Denver & Surrounding Areas

  (720) 399-7334

  [email protected]

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 $325

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$425

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 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 39 pounds$250
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$300
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$325

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely indian rosewood urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to your home or work address.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 39 pounds$125
Pets 40 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$175
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$200

This option is for families that don't wish to have their pet's ashes returned nor wish to bury at home. Pets are respectfully cremated with other pets at a licensed crematory and ashes are on private property in the mountains north of Woodland Park. 

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.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

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 Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Danielle

Danielle Harrington

I grew up in the town of Monroe, Connecticut, and from an early age, always had the hope and aspiration of becoming a veterinarian. In fact, one of my most cherished childhood memories was my first career day in elementary school where I dressed up as a vet. I felt so confident at such a young age that my path in life would lead me to veterinary medicine, and fulfilling that lifelong dream remains one of my greatest accomplishments.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, I followed my passion to veterinary school, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University. Throughout my career, I've assisted and practiced in diverse clinical and research settings including general practice, cancer and necropsy studies, and ophthalmology research. I also had the incredible opportunity to complete an externship abroad in Thailand, allowing me to expand upon my knowledge of exotic animal medicine.

I’ve always gravitated toward senior pets and love the collaboration and communication aspect of geriatric medicine. My first personal experience with euthanasia was with the loss of my two very first cats, Lucy and Ricky. Although their absence was difficult to overcome, the compassion and care they received during those final moments of their life meant the world to me and truly helped me to realize the gift of a peaceful passing. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to provide the same level of comfort and compassion to every pet and family that I meet. 

Outside of my work in veterinary medicine I enjoy live music, writing, and spending time with my cats, Miso and Mochi, and my partner, who is also a veterinarian.  

Dr. Jennie

Jennie Brindler

I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, surrounded by pets of all kind – dogs, cats, fish, sugar gliders, guinea pigs, gerbils, you name it! I was an animal lover from day one and this, combined with my interest in science, made veterinary medicine a natural career choice for me. After graduating from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, I completed a companion animal internship in Washington, DC. I worked in both emergency medicine and general practice in Virginia prior to moving to Denver, where I continued my work as a small animal general practitioner.

In my years of private practice, I have had the privilege of caring for countless beloved family pets. While the surgical procedures and medical case management have been fascinating, the most rewarding part of my job by far has been fostering the human-animal bond. There is no greater honor than being trusted by my clients to care for their loving companion and usher them through their golden years.

As a dedicated pet owner myself, I know the depth of the human-animal bond is only matched by the devastation of losing your companion. In such an emotional and difficult time, the ability to provide a peaceful, compassionate passing is crucial. I am honored to support you as you navigate the waters of end of life care and seek guidance in maintaining your loved one’s comfort and dignity. 

Dr. Kaitlin

Kaitlin Dozier

Unlike many of my colleagues, I came to veterinary medicine through a slightly less traditional route. Growing up in rural Kansas, I dreamt of opening a non-profit shelter for homeless pets, but I was absolutely convinced that I wouldn’t be able to handle the medical aspects of such a facility. Then, at 18 years of age I took a rather random job as a kennel technician at a local veterinary clinic, and I was instantly hooked. The satisfaction of improving an animal’s quality of life far outweighed my fears that they were suddenly inconsequential, and I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.  

During my veterinary studies at Colorado State University, I was a member of the pet hospice club and gained invaluable experience in how to help both owners and their pets through some of the most difficult life stages. Around the same time, I came home for Christmas vacation and found that it was time to help my uncle and grandmother through the loss of their beloved Labrador, Chance. Our local veterinarian was able to visit the farm for this last appointment, and Chance’s final moments were spent out in the sun, in his yard, on his blanket, and surrounded by everyone who loved him. Through the grief, the encompassing sense of relief, love, and family bonding is what I carry with me to this day.

After graduating from the veterinary program at Colorado State University, I worked in a variety of medical settings; from low-income clinics to shelters to general practice, one thing remained constant - I've always loved geriatric medicine. It is an honor to help make a beloved pet’s last years and end of life as peaceful, joyful, and pain-free as possible. Ultimately, I've found a career in my passion and understand the privilege, trust, and vulnerability that comes with preserving the human animal bond during these final moments.

Dr. Kim

Kim Bruce

Having grown up on a rural farm in Oregon, surrounded by horses, cattle, dogs, cats, and every animal in between, it was no surprise that I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. I graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and soon after moved to Colorado to follow my dream of working at a mixed animal practice in the Foothills. I loved working with a wide variety of animals and witnessing all different aspects of the human-animal bond, even those that may be considered "unconventional." I (laughingly) became the practice’s designated "chicken doc" and proudly treated every one of my patients with the utmost compassion and respect.

During my time in private practice, I found myself gravitating towards the appointments surrounding pain management, hospice medicine and end-of-life care. This interest strongly influenced me to complete the certification necessary to become a Licensed Veterinary Acupuncturist, furthering my ability to improve the quality of life of my patients.

My ability to help families come to terms with and find comfort in the transition towards end-of-life is something in which I take immense pride. The very foundation of becoming a veterinarian is a promise to help ease pain and suffering. My sole purpose as a veterinarian is to help pets maintain their comfort and dignity for as long as we are lucky enough to have them, and when the time comes, to assist in providing them a peaceful passing within the comfort of their own home.  

It's an absolute honor for me to help families and their beloved pets during this difficult time.

