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!
Erin Coello, DVM
I cannot remember a time growing up when I, like a lot of children, didn’t want to be a veterinarian someday. For a lot of people, those dreams changed, but for me, the passion never died. I got my first job as a kennel technician for our family veterinarian on my 16th birthday, the day I had been waiting for to finally work with animals! Dr. Losey had been treating our family pets (cats, dogs, hamsters, and even our parakeet) for most of my life. He and his staff knew me and my family as well as they knew our animals. The most valuable lesson I learned from Dr. Losey during that time was that not only was this a profession where I got to work with animals, but people too. As my passion for animals grew, so did my urge to embrace, encourage, and protect the human-animal bond. As a veterinarian, I feel privileged to work with families who are welcoming a new member, such as a puppy, kitten, or even an older animal getting a new home, but I am just as fortunate to be there for a family when it is time to say goodbye. I am truly blessed to be a part of their journey, every step of the way.
My own journey was only beginning when I started working in my first vet clinic. I continued my experience in high school and college, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. Following graduation, I worked my way toward vet school with various careers including high school teaching and marine mammal training. I finally graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, after living on the beautiful Island of St. Kitts for 2.5 years, and completing my clinical year back at the University of Florida. (Go Gators!)
My own family includes myself, my wonderful, loving husband, our two mixed breed dogs, Jack and Lawtey, our very social cat, Gavin, and our slightly less social, but still friendly, corn snake, Shakespeare. My path to this career has been a winding one, full of surprises and blessings, and I am honored to be part of this beautiful profession, helping pets and their families, from beginning to end.
Katie Stender, DVM
""I had to say goodbye to my 12 year old best buddy way too soon because of cancer. He passed on June 10th and it has taken this long before I could even write about it. Boscoe was always so nervous and anxious going to the vet so I knew I could not let him go at the vets office. Dr Katie came to the house and was warmly greeted by Boscoe and his buddy Lola. She went above and beyond making sure Boscoe was comfortable and at ease. Boscoe was surrounded by the people who loved him, my wife, mom, sister, stepson and his girlfriend, and everyone there commented on how relaxed Dr. Katie made Boscoe for his journey over the Rainbow bridge. Dr. Katie made this heart breaking moment better because Boscoe was not stressed, anxious or scared when he got his wings. I wished I had known about them when my other dog and cat, Shadow and Precious passed over the Rainbow bridge. I will always be grateful to Dr. Katie for her compassion and assistance with Boscoe's journey. I would recommend anyone going through this difficult time to reach out and use this service.""
Larry WebbMiddleburg, Florida
"I had to say goodbye to my 5 year old baby way too soon because of cancer. He was in so much pain. It was the hardest thing I've experienced in my life up to this point. Dr. Katie made such a sad moment a little easier. The moment she entered our house I felt a calm come over me. She talked me and my husband through the whole process and let us know when our baby got his wings. She went above and beyond making sure Jackson was comfortable and made sure we knew how to be there for him up until the very end. She sent a follow up email several days later checking in on us with little details that I had forgotten we even said. It felt very personal. I would recommend anyone going through this difficult time to reach out and use this service."
Dani RothrockJacksonville, Florida
"Absolutely the most caring and loving person who helped our girl Marlee receive her wings. I would recommend Dr. Katie to anyone in this situation. Can't say enough nice things. xoxoxo"
Katie YoungJacksonville, Florida
"It was very difficult making the decision to put my 6 year old Golden-doodle to sleep. He was diagnosed at 4 years of age with nasal osteosarcoma. At that point, I was shocked to learn young dogs could even be diagnosed with cancer. We fought hard to keep him with us as long as possible while maintaining a good quality of life. Just shy of his 7th birthday, I decided he was tired...and it was time. It was probably one of the hardest things I've been through and we all miss Buster terribly.
Dr. Katie was with us every step of the way. She truly has an incredible gift of compassion that made this process so much easier. This was our first time dealing with putting a dog to sleep and as painful as it was, I'm very happy we shared it with her and it was such a peaceful experience."
Cathi CoarseySt. Augustine, Florida
"Dear Dr Katie,
I can not say in words how much your empathy, tenderness, and professionalism meant to the Kelly family last Wednesday night, when you came to our home and helped us, help our 151/2 year old Beagle Maggy May, pass on to peace and freedom from pain.
You arrived with a peace and strength that really helped us with this difficult decision. You confirmed the dementia and signs of pain; that we had a hard time seeing because it was a slow daily progression over the last part of her life. You spent as much time as was needed for all of us to deal with her passing and you were so open and intuitive to every question, doubt and comment about Maggy and what was best for her. Maggy May was the sweetest, most loving, loyal, protective dog that we have ever had. I am sure she hung on only to try and be there for us, as we love(d) her so much. She played nanny to all four of our children and eventually our two grandchildren. She will always be remembered and never be replaced. You helped her final moments become dignified and tender, as she was. You will always be remembered with gratitude and respect. Thank you, Dr Katie .......well done."
Mimi KellyJacksonville, Florida
"Dr. Katie made the unbearable goodbye to our wonderful yellow lab Marley a little more bearable. I have never met someone with such compassion and I will be forever grateful that she was with us during this most difficult time. Dr. Katie was gentle and understanding and was so kind. She assured us that we were providing our 15 year old friend with a gift and that it was his time to go. We are grateful that we were able to say goodbye to Marley at home, in private, and he was comfortable and at peace. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Dr. Katie was, and she truly is a blessing."
Annie BurgessNeptune Beach, 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.
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