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.
Julie Hasenfratz, DVM
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.
Kim Bruce, DVM, CVA
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! She was so kind, compassionate and caring during one of the hardest moments of my life. This was the first time I did this at home, as my other cat Jackson was so bonded with Xander in the short time they were together. I thought it best he witnessed this event to help him grieve as well. She made the process bearable, and was so accepting of my tears and helped to ease the pain. She was born to do this, and helped our furry family in time of need, and is greatly appreciated. Thank you Dr. Kim!"
Lisa TuetkenDenver, Colorado
"When our dog's kidneys started to fail, it quickly became apparent that we didn't have much time to determine what to do, as he was fading fast. We were happy with our vets but didn't want to have to take him down there and have him put to sleep in a clinical situation, so we stumbled onto Lap of Love and Dr. Julie. She was so compassionate and sensitive and tactful that she made an unbearable decision easier to deal with. We still get all teared up, but think that Harley's last minutes were peaceful and pain-free. These folks have our unqualified recommendation."
Dennis & Charla SmythLakewood, Colorado
""Thank you so much for coming to our home on the final hour of Cooper life. Cooper was our family dog for 9 years and putting him down was a difficult decision. We knew it was the best for him, you made a very hard situation easier with your kindness, concern and professionalism. We will miss him so much. You made the whole experience much easier on us and on Cooper. He was with us in our home till his last breath. And we are thankful that you offer this service, it made his passing much easier on him and us."
Thank you for the wonderful service you provide.
Phil AcevedoMonument, Colorado
"Thank you Dr. Julie for a "beautiful death" and a dignified passing. You are an angel and were born for the job you hold. I cannot praise your efforts enough. You made one of the worst days of my life bearable. Thank you for your compassion and caring. You are a jewel."
Eileen WardDenver, Colorado
"Doctor Julie was wonderful. She led and supported us through the impossible."
Tom SternerWestminster, Colorado
"Thank you Dr. Hasenfratz, you made one of the hardest things to do a lot easier. Your kind heart, and loving touch made Tyson's last moments on earth so peaceful. You handle a tough situation with ease. You transformed it from being such a hard moment to being such a peaceful and calm moment. I am glad that you were the doctor we got to share this hard time with. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts Dr. Hasenfratz and Lap of Love for what you do."
Savannah MartinezLakewood, 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