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$240
Pets 20 - 99 pounds$265
Pets 100 pounds or over$315
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. 

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! 

 

"I don't know where I would be without this organization.

Time and age caught up with my dog rather quickly and very suddenly. I found him at 5 AM in complete failure. He was alert but his body was shutting down. After submitting information online and speaking with the organization, the on call vet contacted me to ask if the afternoon was good and if I was at peace. So grateful for the opportunity to not have my boy suffer, I agreed and the doctor not only came out but rearranged things to be out earlier. She was very informative, calming, and gave me as much time as I needed. She was very kind in the care she provided my angel as well as patient with my two who are still with me."

Alexis Cartagena
Jacksonville, Florida

"Katie Stender provided services for us. We could not have asked for more. She was compassionate, kind, thoughtful, and informed. We sincerely appreciate her professionalism. Thank you Katie for helping assist us through this hard time. In short, she was everything we needed that day! Sincerely, Matt and Shelly"

Matt Wess
Jacksonville, Florida

"Dr. Katie was wonderful helping us with Maggie's transition. Our Maggie was a 12 year old Boxer with many ailments and a spirit that did not want to let go. Some good friends recommended Lap of Love, so I scheduled a consult for the following week, thinking it is not time, but I need to prepare. Unfortunately Maggie's health deteriorated rapidly a few days later.

Having Dr. Katie come to our home was truly a gift. She spent time talking to me and my son; getting to know Maggie, and getting to know us and our wishes for Maggie. She talked us through the entire journey, making it as easy as possible.

Dr. Katie is truly a kind, loving, thoughtful person that truly cares about helping families say good bye to these sweet pets that are so much a part of our lives. Thank you Dr. Katie!!!"

Angelique Goodwin
Jacksonville, Florida

"We are so thankful for the help from Lap of Love and Dr. Katie. Our cat, Tiger was very fortunate to have grown to the ripe old age of 19. By the time he got really sick, he was also deaf and suffered from dementia. The last thing we wanted to do was drive him somewhere and traumatize him. Lap of Love were just great. Dr. Katie came into our home and took the time to get to know Tiger and the role he played in our family. She also allowed our two dogs to be present, which was very important to us. Dr. Katie was very gentle and had a very loving nature. She made a very difficult decision and time much easier.

We hope to not have to call Lap of Love again for a very long time, but when the time comes, it will be easy to make the call because we know our family will be taken care of.

Thank you Dr. Katie, for helping our sweet boy, Tiger, cross the rainbow bridge while surrounded by his loving family in the comfort of his favorite fuzzy blanket. It really meant the world to us."

Kate and Arthur Rahmes
Jacksonville, Florida

"Our beloved Cody had kidney failure. We tried everything to keep him going but when it was time to set him free we called Lap of Love. Lap of love is the only way to go when it's time.

We were so blessed in the short time we had you Cody. We hope your new home and life was better than you could have imagined.

We love you and miss you Cody!

"

Kris Petersen
Jacksonville, Florida

"Dr. Jessica and Dr. Green provided us with consultation and hospice care for our 16-year-old cat, Dakota. The consultation service was essential as we determined a course of action to address Dakota's progressive illness. When it was time to let Dakota go Dr. Jessica was supportive, attuned to Dakota's needs as well as ours. She was reassuring with Dakota and informative about everything she was preparing to do. The act of letting our cat die in peace in our home was something we will remember for the rest of our lives. As a hospice provider for humans, I was moved by the care provided and we respect and value the work of the folks at Lap of Love. Well done.

Dr. Dan and Cheryl"

Daniel Button
Ponte Vedra Beach, 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
“I lost my best friend on June 5, 2019. His name was Abel and boy was he able to do anything. For 13 years he was my companion, confidante, shoulder to cry, source of laughter...my everything. He was always there for me no matter if my day was bad or good. If I felt fat or skinny. If I got a terrible haircut or forgot the milk. The only thing I ...
Alexis Cartagena
June 7, 2019
“Mimi we will always love you and cherish the time we were together. You brought us a love and security we can never repay. If there is any justice in the universe we will see you again along with your sister Ginger. Until then be at peace. Love Always! Matt, Shelly, Lucky, Buster and (grudgingly) Pippen the cat.”
Matt Wess
June 6, 2019
“Our sweet BUSTER ( Yoga Dog)

We were not ready to say goodbye, but as with every one of God’s creatures, you let us know you were ready for a well deserved life without pain and confusion. We are missing you so much!! What a gift you have been. From the moment you arrived, life revolved around you and your Sister, Mena. You gave us and the ...
Marta Lewis
May 12, 2019
“Buddy was the quirkiest, sweetest, most loving best friend. He brought constant laughter, love, and joy to our lives. A cherished member of our family; gone but never forgotten, he will always have a piece of our hearts.”
Corinne Hatchell
March 11, 2019
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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