San Francisco North Bay Area

  (707) 344-4101

  [email protected]

Our veterinarian will be unavailable from October 30th - November 2nd.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.

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

Our veterinarian will be unavailable from October 30th - November 2nd.  Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.

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

"Dr. Rene was a blessing. This was not our first pet to reach this point in life but was the first during a pandemic? We had fears if we would not be able to arrange for a vet to come to our home and allow our dear friend the comfortable location in his bed when he passed. I can tell you Lap of Love and Dr. Rene came through for us. All the correct precautions were taken and even with these precautions, Dr. Rene provided compassionate help for our little boy. She put us at ease and let us know every step and gave us time to adjust to those steps. Ultimately we are hollowed out by this loss but want to thank Dr. Rene for her kindness. Thank you, Dr. Rene."

Terry Burke
Concord, California

"Dr Rene, the sweetest, kindest, most caring needed person in our time of need. I couldn’t have felt more comfortable and sure that the time was right for my ole’ boy to cross the rainbow bridge. Thank you for your kind caring words and making me feel comfortable with my decision. God bless you and your staff for making it possible for us to be comfortable with or decision in our own home at such a trying time❤️"

Catherine Chandler
Suisun City, California

"Dear Dr Rene,

Thank you much for your help and putting me at ease when I was struggling with my decision. The house is really empty, but I did go in the web and wrote a memorial like you suggested, it helped me remember all those wonderful times I had with Cokie. Thank you again for the service you provide, you don’t know how much it means to me that Cokie was able to stay home surrounded by those who loved her and she loved. This cannot be measured in dollars and cents. I hope you know what a special person you are!

Thank you again,

Marian"

Marian Ponte
Benicia, California

"Dear Dr. Rene,

“Your kind and compassionate presence on Tuesday made a heartbreaking event a little more bearable for us. Until one of the vet techs at my vet’s office told me about Lap of Love I had no idea that hospice and palliative care services existed for our animals. You can be sure that I will spread the word about this wonderful service. Being able to say goodbye to Molly outside under the trees and the blue sky on the patio where she loved to hang out was truly a gift. For her as much as for us. We all appreciated how kindly and gently you helped her through her last moments. The house feels so empty and I find myself frequently in tears as something reminds me of our sweet girl, but I know this grief will become less raw and we are all so grateful that we had our Molly for as long as we did.”

Thank you again"

Sue Cleaver
Fairfield, California

"“Two of our dear friends had requested home euthanasia but their vets were not available but highly recommended Lap of Love. We called and they were extremely helpful and sympathetic. We made the appointment and Dr. Rene Butler came to our home. From the moment she arrived, she created the most loving and comforting atmosphere that we could have ever wanted. We all sat with Max, played with him, gave him special treats which he loved and spent time with him and when we realized that he was completely calm, his time on earth ended“"

Ken Nahigian
Vallejo, California

"Rene was very kind and thoughtful. She did a wonderful job of giving us time to say good bye to our boy. We are so grateful that we were able to say good bye in our own home and that our dog was able to have a peaceful passing."

Tonia Whitaker
Vacaville, 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
“My beloved boy Hawke crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning with the help of Lap of Love and Dr. Rene. Since being hit by a drunk driver a little over a year ago I started seeing a decline in Hawkes hips. With medication and over time the pain just got to be to much for him. Walks were shorter, time spent at night pacing in pain, trying to get up ...
Catherine Chandler
October 9, 2020
“You will forever be missed. You taught us all how to love unconditionally. We love you boy.”
Tonia Whitaker
September 29, 2020
“Nina was the most loving sweetest baby dog even made best friends with the rescue kitten I brought home seven years ago. She was also so smart. We loved to balance treats on her nose and have her wait a few seconds before she'd toss them in the air and catch them in her mouth. My husband could also stack cheezits on her nose lol she was so good ...
Lori Allen
September 17, 2020
“Yesterday, I helped my Cokie cross the rainbow bridge. I was honored to be your human. More than 15 years full of love, joy, happiness, companionship, sharing the sadness for those who left too early. You were so loved, and I will love you forever still. I’m grieving but I also know it was your time to go. You now rest peacefully and hopefully ...
Marian Ponte
August 28, 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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