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I will be retiring from practice as a veterinarian and closing Eleos Veterinary Service, effective November 1, 2018. I'm getting married and going to devote my time to being a homemaker and, hopefully, starting a family. It's been an honor to have served our community through Eleos Veterinary Service. It's been a blessing to have worked with so many sweet, strong, loving and amazing dogs and cats and their families. Thank you for trusting me with your beloved family members' last minutes.--Dr. Sarah Barnes

Who We Are

Eleos Veterinary Service was founded in 2010 by Dr. Sarah Barnes. Dr. Barnes was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College and the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine.

As a veterinarian, I have always tried to avoid making the euthanasias that I perform feel rushed or impersonal. However, despite my best intentions, when working at a busy emergency clinic or fully-booked general practice, I was not always able to achieve this goal. When one of my own cats entered into the final stages of heart disease, I was thankful that I was able to provide a peaceful and personal passing to him by euthanizing him at home. Through Eleos Veterinary Service, I hope to extend this option to all families facing the end of the life of a beloved animal family member.


Eleos Veterinary Service offers in-home euthanasia for family cats and dogs. In-home euthanasia allows your sick or dying animal companion to end his/her life surrounded by loved ones in a familiar environment. This service allows your animal to avoid a final stressful trip into a veterinary office, prevents any waiting time and affords the utmost privacy for saying goodbye and for grieving.

Eleos Veterinary Service offers several options for post-life body care. Please see Options for Aftercare.

The Decision To Humanely Euthanize

When to Consider Euthanasia-some conditions and/or situations that may indicate that it is time to consider euthanasia:

(Please keep in mind that these are just general guidelines - each animal’s case is different and every family has to make the decision that is right for them and their animal family member.)

  • Pain that cannot be controlled
  • Trouble breathing that cannot be relieved
  • Not eating or drinking for an extended period of time
  • Anxiety or restlessness that cannot be controlled - animal paces, wanders and cannot settle down and get comfortable
  • Animals that can no longer stand or walk-animals that are "down" can quickly develop "bedsores" and other serious medical complications from not being ambulatory. Fairly intense nursing care is required to adequately support animals that can no longer walk.
  • Diagnosis of a terminal condition that will lead to future suffering
  • Fecal or urinary incontinence that cannot be resolved or managed
  • Onset of confusion-animal becomes lost in the house and/or no longer responds to family-cannot enjoy anything that was previously enjoyed
  • Aggressive personality changes
  • More "bad" days than "good" days
  • A sick animal that requires care that is too intensive for a family to perform adequately-for example, it can be difficult to care for a critically ill cat if everyone in the family works full-time
  • Overall poor quality of life-all families think about this in a different way. For some, a dog that spends 23 hours per day in his bed sleeping is doing just fine if he's not in pain, while another family might consider the same dog to have a poor quality of life since he's not playing, going for walks, etc.

Why Choose An In-Home Euthanasia?

In addition to providing more privacy for the grieving family, an in-home euthanasia may also be especially helpful in the following situations or for the following types of patients:

  • Large dogs who are no longer able to stand or walk
  • Cats (since most cats become frightened or uncomfortable when made to leave familiar surroundings)
  • Animals that are in pain when they move or are moved
  • Dogs and cats with conditions that could be exacerbated by the stress of travel (e.g. asthma, heart failure, laryngeal paralysis, lung disease, other disorders that result in trouble breathing)
  • Fearful, anxious or aggressive animals (including animals that are snapping/biting due to pain, fear or frustration with their condition)
  • Visually impaired animals and those with cognitive dysfunction or confusion
  • Animals that are incontinent or profusely vomiting
  • Dogs and cats that have been treated for chronic conditions that have required numerous trips into the veterinary clinic for repeat bloodwork, IV fluids, chemotherapy, etc. Some such animals may develop an aversion to going into the clinic and may get anxious about going there. Families may want to spare them one last trip into the office.
  • Families that do not drive or have access to a car
  • Elderly or disabled owners who may have trouble moving a sick dog or cat
  • Families that wish other family dogs or cats to be present for the passing of the animal “brother” or “sister”
  • Families that want large numbers of their own friends, neighbors or family members to be present

