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 Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians 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

Dr. Ann

Ann Craig

I grew up in rural New Hampshire making friends with dogs, cats, chickens, horses, snakes, lizards, frogs, and whatever other critters crossed my path during my adventures in our backyard and beyond. My mother says she always knew it was inevitable for me to become a veterinarian; it just took me a bit longer to figure it out. On September 11, 2001, while walking my dog along the river in Brooklyn, we witnessed the World Trade Center attacks. My dog was able to provide comfort to strangers who had gathered to watch, which made an indelible impression on me. The importance of the human-animal bond in times of crisis became vividly clear to me at that moment. It was then that I chose a career that would allow me to be of service to it.

Prior to this experience, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Adelphi University in New York. Later, I graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. For nearly a decade, I practiced in the New Orleans area as a general practitioner, emergency veterinarian, and even devoted some time at a feline-only practice. Through these experiences, I felt a distinguished connection to those families saying goodbye to their beloved pets. I then moved to North Bay, CA in early 2020, where I decided to combine my love for senior and geriatric pets with my ability to delicately walk a family through the end-of-life process by joining Lap of Love.  

I have lost several dearly loved pets, friends, and family members over the years which has made me appreciate that the way we say goodbye is as important as how we say hello. Providing end of life care in the home gives me the opportunity to help pets and their families say farewell in a more comfortable environment than the hospital. It is an honor to help families during such a challenging and momentous time.

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

"Although broken-hearted to have to use this service, Dr. Rene was kind, compassionate, and sincere when I needed it most.

Thank you,

Angela"

Angela Manansala
Vacaville, California

"Dr. Butler was very helpful in assisting us with the passing of our beloved dog, Delia. She came to our home, provided us with ways to preserve Delia’s memory (e.g. paw print, cremains, and booklet with stories of pet loss), and was informative regarding how to make Delia’s passing as comfortable as possible. It was important to us that Delia pass away in our home because trips to the vet always raised her anxiety. Dr. Butler and Lap of Love made that possible. 😊"

Yasha Rahimzadeh
San Rafael, California

"I very much appreciated the calm, caring and sensitive way that Dr. Ann handled the process of saying goodbye to Bogart when she came to my home. She let me set the pace; I did not feel rushed to say those very difficult final goodbyes to my furry companion. Thank you, Dr. Ann, for facilitating a peaceful passing for Bogart."


Novato, California

"To Steph and Dr. Rene:

As hard as it is for me to talk about what had happened today, I want to let you know how appreciative my family is for both of you. My kitty for 16 years went “home” today with the loving support of Dr. Rene and Steph. You both made the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make into a more comfortable situation for us and especially to our beautiful family member, Dallas, the love of our lives and best friend we’ve had in a kitty cat. She was the love of our lives, to my son Justin who adored her, to my husband who, she had became a daddy’s girl over the years, and to me who brought her home as a baby and adored her. We knew this day was coming, but as she got sicker and sicker, the only thing to do is let her pass naturally and watch her suffer because we didn’t want to lose her, or do what we did and had her pass at our house. As hard as it’s was, it was also more calming than I expected, heartbreaking and knowing what we did was for her. Crying all day, we as a family know that what we did, we had to. Thank you again. I can’t wait to get her ashes back home where she belongs"

Jackie Conniff
San Ramon, California

"Dear Dr. Rene,

I want to send our appreciation for your email. We appreciate meeting you as well and are very grateful for your service and making this experience a smooth transition for CoCo. I know he was ready to transition and be pain free and finally rest, so thank you for being a part of his transformation.

The home is empty and we feel lonely without him, but we are reminded that CoCo gave us many wonderful lessons about life and unconditional love. His spirit is still with us and I can feel him in my heart.

Thank you for your kind words as you can imagine they mean the world to us. The Memorial is a great idea. I will check it out. Thank you for sharing a space where we can continue to celebrate his life. Much love and thanks Dr.Rene.

Warm Regards,

Daisy Castillo and Louie Cortes"

Daisy Castillo
Vallejo, California

"Dr. Butler was caring and compassionate not only to our ailing cat, but to us during such a difficult time. To be able to have a professional come to our home and give our boy the peace and comfort he needed, was immeasurably important."

Lisa Bakos
Diablo, 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
“Sabrina AKA Breeny was my best friend and the greatest fur baby. She spent 14 years providing me unconditional love, loyalty, friendship, companionship, and the best memories. Sabrina was easy to love, she had beautiful eyes that captivated me the day I brought her home at 8 weeks. Sabrina loved to smile and she was The Gremlin Queen (running back ...
Angela Manansala
January 19, 2021
“A happy soul can lead to a happy life.”
Yasha Rahimzadeh
January 14, 2021
“I was determined to get a female dog, but the moment I laid eyes on the salt and pepper Schnauzer puppy I was smitten. He was adorable; cuddly and energetic. I brought him home and named him “Bogart”, which seemed appropriate for a dog whose mother was named Ava Gardner and whose father was Brando von der Spitzenstadt. Over the years he lived up ...
Laurie V.
January 11, 2021
““And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” ~ Khalil Gibran

No words will ever convey the love and riches this boy brought to our lives. You will be missed our dear Scooter, we will see you again one day.”
Lisa Bakos
December 31, 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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