Denver & Surrounding Areas
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 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.
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.
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 - 9pm. 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 was an opinionated kid with very clear ideas of what I wanted and where I was going. I don't remember when I decided to become a veterinarian; I recall it as a constant and a given that veterinary medicine would be my career.
The day I was accepted to Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine was the happiest day of my life!
After graduation, I was an associate in a general practice clinic. I loved my patients, especially the geriatric pets. Early in my career, I realized that my patient's final vet appointment was the most important one. I did my best to make that appointment as peaceful and dignified as possible, but the reality was instead of being at home, they were in a clinical setting, which was less than ideal for my patients and their families. I, myself, arranged for in-home appointments for several of my own pets, and saw firsthand how beneficial it was to the entire family.
I began my career as a hospice veterinarian to provide a good quality of life for geriatric pets and those with chronic illnesses, to offer a gentle last appointment for my patients, and to keep the bond between pets and parents intact. I consider it an honor to be present and participate in this very spiritual time.
Besides my work as a veterinarian, I am fortunate to have a wonderful family consisting of my husband, my beautiful Diego, a Great Dane-Lab elder statesman, and my two former Nicaraguan street dogs, Nica and Chica (aka the hooligans). I recently lost my orange tabby, Emily Marie, to chronic renal disease and am sadly Pugless at this time. Besides my family, I enjoy the Colorado outdoors, kayaking, chocolate, and my very tiny camping cabin by the lake.
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.
Julie Hasenfratz, DVM
"Dr. Kim Bruce was amazing through the whole experience. My daughter was very attached to our dog and she insisted on being part of the experience. I was hesitant because she’s only 6, but Dr. Kim assured me it would be peaceful and it was. The whole process was so calm and not rushed or cold. It was truly an amazing way to say goodbye. I appreciate how caring and kind Dr. Kim was and honestly I don’t think it would have been as easy (or as easy as this kind of thing can be) without her. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart, Dr. Kim."
Christine BradfordDenver, Colorado
"This was the most difficult phone call I ever made. Dr. Julie was wonderful, compassionate, and I thank her for all she did for my Blue Belle ...and me!"
Basia ChristLongmont, Colorado
I always thought that when it was Paul's turn to go to Doggie Heaven, that he would just go to sleep. However, things don't always go, the way we think they should. Paul was almost 17 years old, he had suffered a seizure, followed by a stroke and needed some assistance passing on.
I didn't want to lose him, but I didn't want him to be in pain and suffer either, so I gave in and let my daughter, Erica call Lap of Love. When you arrived at our house and explained things and gave us some comfort, in knowing that we were doing the right thing to help Paul. That was the hardest day for me, but you made it a little easier for all of us.
Susan GierstorfLakewood, Colorado
"Dr. Kim was so caring & made our final moments with Logan very peaceful. This has been an extremely difficult time for us as a family & really the first close loss our children have experienced. Dr. Kim made sure all of us were comfortable & informed at each step of the way, taking as much time as we needed. We are so grateful to Lap of Love for the at home services they were able to provide to make this final transition for Logan at a place he was comfortable & surrounded by his loved ones. They were very respectful & professional & treated us like family."
Thank you for everything you did. You were very comforting to us and you made a very difficult process a little easier. We do miss him so much already. Thank you for being so gentle and caring with him. I wish you could have seen him a few weeks ago when he was still a spunky big guy. He was an amazing family member and I hope he has reunited with his little brother, Loki.
I can’t even imagine how hard your job is, but thank you for doing it the way you do. You really help families say a proper goodbye to their loved ones. Even though his passing was painful for us, it does give me a small amount of relief that he is no longer in any pain. And that this is a gift we are able to offer our furry family members.
Thank you again,
Denise, Mike and Roscoe"
"Thank you Dr. Kim - You were truly amazing! You made a very hard situation as comfortable as possible. That was the hardest thing we’ve ever had to go through, but I couldn’t have imagined someone so sweet, professional and thoughtful to help us through the process. Thank goodness we had you to help. We appreciate everything more than you know! You are very strong to do what you do - and that takes a genuine, caring person. Annie is at peace and with that, our minds can rest too. She will always be missed, but knowing she is happy and no longer suffering warms our hearts. Thank you again!
-Jami and Family"
Jami BurlingameArvada, Colorado
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
The Human Animal Bond Trust, Denver
VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, Denver
Individual Pet Grief Counseling, Denver
VRCC - Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Englewood
Pet Loss Support Group, Boulder
Denver Pet Urgent Care - Emergency Veterinary Hospital, Wheat Ridge
Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society
Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital
Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado, Englewood, Stephanie Erkfitz, LCSW
Deer Creek Animal Hospital, Littleton
Gentle Psychotherapy, Boulder
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.
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 LoveP.O. Box 221572Denver, CO 80222