The Twin Cities: Minneapolis & St. Paul Area

  (612) 314-3003

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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.

VETERINARY HOSPICE$425

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.

TELEADVICE$100

Using phone or Skype, one of our wonderful doctors will walk you through our Quality of Life assessment. This 30 minute conversation is valuable for any family considering hospice care, euthanasia, or simply wanting to understand the end of life process with their pet.

HOLIDAYS

Holiday appointments can be accepted with approval. The following holidays incur a $100 fee when scheduled: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Years Day. A $50 fee is incurred for 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day.

ADDITIONAL 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 (normal business hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm), 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
Pets up to 34 pounds$195
Pets 35 - 74 pounds$235
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$275
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$300

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 34 pounds$100
Pets 35 - 74 pounds$125
Pets 75 - 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$175

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 on private property on northern Minnesota prairie land. 

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 no additional help is available from friends or family to move your pet, please let our team know so that we can schedule appropriately.  The most important thing is that your loved one does not suffer, arrangements for assistance with cremation can be made at a later time. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

We are here to answer your questions every day, from 6am - 10pm. 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, but cannot guarantee that.

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. Jessica

Jessica Bollinger

Easing the suffering of our best friends is my main goal at Lap of Love. My desire to help our furry family members originated from the passing of my grandmother whose quality of life slowly declined due to ALS. As I saw her in the hospital at the end of her life, I knew I wanted to help ease this suffering for our loved ones in veterinary medicine. Our pets deserve comfort and joy during their last days and I consider practicing end of life care my calling. During my adult life, I have taken care of many little creatures that needed help during their stay on our wonderful planet. My furry family included rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and dogs as well as orphaned hamsters, kittens and hundreds of orphaned wildlife (joyful memories you can ask me about that can help ease the pain). Currently, I have the pleasure of caring for my old Rat Terrier (Pepper) and my four cats (Falcon, Trixie and my newest additions, Klaus and Roger). Outside of helping animals and their loving families, I enjoy being outside with my furry and non-furry family, cooking and crafts.

Dr. Kara

Kara Fuchs

I grew up in the Twin Cities metro area and knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I didn’t take the most direct route to veterinary medicine but I have really enjoyed the journey. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a degree in natural resources based tourism and worked as a Corporate Meeting and Event Planner following graduation. After a few years I realized that I needed to follow my heart and returned to the University of Minnesota for veterinary school. I currently live in the west metro with my husband, 1 dog (pug named Winston) and 1 cat (named Doc).

Growing up, I had as many animals in the house as my parents would allow. Pets included fish, birds, hamsters and dogs. When I was 8, my parents brought a pug puppy home and we named him Mugsie. He was the center of my world from that day on. He was my best friend and confidante for almost sixteen years. He taught me the importance of the bond between pets and their humans and I carry that lesson with me to this day. As Mugsie entered his geriatric years, he lost his sight, became intermittently incontinent and confused and seemed to slowly lose his spark. My family began the heart-breaking end of life discussion. All of us had different ideas as far as when was the right time and because of that, we waited too long. I will never forget the guilt I felt watching my best friend suffer but being unable to let go.

As a Lap of Love veterinarian, my mission is to help families like mine navigate these difficult emotions and come to a place of peace. Sometimes the best gift we can give to our loyal companions is a peaceful and painless end and I feel honored to be a part of it each and every time.

Dr. Somer

Somer Drummond

Growing up as the daughter of a veterinarian, I knew from a young age that a career in veterinary medicine was the right choice for me. I was raised in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to California to obtain my undergraduate degree in Biology at Pitzer College. I then went back home to pursue a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. During that time, I also completed a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota. 

I always knew that my professional goals would center around helping veterinary patients and their families by providing client education to improve the human-animal bond. It wasn’t until I started practicing during my internship year that I came to realize how fulfilling end-of-life care could be. Having the privilege of walking owners through the euthanasia process and decision for their pets often reminded me of my own first experience with euthanasia, which I remember so vividly. It happened to be on my fourteenth birthday when my childhood Golden Retriever, Maisie, passed. My father was able to provide her the gift of a peaceful transition in the comfort of our own home. 

It is an absolute honor that I am now able to offer the same assistance to pets and families during their pet’s final moments. I strive to provide a gentle and peaceful passing, as I know the long term impact it has on their family’s hearts.  

About Jessica Bollinger

Easing the suffering of our best friends is my main goal at Lap of Love. My desire to help our furry family members originated from the passing of my grandmother whose quality of life slowly declined due to ALS. As I saw her in the hospital at the end of her life, I knew I wanted to help ease this suffering for our loved ones in veterinary medicine. Our pets deserve comfort and joy during their last days and I consider practicing end of life care my calling. During my adult life, I have taken care of many little creatures that needed help during their stay on our wonderful planet. My furry family included rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and dogs as well as orphaned hamsters, kittens and hundreds of orphaned wildlife (joyful memories you can ask me about that can help ease the pain). Currently, I have the pleasure of caring for my old Rat Terrier (Pepper) and my four cats (Falcon, Trixie and my newest additions, Klaus and Roger). Outside of helping animals and their loving families, I enjoy being outside with my furry and non-furry family, cooking and crafts.

