Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$250

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.

Euthanasia$250

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.

Geriatric Consultation$250

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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
Pet up to 19 pounds$225
Pets 20 - 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 pounds or over$300
Optional engraved nameplate$15

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.

Communal Cremation
Pet up to 99 pounds$100
Pets 100 pounds or over$150

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. 

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

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.

Meet the Doctors

Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Katie

Katie Stender, DVM

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 three cats - Skippy, Shirley, and Taco and a black Labrador, Lady. All of our animals are rescues and we love them dearly! 

 

Dr. Jessica

Jessica McAlpin, DVM

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. 

Dr. Katie

Katie Green, DVM

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.

Dr. Michelle

Michelle Halverson, DVM

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. 

About Katie Stender, DVM

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 three cats - Skippy, Shirley, and Taco and a black Labrador, Lady. All of our animals are rescues and we love them dearly! 

 

"Our precious little dog Chilla stressed out so much when going to her vet. So, when deciding what we would do to make her journey over the rainbow as comfortable as possible, we used Lap of Love which was recommended to us by our vet. Chilla was euthanized at home in her favorite spot, our bed with us right by her side. We knew she was close to leaving us so we made the appointment for Sunday, February 10, 2019. It was definitely the right way to let her go. The vet that came to our home, Dr. Katie, was wonderful, so warm and compassionate. I would recommend this organization to anyone who has a terminally ill pet. We miss our Chi so much!"

Brigitte Woodruff
Fleming Island, Florida

"We are so thankful for Dr. Halverson's compassion, warmth and love as she handled the emotional end of Pokie's life on January 21, 2019."

Cindy & Danny Weisner
NEPTUNE BEACH, Florida

"We had to put our sweet cat, Joker, to sleep due to end stage renal failure. The whole process, from the first call to Lap of Love to the final visit, was so amazing. Every care coordinator I spoke with was kind and helpful. Dr. Michelle Halverson came out to our house and was so incredibly kind, gentle, compassionate, competent, and professional. She was so loving to Joker and the other animals in our home. The whole euthanasia process was so peaceful. I am so glad we found Dr. Michelle and Lap of Love. Thank you so much."

Sierra Trainor
Jacksonville, Florida

"We had to euthanize our beautiful Dexter on November 7, 2018. It was a painful decision but we knew it was time, thanks to the great article on this website. Our 12.5 year-old rescued lab mix had become so anxious and had gotten to the place where he didn't even want us to touch him. We didn't want to stress him out further by taking him to a vet clinic where he would have to deal with waiting and other animals. We found Lap of Love through a google search and felt confident based on the great reviews. Dr. Katie came to our house and we immediately felt confident we had made the right decision. She was so loving and kind to our sweet boy (and us). She sat on the floor next to Dexie's bed and us talking to us and loving on Dexter. He immediately relaxed in her presence. She explained everything to us and after about 30 minutes, she gently gave him a shot to relax him. He almost left us at that point. It was so great seeing him relaxed for the first time in days. He gently left us and was free. Dr. Katie cried with us and took the best care of Dexter, even wrapping him in a comfy blanket. She made a tortuous experience absolutely beautiful. She even assured us it was time for our boy to cross that rainbow bridge. I cannot recommend Lap of Love enough!! They are the best!!! Thank you Dr. Katie! We hope to not have to see you for a while, but you will be who we call when it's time for our kitty Molly & 12 year-old cockapoo Stella."

Deb & Tim Harrell
Jacksonville, Florida

"This was the first time I had to make the decision about ending a loved animal's life. We couldn't work it out with our local Vet, schedule-wise, who is awesome, to help, in a timely manner. Thanks to a referral from a friend in Jax, I found this amazing service.

It was and remains a very tough decision, but their website really helped me to better understand animal pain and anxiety. Dr. Michelle could not have been any more perfect in helping with this and being open to a very planful departure for Bonnie, who now joins her pal Clyde (buried under where she is laying).

Very thankful to Lap of Love and Dr. Michelle."

Samir Gupte
Fernandina Beach, Florida

"As many of you know we lost our beloved Frank on Wednesday. Two week ago we contacted Lap of Love to evaluate Frank for hospice care. Dr. Katie Stender came to visit and we were able to make Frank more comfortable with her insights. Medication ....simply raising his food bowl so he would not have to struggle to reach his food....putting runners on the floors since he was dragging his leg....she was a wealth of knowledge and compassion.

This past Wednesday it became time to say good bye. Dr. Katie was amazing and those details are too painful to talk about. But....she sent me this email today and I had to share it:

Dearest Sue,

I just wanted to tell you how much I've thought about you and Steve, and how honored I was to be able to help your angel get his much deserved angel wings. I know it was a very difficult time, but it was easy to see how loved Frank was and how hard you work to keep your furry ones happy and healthy.

I am sure the house must feel much emptier without your sweet baby there. Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to make things easier for you, even if you just need a sympathetic ear.

I feel so honored and privileged to be with families as they say goodbye to their faithful companion, and if you would like to share our experience together with others who may have to go through this difficult time with their own pet, you can do so on my testimonials site. http://www.lapoflove.com/Testimonials I'm always here for you if you ever need anything and I’m sending lots of love and light your way. Please give Beans an extra hug from me. <3

Forever a Pug Lover and Admirer,

Dr. Katie"

Sue Myers
Orange Park, Florida

Local Resources

Pet Life and Loss Support Services

Emergency Clinic

  (904) 642-5911

Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Center

Emergency Clinic

  (904) 264-8281

Clay-Duval Pet Emergency Clinic

Emergency Clinic

  (904) 223-8000

Emergency & Critical Care Pet Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (904) 797-5770

St Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center

Service Area

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.

Pet Memorials
“Carrot was a warrior, very loving and very loved.”
Amanda Knight
February 3, 2019
“Our beloved Frank went over the rainbow bridge last Wednesday after 13 wonderful years of love and amazing companionship. He was the quintessential Velcro Pug who always could make a bad day better with his sweet kisses and loving nature. He is greatly missed and will be forever in our hearts. Thank you Dr. Katie for being there for our sweet ...
Sue Myers
January 22, 2019
“Dr. Michelle:
I don't know if I ever will be able to thank you enough for helping us and our sweet Lola go and join all of our other pets that have left us to watch over us like angels. Your understanding, caring, compassionate, animal loving personality shines through you. I knew the moment you walked in the door everything was going to be ...
Lauri McIntosh
December 3, 2018
“Hershey was our sweet girl who loved belly rubs, ear scratches, her cat and treats. Lots of treats. She loved being in the sun and pretending not to hear us when it was time to go back inside the house. She loved and was loved so very much.”
Shannon Mann
November 15, 2018
Payment Options

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. 

Mailing Address

1650 Margaret St. Ste. 302 # 207
Jacksonville, FL 32204

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