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. 

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! 

 

"There is not enough that can be said for how wonderful Lap of Love is. At a time when we needed the support and assurance we could not have hoped for a more comfortable and dignified matter that was provided. Dr. Jessica was compassionate, thoughtful, and caring.

Thank you for your caring and comfort."

Iris Rogers
Saint Augustine, Florida

"Dr. Katie was absolutely wonderful in helping us go through the difficult decision of putting our cat Wrigley to rest. She was kind and reassuring, allowing us to have peace throughout the process. I loved that Wrigley was home with us, comfortable in her favorite spot, and that Dr. Katie went to where she was to work with her. Wrigley was never uncomfortable or scared which was such a blessing. It was a much more peaceful process than taking her into a vet office. Thank you so much Dr. Katie for your kindness and compassion!"

Erika Jones
Jacksonville, Florida

"My 14 year old lab Jack had reached the point where he was unable to get up and was painful despite the medications he was receiving. I wanted Jack to pass comfortably at his home. Dr. Stender came to my house and was compassionate, caring and understanding. Jack went to heaven peacefully surrounded by his family. Thank you, Dr. Stender, you were amazing."

Linda Scott
Bryceville, Florida

"The caring and compassion from the first phone call was amazing! They take a bad situation and help you with the emotions and decisions needed. Dr. Katie is the most caring and compassionate vet I have ever been with. My Hooch and other pets welcomed her into our house and family. Hooch got his wings with grace and dignity and with his fur family around him. Thank you Dr. Katie!"

JASMINE BOUCHER
Atlantic Beach, Florida

"First let me say Dr. Katie is the kindest, most compassionate person. Our Ripley took a pretty quick turn for the worse over the weekend, so I called Lap of Love on Sunday morning. Dr. Katie came out Monday afternoon. I can't thank her enough for the way she handled our sweet Ripley's transition. Our family was able to be with her, loving her in her own home with her family surrounding her. No stress for Ripley as she lay on her bed... We told stories about how Ripley chose us 13 and a half years ago from the shelter, and what an incredible loving pup she was to our family. She was the quintessential "family" dog! Dr. Katie listened to our stories and she told us some of hers and how she found her fur baby. We never felt rushed or uncomfortable in any way. It was one of the saddest times because we weren't ready to let Ripley go, but knew it was time. I can't recommend Lap of Love enough to anyone that finds themselves in this situation. You're in the comfort of your own home with family, and the process was very peaceful as Ripley got her angle wings. We will absolutely recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Katie to anyone of our friends and family. This is the only way to say goodbye to your sweet fur baby. Thank you again Lap of Love and Dr. Katie."

Carolyn Heap
Atlantic Beach, Florida

"I feel that the BEST testimonial would be our response to Dr. Stender's follow-up email the morning after she was at our house, which is as follows:

Dr. Katie, We can't thank you enough for making such a difficult decision so stress free, and actually peaceful & beautiful! I'm convinced that If dictionaries had photos that identify the words Compassion, Love, Humanity & Benevolence, it would be your face & soul! It is actually Brinkley and the rest of our family that felt Honored to be in your presence!

We were all in AWE of Dr. Stender, her staff and the overall experience! As far as we are concerned, there is no other option than Lap of Love when it comes time to honoring & displaying the ultimate appreciation of Love & Dignity for the one living animal and family member that will always show you unconditional Love!"

Drew & Michelle Margol
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, including St. Johns. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee incurred. Please call for details.

Pet Memorials
“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
“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
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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