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.
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
"Dr. Rene was so wonderful. It felt like she was family, and had known my Oliver all his life. She treated him so lovingly, as we discussed our options for this beautiful tuxedo cat. She helped me to understand where he was in the progression of his illnesses. And then guided me with the decision of easing his current discomfort, and possible painful issues that could come up.
Thank you so much, Dr. Rene."
Katherine DownsConcord, California
"When that terrible time came to have our beloved almost 15 year old Lab Scout put down, we were in a state of great anxiety, remembering the time years ago when our old dog at that time was put down. That was a terrible experience both for our dog and for us. This time we contacted Dr. Rene Butler to come to our home rather than take our girl to the vet clinic.
We did not really know what to expect and were prepared for a very trying experience. Dr. Rene was a great relief and made a very difficult situation for us a bearable one. Dr. Rene was another visitor to our house and Scout loved visitors. As Scout lay in her favorite spot in the house, Dr. Rene gently did what needed to be done. Scout went to sleep wagging her tail. It was a very peaceful experience.
We will be forever grateful to Dr. Rene for that!"
Ken & Libby GuthrieRio Vista, California
"Kaiju (Kai) was a sweet, gentle soul. He was always hesitant around strangers and unfamiliar places so it was very important that he could be home and surrounded by family. He was able to be on the deck, on his bed, in his shady spot. Dr. Rene was very kind and compassionate and explained the process to all of us. Thank you to Dr. Rene for helping Kai pass peacefully and painlessly."
J. BarkerVacaville, California
""I couldn't have hoped for a better more peaceful and dignified last day for my cat Heidi. I am so thankful Dr Rene was available for the exact time/day Heidi and I needed her.
Dr Rene was so kind and understanding, and I know Heidi was comforted by her. This is a much needed and precious service for people and their pets.""
Annette CardinVallejo, California
""We want to thank the staff and Dr Rene for their kindness and compassion during this stressful and sad time. This was the first for us and everyone made it as easy as could be expected for us, and more importantly for Luke. We cant thank you enough for your tender, caring assistance in helping us make the heart breaking decision to help him pass.""
Pat and Chuck PanighettiVacaville, California
"Dr. Rene was wonderful and professional and compassionate. It was the best experience possible considering the circumstances. We would highly recommend Dr. Rene to anyone.
Mark EastwoodKentfield, 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