Kansas City & Surrounding Areas

  (816) 256-2589

  [email protected]

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$300

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$400

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.

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.

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.

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 49 pounds$255
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$290
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$325
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$355

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely walnut 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 your home or work.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 49 pounds$155
Pets 50 - 99 pounds$190
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$225
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$255

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 by the crematory in their garden which is open to the public. 

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 additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY

COVID-19 Update: We are still honored to join you in the home so that your pet can be safely surrounded by loved ones during this time.

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. Leanna

Leanna Carpenter

Born and raised in Kansas City, I was drawn to become a veterinarian at a young age.  Whether it was helping raise barn kittens born on my grandparents’ property or returning a lost dog to its family, I knew my life would be devoted to nurturing and helping animals.  

After graduating from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, I returned home to Kansas City to work as a small animal private practitioner.   Shortly thereafter, I had one of my first experiences with in-home euthanasia when my childhood family dog became severely ill.  Despite aggressive medical intervention, his kidney disease was irreversible and, as a family, we made the difficult decision to peacefully end his suffering.  I was devastated to be losing a family member of 14 years but was relieved to be given the opportunity to provide a peaceful passing for him in my mother’s arms on his favorite recliner.  Having gone through the experience of making end-of-life decisions for my own personal pets, I feel I am able to provide empathy and compassion in this most difficult time.  I understand the importance of providing a peaceful and gentle passing for your beloved companion.  It is a privilege to guide, support, and serve my Kansas City community with making these decisions for their pet family members.

In my leisure time I enjoy reading, boating, kayaking, and riding my jet ski at my family’s lake house.  I love trying new restaurants around Kansas City and attending local sporting events.  I share my couch with three other humans, one Schnauzer, and two senior cats.   

Dr. Lindsey

Lindsey Wittmeyer

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, wishing for a farm full of animals but settling for an amazing family dog and barn time whenever possible. As a horse-crazy teenager and young adult in college, I envisioned myself as a mobile equine vet with a ride-along dog. I always pictured myself caring for any type of horse, from broodmares to foals and racehorses to backyard ponies.  

Throughout vet school, my interests began to weigh more heavily towards small animal medicine, mainly due to the increased client interaction. I truly enjoyed clinical rotations where I was able to focus on each individual pet and give the family reassurance that their pet was being cared for like he or she was my own.  

After graduating from vet school at Kansas State University, I focused on small animal general practice. I found myself thankful for the preventive care I was able to provide, but mostly enjoyed focusing on increased quality of life for pets at home and in the veterinary clinic. To me, this included physical and mental well being. After completing multiple Fear Free courses, I am still constantly looking to learn more about relieving anxiety for our pets. Attending lectures given by Lap of Love’s Co-Founder, Dr. Mary Gardner, was my first glance into the world of veterinary hospice and end of life care.  Her tips on comfort care changed the way I practiced in the clinic - for the better! 

I am now grateful to have the opportunity to combine my love of small animal medicine, client connecting, mobile practice, and above all, comfort care for our pets into this career with Lap of Love. 

About Leanna Carpenter

Born and raised in Kansas City, I was drawn to become a veterinarian at a young age.  Whether it was helping raise barn kittens born on my grandparents’ property or returning a lost dog to its family, I knew my life would be devoted to nurturing and helping animals.  

After graduating from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, I returned home to Kansas City to work as a small animal private practitioner.   Shortly thereafter, I had one of my first experiences with in-home euthanasia when my childhood family dog became severely ill.  Despite aggressive medical intervention, his kidney disease was irreversible and, as a family, we made the difficult decision to peacefully end his suffering.  I was devastated to be losing a family member of 14 years but was relieved to be given the opportunity to provide a peaceful passing for him in my mother’s arms on his favorite recliner.  Having gone through the experience of making end-of-life decisions for my own personal pets, I feel I am able to provide empathy and compassion in this most difficult time.  I understand the importance of providing a peaceful and gentle passing for your beloved companion.  It is a privilege to guide, support, and serve my Kansas City community with making these decisions for their pet family members.

In my leisure time I enjoy reading, boating, kayaking, and riding my jet ski at my family’s lake house.  I love trying new restaurants around Kansas City and attending local sporting events.  I share my couch with three other humans, one Schnauzer, and two senior cats.   

"We are so thankful for Dr. Leanna. She is such a kind, gentle, and genuine soul. She was our special Angel, and we found comfort knowing that Roz was in loving hands on her last day."

Vicki Jones
KANSAS CITY, Missouri

"We are so thankful for Dr. Leanna. She is such a kind, gentle, and genuine soul. She was our special Angel, and we find comfort knowing that Roz was in loving hands on her last day."

Vicki Jones
Kansas City, Missouri

"I am so grateful that our beloved dog, Ginger, was able to be home with us when she passed. Lap of Love is such an important and needed service. Dr. Leanna was wonderful with all of us, especially Ginger. She was very caring, calm, and patient. She kept us informed of everything she was doing, and most importantly, she set Ginger at ease. Ginger's passing was dignified and comfortable, in one of her favorite spots in the house. Thank you, Dr. Leanna, and the entire team at Lap of Love for your compassionate care."

