Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$275
Evening and Weekends$325

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$275
Evening and Weekends$325

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$275
Evening and Weekends$325

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 Additional 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 19 pounds$225
Pets 20 - 49 pounds$275
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$325
Pets 100 - 125 pounds$350
Pets over 125 pounds will be quoted

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. 

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 49 pounds$75
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 125 pounds$175
Pets over 125 pounds will be quoted

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 in a wooded area near 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 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 Doctor

Sarah Clarke, DVM

I’ve known I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was about 8 years old- and still have a 3rd grade school paper to prove it!  I grew up in Albany, NY, Baltimore, MD and Jacksonville, FL before attending the College of William and Mary in Viriginia for my undergraduate degree in Biology and then returning to Florida to obtain my veterinary degree at the University of Florida. 

I grew up always having a mix of animals in the house- cats, dogs, fish, pet mice, and even an occasional rescued baby bird.  I loved learning about all these pets almost as much as caring for them, so veterinary school was a perfect fit.  After 1 year in small animal general practice in New Jersey after graduating, I took a position at a feline only clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.  I remained there for nearly 11 years and formed close bonds with many clients through those years- seeing numerous cats from early in their lives until it was time to guide their owners through the tough decisions at the end.  While at that practice I occasionally had the opportunity to make home visits for euthanasia and was always struck by what a different, calmer, and more personal experience it was.  It really made a difference to the owners to have their pets in their favorite spot, surrounded by the people and things they love.  

I’m very happy to have recently settled in Richmond with my family - my husband Jeff (a veterinary neurologist and fellow UF graduate) our son Andrew, daughter Katie, and our beloved shelter dog Hammie.  I hope to be able to help families in this area by making one of the most difficult times they’ll face as pet owners a bit easier and more peaceful.

"Dr. Sarah has such a lovely disposition and her calm nature and the way she lead us through the process was very much appreciated. She showed such great compassion for our girl Gabby as well as for our whole family. She was such a warm presence during an incredibly difficult time."

Ashley Young
Richmond, Virginia

"Dr. Clarke was amazing! We can't begin to thank her enough! She came into our home and took her time with us and explained everything in great detail. She didn't rush anything, made sure that Jamie was as comfortable as possible before euthanizing her. She was very careful loading her into her vehicle as well. She is very caring, compassionate and has an outstanding bedside manner!

I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Clarke to anyone facing the difficult decision of having to put a pet/family member down. It's a very difficult time/decision and doing it in your home vs having to go through the trouble of bringing your pet to the clinic is so much more comfortable for everyone! Thank you again for your great service and kindness! It is appreciated more than you know!

Most Sincerely,

Scott & Paige Roberts"

Scott Roberts
Richmond, Virginia

"I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Sarah. It takes someone special to provide end of life care and she is one of those people. Her kindness and caring helped us through one of the hardest days of our lives. She arrived at our home, impeccably groomed, to find our sweet boy on a bed on the floor where we had slept with him overnight. She immediately knelt down beside him and us. She somehow got to know Chester and us in a short amount of time and was so compassionate. She gave us the gift of knowing we were doing the right thing. We cherish the paw print she made and appreciated that she took fur from three different spots. We weren't sure about doing this at home, but our boy could not walk and we didn't want to add stress for him. Home was the right choice, made that way by Dr. Sarah. We will forever be grateful that she was the one who was with us. Everything she did was done in a caring, respectful, professional way, aimed at making things easier for us and our boy. I do not wish this experience on anyone but highly recommend Lap of Love, and Dr. Sarah, to anyone who has to walk this path."

Melissa Warner
Glen Allen, Virginia

"Dr. Sarah is an angel on earth. While the entire experience of having to say goodbye to Gracie was emotionally traumatizing leading up to the day of her transition, she made it peaceful and comforting from start to finish. She treated Gracie "as if she was her own dog," and transported her in a sweet woven basket, wrapped in a pink blanket. Gracie left this earth with dignity and surrounded by love. Dr. Sarah has stayed in touch with us and continued to her pour sympathy onto our hearts. I'm extremely grateful for her compassion, it made a world of difference during a time of extraordinary sadness."

Mary Beth Thomsen
Richmond, Virginia

"Dr. Sarah was very understanding and compassionate. Her gentle, respectful treatment of Darla was very much appreciated."

Nick Brescia
Chester, Virginia

"My kitty had been sick for a while. I was so hopeful that he would permanently turn the corner, and so glad for the good days we had in there, but I also began to know in my heart that his body was starting to weaken past recovery. I did some research, and found Lap of Love. I did not know that there was such a thing. My buddy has been with me for 14 years. He has brought me joy and love. This was an extremely hard thing to face, and when I realized there was the opportunity to do it at home, where he is happiest, I was so incredibly relieved.

I am so grateful for the profound caring and grace that Lap of Love brought to both Hobbes and me. It was as though a guardian angel of mercy arrived to bring comfort and peace to my poor hurting baby. At the end, he looked just like he did when he slept. The last thing I saw was my baby Hobbes being tucked into a little basket with a blanket tucked around him. I am so grateful for Dr. Clarke and for Lap of Love."

Debbie Gilfillan
Richmond, Virginia

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Pet Loss Support

  (800) 332-7738

IAMS Pet Loss Support Resource Center at VCU

Emergency Clinic

  (804) 353-9000

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center

Emergency Clinic

  (804) 784-8722

Veterinary Referral and Critical Care

Pet Loss Support

  (804) 827-7297

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction, VCU School of Medicine, Dr. Sandra Baker

Service Area

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the Greater Richmond Area including the following counties: Richmond, Goochland, Henrico, and Hanover Counties.

Pet Memorials
“Dear Gabby, We always joked that you hit the jack pot being adopted by our family. We spoiled you rotten, and we'd like to think that you had the most wonderful and comfortable life. You had everything you could possibly need and more—constant love and attention, a full bowl, your pick of countless comfy dog beds to lie on (or the couch if you ...
Ashley Young
February 6, 2017
“Millie was unlike any other dog you'll ever meet. She was a beautiful red standard poodle with a heart of gold. Millie never stopped wagging her tail no matter the circumstance. She just carried so much happiness on her back that she reflected off of everybody she interacted with. Although she had a hard time opening up to people at first because ...
Ffion Ayre
January 5, 2017
“As Kermit/Bob Cratchit so wisely says in The Muppets Christmas Carol, "life is made up of meetings and partings; that is the way of it." We said goodbye to a family member on December 16th and it was a hard parting though a peaceful passing. I miss Chester greatly. I will always remember the boom of his bark, his devotion to me, his pawing at ...
Melissa Warner
December 30, 2016
“We adopted Gracie from a rescue agency when she was 7 1/2 years old. She quickly became a part of our family — sweet, loving and eager to please. A year after we adopted her, my boyfriend and I broke up. I moved back to my hometown and Gracie came along as my partner in crime. She comforted me and lifted my spirits. Within a year, Gracie became ...
Mary Beth Thomsen
December 29, 2016
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Payment Options

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
PO Box 2942
Glen Allen, VA 23058-2942