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.
Jessica Bollinger, DVM
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.
Kara Fuchs, DVM
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.
Anna Mitchell, DVM
I grew up in the western Twin Cities with three brothers and the “family dog,” a chihuahua named Kirby who immediately became my dog, much to the chagrin of my brothers. Kirby was my shadow. He slept in my bed, went on bike rides, snuck into hotel rooms with the family and enthusiastically tagged along in a backpack everywhere I went. Our favorite party trick was to put his backpack on the floor and show how he immediately dashed inside.
I was in college during Kirby’s geriatric years. He had chronic back pain, and eventually we realized his flare-ups were becoming more frequent and the pain was affecting his quality of life. We finally make the difficult decision to say goodbye, and although my parents were there, I still regret that as “his person,” I couldn’t be with him for his final moments.
When I’m not working with Lap of Love, I enjoy spending time in the eastern Twin Cities with my husband, our two kids, and our two dogs. Charlie was my Peace Corps dog who came home with me from Ghana, and Dart is a former sled dog from northern MN, who chose to be a lazy family pet rather than a working race dog.
I studied biology and mathematics at Luther College, then spent 2.5 years living in Ghana through the Peace Corps prior to attending veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. While living in West Africa, I realized just how much our culture influences our relationship with and perception of death. Funerals in Ghana were a time for the entire community to gather, and I had the opportunity to learn how another culture celebrates life and navigates the complicated emotions associated with loss. Deciding when and how to say goodbye to a loved one is such an intimate and deeply personal experience, and it is an honor to be involved in such an important time with each family’s beloved pet.
Jessica Bollinger, DVM
"Kara was wonderful and was very caring to Ella and her family. She was extremely patient and took care of her passing with dignity, honor and respect."
Kelley BentleyChanhassen, Minnesota
"Kara, from the moment she walked in the door, till it was time to take our beloved CHEDDAR away, She was caring, she was knowledgable and reconfirm that I had made the right discussion to Euthanize Cheddar. My son and I were present. Cheddar was very calm. After the final ejection was administrated, Cheddar took one more deep breath and he was gone.
He was then placed on a stretcher and wrapped in a very lovely blanket. As I write this, Cheddar has only been gone 10hrs. and still miss him dearly, but realize it was time to take his pain away and sleep.
Lap of Love Thank you so much. Kara you did great.
The Bergquist Famiy"
DAYNA BERGQUISTGREENWOOD, Minnesota
"Dr. Kara was so tender and caring as she helped us during a heart-breaking afternoon. Her compassion, understanding and empathy made the loss of our beloved Gordon setter dignified and peaceful. She is truly a healer."
Kristafer SkjervoldShorewood, Minnesota
"Dr. Kara's compassionate and caring approached helped us through a difficult time with the passing of our Baileydog. Kara talked us through the process of letting Baileydog go and helped us understand what he was going through, and why this was, while not the easy, was the most compassionate thing we could do for our beloved family member. We had all the time that we needed to say goodbye and grieve before Baileydog was taken for cremation.
Baileydog is back with us now and his ashes will be spread at his favorite locations in the spring."
Tom WeberJordan, Minnesota
"Kara is amazing. This was a very difficult time for our family. But, Kara immediately gained our dog's trust, kept her calm and was able to assess her condition. Kara was very comforting. She provided us the assurance, based on our dog's condition, that we were doing the right thing at the right time. Kara was able to keep the entire process peaceful and pain free.
We were very impressed by Kara's professionalism and demeanor. We highly recommend this service and Kara in particular."
Bill KieferMinneapolis, Minnesota
"Thank you so much for everything!! Max couldn't have had a better person to help him.
It was a pleasure to meet you..Kara you are so important to everyone you meet. You are
the perfect person for this job. You are so kind, soft spoken, and good at what you do.
I do want you to know that Max has never let anyone outside the family pet him as much as you did. He just knew you
Sandi WalkerPlymouth, 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