Charlotte & Surrounding Areas

  (704) 659-1500

  [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$350

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$450

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 29 pounds$375
Pets 30 - 99 pounds$400
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$425
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$475

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely wooden urn and will be returned to you within a week. 

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 29 pounds$175
Pets 30 - 99 pounds$225
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$275
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$325

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 cemetery named "Evergreen" in Belmont, NC. 

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 7am - 11pm. 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. Jennifer

Jennifer Walters

I had many incredible professors and doctors throughout veterinary school, but the most important lesson I learned came from a twelve-week old golden retriever puppy named Disney. He was the happiest, liveliest, most adorable puppy and I was the envy of the cardiology unit when he became my patient. 

Disney's parents had brought him to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine because when he got really excited, his airway would close up, and he would gasp for air until he passed out. I witnessed this several times during his stay with us, and I had to snatch Disney up and race to the ICU for oxygen. It was terrifying. After several tests, we determined that there was no treatment for Disney's condition. His parents were heartbroken, as were my resident advisor and I. Because the episodes were unpredictable and horrible for everyone, including Disney, his parents made the hardest decision they had ever had to make- to euthanize their puppy. 

I listened as my resident advisor explained the process to them. Then we left the room to allow them some time together. My resident used this time to explain the process to me, as well.  He said that while the actual procedure was straightforward, helping people through their grief was harder and more important than any cardiology lesson he could teach me. We needed to let Disney's parents set the pace and help them feel comfortable with their decision. In the end, we laughed at silly Disney stories and cried over the unfairness of it all. They hugged us and thanked us. 

This is my saddest, most beautiful veterinary school memory and I carry it with me to every appointment. After fifteen years of practicing, I never tire of laughing and crying with families and hearing stories of their beloved pets. I am here to answer all your questions, guide you through this difficult process, and assure you that your decision is one of kindness and love. 

Dr. Carrie

Carrie Dobey

When I was young and family members asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered: a “check-up” vet.  I wanted to play and look at the animals, but not do anything that might be gross!  Well, little did I know how different my path in life would be.

As an Army family, we moved around a lot. My mom was allergic to cats and did not like dogs, so we only had hamsters as kids.  You can imagine my surprise when, at the age of 11, I came downstairs on Christmas morning to find a bunny! Progress! Snowflake was my companion until my freshman year in college.

During undergraduate school, I knew I wanted a career in science and one preferably with animals, but I was torn on which way to proceed. I ended up getting a master's degree in wildlife biology and was a biologist in Tennessee and Wyoming for 10 years. As time went on, that lingering feeling of being a “check-up” vet was always in the back of my mind. I decided it was time for a change and applied to veterinary school.  I attended the University of Tennessee for veterinary school and what a transformative 4 years it was. After graduation, I was employed by the USDA for a year before transitioning into a role at a spay and neuter clinic. I performed up to 35 surgeries a day for low income citizens of San Antonio, Texas.  It was a very rewarding career, but I knew I could make a bigger impact on my community.

Family needs required me to move back east, where I found Lap of Love. I knew immediately that this was such an amazing way to give back to loving families in a time of sorrow.  When I think back to when I had to euthanize my favorite cat and dog 3 months apart, shortly after vet school, I wish such a service had been available. It’s an honor to be able to offer a warm, peaceful setting for families to say goodbye to their loved ones, and Lap of Love provides that opportunity. 

Dr. Emily

Emily Brown

Born in Indiana but raised in the outskirts of Charlotte, NC, I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a veterinarian.  After completing my bachelor’s degree in Biology, I went on to pursue my veterinary degree.  I graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine after completing my clinical year at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, I spent several years in general practice where I discovered my passion for hospice and end-of-life veterinary care.

Growing up, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to own, learn about, and care for numerous different types of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, chickens, and fish.  The opportunity to care for these animals also came with difficult lessons at times; namely, that beloved pets don’t live forever.  

My goal as a veterinarian is first and foremost to provide gentle and loving end-of-life care for the furry family members we love so deeply.  I also strive to provide support and compassion for those who love them while they are faced with one of an animal lover’s most difficult decisions.

About Jennifer Walters

I had many incredible professors and doctors throughout veterinary school, but the most important lesson I learned came from a twelve-week old golden retriever puppy named Disney. He was the happiest, liveliest, most adorable puppy and I was the envy of the cardiology unit when he became my patient. 

Disney's parents had brought him to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine because when he got really excited, his airway would close up, and he would gasp for air until he passed out. I witnessed this several times during his stay with us, and I had to snatch Disney up and race to the ICU for oxygen. It was terrifying. After several tests, we determined that there was no treatment for Disney's condition. His parents were heartbroken, as were my resident advisor and I. Because the episodes were unpredictable and horrible for everyone, including Disney, his parents made the hardest decision they had ever had to make- to euthanize their puppy. 

