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!
Erin Coello, DVM
I cannot remember a time growing up when I, like a lot of children, didn’t want to be a veterinarian someday. For a lot of people, those dreams changed, but for me, the passion never died. I got my first job as a kennel technician for our family veterinarian on my 16th birthday, the day I had been waiting for to finally work with animals! Dr. Losey had been treating our family pets (cats, dogs, hamsters, and even our parakeet) for most of my life. He and his staff knew me and my family as well as they knew our animals. The most valuable lesson I learned from Dr. Losey during that time was that not only was this a profession where I got to work with animals, but people too. As my passion for animals grew, so did my urge to embrace, encourage, and protect the human-animal bond. As a veterinarian, I feel privileged to work with families who are welcoming a new member, such as a puppy, kitten, or even an older animal getting a new home, but I am just as fortunate to be there for a family when it is time to say goodbye. I am truly blessed to be a part of their journey, every step of the way.
My own journey was only beginning when I started working in my first vet clinic. I continued my experience in high school and college, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. Following graduation, I worked my way toward vet school with various careers including high school teaching and marine mammal training. I finally graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, after living on the beautiful Island of St. Kitts for 2.5 years, and completing my clinical year back at the University of Florida. (Go Gators!)
My own family includes myself, my wonderful, loving husband, our two mixed breed dogs, Jack and Lawtey, our very social cat, Gavin, and our slightly less social, but still friendly, corn snake, Shakespeare. My path to this career has been a winding one, full of surprises and blessings, and I am honored to be part of this beautiful profession, helping pets and their families, from beginning to end.
Katie Stender, DVM
"It’s not every day you get to spend time with an angel, but my wife, Connie, and I did recently when we met Dr. Katie Stender. Words can’t express the appreciation we have for her and the service she provided to our Gizmo. As part of our family for over 18 years, he was struggling to stay with us even though it was time for him to take that next step. We just couldn’t consider taking him to the Vet and having him pass in that cold, sterile environment. Dr. Katie was incredible with the compassion and tenderness she showed Gizmo and us in our own home.
She explained every step of the procedure from the very beginning, and how the results would be. She answered each and every question we had clearly and professionally, regardless of how crazy they might have been. When it came time, she allowed us as much opportunity as we needed to say good-bye. As he lay quietly in my wife’s lap, she gave Gizmo a sedative to make sure he was as calm as he could be. She then prepared to administer the last part of the process, but there was no need. Gizmo looked up at my wife, gave her a kiss, and just went to sleep.
Afterwards, Dr. Katie took a plaster paw print of him, clipped a lock of his hair for us, and then placed him onto a soft wicker basket for transport back to her office. The entire process the way she performed it could not have been more loving, serene, or special for us. We cannot recommend her more highly, and will certainly tell all our friends about her whenever they are in need like we were.
Connie and Rick Wheat
PS - Our son-in-law explained it perfectly when he said, "Gizmo was a part of our world, but WE WERE his world.""
Connie and Rick WheatPonte Vedra Beach, Florida
"I can not say enough about Lap of Love, they are animal hospice. Even though my heart is broken my house is empty , I feel that we did the best thing, instead of a cold veterinary clinic, with not much else but a shot. Lap of Love came in and that was that last time I saw Day-z wag her tail. She sat down meet the doctor, while the dr rubbed and talked to her and us, she checked her out and agreed that she had lived her life. As our hearts were breaking, Dr Katie told us everything she was doing , as she went. Yes, it was heart breaking, but she did have a smile as we said goodbye. I have had dogs all my life, but she was the 1st for Our Family, (also my true friend for everyday of her life, I picked her out and never really left her until Tuesday) and what an Amazing Dog She Was. The Empty House is Heartbreaking. I hate to leave and I hate to stay home anymore, just something is missing in closing the door and opening it. Let alone pulling in the driveway. So now I just want to say if your furry child needs your extra love going out give them a call. They are Amazing! !"
Lisa FutchJacksonville, Florida
"Teddy was always terrified to go for car rides let alone a ride to the vet's office. When he became so sick and we knew the end was near, we called Lap of Love in hopes to make his final day more comfortable and anxiety free. Dr. Katie arrived and was so compassionate and caring with our family. She explained everything so well and was a gentle and reassuring presence helping us make his transition. We miss Teddy so much but are so grateful that our final memories of him are watching him fall peacefully asleep on our patio in his favorite spot with his family by his side. Thank you for what you do!!!
Dan, Victoria & Venessa"
Dan and Victoria StaiferFleming Island, Florida
"Dr Katie was so good with Rascal and us in what is a most difficult time. Her care for Rascal and her natural kindness made it a more relaxing time. She truly cares about you and your pet and wants your loved one to go as peaceful as possible."
Bill MarshOrange Park, Florida
"My little teacup Chihuahua, Lulu, was so scared and nervous about being put in a carrier and taken to the vet. When she took a downward spiral several nights ago, after a few years of progressive, degenerative arthritis, I took her to the emergency vet late at night. I felt awful. Although they were nice, it just felt to cold and sterile in there and my Lulu was so nervous and scared. She looked up at me and I could just feel the message she was trying to send me that she wanted to get out of there and go back home. An emergency had come in right after we arrived, and it gave me the chance to change my mind. I left and made the decision that I would take her back home and call Lap of Love first thing in the morning. There was a large golf tournament near my home that day and the traffic was terrible; the lovely woman who took my call at Lap of Love (Sharon) was so kind and compassionate. She said not to worry about that because all that mattered was Lulu and doing what was best for her and for me. Dr. Erin battled the traffic and came to my home in the early afternoon hours. She immediately gave me a huge, warm hug and told me how sorry she was for what I was going through. What was wonderful is that my little Lulu was comfortable, in her favorite spot, on our large sectional sofa. I did not have to move her, load her in a car or take her to "a scary place." Dr. Erin gave her a sedative/pain injection to relax her and make her comfortable. She made her little paw print for us to keep and then my sweet little Lulu was able to cross the Rainbow Bridge with her family (including my other pets) present. When it was all over, Dr. Erin looked at me and told me that my baby had "gotten her angel wings." As difficult as this decision was, it was so much easier, knowing my little baby's last memory was not of a scary, vet's office. I highly recommend Lap of Love. I will never forget the kindness and caring from everyone I dealt with throughout this experience."
Melody BlancoPonte Vedra Beach, Florida
"Dr. Katie was wonderful. She was gentle and compassionate to Jersey and with my wife and I. When she first arrived she sat with Jersey and us, was calm, petted Jersey, and let Jersey get comfortable with her. She explained everything she was going to be doing and kept us informed the whole time. Jersey Girl, our beautiful, sweet golden retriever left this earth peacefully and without pain. Dr. Katie is a blessing. I am grateful that Jersey’s passing was not a rush to the vet/hospital with Jersey in pain and confused and stressed. Jersey was home, out in her back yard in one of her favorite spots, getting lots of petting. She went to sleep and got her angel wings. I recommend Dr. Katie very highly."
William McKennaSt Johns, 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.
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