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
"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
"Dr. Jessica was so kind during this hard decision! She is very patient and understanding. Made sure both Loomis and I were comfortable and knew what was going to take place. She listened and talked to comfort both of us. I appreciate how understanding and kind everyone at Lap of Love is. When someone has to make such a heart wrenching decision about their fur baby, I would recommend Lap of Love."
Cathy HarlanderShoreview, Minnesota
"Kind, Compassionate, Loving Care! So much better than a vets office."
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
"In case you don't read the rest of this long testimonial: Dr. Jessica gave us an amazing gift that keeps going. By allowing us to feel our grief and prepare for our girl's death, we were so much better prepared to say goodbye. We know we did the best for her in her last days, because Dr. Jessica stayed up to date with her progress via email and was quick to suggest changes and other tweaks to her meds, and environment. She was right there with us through some of the hardest moments of our life, and I feel like her words still echo in my head when I think back to those last days. She will forever be ingrained in my memories of Chloe, and I couldn't be more thankful for her guidance and reassurance. I've even been spreading the word about animal hospice to my friends because of the amazing experience we had. Thank you so much Dr. Jessica!
My husband and I adopted Chloe when she was already a senior dog. We had no idea how long we would have with her, and we knew our time would be shorter than most people would have with their pets. She was always a very energetic and sharp old lady, but when she started slowing down, things compounded pretty rapidly. She just wasn't acting like herself and to make a long story short, we were told by our vet after she experienced a grand mal seizure that old Chloe had a brain tumor and likely only had days to weeks to live.
We were devastated to say the least. During an emergency vet visit the Lap of Love brochure caught my eye and I tucked it into my pocket. I was mostly interested in their in-home euthanasia service, as I knew that when the time came, I wanted Chloe to be at home and comfortable instead of in the place she hated most (the vet!). After receiving the news that Chloe was closer to the end of life than we imagined, I spent hours browsing the Lap of Love website; the resources there were phenomenal! I wished I had found it sooner, as it provided so much great information about senior dog and palliative care that would have been useful to have as Chloe began to slow down.
It took all the nerve I could muster to make the phone call, and I was greeted by the kindest receptionist who took tons of time (I think we were on the phone for almost an hour!) with me to explain all of their services in detail, and assured me that I was not alone, and was now supported by the Lap of Love team! I made an appointment with Dr. Jessica for the next day, and awaited our consultation.
From the moment Dr. Jessica walked into the door, I was flooded with relief. Our vet had sent us home with a couple of anti-seizure meds, but Chloe was continuing to have break-through seizures. Dr. Jessica was there to help us administer our first emergency dose of medication and provided some very helpful education about the types of seizures Chloe was having, and how to treat them. Her in-home visit was invaluable, and Dr. Jessica truly looked at our situation in a holistic view, even incorporating some advice about the resident cat :) We came up with a plan together that my husband and I felt great about, and Dr. Jessica quickly provided a written plan of care that was easy to understand and follow. She also left us with lots of great information about Chloe's condition, as well as a lot of thoughts about end-of-life planning. Right away she got us thinking about planning for end of life, and creating a "bucket list' including people we wanted to contact to come say goodbye to Chlo-bug, and things we wanted to do before she passed.
One of the most impressive things about Dr. Jessica is how quickly she would respond and adapt to situations that arose quickly. She gave us lots of ways to contact her and was clear that we should contact her before things turned into an emergency, and I'm glad she said that! We were having trouble getting medication from the online pharmacy, and I emailed Dr. Jessica early on a Saturday morning. Not only did she respond within a half an hour, but we had our med situation sorted out within hours. I'll never forget the relief I felt, and the gratitude for the quick response and action. Being stuck at home with a very sick dog can get quite frightening, but Dr. Jessica never let us down. We corresponded a lot by email, and I found that so helpful to let her know what was going on in case we needed to make any changes.
One of the hardest emails I ever had to write was to tell Dr. Jessica that despite our titrating various medications, Chloe was still having breakthrough seizures. From what she had told us, we knew this was pretty bad. I asked her if she thought maybe it was "time," and in her email back to me she provided me with the sweetest reassurance that we were making the right choice. We scheduled a time to say goodbye to Chloe, and the night before we had a party for her in our backyard consisting of lots of her favorite things; being outside, hotdogs, people, cheese, and getting lots of pets. 20 people ended up coming by to say goodbye to our sweet lady, and it is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life. If it hadn't been for Dr. Jessica and the amazing support from her and Lap of Love, we probably would have suffered in silence. However, our enormous grief felt normal, and from all the support we got through the hospice process, we realized that we wanted to share her last night with family and friends and our support network. Lots of people still tell me that it was one of the most touching experiences, and they were glad they got to say goodbye to our good girl.
The day we had to say goodbye was the worst day of my life. Per Lap of Love's suggestion, we took Chloe to her favorite place in the park and spoiled her with treats and she even found it in her to run! When it was time, Dr. Jessica came over and explained everything that would happen step by step. I got to hold her in my lap, on her favorite couch, and my husband and I held her the entire time. It was peaceful and sad, and looking back on it, the most perfect moment I could have ever wished for. She brought a basket to tuck Chloe into on the walk to the car, and left us with a paw print and a lock of hair to remember her by. She was gentle, kind, and so loving. We'll never forget you, Dr. Jessica!"
Anna CioffiMinneapolis, Minnesota
"Our family will miss our dear sweet Mabel! She continually humored us in typical English bulldog fashion and never missed an opportunity to go on errands to enjoy her car rides. Sadly, we had to make a very difficult and heart wrenching decision to end Mabel's suffering from an osteosarcoma in her scapula. Understandably, this can be extremely painful and there is no way out of such a horrific disease. We were obviously heart broken and devastated by this diagnosis and were torn on what options we had available to us. I found Lap of Love online and contacted them to help guide me through their caring and gentle services. It was the hardest phone call I have ever made and one of the kindest phone calls I have ever experienced. There was empathy, understanding, kindness, goodness and love from perfect strangers who instantly consoled us. Dr. Jessica was available to come to our home the same day we called, within hours. Her whole demeanor was so gentle and at the same time she told us exactly what to expect. For Mabel, it was the most loving, humane gift we could give her....to let her pass in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by the humans who loved her best. Nothing felt rushed and Dr. Jessica waited patiently as we sat and said our final farewells. She was so very brave and it was the most dignified, peaceful experience I ever encountered. The dignity and respect for Mabel was evident. Dr. Jessica wrapped her lovingly in a blanket, we placed her on a stretcher and we felt very comfortable with the way she was handled. We are grief stricken at the moment and will always miss our lovely girl, but I could not have given Miss Mabel a bigger gift than Lap of Love with Dr. Jessica. Forever grateful!"
Nancy BuehlerWayzata, 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