PRICING AND INFORMATION

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.

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 optional) and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory.

*Optional engraved nameplate ~ $15

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! 

 

"My 18 year old Lhasa Dixie Doo was going on to another journey today as Dr. Katie says.. She was cuddled on my chest and I gave her many hugs and kisses goodbye. It was so beautiful and peaceful. Dr. Katie of Lap of Love provided her one of the most peaceful, compassionate and respectful passing for our Ms Dixie Doo. Dr. Katie and Lap of Love, you are the best of the best. Dr. Katie is one of the most genuine, kind and caring ladies I have ever met. You all have a gift to be able to do what you do and to share and show your love for us and our pets in our most difficult moments. Blessing to all of you for all you do."

TERRY SUE NOTCHICK
JACKSONVILLE, Florida

"We want to thank Dr. Katie Stender for such wonderful care that she took of our Hoover and of us. We were such a wreck that afternoon, once Dr. Katie came in, she put Hoover at ease as well as my husband and myself. She talked us through the whole process explaining every step of the way. Our Hoover left this world

comfortably and peaceful, knowing he was loved. Once it was over, Dr. Katie said 'your baby's free', I'll never forget those words. I'll never forget what a compassionate, loving human being Dr Katie is.

She is a blessing to all fur babies and their families. I'll miss my Baby Boy forever but I know he had a safe and loving journey to the Rainbow Bridge."

Pamela Zanin
Yulee, Florida

"Dr. Jessica was amazing. She came in my open front door with tears in her eyes for our suffering. She assisted us with this transition that I would have thought impossible to get through. Her obvious love of animals and assisting with this final act of LOVE is a blessing to all pet owners who must walk this path with their loved ones. I am grateful that Dr. Jessica and Lap of Love is out there for all of us!"

Terri Derkum
Neptune Beach, Florida

"It feels odd to say we were lucky to have Dr. Katie seeing how we were going through the heartbreaking decision to put our beloved dog down, but we know we truly were. The moment we met and she saw Dick Dastardly, you could see in her eyes how much she cared and how she recognized his pain and situation. She could not have been more patient, kind, or compassionate. I lost it and was crying right away as I was going through denial and guilt. She professional and medically answered all my questions to help me understand and continue down my journey in grieving. I honestly think her medical experience and evaluation of our boy's condition is what has helped me get through the process and week so far. You can feel her love for animals, she does this to help those poor animals who need to pass but with dignity and peacefully. She spoke to and touched our dog as if she had loved him for years and I will never forget that. Her kindness and compassion towards Bill and I was truly outstanding. What truly blew us away was the email a couple days later. We were thinking since everything was paid for, done, complete, that would be it. But the fact that she reached out, offered any help, an ear to cry to, it just was amazing and unexpected. I wish I could stop crying enough to tell her in person/over the phone what a wonderful person she is with how she helps our animals and us while going through the process. Lap of Love has an amazing Vet and human being with Dr. Katie. She is one of a kind. Thank you for everything Katie. Thank you for loving and caring for Dick Dastardly like he was your own."

Christina Meier
Jacksonville, Florida

"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

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
“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
“I lost my best friend and constant companion of 14 years - Johnny. There was no pup like this boy. Johnny boy came to me on Valentines Day 2005 from my brothers farm in Virginia. Essentially I rescued him from a life of hunting rabbits and living outdoors. He set up residence with me in Neptune Beach and became a beach bum. My brother says he hit ...
Terri Derkum
June 21, 2019
“If asked, what am I most proud of in my life, I would have an answer without hesitation. It would how I was able to nurture Dick Dastardly back to life. I rescued Dick Dastardly from OCAS where he was brought in with his sister, he was hit by a car and unable to stand/walk. He was going to be euthanized within 48 hours if he did not leave with a ...
Christina Meier
June 17, 2019
“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
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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