San Francisco North Bay 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 with a printed name label. 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.
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.
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.
Rene Butler, DVM
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
Rene Butler, DVM
"Saying good-bye to Hunter was just heartbreaking for us and Dr. Rene’s kindness and gentle ways were a God send during this difficult time. She showed so much compassion to all of us – we were truly blessed. I cannot say enough about Lap of Love’s Dr. Rene. We are so thankful.
Kim and Carl Fry"
Kim BorsNapa, California
"Sadly, we had to let our cat, Beau, go as his quality of life after 16 years declined. Dr. Rene’s caring and uplifting demeanor during the goodbye process made a difficult time bearable. We are so grateful to have had her by our sides."
Claire AllisonWalnut Creek, California
"Neil the Dog had been with me for 11 years. We found each other through a rescue group when he was 3 1/2 years old, so we had been through a lot together. He had been my support during my separation, the illness and death of my mom and he had rejoiced with me during my courtship and marriage. Deciding that it was time was the hardest thing I have had to do. I didn't want him to be afraid or anxious so I was grateful to find Lap of Love. Every one from the beginning was so kind and aware of the sadness of the situation. When Dr. Rene arrived she was calm and compassionate. Plus she had cat treats! My husband and I were encouraged to talk about Neil as Dr. Rene petted him and paid him attention. Saying good bye is so hard but being able to be with Neil meant so much to me. Dr. Rene contacted us the next day and sent a card a few days later. We appreciate the way everything was communicated and handled. Thank you."
Evangeline CharetteSonoma, California
"Thank you, Dr. Rene. You certainly made the process easier. For both Satchmo and me. I'll continue to treasure that his last moments on this earth were happy ones--enjoying some delicious, stinky cat treats! And that his crossing the rainbow bridge was in the comfort of his home. So much better than taking him to a vet hospital where he would have been scared in his last moments."
Nick PhillipsAmerican Canyon, California
"Dr. Rene made time for us at the last minute. Murphy had taken a turn for the worse overnight and we couldn’t let him suffer another day. She made room in her schedule to come out right away. She wad very comforting and professional. She was also very patient with our 5 year old granddaughter’s many curious questions! She helped make it a beautiful ceremony."
Donna HaberConcord, California
"“Lap of Love took great care with our family from the moment we contacted them over the phone through and beyond our appointment with Dr Rene. The first phone call to schedule our appointment was a tough call to make. And it meant so much to be answered by a caring voice as we arranged for end of life services. Erin answered that difficult call and showed a genuine interest in our dog Sophie and our family. It felt so comforting to be able to share a little about our girl and our specific needs. She was a positive and supportive light during such a difficult time. From the moment we connected over the phone, through her follow up and our final visit with Dr. Rene, we felt so wonderfully taken care of and assured that we were making the best of decisions for our aging dog and our family.
We are especially thankful for all Dr Rene did to guide us through this difficult process. We were grateful for her knowledge and the great care she took with Sophie’s comfort and with ours. We also appreciated the little touches that she thoughtfully included on the day — from a stuffed angel for our daughter, to Sophie’s paw prints, a card and words of comfort.”"
San Rafael, California
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Solano-Napa Pet Emergency Clinic: Fairfield
SAGE Emergency Care: Concord
Animal Care Center: Rohnert Park
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.
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 Love2401-A Waterman Blvd Ste 4Fairfield, CA 94533