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 rosewood urn (optional engraved nameplate) 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 addtional 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.
Jennifer Vencil, DVM
My name is Dr. Jennifer Vencil. I am a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary medicine. I have recently moved to St. Augustine, Florida with my husband and our pets (a Boston Terrier, a Florida Brown Dog, two cats, and two chinchillas). As a veterinarian and a pet owner myself I know how pets can become a member of the family. I grew up in Ocala, Florida and even as a child always developed very strong human-animal bonds with my pets. When I decided I wanted to become a veterinarian my family members and friends would always say, "but then you have to put animals to sleep!" Even I considered this a negative part of the career I wanted to pursue until I started actually working with a veterinarian in a small animal hospital. Witnessing euthanasias made me realize how important this part of a veterinarian's job is. It is something that must be done with the utmost care and compassion. Being able to share the final moments with an owner and their beloved pet is an honor and I strive to make the experience a comfortable and peaceful one. "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France
"One of the hardest things I ever did in my life was helped by a very kind and respectful lady who showed her love for pets and their owners .I would recommend her to anyone that was in my situation.Plus she even made me smile a few times while listening to my stories."
Ed UznanskiSt Augustine, Florida
"Our wonderful Lab/Golden mix, Sam, was twelve and one half, blind, had dementia and stiff back legs. He loved to eat, still had all facilities, but was losing quality of life. We called Lap of Love and Jennifer Vencil, DVM, in St. Augustine came to our house. She was so amazing. Gentle, patient and loving. We had Sam lick his frozen yogurt while she administered a tranquilizer. He finished his yogurt and gentle took a nap. She said he could still hear us and we petted and loved on him. We waited for our son to arrive and all of us got to love him. She asked if we were ready, and we were. He looked just like he was taking his nap. Dr. Jennifer said it was the perfect time. He still had his dignity, but it was just time. I would always use this organization. They are in many counties and different states. I usually would not do this, but please DO NOT use Sophie O'Neill. She says she is a mobile vet in St. John's County. She was horrible, gave wrong info, made us wait and was terribly rude. I am so glad I hung up on her and found Lap of Love."
Carolyn GraySt. Augustine, Florida
"Gryffin has been such a huge part of our lives for the past 14 years, and we will MISS him so much. This was the first time we have ever had to make this choice for our pets. It was not easy, but Dr. Jennifer and the staff at Lap of love were so supportive, kind, patient and understanding, they made this process a little easier. I cannot say enough kind words about them. Thank you again for all of your support and kind words during this difficult time."
Faron Smithsaint augustine, Florida
"My husband and I recently had to make the very tough decision to let our sweet girl, McKenzie, go due to her constantly decreasing mental and physical capabilities. This was probably one of the hardest decisions we have ever made, and Dr Jennifer and the staff at Lap of Love who counseled us through the process were wonderful and patient with us. The understanding and compassion that was shown to us and McKenzie made the entire process more bearable.
Dr Jennifer and Lap of Love, thank you for helping us give our McKenzie this gift of a peaceful rest."
Judie ElliottPonte Vedra, Florida
"Dr. Jennifer Vencil, DVM came to our home and was an angel sent from God. She was very soft-spoken, gentle, patient and just caring towards our feelings. We were devastated, but so happy to do this one last thing for our sweet baby. She could be in the comfort of her own home and surrounded by us giving her all the love and attention. Dr. Jennifer was so thoughtful, explaining the entire procedure to us and how things would go. She never rushed us. Our baby crossed the rainbow bridge with dignity."
Tasha EdmundsSt. Augustine, Florida
"My family and I cannot express our immense gratitude for Lap of Love and Dr. Jennifer. We found ourselves at that crossroad between life and the rainbow bridge, we knew this day was fast approaching, but you are still never really ready when the time comes. I was never hesitant to call Lap of Love, because there was never really a question as to where our pup was going to be the most relaxed, comfortable and loved, which of course, was in his home. The morning that I knew it was time to contact Lap of Love, it was really early and I sent them an e-mail. Within in what seemed like minutes, Laurie contacted me, I was a complete mess, although, I knew we made the right call, right then and there, when Laurie spoke so compassionately to me and told me to stop apologizing for crying while trying to explain what was going on with our Sebastian. Dr. Jennifer called just prior to her arrival, arrived at the appointed time and came in and sat down on the floor to meet our pup. Dr. Jennifer held out her hand and Sebastian put his paw in hers, it was almost as if he was thanking her for coming, he was in so much pain. It was beautiful to see that, it was beautiful to see her love for him, a dog she had just met. Dr. Jennifer proceeded to explain the process to us as we all sat on the floor with Sebastian. Dr. Jennifer was there for us and Sebastian when we needed her at the most important time in our lives. We cannot tell you enough how amazing she was and how incredible Lap of Love is!"
Jenny WeaverSt. Augustine, Florida
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
The Animals at Heart Pet Loss Support Group
Affiliated Veterinary Emergency Center
Clay-Duval Pet Emergency Clinic
Emergency & Critical Care Pet Hospital
St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center
UF Veterinary Student Hotline
CVM Companions Supporting the Human-Animal Bond
Helping families in the following areas:
We assist families with in home pet hospice and euthanasia in St. Augustine area and surrounding suburbs including the following areas:
Areas at an additional fee include the following:
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.
Lap of Love1650 Margaret St. Ste. 302 # 207Jacksonville, FL 32204