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.
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 wanted to Thank Dr. Katie for coming to our house and helping Nina cross over. The experience of having Nina spend her last moments at home with her family was very peaceful and Dr. Katie came in and was so soft and gentle with her that even though we were terribly upset at loosing our Beloved friend we were relieved that she went in peace. If anyone is struggling with making the decision, this is the only way to feel a presence of peace. This was by far one of the hardest decisions that I have ever had to make and I am so thankful that my baby is at peace and not suffering any more. Thank you so much Dr. Katie, you are truly a special person!"
Gail SmithJacksonville Beach, Florida
"No matter how many times you've gone through the loss of a pet, those final days can do a number on your judgment and leave you second guessing yourself. Mesmer was 16 and a half years old; I knew it was his time, but he just kept hanging on. Dr. Katie put my mind at ease the moment she met Mesmer and me. Her assessment of his condition assured me we were doing the right thing. Meeting her felt like I was meeting someone I had already known, for the way she understood everything she was walking into, and I barely had to express what I was feeling. Her kindness and sweet priority of Mesmer's care will never be forgotten. He passed so easily and gently, there was no denying he was ready. There is something very special about at-home euthanasia, especially for cats. Mesmer often soiled himself from the stress of traveling in the carrier, and as well behaved as he was at the vet office, I could not imagine his final moments being forced to stay on a folding table with limited time. Instead, he left us in the comfort of his home, on his warm bed and fuzzy blanket, draped only by my arms. Dr. Katie took her time with us, and I am so grateful for all the heart she put into the service she provided! It takes special people to work in this field, and Dr. Katie had just the right heart of gold to help my little man find his angel wings!"
Johanna VogtJacksonville, Florida
"Tiger was with me for over 18 years, since he was just 4 weeks old. He was literally by my side every minute of every day (when I was home). He was the best little friend I could ever ask for and brought me so much joy. When he started declining, I was beside myself and could have never gotten through it without the kindness of Laps of Love. Having a plan and such kind people to help was the only comfort at such a difficult time. Dr. Katie was there for my husband and I before, during and after Tiger got his wings. It was the most peaceful transition we could hope for. Being at home and having the help of someone who is so caring was comforting to all of us. Dr. Katie is truly an angel and I am so grateful she came into our lives when we needed her."
Jen ShetlerPonte Vedra Beach, Florida
"Dr. Katie Stender gave our beautiful Golden Retriever and her buddy, Maine Coon, Bunky, their angel wings. They were best friends in life and got their wings together in the most peaceful and dignified manner. Dr. Katie made this most difficult day bearable for us. She is truly our angel. Our babies are finally free of pain and happy at the Rainbow Bridge. For anyone considering this, you will always be grateful you chose this."
Patricia Richardsonjacksonville, Florida
"Losing a pet is one of life's most painful experiences. Lap of Love's Dr. Katie Stender, helped me through the ordeal and I am so grateful for having found her through the recommendation of a friend.
Mack, my eleven year old German Shorthaired Pointer had been failing for over a year and although he didn't appear to be in any pain, there were so many other signs that it was time to let him go. When Dr. Katie arrived, Mack greeted her at the door with his ball in his mouth and there was an instant connection. What followed was Dr. Katie explaining every step in a gentle and kind voice as Mack was lying peacefully on his bed resting with me, his mom. I told him I loved him, kissed him and rubbed his ears as he gently passed. I was heartbroken but the entire process was manageable and comforting to me and I appreciated Dr. Katie's help and compassion with a very difficult situation. Mack’s passing I believe was pain free, peaceful and loving for him."
Lisa GibbsJacksonville, Florida
"Katie was wonderful, we did not feel rushed, It was nice to be at home on the porch. Thank you so much!
We are still struggling w/Grief & Loss, but I believe this was so much better for us & our baby."
Shelby WeikelJacksonville, 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