PRICING AND INFORMATION

APPOINTMENT PRICING

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.

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.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

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
Pets up to 19 pounds$240
Pets 20 - 99 pounds$265
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$315

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn (engraved nameplate is included) and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory.


COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$100
Pets 100 pounds and 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, 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.
Meet The Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Katie

Katie Stender

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

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. 

About Katie Stender

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! 

 

"I had no idea what to expect, but Dr. Katie was amazing. She clearly explained everything and provided plenty of time to say goodbye to my sweet Boomer. She also genuinely grieved with me, which was a comfort.

It was such a relief to give him a peaceful transition to the rainbow bridge rather than traumatizing him with one final vet appointment.

Dr. Katie provided the best support possible for one of the hardest decisions I'll ever have to make. I highly recommend Lap of Love when that dreaded time comes for any pet parent."

Heather Kingry
Jacksonville, Florida

"I just want to thank you all for being so great during a very difficult time. I honestly lost my breath when Dr. McAlpin pulled up and could barely open the door for her, but she took such great care of my dog (and myself) during his euthanasia. (I feel like my dog's transition was easier for him than it was for me.)

I was in such a haze during the entire process that I don't feel like I thanked her enough. I'd also like to thank all of the people I spoke with on the phone. Everyone at Lap of Love was amazing. Thank you all so much for giving us this chance to say goodbye."


Jacksonville, Florida

"We are so thankful for Lap of Love and Dr. Jessica. She was so friendly and considerate....I loved how she made herself at home on the hair covered floor with us as Murphy went through this process. She never seemed rushed and was very sensitive to our grief as Murphy passed away. Thank you so much"

Kinna Costello
Jacksonville, Florida

"She was the nicest most compassionate person that I could have ever met. She listened to me talk about Dingo and how much he meant to me. She let me cry and blubber, and let me have all the time in the world to be with him. Thank you so much for giving this gift to me and my DIngo. You are doing God's work."

Martha Kenny
jacksonville, Florida

"Dr. Jessica was absolutely perfect. We were all hugely grateful for her kind personality and tender demeanor. Her professional experience was clearly recognized and appreciated, but her joyful heart really shined through, which was a much welcomed attribute for such a sad day. A joyful heart is good medicine:)"

Chris Nicholson
Jacksonville, Florida

"My 19 and a half year old angel Ana Ng suddenly appeared disorientated and lethargic this past Sunday morning. She soon became unresponsive. I called Lap of Love and was connected to the most wonderful young lady who was beyond caring and compassionate. In between my sobs she was able to get my information and scheduled for Dr. Jessica to come out in the morning. I did not get the name of the receptionist, but she was a Godsend. She was incredible when I was at my absolute worst. I held Ana Ng all night and was with her as she took her final raspy breaths. She died feeling no pain prior to Dr. Jessica arrived. Dr. Jessica arrived in the morning as scheduled and was very pleasant. She took a paw print of Ana Ng and clipped a lock of her hair for me, and wrapped her in a blanket. Lap of Love allowed my to spend my last hours in the privacy of my own home with Ana Ng. Thank you!"

Katie Unger
Jacksonville, 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. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee incurred. Please call for details.

Pet Memorials
“Murphy was my buddy. He was bossy and demanding, but at the same time the sweetest and most loving dog. He loved to give kisses. Murphy was obsessed with chasing tennis balls and he kept wanting to play even when he could hardly walk. I don't think I will ever stop crying about losing you Murph.”
Kinna Costello
August 25, 2019
“Dingo saved my life, and he was stoic until the very end. He never let me know how very sick he was, because he never wanted to leave my side. He was a Velcro dog. You know I couldn't do anything without him under foot, and he would pine horribly. He wouldn't eat or drink until I could be next to him. I don't know why he did that, it used to ...
Martha Kenny
August 24, 2019
“Harry Callaway Nicholson "Where's my little baby?" Harry would always answer me with the most beautiful feline gallop and proudly trot right to me. I told you the angels were coming. I'm so grateful for the 12 years that we shared together. I'll miss your insistence of being near me, or at least one paw having to touch me when you couldn't sit on ...
Chris Nicholson
August 22, 2019
“Baby Boy, you've been the love of our lives since the minute we met! Our hearts are broken in a million pieces!
Sweetest of dreams #1 Puppy! Run and play, splash in the biggest puddles to your hearts content....ALL of the cookies have your name on them.
Until we see you again, you will forever be treasured in our hearts!”
Pamela Zanin
June 26, 2019
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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

Lap of Love
1650 Margaret St.
Suite 302, Box 207
Jacksonville, Florida 32204

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