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!
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.
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.
Katie Stender, DVM
"Thank you so much for your kindness and assistance helping our sweet girl Heidi transition. Your professionalism, empathy and kindness to her provided us with great comfort in getting past this difficult time. While our hearts are broken with her loss, we know she's at peace in her next life."
Roger LovernMacclenny, Florida
"As any protective Mama, I struggled with accepting that the time had come for my darling Fred to leave our home & my side. I am beyond grateful to live in this progressive time that made it possible for Lap of Love to come to our home. We were paired with the most gentle and loving doctor to be with us. Dr. Michelle was a comfort to me, and treated Fred so lovingly during her visit. My happy boy, my joy, sweetly drifted off to sleep in bed as I held him. The only way to describe it would be perfect peace.
The folks at Lap of Love & especially Dr. Michelle will always be a part of Freds journey and in my prayers. What you do is a blessing not only to our beloved pets, but the families as well. I was left in such a healthier mental state than if I had taken my boy to the vets office as his last memory. I couldn’t bear that. He deserved comfort and familiarity; you gave that to us both. Thank you.
Michelle, you are an Earth Angel.
Lindsay LeachJacksonville, Florida
"I remember going to the breeders home to choose a Maine Coon kitten. As we glanced around the room noticing a couple of kittens that were super cute...this little guy (not quite as cute as some others) came up to us. I remember his ears were huge with pointed hair on the tips...I picked him up, put him down, picked up another kitten and the same little guy came up and said to us... "I am your guy"!! Let's go and so we did. He remained the one in charge for 18 years until the day he awoke unable to move his back hip and leg. Overnight , the Arthritis taken his pride.
Dr. Katie Green arrived to our home, did not ring the bell...just a soft knock. Sammy was resting by the door on his day bed. Dr. Green quietly sat beside him, softly petting, touching him. Sam was the Boss in our house, always first for everything, first for meals, fresh water, fresh litter, treats, etc.. what Sam wanted Sam received. Sam accepted Dr. Katie as though he knew her, he looked at me as to say... It's ok mama. She gently rubbed a numbing gel on him as I brushed his whiskers and he did not even notice when she gave him a shot and as he went into a deep sleep and she then let me know that our wonderful 18 year old had received his angel wings.
Dr. Green departed as quietly as she arrived, allowing us to hold Sam , kiss him, and tell him goodbye before placing him in a beautiful container lined with his favorite soft blanket. I realized this was the first time I had been able to hold Sam freely without having to position him so he was not in pain.
My sweet sweet Sammy would have been 19 years old in September.
Samuel Zachariah gave it his all...thank you sooooooooooo very much for choosing us to be your family Sammy.
Thank you Dr. Green for allowing us to say goodbye to our little man in the kindest way possible."
Sabrina PaulkAtlantic Beach, Florida
"This is the toughest thing I've ever had to do, but I can't imagine doing it any other way. He went with dignity. He wasn't in pain. And he was surrounded by all the love in our hearts in his own home."
Adam SilkJacksonville, Florida
"Saying goodbye to my best friend for the last 12 years, Sperry, was the hardest decision to make. He was so loving and not a bad bone in his body. He without a doubt taught me more about love, loyalty, being a companion, and responsibility than I will ever know and I can't thank him enough. He had battled 4 tough surgeries and was the strongest boy I'd ever seen but his body was starting to show signs of discomfort and I knew that time was coming, and wasn't going to let him be in pain. Lap of love was recommended to me by family friends and based on his physical condition, it was the best decision. Dr. Katie Green was so supportive, calm, and understanding during this process and couldn't of made it a more peaceful setting for him to get his angel wings. He had some hotdogs and 3/4 pint of vanilla ice cream and couldn't of been happier at the time. As tough as the process was emotionally losing him, I was so comforted knowing he was happy and peaceful at the end. Thank you Dr. Katie and Lap of Love for everything."
Grant ReisJacksonville, Florida
"With the loving assistance of Dr. Katie Green, we said good-bye to our beautiful Sadie on April 11th. Sadie was adopted from the Humane Society in 2001 and lived a long, happy life with us. She was my forever companion, and a "big sister" to her human brothers. Being the first pet I've ever had to part from, I have been heartbroken by the absence of her presence. Dr. Katie was such an incredibly calming, sweet and loving presence at Sadie's transition. She was patient, giving me all the time I needed to say my good-bye. She explained the process and helped to explain what to expect. She even gave Sadie a hershey kiss as a final sweet treat. I will be forever grateful to Lap of Love, and the beautiful gift of a peaceful transition that Dr Katie gave to my sweet girl."
Courtney Hughes-O'ConnellJacksonville, 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. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee incurred. Please call for details.
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