Greater Jacksonville and St. Johns Area
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 wooden urn (engraved nameplate is optional) and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory.
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 scattered by the crematory.
For pets over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one if cremation has been requested. 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.
We are here to answer your questions every day, from 7am - 11pm. 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.
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 knew I had found my purpose as a veterinarian, perhaps even as a human being, after my first home visit for a very sick patient. Being able to share such a sacred moment with families as they said goodbye to their dearest companion is, simply, an honor. Helping others is what I was meant to do, however, I will never forget the day my beloved Labrador received her own beautiful angel wings. She was comfortable at home, surrounded by love, and she peacefully slipped away as I held her paw and told her I loved her. I truly believe it is the kindest gift that we can give our furry family members. One of my favorite things about my profession is that I'm able to help animals, but also build lasting relationships with their owners.
I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. My husband, Taylor, and I have five furry children. Skippy, Shirley, Taco and Smokey are our kitties, and we also have a black Labrador, Lady. All of our animals are rescues and we love them dearly!
After graduating from the University of Florida, I worked for several animal hospitals in the Jacksonville area including PrimeVet Animal Hospital as well as shelter medicine at the Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services. Throughout my years of practice, I always felt something was missing. While working in the hospitals, the animal bond I felt has always been strong but the human bond was commonly missing. One day, maybe not by coincidence, I found Lap of Love. The mission of providing peace to not only pets but to the whole family suddenly became my life's mission. In joining Lap of Love, I am honored to provide this gift to families and feel complete in my profession.
In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, surfing, photography and Latin dance. My favorite hobby, however, is watching the Florida Gators basketball and football games. Gooooooooo Gators!
My husband, Dr. Ryan McAlpin (also a UF Alumni), is an established dentist in Orange Park. We have a daughter, Lilya, and a son, Tegan. Our family is completed by one kitty, Mia Maria, and 3 dogs, Sada Lane, Koa Kanani, and Charlie Rose. My husband and I are proud to serve Orange Park and the surrounding Jacksonville area.
I am most at peace when I am helping people and their pets. Shelter medicine and non-profit general practice have been my home for some time now. I consider it a privilege to be a voice for the voiceless here in Jacksonville. Having the ability to help my patients transition from their lives here on earth is a blessing, and sharing in this moment creates a connection second to none. It is one of the most sacred gifts I can give a pet and their people.
While earning my bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida, my constant companion was Tazzy, an amazing, cranky, 15-year-old, grey and white cat who I rescued in central Florida. When Tazzy was 16, she took a turn for the worse and I rushed her to the veterinary hospital. She passed away in the triage area, away from me, with strangers. It still makes me incredibly sad that I wasn’t with her during her final moments.
After attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine I moved to Jacksonville to begin my career. One day, Howard, a 2-year-old white pit bull came in as a stray with a large mass on his front leg. I diagnosed him with bone cancer and decided to take him home and make whatever time he had left amazing.
We had six fantastic months together where I got to spoil him rotten. He truly was the best dog. When I knew it was time for Howard to cross the rainbow bridge, a friend of mine came out to the house and we sat in front of the Christmas tree with Howard’s head in my lap as I said my last goodbyes. Knowing from personal experience the peace that comes with at-home end of life care makes me incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to share this gift with you and your family.
I've had a close connection with all creatures from an early age - whether it was insects or zoo animals - I wanted to be a part of their lives and care for them! As soon as I was old enough, I began volunteering and working with animals in many capacities. As a teenager, I helped to walk dogs at the local shelter. During college I continued to help animals, working as a kennel technician, a receptionist, and eventually a veterinary nurse. Finally, I was accepted into veterinary school and my life dream was realized. I was even able to travel to South Africa and work with safari animals during an externship.
I obtained my bachelor's degree from Florida State and went to vet school at Ross University in St. Kitts. I've been able to experience a very diverse workload around the country and the world! I have worked as a veterinarian in both Colorado and the U.S. Virgin Islands before moving back home to Jacksonville. Throughout my career, it has become very important to me to help families with end of life care for their beloved pets. It is never easy to say goodbye to our friends. If I am able to help make the experience more comfortable by providing dignity within a familiar environment, then I feel that I have honored my profession. I have helped my own personal pets transition in this way, and I understand how much more calming and peaceful this experience can be for all of us.
My family includes my husband and our daughter Isla, as well as our dog Bodhi and our cats Aubie and Fraggle. We love spending time on the water and having fun on the beach! Thank you for honoring me by allowing me into your home and lives during such a personal moment.
Katie Stender, DVM
"I want to thank Dr. Katie for the compassion and love she showed my family and our beloved American Bull Dog. She made this experience calm, compassionate and we were able to talk and love on him until the end. He is no longer in pain and gained his wings. Thank you to Lap of Love for the understanding from the first phone call until we carried our boy away."