Morgan McGee
Overland Park, Kansas

"Dr. Carpenter worked at a veterinary clinic near my home for a number of years before she joined Lap of Love. I was so very lucky that she was Anne's vet for years at the clinic. At the last appointment there we discussed moving toward palliative care as Anne's health was declining. Earlier this summer I received an email to let me know that Dr. Carpenter had left the clinic, and I was saddened by that news. When I knew it was time to decide about whether to let Anne go I found that Dr. Carpenter was working at Lap of Love. So Dr. Carpenter came to the house and managed Anne's peaceful passing. She was so very kind, and I was blessed to have her at my side as Anne went away."

Jane Johns
Prairie Village, Kansas

"The day one has to say goodbye to a beloved pet is heartrending, as we all know. Our wonderful Izzy had been sick, and going downhill for three months with gastrointestinal lymphoma. As a family, we knew that she was terminal, and the decision as to when to euthanize is a tortuous, albeit inevitable one in these circumstances.

What we did know, was that we wanted to provide the most peaceful and stress-free process for Izzy as possible. She hated going to the vet which was always stressful for her and we certainly wanted to all be with her when she passed so she knew how much she was loved. Lap of Love was a truly great option. I had a number of discussions with them to understand the process and to ensure we were going to get what we wanted. It was handled spectacularly well to be honest.

All the people on the phones were kind and knowledgeable and very compassionate. They truly get that this is an emotionally tough time for pet owners and the empathize extremely well. They send you a personalized email with the details, and who your vet will be, timings, costs, processes etc. It is very thorough and professional. Our vet was Dr. Leanna Carpenter and she called on the morning in question, and ensured that the consent form was sent by email and signed beforehand to ensure that all the emphasis was on us and the process of easing Izzy out of her suffering.

Dr. Carpenter was exceptional. Compassionate, befriended Izzy right away, and took the time to explain to us what was happening and the process never felt rushed. You are given as much time as you need with your pet to say goodbye, settle them or just be with them. Dr. Carpenter was with us the whole time and extremely compassionate and kind. We were all, obviously, highly emotional even though we knew it was the right thing to do and the time to do it. It was a beautiful morning and we were able to say goodbye outside, in a place Izzy loved in the garden. She was given a sedative that basically put her to sleep and calmed her, before the final i/v that painlessly took her. It was extremely peaceful and she didn't seem stressed at all. I would always do it this way given the choice. She was surrounded by loving people and loving voices as she passed which is all we felt we could do at this stage. After passing, you can stay with your pet as long as you need to, before the vet carries them away on a stretcher, wrapped in a blanket with even a head pillow. It is very respectfully done indeed. These guys are truly professional and make an agonizing time as easy as it can be. Highly recommended."

Jerry Smith
Kansas City, Missouri

"My husband and I are grateful for the opportunity to say our final goodbye to Maximus in our home. The compassion, respect and gentleness displayed by Dr. Wittmeyer ensured that Max was very relaxed and comfortable and eased our minds. Knowing that Max was not frightened or anxious and allowing him to leave this world in peace and comfort was a blessing. We miss him terribly of course, but we thank Lindsey for helping us during this time. We also thank you for graciously accepting Max's kiss. It is a memory we will cherish."

Sandy Clevenger
Kansas City, Kansas

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services

  (913) 642-9563

Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Overland Park

  (816) 891-8888

Rolling Acres Memorial Gardens for Pets Support Group, Kansas City

  (913) 722-5566

Mission Animal Referral and Emergency Center, Mission

Pet Loss Support Group

  (816) 561-4466

Pet Grief Support Group, Kansas City

  (816) 554-4990

Blue Pearl Lee's Summit, Lee's Summit

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

We proudly serve the greater Kansas City area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $30-$60 based on your location. 

Pet Memorials
“We miss you Roz! You were loved more than we can say! We feel your presence every day and are holding you in our hearts forever.”
Vicki Jones
October 19, 2020
“My dear, sweet Anne, I miss you so much. "My mind still talks to you and my heart still looks for you. But my Soul knows you're at peace." I found this quote on Pinterest, and posted it on the fridge. It reminds me that no matter how much pain I feel from your loss, you are in a better place. Rest in peace, Sweetie. I'll love and remember you ...
Jane Johns
September 8, 2020
“Heidi,
Thank you so much for the time you spent with us and the love you gave. We are certainly honoured to have had the privilege to care for you this past year, let alone all the time we spent together over the years. We already miss your warning that someone is at the door, a kit-kat is too close to your food dishes or that the roommate is ...
August 11, 2020
“Coal was an amazing and loving dog. I got Coal when he was a few months old. I remember his sharp baby teeth and his playfulness. He was always kind and good with people and children. He helped me announce my first child with a sign around his neck that he was no longer mom’s only baby. I have stories of him chasing two raccoons up a tree, ...
Carrie Beach
July 23, 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
PO Box 26324
Overland Park, Kansas 66225

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