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 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
"We want to thank Dr. Jessica so much for your help yesterday. It was a very tough seeing Kodie go. Your tender words and help allowed us to see him go in such a peaceful way. Waking up this morning and not taking him potty was really hard. I know with time the pain will go away. He is in a better place
Thank you again Dr. Jessica
Dave and Jane Folsom"
David FolsomChaska, Minnesota
"On Friday, we unfortunately had to have Dr. Jessica visit my family to help say goodbye to our wonderful Dottie. She was sick, and her tiny body wasn't able to handle the hardships of diabetes, Cushing's Disease, and her aging body.
Dr. Jessica showed up, and very compassionately explained the process of Dottie's end of life. She let us choose wherever in the house we wanted, and was very kid and compassionate with making sure both Dottie and my family were comfortable.
Once Dottie took her last breath, she let us hold her for a little more closure, and let the other dogs in the house sniff her for some closure. She then put Dottie in a basket that was lined with blankets and put her in the front seat to take to be cremated.
This is one of the services that you need, but you never want to use. But, if I were in this situation again, I would wholeheartedly trust Dr. Jessica with my pet at the end of their life."
Bella DiLorenzo BrakefieldExcelsipr, Minnesota
"Dr. Jessica made the whole experience tolerable. She explained the procedure before we began. She was loving and caring towards Thompson, my cat. Dr. Jessica calm demeanor and knowledge put me at ease with the whole experience and a pleasant one."
Amy BeuningSt. Michael, Minnesota
"Dr. Jessica helped us make the best of one of the worst days of our lives. She took good care of our baby."
Jessica and Mark MadoleFalcon Heights, Minnesota
"Tillie was my best friend and my whole family loved her. It was a tough decision to let her go, but after cancer got the best of her I knew it was time. My own Vet had no time or sympathy for Tillie so I looked online and found Lap of Love.
Dr. Jessica was able to come out the same day. When she arrived Tillie knew she was the angel that would her cross over and ease her suffering. Dr. Jessica helped us through Tillies transition in the most lovely way possible. I don’t know how I would have got through it without Lap of Love. They were kind, considerate and explained all steps in this process in a way that made it seem natural.
Thanks Dr. Jessica we so appreciate you being there for me and Tillies brothers Toby and Ziggy."
Terri SiebrasseBrooklyn Center, Minnesota
"Dr. Jessica was patient and compassionate. While relieving Ginger of her misery was hard, the process was kind and gentle.
Dear Dr. Jessica - Thank you so much for being kind and compassionate and PATIENT. Letting Ginger go was very hard for us, but you made the difficult process bearable. Ginger is no longer suffering, and she went calmly and without pain. Thank you so much. I will recommend you to all! I will only use your services in the future.
Evy EngravMinnetonka, 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