Greater Jacksonville and St. Johns 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 contained in a lovely wooden urn (engraved nameplate is optional) and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory.
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.
Katie Stender, DVM
I will never forget the day our beloved yellow Labrador, Daisy, took her journey to the rainbow bridge. She was 12 years old and could no longer get up because of her chronic arthritis, and we knew it was time. It was very early in the morning, and my whole family was there as we greeted our vet at the door. Daisy was resting comfortably in her bed with her duck toy, and we all said our goodbyes, even Daisy's brother, our orange tabby, Skippy. The lasting memories of Daisy sleeping in her bed as our vet gently explained the process, made us feel at peace with this difficult decision. I have been forever grateful that she was able to do that for us, and for Daisy, and when I became a veterinarian, I felt honored and privileged to be able to do the same for other families. I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. I share a home with my significant other, Taylor, and our four furry children. I have a special place in my heart for cats, and I have three of my own. We also have a black Labrador, Lady, who loves to go for car rides and garden with her dad. One of my favorite things about my profession is that I'm able to help animals, but also build lasting relationships with their owners.
Katie Stender, DVM
"Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is arguably one of the most difficult things to do. My sweet girl, Daisy, had been such a huge part of my life, rescuing me a year before my beautiful mother passed away. Even though I brought Daisy home from the shelter and became a "foster failure" (I never gave her back), she really is the one who saved me. She showed me unconditional love and devotion at a time when I needed it most.
Having to let go of Daisy was nothing short of devastating, but Dr. Katie was with me and my dad every step of the way. I could not have asked for a more gentle, caring and compassionate person to come into my home and share such an intimate moment. Dr. Katie came into the house and immediately sat down next to Daisy on her bed. Daisy promptly greeted her with a kiss on the lips and I knew the right person had come to the house. As Dr. Katie went through the process of helping Daisy leave her pain behind and journey home, she cried right along with me and my dad. Every moment she spent with us, she showed us nothing but dignity and respect. She never hurried me along in the process and made sure I had all the time I needed. For that, I will be forever grateful.
I wish I could type more, but how do you put into words the gratitude you feel for one angel (Dr. Katie) who helped another (my beautiful baby, Daisy) earn her wings?
With loving gratitude,
Debi WilsonOrange Park, Florida
"We will always miss our boy deeply, however I know that he is now healthy, strong, vigorous, youthful, happier than he has ever been---and free!!! I am sooo happy for him, the years we had together, and all the "one more times" we were allowed to have together. We are so very appreciative for you and the calm and peace you brought to this situation through your kindness, compassion, and professionalism. We will definitely refer you to anyone having to go through this circumstance with their best friend!"
D. B.Jacksonville, Florida
"Our Scottish Terrier, Rylie, had been battling cancer for the past 15 months. She took a turn for the worse the week between Christmas and New Year’s 2016. Rylie had gone through surgery, several rounds of chemo therapy, numerous blood tests and sonograms. As you can imagine, whenever we drove up to the vet’s office, she was terrified. So we knew when the end came, we did not want the last place she would be, to be the place she hated the most. A co-worker told us about Laps of Love and Dr. Katie. We contacted Laps of Love and what a true blessing it was. Dr. Katie came to our home and although it was devastating that we were losing our Rylie, it was such a comfort knowing that she was at home. The compassion Dr. Katie showed before and even after was outstanding. We had Rylie cremated and Dr. Katie made sure Rylie was back home with us within 48 hours. There are no words to express how happy we were to be able to have Rylie leave us at home in her own bed. What a great comfort. Thank you everyone at Laps of Love and Paw Prints."
Annette EdwardsJacksonville, Florida
"It's New Years Eve, 2016 and I can't look back on this past year without expressing heartfelt gratitude to Dr Katie Stender.
In the past 6 months she was there for my sister's Labradoodle, Lilly, my daughters Pit, Hannah, and my Schnauzer, Dixie.
She brought peace to our 3 "girls" and our families, in the most compassionate way.. She was so patient, and we knew from the first minute that we had made the right decision. Unfortunately, we all will be having to face this heartbreaking decision again in the future, but knowing we'll have Dr Katie to go through this with us, makes it so much easier to face.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts."
Diane UnruhPonte Vedra, Florida
"Hunter my beloved Black Lab of 12 years, found his Angel Wings on Oct. 27, 2016.
In his younger days, Hunter took took to my Bird training very quickly and loved it, and it was easy to see he was made for it just like his Field Championship Grandparents.
These are just a few great memories I can hold onto with our great duck hunts.
After Hunter's health declined rapidly I began to research other alternatives to End of life care. (making that first call is hard)
I unexpectedly was blessed to locate "Lap Of Love" organization. From my first call, I found compassion, sensitivity and professionalism.
For 2 weeks prior, "Lap of Love" staff and especially Dr. Katie stayed by my side truly and genuinely understanding the heart break and emotions that are involved in making these kind of decisions for a family member.
Since Hunter's passing, I have had my knee go out ( possible surgery) and a parent passageway,l a week and a half before Christmas. Not, to have posted my appreciation before now has been on my heart through it all. So, II hope this will tell you how important it was for me to not have "Lap of Love" staff and Dr. Katie go unnoticed.
I deeply want to express my gratitude to the staff of "Lap of Love" and Dr. Katie. I will forever be grateful, and hold you close to my heart. The love and care you gave my Gentle Giant, Hunter he so deserved in the last moments.
Not to mention the support I so needed in this emotional time. "Lap of Love" staff and Dr. Katie are truly sent from the heavens. I am honored to know you. I will always recommend you and your staff EVERY CHANCE I CAN.
CLOSE IN HEART AND HUNTERS
Lisa BirdJacksonville, Florida
"I am so grateful that when the time came to say goodbye to my beloved Rudy of 18.5 years, that Dr. Katie was by his side with us. Rudy had kidney disease and I knew the end was near. I wanted to ensure that no matter what, his death was dignified and he was not in any pain. I wanted his last moments to be at home with me. It is so hard to put into words what Rudy meant to me. I will treasure the time that I had with Rudy as he truly was my baby. He was so very special to us and had a remarkable life (surviving 2 hurricanes and an ER visit over the years) and I'm so glad I got to share his story with Dr. Katie. I cannot thank Dr. Katie enough for answering my questions and for her warm and gentle nature. I could not have asked for his farewell to have gone any smoother. He didn't have to be scared or taken away from me. I got to hold him and love on him until he gained his wings. The pain is almost unbearable but it was the most beautiful and peaceful experience I've ever been a part of. Dr. Katie is absolutely a blessing and I am eternally grateful."
Amanda HooksJacksonville, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Center
Clay-Duval Pet Emergency Clinic
Emergency & Critical Care Pet Hospital
St Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serves families in all of the northeast portion of Florida, from Fernandina down to Middleburg, including St. Johns.
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.
1650 Margaret St. Ste. 302 # 207Jacksonville, FL 32204
The Florida Times: A death in the family: Saying goodbye to Ruby Ann