Seattle & Surrounding Areas
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 an engraved cherry wood urn and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
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 at the Cascade Mountains.
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 5am - 8pm. 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.
Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM
I was raised in Phoenix, Arizona with my dogs, cats, guinea pigs, snakes and even a rat here and there. As long as I can remember, I have loved animals and needed them to be a part of my life. Even though Phoenix was a large city, we were very close to the desert environment which meant different types of wildlife animals. Helping wildlife animals in need also became a big part of my childhood and helped drive me toward a career with animals.
However, that career didn’t start in veterinary medicine. I spent a lot of time working with zoo animals and wildlife before deciding that being a veterinarian was my calling. I attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in hopes of one day becoming a wildlife veterinarian. However, during my internship working with cats and dogs, I was reminded of how important our household pets can be. Every animal in the world is special, but our pets are a huge part of our FAMILY.
The hardest part starting out in the veterinary profession was the thought of putting an animal to sleep. I quickly learned that this task was not a burden, but a gift. As an emergency veterinarian for many years, I have had the privilege of helping lots of animals and this includes helping end an animal’s suffering in the last moments of their life. The struggle to make the tough decision in the final moments will always be the hardest part of the human animal bond. It is not something that gets easier with time and it is my honor to be able to help families say goodbye when this time comes.
Carlyn Eisenegger, DVM
I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember. I grew up among a variety of animals in southwest Washington. My family’s own dogs, cats, rabbits and beloved pygmy goat as well as the companion animals, horses, goats, pigs and cows cared for by our friends and neighbors were always a big part of my life. I knew from an early age that I wanted to work around animals so a career in veterinary medicine was an easy decision.
I was lucky enough to have strong mentorship and a supportive network of family and friends that helped me achieve my dream of receiving my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2012. After performing a year long internship program I began work as an emergency room veterinarian. I loved the fast pace and variety of cases I saw but most of all I loved the feeling of being there for families in their time of need.
In the emergency room, end of life care became a huge part of my daily life. At first, I struggled with the emotions that came along with helping a family say good bye to a loved one but with time I’ve realized what a privilege it is to give my fellow pet owners a chance to let go with dignity and grace. No one ever wants to part ways with a dear friend, but I take great pride in helping families make a difficult part of pet ownership a little easier and a little more peaceful.
Charlotte Hotchkiss, DVM
I grew up in the suburbs of Boston as the youngest of six children in a big old house with a big old barn. We always had animals around – dogs, cats, horses, and in high school I bred rabbits. When things got too loud in the house, I could escape and be with the animals. I guess that’s how I ended up in vet school.
I went to vet school at Cornell, but wasn’t really sure that I wanted to go into private practice, so I looked into doing research. After the cloudiness of Ithaca, NY, I needed some sunshine, and did graduate work at the University of Florida, earning a PhD in gastrointestinal physiology along with board certification in laboratory animal medicine. I then spent several years working as a clinical veterinarian – except my patients were mostly mice, rats, rabbits, and monkeys.
Working in research is rewarding in the long run, as we find treatments for human and animal diseases, but the process is slow, and it takes a long time to see the positive effects. I originally went to vet school to learn to help animals and people, and I missed that direct interaction when I was working in the lab. That’s when I started looking for opportunities to work with pets and their humans.
Over the years, I’ve had to take pets in to the clinic to be euthanized, and I know how stressful it can be. When my mother was in her final illness, we had a hospice nurse who came to our house, and it was so comforting for my mother to be at home in her own bed those final days. When I found out there was veterinary hospice, I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of. I want to help people say goodbye to their beloved pets in familiar and comfortable surroundings, without distractions. And most importantly, I want the pet’s passing to be peaceful and without stress. We owe it to them for all the devotion they give to us.
Ashleigh Rhoades, DVM
"Dr. Hotchkiss was amazing. She was so kind and gentle. She assured us that Shinji would find the peace that he and we were looking for for him. Dr. Hotchkiss' gentle voice and demeanor really helped us, me especially, to feel that Shinji wouldn't and didn't feel a thing and that we made the right decision. I do not think that without her, we would have been able to help Shinji ease his pain and suffering in such a peaceful way."
Tracy CSeattle, Washington
"Ashleigh was the most wonderful person and vet for me and Angel. She was so compassionate and comforting the entire time. She helped Angel pass so peacefully and with dignity. I could not have asked for anything more. Thank you for everything, Dr. Ashleigh. You are a truly amazing human being."
Fran WilliamsSeattle, Washington
"Helping my Mario cross the rainbow bridge was one of the toughest things I had to do, even having lost 5 pets growing up. He was all my own, and my absolute best buddy. And he was having such a great day the day that I called Laps of Love. Cheryl, who took my call, gently guided me through the process, and was kind, patient and understanding, as I fought back tears while providing the information she needed. It took everything in me, especially the last hour before Dr Ashleigh arrived, to not call and beg her not to come. But I didn't. And when she arrived, she kindly walked me through what was going to happen, and gave me and Mario the space and patience to go through it at our pace. I appreciated that so much, and I felt he was loved an cared for, so much, by everyone who helped in the process.
For those struggling with the choice, know that now I am glad he had a good day, on his last day ... a happy memory, instead of seeing him struggle. I'll always want one more hour, day, week, month, but he didn't have to suffer. And I promised him I'd always protect him, and I did that by helping him transition in the easiest way possible. I think he gave me a God wink, too, after the fact. Because in the days that followed, there were two dogs who burned up in fire, another two that were stung/killed by killer bees, and yet another that suffocated when a potato chip bag suctioned around it's head. It made me realize that he got to go peacefully and protected. I would've been even more devasted had he passed in a painful way. Thank you, Dr. Ashleigh, and Laps of Love, for helping me."
Michelle CzechSeattle, Washington
"I have always considered helping pets at the end of life to be an honor and privilege as well as the most painful responsibility. Dr. Ashleigh was so very tender and kind with Mushka and listened compassionately to her story. She validated our feeling that now was the time and she set Mushka free with great dignity for her as an individual, for us as a family and for the process of ending suffering. I wish I had known about Lap of Love for my other companion animals. Mushka was helped gently and lovingly on to her reunion with my parents and we will all be together again one day."
Mary KiefferMaple Valley, Washington
I am sorry I didn't thank you in person. Thank you for coming to our home tonight and helping us with this very difficult decision. My family and I really appreciate the time you gave us and the gentle way you handled our sweet Kamee. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but knowing and seeing that she is now at peace gives me comfort.
Daralee PetersonAuburn, Washington
"This was the last thing we could do for our sweet dog. It was at home, surrounded by her family, peaceful and painless. Ashleigh was wonderful and walked us through everything. I am so grateful for this service. I knew our Panzer was in good hands and everything would be handled professionally. Thank You so much Lap of Love & Ashleigh."
John & Heather FarrarSeattle, Washington
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Bellevue - Humane Society and SPCA of Seattle/King County
Seattle Veterinary Specialists: Kirkland
Sumner Veterinary Hospital
Edmonds - Letitia H. Gray, MA, LMHC
Issaquah - Airone Counseling
ACCES (Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services) Renton
Kent - Jennifer Streit, LMHC
Lacey - Human Animal Solutions
Mercer Island - Susan J. Perry, MSW
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly assist families in the greater Seattle area. There may be a travel fee of $30-$75 based on the time and distance from our veterinarian.
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.
Lap of Love10002 Aurora Ave North Suite 36PO Box 261Seattle, WA 98133