San Francisco North Bay Area
Dr. Rene will be unavailable from October 15th - 23rd. Our Support Team is available everyday via phone or email to answer your questions and to schedule an appointment upon her return.
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
"Dr. Rene was as kind and compassionate as could be. Given the situation, if there was anything that helped us to make this decision and get through the moments that ushered our sweet girl into a better place, Dr. Rene met us where we needed it most. From the moment she stepped into our home to the moment she left, she was genuinely concerned for all of us. Blondie and my family are grateful for her love and the gift of compassion she has been so generously blessed with. I couldn’t imagine having a different experience."
Maria CunningVacaville, California
"This service and Dr. Rene went way beyond my expectations. Dr. Rene put me and Keiko at ease as soon as she sat down with us under the tree with her giant animal loving heart and knowledge of canine behavior. She understood immediately our dilemma, and I found her to be very accommodating to my need to talk it all out. I loved how I never felt rushed throughout working out the decision. Although I knew it was time, I still possessed doubt and confusion based on Keiko rallying for treats, pets, hellos, etc. Dr. Rene carefully examined him and along with the documented information she already had from my two prior calls to their phone counselor, she confirmed my assessment and vanquished any doubt that I had had. Using Lap of Love was the best decision ever and I highly recommend this service. I had made those two calls, one about 4 weeks prior and the second about one week prior and the woman that took my call listened to me go on an on about Keiko and his timeline of geriatric change and decline. I was impressed how compassionate, kind and professional the phone counselors were to me never once adding any kind of rush or pressure, but merely informing me of choices and possibilities. Dr. Rene happened to be a bonus. I would seek her out for vet care in the future if/when I ever adopt again. They truly helped make Keiko's journey to the rainbow bridge gentle, loving and peaceful. Please call them when you find your fur baby changed by age or disease and they will help guide you through a difficult time. You will not regret using Lap of Love. I'm truly thankful!"
Anne Evansfairfield, California
"We want to thank Dr. Butler so very much for making a truly unbearable day a little more bearable. She was gentle and compassionate and her kind words and demeanor were comforting to us all. Thank you Dr. Rene Butler and Lap of Love."
Wendy and James LyndVacaville, California
"This was without a doubt one of the most difficult days of my life. I didn't want Alice to be afraid so I decided to contact Lap of Love. I made an appointment for the following weekend. The receptionist on the phone was so kind and helpful. As I walked my Alice on the morning of her appointment, I let her lead and take me wherever she wanted to go. I loved on her all morning. Right from the moment Dr. Rene arrived, I felt comforted by her presence. She explained all the steps that would take place. She even loved on Alice for a bit. The Dr. was so kind you couldn't help but be comforted through the entire process. She took a plaster paw print and we chose to keep her ashes. A few days after the appointment, she sent us a kind e-mail to check on us. She offered us to call her if we needed to talk to someone that really understood. We also received a kind card from her in the mail. It meant a lot to me. I made the right but difficult decision for my dog Alice, and I picked the right place to handle what needed to be done. Alice's best friend passed about 4 years ago. I know with all my heart the are in heaven waiting for me to get there someday. Thank you Dr. Rene for everything."
Julie SullivanVallejo, California
"I'm so grateful for how kind and practical Dr. Rene was in helping ease Oliver to the 'other side'. He was able to leave, lying in his favorite spot. All this without having to put him through the stress of a trip to a vet's office. He was suffering but his end was gentle and peaceful. Thanks, Dr. Rene."
Ellen BlakeyNapa, California
"Dr. Rene is awesome. She is very kind and compassionate. She helped us through this experience in such a gentle way... I am grateful that she explained everything to my family as this was our first experience having to put a family pet down. Death is a part of life, and making Koda as comfortable as possible during his transition was very important to us. Thank you, Dr. Rene!"
E & E ButawanVallejo, 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