The Twin Cities: Minneapolis & St. Paul 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 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.
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.
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 6am - 10pm. 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.
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 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.
Jessica Bollinger, DVM
"Making the decision to say goodbye to a cherished family member is incredibly hard. Rudy had been our constant companion for over fourteen years and imagining life without him seemed impossible. We knew we wanted to say goodbye at home, where he would be comfortable and relaxed. After much thought, we reached out to Lap of Love -- everything about the website and the information provided made it feel like the right choice -- and it was! From my first phone conversation with Lap of Love to Dr. Jessica's visit it was professional, compassionate, and loving. Dr. Jessica clearly has a gift. She was calm and gracious, and most importantly, understanding. She knew that this was one of the most difficult days of our lives. Thanks to Lap of Love and, specifically, Dr. Jessica for helping us say goodbye in such a peaceful and loving manner."
Annmarie BoyleNorthfield, Minnesota
"Dr. Bollinger was very kind and caring. It was much easier on our dog Ted and also my family having our dog euthanized at home vs. going into the vet. Teddy would get very nervous when he went to the vet. Dr. Bollinger made this hard process much easier. She was at our house for around and hour and wasn't rushed. She explained everything and was very understanding. She was also very nice to our kids. I would definitely recommend her. Saying our final goodbyes at home made this easier on us."
Robert HastingsMinneapolis, Minnesota
"Dr. Jessica was wonderful! We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you've done for us and for Claire. The time we had with her over the past 16 years was a joy and full of snuggles, laughter and silliness and by your graces you were able to provide all of us just what we needed to say goodbye to her in an intimate and precious way.
We truly miss her but knowing we were with her at home with you to guide us and explain everything so compassionately, kindly and professionally before her passing, it meant the most to us."
Janet DotteWhite Bear Lake, Minnesota
"It’s been a week since I had to send my beloved Molly to Heaven. I have to admit it’s been a difficult, very sad and lonely week for me. However, I wanted to share with you fellow pet owners about my experience. I was recommended to call Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice. I could tell she was in terrible pain and that she was ready. Dr. Kara came to the house four hours after I called. She was so kind, so patient and loving that it made what could have been the most terrible experience ever a very peaceful one. Although it still was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, she convinced me that it was the most loving gift of freeing Molly from her pain. She took a paw print from Molly and some of her fur. They are cremating her, and her ashes will be returned to me in a vial with her name on it. When your time comes, please think about Lap of Love."
Jan ShaughnessyExcelsior, Minnesota
"Our 11 year old Brittany, Jackson Pollock, went on to a happier, pain free place on Saturday. Dr. Jessica is a very special person and vet and made the process meaningful and heartfelt. She explained the process and let us all take the time we needed to say our goodbyes to our sweet, loyal, unique boy. This would not have been the same had we gone into the vet clinic. I highly recommend this service, everyone involved that I spoke with was very kind, patient and sensitive and they understood the difficulty of the situation.
They are the best."
Lisa LarsonEagan, Minnesota
"Claire always got very stressed and nervous going to the vet’s office. She was able to be at home outside where she loved to be. Dr. Jessica was kind and patient allowing us to comfort Claire during the process. Claire peacefully went to sleep with her family surrounding her. I will miss my baby every day but Dr. Jessica reassured us we were making the best decision."
Becky WallaceMaple grove, Minnesota
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Companion Animal Love, Loss and Memories Group (CALLM) Group, St. Paul
Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service (AEVS), Eden Prairie
Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service (AEVS), Blaine
Animal Emergency & Referral Center (AERC), Oakdale
Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service Pet Loss & Grief Support Group, Eden Prairie
Animal Humane Society Pet Loss Support Group, Golden Valley
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.
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 LovePO Box 17421Saint Paul, MN 55117