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 there for us on one of the worst days, and within a few hours of my initial contact. Her kindness, compassion, sensitivity, and professionalism are appreciated so very much. Thank you Dr. Rene, for making a very difficult morning calmer and easier for both Barkley and me."
Jill ZuernerVacaville, California
"We called on Dr. Rene to help us evaluate the quality of life of our beloved Shiloh and decide if it was time to let her go. Dr. Rene has a warmth and compassion that one rarely sees. With that as the backdrop she gave us an educated and thoughtful opinion and was able to share some ways to think about Shiloh's life and death that we had not considered. In the end we decided to let our girl go peacefully at home instead of in some sort of anxious medical crisis in a hospital (which was a likely scenario). Although this was the first time we had ever met Dr. Rene, she was as comforting and caring as a lifelong friend. We are still grieving the loss of Shiloh but we are grateful to Dr. Rene for her dedicated service and support."
Christine YaroshLAFAYETTE, California
"Our sweet Boxer Flash had been showing signs of old age for some time, getting up very slowly, taking a long time to go up, or down the stairs, eating his meals with his dish on the first stair step so he did not have to bend over so far, not getting excited when a treat was offered. During the last few weeks he seemed like he was panting constantly, and not getting up to greet us very often, laying down after just a few steps. We called Lap of love on Monday, and Doctor Rene came to our house Wednesday morning. Dr. Rene pointed out several things that indicated he was in a bad way, which we had pretty much decided. Dr. Rene's knowledge and above all her compassion made the decision to put Flash out of his misery that much easier. You would think that after performing this service so often that the vet would become jaded, not so with Dr. Rene she was fantastic, so caring for us as well as for Flash."
Will SmithDixon, California
"When we had to put 16 year old Lisa down, we did NOT want to do it in a clinic setting. All the kids wanted to be there and we wanted Lisa to be comfortable. She was the best dog! We did not know what to expect so we were so grateful when we saw how compassionate Dr. Rene was. She explained the whole process, then gave us all the time we needed before beginning the process. It was very peaceful and, although we were all very sad, having it done at home made it so much easier. Thank you, Dr. Rene, for you compassion and sensitivity during the whole thing and for helping us feel more at ease."
Cyndee GutierrezMartinez, California
"Although yesterday was the worst day of our lives,we were so, so, glad Dr Rene made it better for Lucy. She was very dear to us, and our main goal was to prevent her from experiencing the major fears she had at the veterinary office. Her passing was so peaceful, that we were relieved. Our thanks to Dr Rene for being so sensitive and caring with Lucy, and with us. We will be sure to tell anyone who is ready, of Lap of Love's wonderful service."
Paddy BerneFairifeld, California
"Our experience was so gentle and loving. Letting go of Haley was very difficult, and I do not think I could have done it any other way. Dr. Rene was kind, informative, and comforting. This process was new to us, so her knowledge and guidance was needed. We were able to schedule quickly, which was necessary in our case. So thankful for Lap of Love."
Carol KelseyFort Lauderdale, 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