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$225
Pets 20 - 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 pounds or over$300
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! 

 

"Olie gave me 17 years of wonderful companionship and never ending loyalty. There were times in my life when I questioned what I had done to deserve such a sweet kitty. But, at 17 years and 4 months, his health faded quickly. I was in denial that he was sick and every time he perked up with a purr or wanted to be pet, I was sure he was on the mend. But, in another weeks time it was obvious his time was nearing an end and that I needed to make possibly the toughest decision in my life. I called Lap of Love and registered him, thinking I would have a couple more weeks but just days later he took a turn for the worst. Not eating, very weak, extremely thin. I called on a Sunday evening and by the grace of god was able to get the sweetest vet scheduled for Monday morning at 9am, Dr. Michelle Halverson. Even though I struggled with this decision, I was relieved I could end my old friends suffering. I dropped my kid off at preschool and spent the next hour snuggling and caring for my cat. Dr. Halverson arrived at 9am, gave me a rub on the back and quickly got down on the floor with my cat and made friends with him, assuring me it was his time. Why we are responsible for choosing when our fur friends time is up, is something I will never understand but I tried to look at it as this was my final gift to him and I assured him that I will see him soon. Dr. Halverson was so amazing and compassionate and made this heartbreaking experience a lot less painful. I will never be able to thank her enough for the kind gift she was able to give to me and my beautiful Olie. She is an angel giving fur babies their angel wings."

Amanda Toman
Jacksonville, Florida

"I contacted Lap of Love in November. I spoke with the nicest, kindest woman. I described to her the condition of my 14 year old Bichon. She was so patient and caring...I shared that I was hoping that my little dog could make it through the holidays. Dr. Katie kept checking with me. On Jan. 4, Dr. Katie came to my house...it was time to say goodbye to my little Sammy. This woman is an angel...she had such a gentle touch and was so kind. She explained to me every step...as I watched my little girl slip away, I found a strange sense of relief knowing that her pain was ending. Thank you, Dr. Katie, you will forever be in my heart!"

Mary Parker
St. Augustine, Florida

"Our sweet baby girl, Alice had not been doing well. We called Lap of Love to assist us in end of life care.

From my phone conversations with Michael, to in home with Dr. Katie S. everyone was phenomenal. Dr. Katie was exceptional with my wife's sister over the phone with the most important question for most kids: Will it hurt her?

She explained the entire process. gave us plenty of warning to say goodbye and shed a few tears as Alice left this earth out of pain.

After, Dr. Katie helped swaddle our Alice like a baby and carry her to her car as discretely as possible through the apartments.

We will never use anyone else to let our pets pass over."

Amy Adams
Jacksonville, Florida

"We couldn't have asked for more for our 16 yr old dachshund, Bruce. Dr. Katie came in and immediately put us at ease sitting down on the floor while Bruce was napping. He was not awakened during the process as we were telling him our goodbyes. His passing was extremely peaceful and as wonderful as it could be. Thanks to Lap of Love and Dr. Katie S for the support, patience and compassion. We love you Bruce and your doxie brothers Eddie and Cody miss you!"

Kris Petersen
Jacksonville, Florida

"Today, my husband and I set our furbaby Jasmine free and she received her angel wings. To help us through this very difficult time was Dr. Katie Stender. My husband and I truly appreciate the love and compassion that Dr. Stender showed during her visit to our home. I truly believe that God personally chose her for the work she does. She has now helped us twice to send two of our furbabies over the Rainbow Bridge, and my husband and I feel very blessed that she took both of those journeys with us.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Dr. Stender. You are truly an amazing person and this world needs more people like you.

Sandy and Jeff

12/15/18"

Sandy Burnett
JACKSONVILLE, Florida

"I want to thank Dr. Katie for the compassion and love she showed my family and our beloved American Bull Dog. She made this experience calm, compassionate and we were able to talk and love on him until the end. He is no longer in pain and gained his wings. Thank you to Lap of Love for the understanding from the first phone call until we carried our boy away."

Barbara Lightner
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
“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
“Hershey was our sweet girl who loved belly rubs, ear scratches, her cat and treats. Lots of treats. She loved being in the sun and pretending not to hear us when it was time to go back inside the house. She loved and was loved so very much.”
Shannon Mann
November 15, 2018
“Eartha Kitty was a huge part of our family!!! She was loved, and treated like a true diva cat. She was my fur baby for 10 years, and I'll love, and miss her everyday until we meet again!!! I know she's in kitty heaven chasing after the lizards she loved so much!!! I will always love you my sweet Eartha Kitty!!!!”
August 30, 2018
“We picked up Luci in 2006. Two weeks prior to picking up Luci we picked up her sister Azellia. Luci was bow legged and we thought she was perfect. Luci loved playing tug of war with her sister and step sister. She loved to bark at the trash man 6 a.m.. Any unusual sound she always barked. She was very passive and loving. We will always remember ...
Liz and Jeff Pursell
July 29, 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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