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. 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.  

"I had to make the very hard decision to put down my companion of 13.5 years, Audrey Hepburn, in May 2020. She was 14.5 years old and the best cat I could have dreamed of! Dr. Jennie walked in the door and from the first second she was comforting, kind, and let me take my time to say goodbye to my girl. It was a huge comfort to have such an amazing person there during this difficult time. She even let me give Audrey a couple of her favorite toys and blanket. Thank you!!!"

Jamie WIlms
Denver, Colorado

"Dr Kim,

I want to say thank you from my family.

Not only for the service that you provided us to allow our sweet Vespa to go peacefully but also your calm approach and the card that you delivered.

It has meant a lot to our family. You are a credit to the industry and I hope everyone in the same situation has the fortunate experience to have Dr Kim help them through their hard times.

Again, thank you so much! You are a special person delivered from above.

Sincerely, Jabin"

Jabin Vanderheyden
Denver, Colorado

"We are heartbroken by the passing of our beloved Appenzeller Senenhund, Gracie (Goo)!

We are SO grateful to Lap of Love's, Dr. Kim Bruce for helping us to remove her suffering.. Thank You for your loving note and card, Dr. Kim!

How we will miss her independent spirit, funny bark-offs; silly "feed me:" growls/woo-woos and gentle; sweet love. She's free to "snorfel" in the snow; root out voles and gophers and do infinite perimeter walks in Heaven. We rescued her from abandonment and she introduced us at the dog park. She was the Flower Dog at our Wedding! We will see her again

Gracie joins Sophie, our rescued Weimaraner, probably much to her dismay! Go Gracie GO!

Please donate to Angel Fund (under Community on Lap of Love's website) to help families in need afford Lap of Love's services.!"

KARIN & GEORGE VARDAMAN
INDIAN HILLS, Colorado

"Thank you for the kind email and letter in the mail. It really means a lot. And thank you for helping Stanley - we are so appreciative of what you do. We had his ashes returned to us today, and means so much to us to have him returned home."

Kaylie & Adam Sniff
Denver, Colorado

"Dr Jennie was incredible through our whole experience. She made sure she pronounced my baby's name, Kyou, correctly, and that means so much to me, to hear his name correctly. She was gentle, kind, and understanding."

Dani Wyatt
Denver, Colorado

"Good Evening Dr. Kim

Given the circumstances thank you for coming over yesterday. You picked the right line of Veterinary Medicine. When I called to make the appointment it was like we were calling the grim reaper. Literally that’s what it felt like. We counted down the hours and when your phone call came in we knew it was real.

Then you showed up. You were so kind and gentle and quiet and soft spoken ( in a good way of course ). You were perfect for us yesterday. This is not your first rodeo and home you’ve visited but what this service provides is exactly what we are looking for.

I did feel a weight lift when he passed but damn it’s hard. I remember the day I saw him at the breeders...and the day I drove him home.

Thanks for everything

Evan and Melissa"

Evan Christopher
Denver, 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
“Kyou was my regal gentleman with the heart of a kitten. He loved to talk & was always ready to say "hello!" When I got home. He loved pipe cleaners & bouncy balls. He early on showed me how much he loved to be the bathroom during shower time so he could enjoy the steam. And the wet pets & brushing that followed were the icing on the cat. He ...
Dani Wyatt
October 21, 2020
“Smuckers was an amazing gift and survivor. She use to sit on the peak of my roof... she was almost 20lbs and a fluffy Maine Coon mix... so she looked huge. People would stop and knock on the door to tell me there was a raccoon on the roof... that was just Smuckers.
She got attacked and nearly killed by a dog... but she was so tough she survived ...
Thomas Stevens
October 14, 2020
“My little baby Pookie. I remember how fast I fell in love with you. You were the runt of the litter and the owners were shocked when I declared you mine. I think they even would have given me a discount on the price but I couldn't give them my money fast enough. I knew that your value was far beyond some summer paychecks I had gathered. Your ...
Kate Rizzo
October 7, 2020
“Zooey,

I’ll never forget the day we met. One look from that face of yours was all it took, with one ear perked up and the other flopped down, looking up at me from your kennel at the shelter. You were just a 9 month old puppy, but you were so polite and cordial. You simply sat up, looked up at me and said “Hi, I’m here looking for a best friend ...
Nathan Dvorak
September 24, 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

Lap Of Love Locations
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin