Charlotte, Surrounding Cities plus Fort Mill & Rock Hill, SC

  (704) 659-1500

  Charlotte@LapofLove.com

Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250
Evening and Weekends$300

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$250
Evening and Weekends$300

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$250
Evening and Weekends$300

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$265
Pets 100 pounds or more$285
Optional Engraving$30

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn (optional engraved nameplate) and will be returned to you within a week. 

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$100
Pets 100 pounds or more$150

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 cemetery named "Evergreen" in Belmont, NC. 

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 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.

Meet the Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area. 

Jennifer Walters, DVM

I had many incredible professors and doctors throughout veterinary school, but the most important lesson I learned came from a twelve-week old golden retriever puppy named Disney. He was the happiest, liveliest, most adorable puppy and I was the envy of the cardiology unit when he became my patient. 

Disney's parents had brought him to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine because when he got really excited, his airway would close up, and he would gasp for air until he passed out. I witnessed this several times during his stay with us, and I had to snatch Disney up and race to the ICU for oxygen. It was terrifying. After several tests, we determined that there was no treatment for Disney's condition. His parents were heartbroken, as were my resident advisor and I. Because the episodes were unpredictable and horrible for everyone, including Disney, his parents made the hardest decision they had ever had to make- to euthanize their puppy. 

I listened as my resident advisor explained the process to them. Then we left the room to allow them some time together. My resident used this time to explain the process to me, as well.  He said that while the actual procedure was straightforward, helping people through their grief was harder and more important than any cardiology lesson he could teach me. We needed to let Disney's parents set the pace and help them feel comfortable with their decision. In the end, we laughed at silly Disney stories and cried over the unfairness of it all. They hugged us and thanked us. 

This is my saddest, most beautiful veterinary school memory and I carry it with me to every appointment. After fifteen years of practicing, I never tire of laughing and crying with families and hearing stories of their beloved pets. I am here to answer all your questions, guide you through this difficult process, and assure you that your decision is one of kindness and love. 

Amy Tanis, DVM

During veterinary school, I would walk through the large animal hospital at the University of FL and every day I would read a big sign that said, “They don’t care what you know, until they know how much you care.” I spent most of my time before graduation in this equine hospital and this statement has been my mantra and what has helped shape my career as a veterinarian. Like many of my colleagues, I always saw myself working with animals. Horses were such a passion of mine, and that is where I focused my career during school. I was going to work with elite equine athletes. That was my plan. But life has other plans sometimes, and a growing family has placed me in an exclusively small animal practice, living in a wonderful suburb of Charlotte, where folks really love their furbabies!  

I remember how much I loved our family dog growing up in northern NJ. Cubby was a yellow lab who stole the heart of our family and will always be with us. As his golden years progressed, my sweet yellow lab’s quality of life started to quickly decline, and he started to have seizures whenever he would become stressed. My parents were beside themselves thinking of having to bring him to a vet clinic when the time came. Thankfully, I was able to come home and give Cubby a quick and peaceful passage over the Rainbow Bridge. But that memory, and the decision my family faced before knowing I could get there for our beloved boy, has stayed with me. 

After that experience, I knew first-hand the impact of how special it is for families to be at home with their fur babies when it is time to say goodbye. I was grateful that my old boy was home, surrounded by those he loved and who cherished him so much. He knew how much I cared, and so did my family. And that made all the difference when it was time to let him go. 

Joining the Lap of Love family embodies the phrase I’ve always upheld. It is a privilege and a blessing to be able to be there during the end of animal’s journey here on earth. There is no greater honor than to give our four-legged furry kids the compassion and respect they deserve, giving them quality of life with a terminal illness, or when it becomes time to say goodbye.

Jennifer Hawthorne, DVM

Growing up as a child in North Carolina I was surrounded and awed by many different species of animals. I cared for dogs, cats, cattle, rode horses and I always felt a special connection with all of them. When I decided to become a veterinarian I thought back to those times as a child and knew it was the right career path for me. Over the years, while attending undergraduate and Veterinary College at NC State University and working as a small animal practitioner, I’ve been exposed to many levels of animal comfort, joy, pain, and suffering.

As a veterinarian, I feel one of my most important responsibilities is to help ease an animal’s suffering as well as provide support for a grieving owner. While it may seem like a difficult task, euthanasia is a kindness that we are able to give to our loving animal companions and I am proud to be able to provide such a service. I have had many pets of my own over the years and each one has been special to me. They have been constant companions throughout all the changes and milestones in my life. I know what it is like to love and lose a special friend, but I would not trade any of the moments I had with them.

