The Twin Cities: Minneapolis & St. Paul Area

  (612) 314-3003

  [email protected]

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$275

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$375

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

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.

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.

"Dr Jessica with Lap of Love helped us with peace and kindness."

Karen Engelbretson
Stillwater, Minnesota

"Dr. Jessica was so amazing and kind. She took things slow and could see how lost and heart broken we were. She let us take our time saying goodbye to our sweet girl and it went as well as that situation could have. We just really felt cared for and confident that we were I good hands. Thank you."

Nicole Onken
Saint paul, Minnesota

"I seriously cannot say enough how incredibly thankful we are for this service. Especially during this pandemic not having the option to be present with our boy as he took his last breath at our primary vet just wasn’t an option. As heartbreaking as it was to say our goodbyes, my kitty went so peacefully in my home and we find comfort in how at peace he was through the entire experience. Dr. Bollinger was so kind and treated our boy as one of her own. She provided the utmost quality of care and compassion. Thank you Dr. Bollinger! Regardless of a pandemic, if I were to be faced with a tough choice like this again I wouldn’t choose any other way than Lap of Love."

Aliecia Dunn
Maple Grove, Minnesota

"Letting our beloved dog Kamaro pass over was one of the most difficult times in our lives. We scheduled with Lap of Love and Dr Bollinger came to our home. This was the most peaceful, loving thing we could do for our retired K9 Kamaro. It was handled with dignity and grace, with all the respect for our beloved dog. Our dog's comfort was the highest priority and I couldn't be more happy/sad with the way we were able to hold him and talk to him while this happened. Thank you Dr Bollinger for allowing us to give him all the love we had in his last minutes, and making this process easier for our family."

Sue Baker
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

"Jessica was very sympathetic and caring throughout the whole process. There was no pressure, and every step of the way was explained and carefully completed."

Gary Olson
Coon Rapids, Minnesota

"We couldn't have asked for a more empathetic Veterinarian to help us with Gary's passing. She gave us the time we needed with him and explained each step of the process, so we knew what to expect. Her ability to comfort us regarding our decision, after seeing his state at the time, was irreplaceable.

With everything going on regarding COVID-19, the ability to contact Lap of Love, have someone come to Gary's home and keep him as comfortable as possible until the very end was crucial. There was no way we could have brought ourselves to bring him somewhere that wouldn't allow us to be with him when he passed. For that, we thank you Dr. Jessica, infinite times."

Nikki Gillespie
Plymouth, 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
“We put Stella to rest on Tuesday; she had been suffering from cancer since early last winter. She had a good morning running in the yard and visiting her favorite places. Sweet moments like these made it hard to believe how sick she was. She passed in peace and kindness, on a good day.”
Karen Engelbretson
May 27, 2020
“Our beloved verbal, sassy Sophie we miss your luxurious soft fur, snuggles and purrs. I no longer have my door greeter. We miss how you would pin us down so we’d have to ask the other to go fetch us things like a glass of water. I am so sorry you got so sick the last couple of years and how you would continue to play occasionally but when you ...
Nicole Onken
May 25, 2020
“My sweet, sweet boy I miss your snuggles and little hugs. I miss you snuggling up in bed with me at night. I miss you patiently waiting for breakfast in the morning as I made my coffee. You were the best kitty I’ve ever known. You were so gentle and quiet yet my home feels so unbelievably empty without you.. I keep thinking how lucky heaven is to ...
Aliecia Dunn
May 21, 2020
“Our house is strangely quiet now, even with our older dog, Lily, still with us. Wynnie was a dog full of energy, loving to play (even with Lily), and loving to cuddle with anyone who would let her. At the dog park, she could outrun most dogs, and do it half an hour straight as long as another dog wanted to run with her.

On Sunday, the day ...
Gary Olson
April 22, 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 55304

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