About Danielle Harrington

I grew up in the town of Monroe, Connecticut, and from an early age, always had the hope and aspiration of becoming a veterinarian. In fact, one of my most cherished childhood memories was my first career day in elementary school where I dressed up as a vet. I felt so confident at such a young age that my path in life would lead me to veterinary medicine, and fulfilling that lifelong dream remains one of my greatest accomplishments.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, I followed my passion to veterinary school, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University. Throughout my career, I've assisted and practiced in diverse clinical and research settings including general practice, cancer and necropsy studies, and ophthalmology research. I also had the incredible opportunity to complete an externship abroad in Thailand, allowing me to expand upon my knowledge of exotic animal medicine.

I’ve always gravitated toward senior pets and love the collaboration and communication aspect of geriatric medicine. My first personal experience with euthanasia was with the loss of my two very first cats, Lucy and Ricky. Although their absence was difficult to overcome, the compassion and care they received during those final moments of their life meant the world to me and truly helped me to realize the gift of a peaceful passing. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to provide the same level of comfort and compassion to every pet and family that I meet. 

Outside of my work in veterinary medicine I enjoy live music, writing, and spending time with my cats, Miso and Mochi, and my partner, who is also a veterinarian.  

"Dr. Kim,

Thank you so much. I am grateful for you and the work you do, I am sure it's a difficult job but having someone such as yourself that shows compassion and empathy made it a better experience for me and I think Ralphie too.

Thank you,

AJ Scordo"

AJ Scordo
Littleton, Colorado

"Dr. Kim -

Thank you. It's been a hard few days, but he's not suffering anymore so my heart is good. You were wonderful and I thank you. I'm so happy that you have chosen this path, you have the heart for it! The world needs your empathy and compassion. Give your babies a big hug for me!"


Denver, Colorado

"Dr. Kim

I really appreciate your kindness, and how even through a very difficult time you made it so much more calm. Even my son commented on how you were so kind, and he could tell you really cared about us and Stella. It was really sweet, and I felt the same way.

It was a heartbreaking losing her but I’m thankful that it came on fast and she died so peacefully.

You truly have a gift and I thank you for helping us through such a hard experience.

Betsi ❤️"

Betsi Bannon
Denver, Colorado

"Thank you for all you did for us and Ollie. There has been a large emptiness in our home. He is everywhere. Mornings have been the worst, I think because that was our time together. We would have breakfast and go for walks and car rides. I know it was supposed to snow but I didn't think it was going to be as much. Ollie loved the snow, maybe it was him telling us goodbye and that he is okay. That's what I like to think anyway.

We have found comfort in knowing how peacefully he transitioned and how extremely comfortable he was. You were wonderful and we really appreciate you. We talked about how we wouldn't have wanted him to go any other way. Thank you for making him so comfortable and putting us at ease through the whole process."

Laura & Paul Curran
Denver, Colorado

"When we made the exceptionally hard decision to start this process, Lap of Love was extremely helpful and supportive from the very beginning phone call, and through the entire process.

Dr. Dani was phenomenal. She tried to make the process as easy as possible under the circumstances. So very sympathetic. Thank you so much for assisting us through this very difficult time."

Lori Sanchez
Thornton, Colorado

"The house seems empty without Jesse following me around and looking for his next treat or scruff behind the ears. He definitely was a constant companion and best buddy. He made my days brighter, and he is missed.

I cannot adequately express my gratitude for your kindness, compassion, and patience. Your explanations throughout the process and your gentleness with Jesse helped immensely. Thank you for so gently wrapping him in a blanket and providing a soft spot for his head to rest. My final memory of Jesse is one of him at peace and free from discomfort and anxiety.

I am thankful he got his "angel wings" at home with your compassionate assistance. You were our angel in a time of need."

Jan Rehling
Franktown, Colorado

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (303) 366-2639

VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital - Denver

  (303) 539-7646

The Human Animal Bond Trust - Denver

  (303) 874-7387

VRCC - Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital - Englewood

  (303) 817-8571

Individual Pet Grief Counseling - Denver

  (303) 433-3291

Denver Pet Urgent Care - Emergency Veterinary Hospital - Wheat Ridge

  (720) 352-0930

Gentle Psychotherapy - Boulder

  (303) 424-3325

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital - Wheat Ridge

  (303) 973-4200

VCA Deer Creek Animal Hospital - Littleton

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Denver area, including all or parts of Denver, Douglas, Elbert and North El Paso Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$75 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“One of the hardest things that has ever been required of me was the day that I had to let go as the angels carried you up to heaven.  💔 🐾 💔”
Lori Sanchez
January 8, 2021
“Charley Bear was the best friend I could ever ask for. He was my shadow for 15 1/2 years, and I was his person. We were the best, I think we’ll ever be, just you and me, for just a moment. Time goes by, people touch and then their gone, but you and I will never really end, we’ll never love again, like we did then. You were my most loyal friend, it ...
Christi Istvan
January 4, 2021
“It seemed so sudden. After 13 years of your presence, we had to say goodbye on Friday. Through 10 moves, you came with me. Shadow was my rock, my friend, and my snuggle-buddy. He taught me that life is too short not to lay in the sun or to take a moment to just sit and be present with someone you care about. He left behind big shoes to fill for ...
December 8, 2020
“You came into my life when I needed you the most. All the way from TX you followed... and forever you will be in my heart”
Lluvia Aragon
November 20, 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
P.O. Box 36211
Denver, Colorado 80236

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