My goal is to help people understand that after sharing a life and home with their loving animal companion, they will love us for helping to make the kind decision to stop their pain and suffering. We can cherish and take comfort in remembering all the good times we had with our faithful animal friends.

Manetta LaVergne, DVM

At the age of seven, a kind Veterinarian allowed me to observe a surgery on a family pet and I was instantly hooked on the profession.    I set out on a lifelong journey of helping animals and the families that love them.  After finishing my undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky I went on to complete Veterinary School at Auburn.  I have had a blessed career, working in not only private practice,  but emergency clinics, in research and with a pharmaceutical company.  However, nothing has given me more satisfaction than helping families with end of life decisions.  Having helped my own 14 year old boxer ("Gracie") get to the rainbow bridge to wait for me, I know how difficult a decision it can be...we are never ready to say goodbye to our faithful friends.  I am honored to be able to help families give what I truly consider a final loving gift to their pet.  Just as my own mother found her calling as a human Hospice nurse, I too have found my true calling as a Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice Veterinarian.  

Josh Humphrey, DVM

I am an eastern North Carolina native and 2006 graduate of the vet school at North Carolina State University.  After graduation I was selected to an intensive internship program at the University of Minnesota.  I returned to NCSU the next year to complete a fellowship in spinal cord injury.  I then joined Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas as a staff emergency clinician for the next four years.  I continued to practice emergency medicine in Charlotte for a further year prior to becoming a general practitioner.  Dr. Hawthorne is a friend and classmate of mine, and prior to officially joining Lap of Love I provided coverage at times she was unavailable.  During these visits with clients I came to truly value the service I was able to offer, and am much honored to be joining the Lap of Love team.

As a provider of home hospice and euthanasia care, my goal is to provide a kind and thoughtful approach to the end of life. Behind the tears that inevitably come lies a lot of love and laughter that came before it, and I feel it’s important to find a way to honor our friends and remember they joy they brought, even in a time of sadness.  I enjoy spending the time to hear the stories of these amazing pets, and hearing how they’ve impacted the lives of their owners.  Although the passing of these pets is a great loss, I feel it is a privilege to be allowed into their homes and lives even for a brief time to ease their passing and share their stories.

About Jennifer Walters, DVM

I had many incredible professors and doctors throughout veterinary school, but the most important lesson I learned came from a twelve-week old golden retriever puppy named Disney. He was the happiest, liveliest, most adorable puppy and I was the envy of the cardiology unit when he became my patient. 

Disney's parents had brought him to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine because when he got really excited, his airway would close up, and he would gasp for air until he passed out. I witnessed this several times during his stay with us, and I had to snatch Disney up and race to the ICU for oxygen. It was terrifying. After several tests, we determined that there was no treatment for Disney's condition. His parents were heartbroken, as were my resident advisor and I. Because the episodes were unpredictable and horrible for everyone, including Disney, his parents made the hardest decision they had ever had to make- to euthanize their puppy. 

I listened as my resident advisor explained the process to them. Then we left the room to allow them some time together. My resident used this time to explain the process to me, as well.  He said that while the actual procedure was straightforward, helping people through their grief was harder and more important than any cardiology lesson he could teach me. We needed to let Disney's parents set the pace and help them feel comfortable with their decision. In the end, we laughed at silly Disney stories and cried over the unfairness of it all. They hugged us and thanked us. 

This is my saddest, most beautiful veterinary school memory and I carry it with me to every appointment. After fifteen years of practicing, I never tire of laughing and crying with families and hearing stories of their beloved pets. I am here to answer all your questions, guide you through this difficult process, and assure you that your decision is one of kindness and love. 

"I don't know how to begin, Yesterday an angel came to our house and her name is Amy Tanis, She helped us with one of the most difficult time of our lives. Your kindness and warm heart will always be remembered in our family, Thank you so much!

The Souzas"

melanie souza
Fort Mill, S. Carolina

"Amy was very gentle, caring and understanding.

She carefully and clearly explained the procedure, and what to expect every step along the way.

Having the ability to do this emotionally heart wrenching procedure in the owners home is a gift I'll never forget.

Thank you for your kindness."

Aimee Hite
Charlotte, North Carolina

"While it was a very tough decision for us to make, I can't imagine it not having been made any easier than it was due to Amy. Her professionalism and sincere compassion during the process was what we needed and an unexpected card to the family afterwards was so kind. Amy you are a credit to the service LOL provides and a cushion for those grieving... hope you know that!

Thank you, Jimmy, Kelley, Jacob and Jonah."