Service Areas

Providing Veterinary In-home Euthanasia Service in New Jersey to:

Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties

(Including, but not limited to: Alpine, Dumont, Edgewater, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Glen Rock, Franklin Lakes, Garfield, Hackensack, Ho-ho-kus, Midland Park, Paramus, Ridgewood, Saddle River, Teaneck, Tenafly, Wyckoff, Belleville, Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Maplewood, Montclair, Millburn, Nutley, Roseland, Short Hills, South Orange, Verona, West Orange, Hoboken, Jersey City, Kearny, Secaucus, Weehawken, Denville, East Hanover, Lincoln Park, Madison, Montville, Morristown, Mountain Lakes, Parsippany, Towaco, Whippany, Clifton, Hawthorne, Little Falls, Pequannock, Pompton Lakes, Totowa, Wayne, West Milford, Woodland Park, Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Springfield, Summit, Union, and Westfield)

Portions of: Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties

What To Expect

Dr. Barnes will arrive with a veterinary technician to assist in the procedure. Your animal will be sedated with an injection to minimize any stress or anxiety. An IV will then be placed into either your animal's front leg or back leg. When your family is ready, your animal will be euthanized with an anesthetic agent. The anesthetic agent will cause your pet to pass away quickly, without any pain or distress. Occasionally an animal will give a little bit of a final sigh, but usually their body will simply relax as the drug takes effect.

Some families prefer that the process go as quickly as possible while other families like to take their time to say goodbye-we will work at whatever pace you prefer to provide your family with the most peaceful and personal experience.

Scheduling An Appointment

    Business Hours
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 7am-7pm
  • Wednesday: 7am-7pm
  • Thursday: 7am-7pm
  • Friday: 7am-7pm
  • Saturday: 7am-4pm

The more advance notice that you can provide, the easier it will be for us to fit your scheduling requests. Of course, this is not always possible as an animal's health may decline quickly, in which case we will do our best to accommodate immediate needs.

Making the decision to humanely euthanize a beloved animal family member is always heart-wrenchingly difficult-it is something with which all families struggle. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your animal's specific condition or with any questions or concerns. We will make every effort to understand your animal's circumstances and help you to come to a decision as to whether or not it's the appropriate time to consider euthanasia.

Options For Aftercare

There are several options for care of your companion’s body after euthanasia:


You may keep your animal’s body to bury at home.
(Check with local officials regarding rules and regulations)

You may contact a pet cemetery for burial.


Private cremation: Eleos Veterinary Service will take your companion’s body for cremation at Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Services. Your animal's body will be cremated individually and the ashes will be returned to you either via UPS (adult 18 and over must sign for them) or via personal hand delivery by Eleos Veterinary Service. Alternatively, you may retrieve the ashes at Abbey Glen’s facility in Sussex County, NJ.

Group cremation: Eleos Veterinary Service will take your companion’s body for cremation at Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Services. Your animal’s body will be part of a communal cremation and the ashes will be scattered on the property of the Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Park in Sussex County, NJ.

You may also take your animal’s body to the pet crematorium yourself. This is the best option if you wish to be present at the facility for the cremation.

Abbey Glen Pet Memorial Services website: www.abbeyglen.com

Pricing And Payment

In-home euthanasia: $375

Additional charges may apply for long-distance travel from our base in Northern NJ.

Cremation charges vary with animal’s size and whether you have selected individual or group cremation.

Eleos Veterinary Service accepts cash, check or credit card.


Is your car marked? (I don’t necessarily want my whole neighborhood to know that I’m losing my dog/cat.)

No, we have a plain grey SUV without any signage.

