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.
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
"I was so thankful for Dr. Rene coming to my home. I would not have had it any other way. She supported me and I am going to be strong for Riley as he was strong for me the last 14 years. I will never forget 1 second of yesterday."
"Dr. Butler was very professional in helping us to decide the timing of saying goodbye to our beloved dog and assisting with keeping him comfortable. She came on short notice, and we appreciated her walking us through the process so that we understood how it worked and said goodbye to our fur baby in the best possible way. He passed on quickly and painlessly, surrounded by love.
We also appreciated the extras we might not have thought to do, like getting a pawprint and hair remembrance, and Dr. Butler handled arranging for the cremation aspect of it so we didn't have to worry.
Jennifer and Jason"
Jennifer and Jason H.Rohnert Park, California
"Our family really appreciates the help and professionalism exhibited by Dr. Rene throughout this entire process. Everything, from intake to the actual visit, was performed in an extremely caring and professional manner.
Dr. Renee called to confirm the appointment the day before it was scheduled, and she showed up on time the day of the appointment, armed with a bag of Kitty Snacks; which is "crack" for dogs, apparently.
Our dog, "Baxter," took immediately to Dr. Renee, who was able to feed and comfort him while she surreptitiously gave him a shot of sedatives. When the sedatives kicked in, she helped pet and soothe Baxter, and noticed that she could tell from his body posture that he suddenly free from the chronic pain he had been in. This observation alone was worth the price of admission, imo - it assured our family that we were doing the right thing.
Once Baxter was asleep (and I think I heard him snoring!), Dr. Renee completed the euthanasia, and Baxter passed very gently, surrounded by his family.
We're immensely grateful for Dr. Rene's compassion and professionalism in assisting us with this unfortunate but inevitable process.
I would highly recommend her services to any other pet owners who seek home hospice care for their pets."
Edward RielFairfield, California
"Lassen was such a good cat. I dearly loved him. We had a close bond. When he became sick a friend suggested that when the time came, Dr Rene could come to my house. Well the time came and I call Lap of Love. The whole process was gentle and filled with support. The person on the phone took time with me as I cried through the process of giving information. When Dr Rene arrived she was very compassionate and did not hurry me. I was able to say good bye to Lassen and he died peacefully surrounded by his feline friends and myself. I would do this again when the time comes. Thank you so much."
terry murrayFairfield, California
"We had been managing our sweet, old pup, Chandler's kidney disease for some time so when he suddenly stopped eating and drinking water we knew the gut-wrenching moment of putting him down had arrived. We wanted to release him in the familiar, comfortable surroundings of our home and were referred to Dr. Rene by our Vet. Dr. Rene was amazing; she was empathetic and kind, she explained what would happen, how Chandler may respond and she gave us the time to say our last goodbyes. Dr. Rene was respectful to both us and Chandler and we are so grateful to her for helping us through this difficult process. Thank you, Dr. Rene.
Corinne and Kris."
Corinne CrncichSan Rafael, California
"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
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