Jimmy and Kelley Touchstone
Fort Mill, S. Carolina

"There are no words to thank Dr. Amy for the care and compassion that she showed to Gabbi. On one of the hardest days for myself and my family she was more than compassionate and understanding, she treated Gabbi as if she was her own. You could feel from Dr. Amy that every word she spoke she meant from her heart and that meant everything to us. Thank you Dr. Amy for helping Gabbi to finally be able to rest peacefully and no longer have to be in pain. And thank you for being genuine and have such a kind heart. You helped make a very hard day a little easier. We are very grateful to you!"

Angie Logsdon
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Dr Manetta was perfect for our family. From the compassion she had to informing us of the process in the ending of life for our dog, she made such a terrible moment beautiful. I truly feel she felt our grief with us. Calling Laps of Love was the only bright part of a very hard and sad day. I will recommend Dr Manetta and Laps of Love to all my friends with older furry friends:) Thank you so much."

Andrea Fuderer
Matthews, North Carolina

"On January 20, we had to do the hardest thing ever for an animal lover. Diesel was our son, and we miss him every day, our routine is still hard without him. Dr. Jennifer Hawthorne was patient and kind. We are very thankful to her and for this service. The feelings of guilt are still there because we wanted to let him die naturally but when I found him in his urine the night before and he couldn't get up I knew it was time. He also didn't want to eat so that was hard for me seeing him with his labored breathing. Diesel suffered from arthritis in both hips, spinal fusion, and paralysis of the larynx. We always took him hiking, biking, and running, until he tore his tendon. From there it was downhill. 2 years ago he had surgery and came home with a Mersa infection. He was a tough dog but he was never the same after that. He was always an attention grabber. This photo was one of my favorites cause I was petting him and when I stopped he got up and put his head on my lap like u r not done petting me. The doctor said we would have aleast up to 5 more years but sadly it was more like 4 months, which makes it even harder. We were honored to have him for 9 1/2 years. He is missed every day. We love u Diesel."

Sugeil Jerez
Charlotte, North Carolina

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Support Group

  704-531-0304

Ginny Dodd, DVM

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 932-1182

Cabarrus Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Concord

Friends of the Animals in Mooresville

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 949-1100

Carolina Veterinary Specialists: Huntersville

Donation Center

Donations at Greater Charlotte SPCA or Charlotte Humane Society

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 844-6440

C-VETS, Matthews

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 334-4684

Animal Medical Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 457-2300

CARE, Charlotte

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

Proudly serving the greater Charlotte area including the following neighborhoods mentioned below. There may be a travel fee of $50 - $75 based on the distance from the veterinarian's location. 

  • University area
  • Huntersville
  • Cornelius
  • Davidson
  • Mooresville
  • Uptown Charlotte
  • Plaza Midwood 
  • NoDa
  • Cotswold
  • Dilworth
  • Southend
  • Myers Park
  • South Park
  • Airport area 
  • Belmont
  • Mt. Holly
  • Mt. Island Lake
  • Cabarrus County
  • Landis
  • China Grove
  • Mint Hill
  • Matthews
  • Indian Trail
  • Pineville
  • Salisbury
  • Ballantyne and other South Charotte areas
  • Rockwell
  • Stanley County
  • Denver
  • Union County (Weddington, Waxhaw, Monroe) 
  • Lincolnton
  • Troutman
  • Gastonia
  • South Carolina areas
    • (Fort Mill, Rock Hill)
Pet Memorials
“"If love could have saved you, you would live forever."

Brutus, you brought us so much joy, love, and laughter. Mommy and Daddy always looked forward to getting home and racing to be the first one in the house to see you! We miss you incredibly and love you forever.”
Dana Pape
March 21, 2017
“Oh Stormy, we miss you so so very much. The very best cat we could have ever imagined. We feel so blessed to have nurtured you for 12 short years.

Tears abound but you're free from pain and that is more important.

We'll miss your need to be the center of attention, your cuddling, softly snoring, loud purrs, always interesting presents, and ...
Aimee Hite
March 10, 2017
“The house seems so quiet and I catch myself listening for the bell on your collar. Wanting to reach down to scruff your shaggy ears and gently rub your soft little paws. For 14 years you filled my life with love and silly antics, you had a courage and strength unlike any puppy I have ever known. I mourn your loss but somehow find peace knowing ...
Angie Logsdon
February 19, 2017
“Our sweet girl Mya. We loved you so much and love you still. You were are part of our family for almost 14 years. Having you greet me at the front door everyday for so many years is one of the things I have been missing about you already. You were such a princess and lived oh such a spoiled life, but that's OK, we were happy to give you such a ...
Andrea Fuderer
February 17, 2017
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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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 142
Mineral Springs, NC 28108-6760

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love Location is privately owned and operated.