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.
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 7am - 11pm. 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.
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 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!
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.
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.
Katie Stender, DVM
"This is the toughest thing I've ever had to do, but I can't imagine doing it any other way. He went with dignity. He wasn't in pain. And he was surrounded by all the love in our hearts in his own home."
Adam SilkJacksonville, Florida
"Saying goodbye to my best friend for the last 12 years, Sperry, was the hardest decision to make. He was so loving and not a bad bone in his body. He without a doubt taught me more about love, loyalty, being a companion, and responsibility than I will ever know and I can't thank him enough. He had battled 4 tough surgeries and was the strongest boy I'd ever seen but his body was starting to show signs of discomfort and I knew that time was coming, and wasn't going to let him be in pain. Lap of love was recommended to me by family friends and based on his physical condition, it was the best decision. Dr. Katie Green was so supportive, calm, and understanding during this process and couldn't of made it a more peaceful setting for him to get his angel wings. He had some hotdogs and 3/4 pint of vanilla ice cream and couldn't of been happier at the time. As tough as the process was emotionally losing him, I was so comforted knowing he was happy and peaceful at the end. Thank you Dr. Katie and Lap of Love for everything."
Grant ReisJacksonville, Florida
"With the loving assistance of Dr. Katie Green, we said good-bye to our beautiful Sadie on April 11th. Sadie was adopted from the Humane Society in 2001 and lived a long, happy life with us. She was my forever companion, and a "big sister" to her human brothers. Being the first pet I've ever had to part from, I have been heartbroken by the absence of her presence. Dr. Katie was such an incredibly calming, sweet and loving presence at Sadie's transition. She was patient, giving me all the time I needed to say my good-bye. She explained the process and helped to explain what to expect. She even gave Sadie a hershey kiss as a final sweet treat. I will be forever grateful to Lap of Love, and the beautiful gift of a peaceful transition that Dr Katie gave to my sweet girl."
Courtney Hughes-O'ConnellJacksonville, Florida
"I cannot say enough good things about Lap of Love and Dr. Katie (Stender). As anyone who has had to have their pets euthanized at the vet's office knows, it's an awful experience. From the car ride to all of the added stress and fear in the animal, it makes an already unpleasant situation much worse. Our experience with Lap of Love was better than we ever could have imagined. We were treated with compassion and kindness the entire time. It was so nice to be able to let our cat's final moments be peaceful ones as he laid on his spot on the couch. Dr. Katie was patient an accommodating throughout the entire process. I could honestly go on and on about how wonderful they were with us, but to save some time I'll just say, I highly, highly recommend Lap of Love. We will definitely be calling them again if/when the time comes with our other pets. It was worth every penny to have so much stress relieved during such a hard time. Thank you Dr. Katie and Lap of Love! We are forever grateful!"
Stephanie LyonsJacksonville, Florida
"My beautiful 17 year old cat passed on 02/19/2018. Our family had previous experience with this heart breaking decision from two previous pet's however we wanted something different for Hunter. I knew the minute I made the phone call and the lady on the other side of the phone made me feel so comforted. Then walks in my home Dr. Green. She was compassionate, understanding and knew exactly what to say and when not to say anything at all other then to let us grieve. Her energy was calming for the sad moment at hand. My beautiful baby went to sleep on my husband's lap and you would never know he was never to wake up again because he left so peaceful. He was not nervous because he was in his home and not on a cold steel table . This was a very touching yet bitter sweet moment because we knew he was no longer suffering. I'll never choose a facility for my future pet's ever again. Dr Green was calm, patient, respectful and empathetic I would highly recommend Dr Green and lap of love to all my friends and family."
Gutierrez FamilyFleming Island, Florida
"On Thursday in Jan. of 2018 God sent an Angel to our home to help our beloved Sadie get her "Angel Wings" and travel to the Rainbow Bridge. Dr. Katie is truly blessed by God to help families say goodbye to their beloved pets. Dr.Katie brought compassion,caring,love and understanding into an enviroment of complete sadness with the impending loss of our beloved Sadie. She showed love and compassion for us and Sadie that could only have come from Heaven above. Thank you God for sending a second Angel into our lives. Dr Katie will be in our thoughts.prayers and hearts forever. Mike and Cathy Grant, Jacksonville. Fla"
Mike GrantJacksonville, 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.
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.
1650 Margaret St. Ste. 302 # 207Jacksonville, FL 32204
The Florida Times: A death in the family: Saying goodbye to Ruby Ann