right time to give Tank peace. He gave us advise (when we asked) about how our other dog might handle Tank's passing. For such an excruciatingly hard time, Dr. Brad made it as good as it could have been. We are so very thankful Tank could have his final moments at home in our arms."E AvilaPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaJanuary 26, 2017Tank's Pet Memorial
Lap of Love Veterinarian: Brad Bates, VMD"Dr. Brad was professional, courteous, compassionate and kind to us and Telly. We never felt like we were out of control or didn't know what was going on.

The professionalism and kindness that Lap of Love and Dr. Brad extended to us during this hard time made it easier for us to handle and focus on giving Telly the best day she'd had in weeks before she passed on."
Springfield, PennsylvaniaJanuary 24, 2017
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