"I cannot recommend my Lap of Love Veterinarian any higher! From the moment I talked to her on the phone to her arrival and all throughout our time spent creating a celebration of life and ushering in to heaven for my sweet Fred she was the most compassionate, caring, kind, careful and loving Veterinarian professional perfect for our experience. Dr. Jessica explained everything so carefully and took the time and care for us! She created a truly beautiful experience like none other. I HIGHLY recommend Laps of Love and Dr. Jessica. Thank you for your service; you are a gift to many! ❤️ From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU!"

Andrea Austin
St Paul, Minnesota

"The experience of putting our 14.5 year old Yorkie down together as a family was the way to go for us. This covid19 time would not have allowed all 4 of us to be together. Not to mention having to take her to a veterinarian clinic as her last memory. She never liked going to the vet clinic!

My experience started with a very warm, helpful and kind person I spoke with on the phone. It was difficult to arrange the date and time with 2 adult children and their schedules. I spoke with the scheduler a few times, all 100% wonderful.

Dr. Somer was easy going, patient and compassionate about what we were going through. She explained the process, (I asked in advance if she could take a picture of the 4 of us) and then we were ready to proceed.

The first shot was difficult because our dog yelped really loud, and I wasn't expecting that. I had her on pain meds since we had to wait 3 days (due to our schedules ) to do the procedure. We were feeding our dog her favorite food while getting the shot. The food didn't distract her enough from the shot.... I think it surprised Dr. Somer too and she apologized and helped to soothe her.

Our dog was like one of us and there is no easy way to say goodbye. She was in pain and that is what allowed us to accept we had to let her go. For the final shot, we were all touching her.

It was peaceful to be in our home during this emotional procedure. It allowed us to be on the floor with her and could cry freely!! Plus we didn't have to get in a car drive home.

Dr. Somer was so respectful in how she removed our dog too. We thank you so much Dr. Somer for all you contributed to making this a peaceful and loving memory our little girl."


Bloomington, Minnesota

"We wanted Jake's last moments to be peaceful, and we were worried it wouldn't happen because he started doing poorly much quicker than we expected. Dr. Somer made it possible. She spent time with him and immediately put him and us at ease. She did not rush any of us, and his passing was dignified. It is so hard to decide to put a pet to sleep, but we will look back on this experience without regrets. We are grateful that we could have Dr. Somer be such an important part of his life."

Angie Begosh
Bloomington, Minnesota

"We are beyond grateful that you're providing this invaluable service during covid. Our sweet Sushi was a member of our family for 18 years. We loved her unconditionally and she reciprocated. When she started to fail so dramatically, we knew it was time. Cannot say enough about Dr. Somer. Compassionate,sincere, empathetic and patient. You lady are an angel. We are coping, and helping co-pilot Shelby through this difficult time. From the bottom of our hearts- thank you sincerely Sandy and Matt Orinstien"

Sandy orinstien
mound, Minnesota

"Losing our Casey was one of the saddest days of our lives but this being our first home euthanasia experience, I would highly recommend both Lap of Love and Dr. Kara to anyone who must make this decision. The staff that I interacted with previous to the appointment, of which I spoke to three different staff, were all compassionate, caring and responsive, and my emails were responded to quickly. Dr. Kara took excellent care of our girl, made sure we understood everything, and gave us the time we needed to grieve. It has to take a very special person to be there for people in this very difficult time in their lives, be supportive of them in their grief losing a beloved pet, and to care for these cherished animals in their last moments. I am thankful that Dr. Kara chose to be one of those special helpers as she did help us on this very sad day, and we plan on calling again when our other senior pet is ready to cross the Rainbow Bridge."

Deb Westlund
Ham Lake, Minnesota, Minnesota

"So very kind, it was the best experience for a very sad situation."

Laura Hanson
Eden Prairie, Minnesota

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (952) 942-8272

Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital - Eden Prairie

  (612) 624-9372

Companion Animal Love, Loss and Memories Group (CALLM) Group - St. Paul

  (763) 754-5000

Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital - Blaine

  (651) 788-4624

Animal Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group - Golden Valley

  (651) 501-3766

Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC) - Oakdale

  (651) 293-1800

Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC) - St. Paul

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Minneapolis St. Paul metropolitan area, including all or parts of  Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington and Wright Counties. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“Safe in the arms of Jesus. I’ll see you in heaven again! ❤️”
Andrea Austin
October 27, 2020
“Jake was a gentle soul with a joyful spirit. He loved to make friends with people, and everybody who met him loved him. He was extremely patient with his adopted brothers and was the perfect nanny dog. He will be greatly missed.”
Angie Begosh
October 22, 2020
“Our Wrigley boy welcomed and took care of his three human siblings, two brothers and a sister. He took his job as big brother seriously, always loving and watching out for his kiddos. He was our sweet constant companion and so loving. Our hearts are broken but we know Wrigley is not in pain and is running in heaven with his Grandpa Steve.
We ...
Laura Hanson
October 3, 2020
“My beautiful and beloved Makai left this earth on July 8, 2020. He liked to play with his Fidgie (orange and white striped stuffed fish), chase a piece of ribbon that had been tied into a bow, and play with just about any crackle-y piece of plastic - he excelled at catching them in the air and batting them to the ground. And he loved, loved, ...
Wendy Price
August 10, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful 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

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 17421
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55117

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