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
"In one of the most difficult times in my life, Dr. Kim Bruce came to our home. She was so kind, so compassionate. I don't usually do good with strangers but she provided both my husband and I comfort and most importantly our dog Charlie. She gave us all the time we needed with her and knew when and where to be. I was so happy I didn't have to stress Charlie out by taking her anywhere and she peacefully was able to pass away. I feel absolutely fortunate to have been able to do this for our dog. Thank you, Dr. Kim, for taking care of all of us."
Kate DavisArvada, Colorado
"Dr. Julie was the greatest. She made this terrible and painful experience as easy as possible for us. Lap of Love is sent from above."
AbiGail BarnhartArvada, Colorado
"We loved Dr Julie, she was great, she walked us through the whole process and let Aspen make all the decisions. We were blessed to have Dr Julie come and help Aspen become an Angel. She even checked up on us the next day to see how we were and to offer her support."
Mark & Becky AshcraftElizabeth, Colorado
"I had my beloved doodlebug, Dudley, for 13 years. After being diagnosed with cancer he slowed down just a little. But then he had a seizure. He started to go downhill fast. My heart was breaking and I called Lap of Love to talk to someone about his condition. Everyone I talked to on the phone was very supportive and caring. We made the difficult decision to have Dr. Kim come out to our home. Dr. Kim is a very kind and caring person. She was so gentle with Dudley. Our baby passed peacefully. Dr. Kim was so compassionate it made a difficult situation a little easier. She was so kind to him and gave him love and just treated him with so much respect. I miss him so much. If you have to make this awful decision, Lap of Love will take great care of your fur baby. Thank you Dr. Kim for giving us our last moments with Dudley knowing he was no longer in any pain."
Denise ColeAurora, Colorado
"Beazzy (officially Beatrice) was a big, bouncy presence in our family's home and hearts and we miss her dearly. We had her for 7 years after she was rescued from the streets of LA, and we described her as our wolfie, gentle teddy bear, and most perfect dog ever. When her back legs began to fail, we needed guidance for the best course for her. She was still a happy, vibrant dog in every other way, and she did her best to hide her pain from us. Dr. Kim gently explained what was happening to her spine and helped us with the decision we knew we had to reach. We cannot express enough how grateful we are to have found Lap of Love. Every person involved treated us with kindness and understanding, and they responded to us very promptly. Dr. Kim was absolutely wonderful... she was extremely patient and professional with us, and gave us all of the time we needed during the process. It was especially nice for Beazzy, as it would have been so frightening and painful for her to have to go to a vet hospital or office at this time. She passed away so peacefully and sweetly in her own home with her pack (family) all around her. We feel so lucky to have found these amazing people, who were so kind and caring in our family's and our best friend's time of need."
Sue Ann DillonCentennial, Colorado
"Thank you Dr. Julie, you made those last few moments with our beloved Ripken as precious as they could be under those circumstances. He got to leave this world in his home, in our arms without the stress and the coldness of a Clinic. I have no regrets about having to let him go this way. And thank you for treating his sweet body with such respect and treating us with such kindness. You were a gift when we needed that reassurance that we were doing what was best for Ripken, not what was best for us..."
Lana HaskinsHighlands Ranch, 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