San Francisco North Bay Area

  (707) 344-4101

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$375

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$475

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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 49 pounds$300
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$350
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$400
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$500

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with the name engraved. They will be made available directly from the crematory within two weeks or mailed to your home or office for an additional fee of $25.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$125
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$175
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$250
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned or wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and the ashes are buried in a private location with no visitation. 

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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 or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that.

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
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarian in your area!

Dr. Rene

Rene Butler

I grew up in Southern California, a city girl. My pets were mice, small birds, a rabbit and lots and lots of goldfish. Neighbors would often bring me orphan baby birds and kittens to nurse back to health. My mother's family were farmers in South Dakota, and we would visit in the summer. I was the crazy cousin from California out playing with the barn cats and the calves!

I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a veterinarian. I was always very focused, studied hard and graduated from UC Davis Veterinary school in 1989. I have worked at several small animal practices in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while the majority of my patients are cats and dogs, I also enjoy treating birds, reptiles and pocket pets.

I have done many euthanasias over the years, primarily in a clinic, but also have gone to the clients home,when possible. Home euthanasia is so much preferable, providing a calm and stress-free environment. My goal is to help both owners and their pets through a very difficult decision. I hope that providing this service with Lap of Love, I can help you honor and cherish your pets life when saying goodbye.

"Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are."  Henry Scott Holland

About Rene Butler

I grew up in Southern California, a city girl. My pets were mice, small birds, a rabbit and lots and lots of goldfish. Neighbors would often bring me orphan baby birds and kittens to nurse back to health. My mother's family were farmers in South Dakota, and we would visit in the summer. I was the crazy cousin from California out playing with the barn cats and the calves!

I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a veterinarian. I was always very focused, studied hard and graduated from UC Davis Veterinary school in 1989. I have worked at several small animal practices in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while the majority of my patients are cats and dogs, I also enjoy treating birds, reptiles and pocket pets.

I have done many euthanasias over the years, primarily in a clinic, but also have gone to the clients home,when possible. Home euthanasia is so much preferable, providing a calm and stress-free environment. My goal is to help both owners and their pets through a very difficult decision. I hope that providing this service with Lap of Love, I can help you honor and cherish your pets life when saying goodbye.

"Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are."  Henry Scott Holland

"Hi Dr. Rene,

Thank you again for giving us that experience with Madelyn. It truly was the most perfect day we could ask for. We find solace in how happy she was before her passing and being able to stay at home with all of us allowed for that.

We are so endlessly grateful and keep your kind, reassuring words in mind. My family keeps saying how nice it was and that doing it at home really is the way to go. Your service made a world of difference in these times especially.

Mady was dropped off at Bubbling Well and it allowed us more time with her to process.

The house absolutely feels empty without her physical presence, but we're trying to remember that we prevented her from feeling more pain.

We truly can't thank you and Lap of Love enough."

Sarah Birely
Vacaville, California

"Hi Dr. Rene! I wanted to thank you for emailing me. It’s been a rough few days without my boy. He was always home with me all day, so Friday really made everything sink in. Dusty was always a mamas boy. Dave and the kids always called him my shadow. I would like to thank you again for taking such good care of him. It was such a huge difference from when I had to do it with our last dog. I will always be grateful for making it such an easy thing for him. That was always my biggest worry."

Gina Zitterow
Brentwood, California

"Thank you Dr. Rene! Your patience and calm, caring attention to all of us is appreciated more than you know."

Lisa Tosch
Benicia, California

"Dr. Rene was so compassionate and helped make this very difficult day as peaceful as possible. Thank you for your care in helping to release Baby from her ailing body into the light where she can Rest In Peace."

Liz Schiveley
Davis, California

"Dr. Renee was wonderful. She gave us plenty of time to talk with frisky, hold him, stroke him and love him until it was time. She was careful and kind. She made Frisky’s death a comfortable and peaceful one."

Peggie & Wade Eaton
Oakley, California

"Dr. Rene,

Deanne, Dylan and I want to thank you for the nice sendoff for Oliver last Friday. Doing at the house was so much better for both us and him. Your service is both personal and calming under a stressful time. We will recommend this service to our friends.

Thank you,"

Randy Stone
Martinez, California

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Emergency Clinic

  (707) 864-1444

Solano-Napa Pet Emergency Clinic: Fairfield

Emergency Clinic

  (925) 808-3741

SAGE Emergency Care: Concord

Emergency Clinic

  (707) 584-4343

Animal Care Center: Rohnert Park

Pet Loss Hotline

  (877) 474-3310

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve our neighbors in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo. Extended service areas are over 25 miles from veterinarian's home and can be quoted upon request.

Pet Memorials
“Today we said goodbye to Chase, our beautiful big gray tabby with an outsized heart. Brother to Chloe, his spooning partner of nearly 10 years, Chase leaves us with so many good memories filled with laughter and joy. While his favorite hobby was lap surfing, his favorite challenge was jamming himself into boxes far too small for his bulk while ...
Lisa Tosch
June 16, 2020
“Baby was the perfect companion for me.. always following me and keeping her eyes on me. We both loved the beach and relaxing together. She was the Queen and alpha girl but so sweet and gentle. It was an honor to have her in my life and see her joy!”
Liz Schiveley
June 15, 2020
“Frisky was a very smart cat – which got him into trouble sometimes. But he was a very good cat, too. Watching him play was pure joy. He made Wade and I very happy. He was a beautiful cat, with his emerald green eyes and copper colored coat with black stripes and spots on it. He was an important part of our family. Now that you are in heaven, you ...
Peggie & Wade Eaton
June 9, 2020
“Tinsley, you were loved from the moment you were born and missed the moment you left us. I am struggling to wrap my mind around life without you. The spirit of our home will never be the same without you. You brought a special kind of life to our home that was immediately changed at your passing. I miss you tremendously and I love you with all my ...
Rebecca Darnell
May 4, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') or cash during our time with you.

Most pet insurance companies cover Lap of Love services. We are happy to help complete any paperwork needed to submit for reimbursement.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
2401 Waterman Blvd Ste A4 #197
Fairfield, California 94534

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