Barbara LightnerJacksonville, Florida
"Thank you, Dr. Katie Green and Lap of Love for the caring and thoughtfulness you provided to us, our friends and our family at the time we had to say goodbye to the Casey Mae, the best friend a human being can have. Although, Casey fought cancer for over five years she had an extraordinary dog life. We will miss her every day. We are so thankful for Dr. Katie, for her caring and the beautiful and peaceful memory of our sweet Casey girl crossing over the rainbow bridge.
"A heart of gold stopped beating. Two shining eyes at rest. God broke our hearts to prove today that he only takes the best. God knows you had to leave, but you didn't go alone, for a part of us went with you the day He took you home.""
Alan & Frieda ThomasNeptune Beach, Florida
"Dr. Michelle is an angel right here on earth. Her warmth and kindness made the worst day more bearable. She is compassionate and so sweet. I cannot thank her enough and will never forget her."
Lauri McIntoshFleming Island, Florida
"Thank you, not only for your comforting words but also for your compassionate care for Willow and Linda and me. Linda says she’s never seen so much compassion in such situations before, of which both she and I have experienced too many through the years.
Not only have we experienced the emptiness of her absence the past couple of days, but so have two of our other cats. Felix, with whom she lived for over four years, is visibly sad and clearly misses her. Harley, who shared the house with her for two years, crossed the street today for the first time in over a year, to the places where Willow used to spend most of the day, apparently in search of her. Our happy moments are all tinged with the sadness of her absence from our lives. But that sadness is tempered by the knowledge that she was able to make the transition with as much care as possible.
With warm regards,
Jim and Linda"
James MorrisonNeptune Beach, Florida
"Our very dear and faithful friend Bruno, our 12 year old Pug has always been a very happy and healthy guy. That is, until a few short weeks ago. Bruno was in pain and shaking one night. We had lab work performed, which came back “concerning” and was placed on a couple of meds. Bruno’s health continued to deteriorate and we had Radiography (X Rays) , and Ultrasound performed. What we would learn, just a week and a half ago was that Bruno’s Liver was very enlarged, and he had multiple tumors. Our hearts were broken In very short order our Bruno stopped eating anything. We tried everything to try to stimulate his appetite, and nothing worked. We tried all of his favorite foods. We tried them all. With day he became weaker. It broke our hearts to see him failing so fast. Included in all of the information that our Vet gave us, there was a brochure for Lap of Love. It was one of the hardest calls of my life to make, but I called for my precious Bruno. The voice on the other side of the phone was Victoria & she understood what I was going through, she was so caring and wonderful. She made an appointment for Dr. Katie to give Bruno his Angel wings. From the moment that Dr. Katie came to our home, I knew she was family. Dr. Katie was never a stranger coming into our home to help us, she was our Angel. She explained everything and was so caring and thoughtful to everyone in our family, including our other furry family members. Our little Bruno gained his Angel wings, and is no longer suffering. I’m so incredibly thankful to Dr. Katie. I just love her & I’m so very thankful for what she did for us ❤️ ❤️ "
Lauren D LymanJacksonville, Florida
"Hershey came to be a part of our family almost 14 years ago. She came to us after we lost another dog and while I wasn't sure I was ready, it was the best decision we every made. She grew up along side our two daughters and helped raised a kitten when he came to be a part of our family as well. Everyone who met Hershey became a friend and there were LOTS of friends. When her health began to deteriorate, we did what we could to help her be as comfortable as possible. When it became clear that she wouldn't ever recover, the decision was made to call in Lap of Love. We saw it as the last gift we could give her, the gift of a peaceful goodbye. When Dr. Katie arrived, she went straight to Hershey and gave her a chocolate Hershey's kiss, a fitting treat. She pet her and spoke softly to her and listened to us reminisce about the life Hershey shared with us. When we were all comfortable, Dr. Katie gave Hershey the sedative and for the first time in months, we saw our Hershey relax and be comfortable. The ability to have our last memory be of Hershey curled up comfortably on her bed, in front of the fire place where she spent so much time was so comforting and peaceful for all of us. I know that she transitioned in the most comfortable way possible, surrounded by the people she loved.
I cannot thank Dr. Katie and the Lap of Love family for loving our animals enough to provide this service.
Love, Hershey's family,
Shannon, Tom, Shelby, Savannah & Margaret"
Shannon MannJacksonville, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Center
Clay-Duval Pet Emergency Clinic
Emergency & Critical Care Pet Hospital
St Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serves families in all of the northeast portion of Florida, from Fernandina down to Middleburg, including St. Johns. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee incurred. Please call for details.
To make the experience as peacful 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.
1650 Margaret St. Ste. 302 # 207Jacksonville, FL 32204
The Florida Times: A death in the family: Saying goodbye to Ruby Ann