I made my appointment with you and now my animal is having a great day-can I cancel at the last minute? Can I change my mind once you’ve arrived? Is there any charge for that? Has that happened previously?

You can change your mind at any time-either the same day as the appointment or once we’ve arrived (but before we’ve begun the procedure.) There is no charge for that and we experience last-minute cancellations frequently. At times, we have had families change their minds even after we’ve arrived.

Do you ever help animals other than dogs and cats? For example, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, etc?

We are primarily focused on cats and dogs, but we do help other species on a case-by-case basis.

I would like you to take my dog for cremation, but he/she is very large-will you be able to carry him/her out to your car? Will I have to help you?

We (Dr. Barnes and veterinary technician) are able to transport dogs that weigh up to about 130 lbs. without additional assistance. If your dog is larger than 130 lbs., we may ask if there will be someone present at the home to help us. If no one is able to offer additional aid or if you simply do not want to assist (a common feeling), then we will arrange to come with a third person. You can help as much, or as little, as you would like.

I would like you to take my dog/cat for cremation. How will you transport my dog or cat’s body out of my house and into your car? Can I carry him/her out to the car myself?

Generally, we wrap cats and small dogs in a blanket and hand carry them to our car. We wrap larger dogs in a blanket and carry them on our stretcher (this makes transport easier and more graceful.) Yes, you are welcome to carry your companion’s body to the car yourself and/or to wrap him/her in his/her own blanket.

How long will you be at my house?

We are typically there for about 45 minutes to an hour. This includes doing a little bit of paperwork, taking time to get to know your animal, explaining our method, answering any questions that you might have and actually performing the procedure. However, we don’t have any hard and fast scheduling rules and will do our best to work at your pace.

Will you notify my veterinarian? Do you have to notify my veterinarian? My veterinarian is my friend-can I just let him/her know myself?

Typically, we will notify your veterinarian after your appointment to let him/her know that your dog or cat has been euthanized. However, if you prefer that we not notify him/her or if you would prefer to do it yourself, please just let us know.

Do you have to talk with my veterinarian about my animal’s medical history before I can make an appointment? Do you need to see my animal’s medical records?

No and no. We trust that, as your animal’s guardian and family, you are capable of making the best decision for him/her. If it would be helpful to you for us to talk with your veterinarian, we would be more than happy to do so.

Should my kids be there? What do people normally do about that?

That is a personal decision that only you can make. We’ve had many cases where little children (from toddlers to 4-year-olds to 8 year-olds), children and teenagers have been present for the entire procedure. Alternatively, we’ve had instances where the children said goodbye when we arrived and went off to a neighbor’s or friend’s house during the visit. At other times, kids have been present for the animal being sedated and then have left prior to the administration of the euthanasia injection. In still other cases, parents have left it up to the children and they’ve kind of wandered back and forth between watching and then feeling sad and going off to their bedrooms. In our experience, the children in the family often create some of the most touching send-offs for the animals. They commonly write letters, draw pictures, create artwork, pack snacks, and/or select some favored toys to dispatch with the animals.

Should my other dogs/cats be there? What do people normally do about that?

Some people like to have their other dogs and cats present so that the animals can come to some understanding as to what’s happening and have a chance to say goodbye. Other clients do not like to have their other pets nearby, as they want to be free to focus on the one who is sick. Oftentimes families bring their other animals into the room after the canine/feline brother/sister has passed to smell him/her-this gives the surviving animals a chance to make sense of what’s happened, so it won’t be as if their sibling is just “gone.”

Please note-these are just general answers to FAQs-almost all of our policy is flexible and we will do our best to accommodate any special wishes/requests outside the ordinary. As the patient’s family, you are in charge and we will make every effort to do things in the way that you want (as long as it is not unsafe and will not make our job impossible.)

Contact Information

Telephone: (973) 699-5739

Email: DrBarnes@Eleosvet.com

Mailing Address:
Eleos Veterinary Service
P.O. Box 501
Roseland, NJ 07068

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