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
"I adopted Brady when his family surrendered him at 8 years old and gave him to a local German Shepherd Rescue that I work with. Adoption days came and went for this loveable guy I suspect due to his age. I agreed to take him as a foster and fell in love with him! He was so smart, well behaved, loved averyone and not the least bit aggressive, his ears were always Up! He started loosin weight and after multiple blood tests they found his Thyroid was off but couldn't be treated as that would cause more weight loss, so we tried meds and cane back just 3 weeks later for a follow up visit and the Vet had noticed something in his abdomen and suggested an XRay which sadly showed one massive cancerous tumor in his entire abdominal cavity and no options, she urged me to put him down ASAP before it ruptured, I was devestayed and found Dr. Rene the next day and scheduled The in home procedure in 72 hours. Counting the seconds I'd have left with him was horrible! Dr. Rene arrived and immediately he took to her and they shared treats, sat on the floor together, she was very helpful educating me about how strong he was after seeing the cancer in person and assured me he held on just to be with me and his people but he was very sick and suffering. The procedure was calm and peaceful and he went easily with me right there. We all know these days shall come but doing it this way was better than anything I could have imagined and my hearts 💔 Forever but he had her with him too and I'm sure the 4 years I had him were the best years of his entire life. Rest easy Budda, I love you forever🐾😇💙💙💙💙"
Debbie B.San Ramon, California
"This note is far overdue. Our Malamute mix went down on a very hot Sunday at the age of 15. I was so traumatized that I couldn't pick him up to get him downstairs, I was almost hysterical. I found Lap of Love and called, thinking no one would be there on a Sunday. But Dr. Rene called right back and we realized we were former neighbors. After some questions, she was at our door, prepared and full of sympathy. Rene talked to our boy and stroked his head and let him know he would be ok. Probably the thing that helped us the most, is at the moment of his passing, he gave our a soft, relieved sigh. Finally out of pain. We will miss our boy forever. Chindi was our heart dog and we'll be forever in Rene's debt that she was able to come so quickly and help him. Additionally, he was a big dog and she was able to respectfully take him with her, so we wouldn't have to worry about that part.
Thank you, Rene, for everything. It took a little while to get past the hurt, but we have. Brian and I went to the shelter and rescued the most adorable little pittie. The cycle goes on. A dog person needs a dog and our other baby, Taima needed a companion.
Thank you for being our angel.
Brian and Lee Ann"
Lee Ann Guerrero BuckleyFairfield, California
"We were so thankful for Dr Rene’s kindness and compassion during what was one of the most difficult times we have had to face. It was so hard to let him go, and we know it wasn’t fair to be selfish and keep him on this earth. Dr Rene helped our Buddy to comfortably pass at home and to cross the Rainbow Bridge."
San Pablo, California
"Thank you Dr. Rene for assisiting in what has been the hardest day of my life. I appreciate your love and compassion."
Samantha BuckinghanBenicia, California
"Dr. Rene Butler came to our house recently, on short notice, to help us send off our 18+ year old kitty, Pinky Leon. She put us at ease with her kindness and confidence. She was understanding, gentle and informative. Pinky passed peacefully without any complications. We are so grateful for Lap of Love's at home service--really makes it more comfortable for the pet and the pet's people. Thank you, Dr. Butler!
(The phone receptionist, Cristina, is also lovely.)"
Kerstin SvendsenVallejo, California
"First let me say when I originally called it was only to gather information and possibly set a date but with the holiday schedule coming it's appeared a sooner than later appointment was best I managed to get an appointment for the same day 3 hours later. Needless to say I was not prepared and broke down sobbing in the store. Dr. Rene arrived on time and was courteous ,sweet, and polite. She explained everything beforehand and was very gentle with Titus and gave him treats (which one of my cats ate) She reassured me after looking at Titus who was 15 and whose health was failing that my decision was the correct one. She gave me the option of having him on the couch or on the floor. Since Titus was always an on the floor kind of dog I let him stay in one of his favorite spots and she got down on the floor with him. She gave the first shot then sat on the couch and talk to me some more and let me know what was going on and what Titus was experienced which was relief from pain and relaxation. Then she gave the final injection listen to his heart and again in a few minutes and let me know he was gone. From there she went to her car and came back with a nice cushion basket. She scooped him up gently and placed him in the basket, tucked him in the basket and carried him away. Under the circumstances I couldn't have asked for a better experience not just for Titus but for me as there was no way I could have driven home after that. After the fact it was better that the appointment was so soon, almost like just ripping off a bandaid. I would recommend Dr. Rene to anyone in need of this type of service. As a crafter I wish I would have kept some hair, but at least I know there is plenty still in the vacuum. For those of you that are reading this I understand your pain before, during and after. It has only been two days and the waves come and go..The booklet that you get gives a painful comfort as you read it and eventually I will frame one of the poems alongside his picture.."
Alicia PaigeVacaville, 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