I listened as my resident advisor explained the process to them. Then we left the room to allow them some time together. My resident used this time to explain the process to me, as well.  He said that while the actual procedure was straightforward, helping people through their grief was harder and more important than any cardiology lesson he could teach me. We needed to let Disney's parents set the pace and help them feel comfortable with their decision. In the end, we laughed at silly Disney stories and cried over the unfairness of it all. They hugged us and thanked us. 

This is my saddest, most beautiful veterinary school memory and I carry it with me to every appointment. After fifteen years of practicing, I never tire of laughing and crying with families and hearing stories of their beloved pets. I am here to answer all your questions, guide you through this difficult process, and assure you that your decision is one of kindness and love. 

""Dr. Jenn is amazing. She assisted us almost one year ago with our Molly-dog, and now this time with our Meggie. Gentle, kind, compassionate--perfect qualities for one of the not so pleasant parts of pet ownership. We are grateful!""

Kathleen Goldstein
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Thank you, Dr. Walters.

You were amazing to have with us, and you did a beautiful job putting Gidgey to rest.

She is that one dog who is my heart. I have loved them all but she is a permanent part of me.

After you left we cried our eyes out. Then I was surprised how well we did. We went to my daughter's house and had a pretty good day. I think it was because we had gotten through what we were dreading so terribly.

Now it is much worse. So many things remind me, and her presence in the house was so strong. I wake up every morning, and it hits me all over again; the remembrance that she's gone.

Thank you for your warm, kind presence, and the way you cared for our baby girl. The way you talked to her and touched her was heartwarming.

I'm glad we went through this with you. Glad Gidgey was treated so tenderly and was able to pass in love and comfort.

You are a gift to many.

Thank you..."

Jennifer Quattlebaum
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Dr. Jenn is amazing. She assisted us almost one year ago with our Molly-dog, and now this time with our Meggie. Gentle, kind, compassionate--perfect qualities for one of the not so pleasant parts of pet ownership. We are grateful!"

Kathleen Goldstein
Charlotte, North Carolina

"We cant thank you enough for the compassion and professionalism you exhibited through this process. It was a difficult decision and we could not have had a better experience. Dr. Jenn was so kind and empathetic and treated Molly with so much care.

We will treasure Molly forever and her memory was preserved by a beautiful imprint of her paw."

Tammy Wise
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Dr Emily Brown was the most understanding, compassionate we could have asked for. She helped us get through a completely unbearable day a little easier. I am so grateful to lap of love

Thank you"

Mike Benson
Hintersville, North Carolina

"Very kind and thoughtful."

Andy Conway
Charlotte, North Carolina

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Pet Loss Support Group

  704-531-0304

Ginny Dodd, DVM

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 932-1182

Cabarrus Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Concord

  (704) 293-3847

Pet Grief Support Group, Charlotte

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 949-1100

Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Huntersville

  (704) 457-1789

Jeff Brockman Ballantyne Therapist

Donation Center

Donations at Greater Charlotte SPCA or Charlotte Humane Society

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 815-3939

Carolina Veterinary Specialists - Matthews

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 334-4684

Animal Medical Hospital

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 457-2300

CARE, Charlotte

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Proudly serving the greater Charlotte area. Due to the extensive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50 - $75 based on the distance from Charlotte. 

Pet Memorials
“Meggie joined our family after the passing of my parents. My mom couldn't leave this little pup after seeing her at the breeder. Her name was Dorothy, and several of us wanted to name the pup Toto. Mom wouldn't hear of it! Meghan it was, Meggie for short. Mom passed when Meggie was 4, so she was Pops' companion until 2012 when he went on to heaven ...
Kathleen Goldstein
September 25, 2020
“Meggie joined our family after the passing of my parents. My mom couldn't leave this little pup after seeing her at the breeder. Her name was Dorothy, and several of us wanted to name the pup Toto. Mom wouldn't hear of it! Meghan it was, Meggie for short. Mom passed when Meggie was 4, so she was Pops' companion until 2012 when he went on to heaven ...
Kathleen Goldstein
September 23, 2020
“Pebbles


As some of you know, this is Pebbles. On Monday we had to say goodbye and let her cross the rainbow bridge. In her 16 1/2 years in this world, she never gave less than 100% unconditional love to us, and anyone she met. As dogs lives go, I believe we gave her an incredible one. Even as an “old lady” she will always be my baby girl. I ...
Mike Benson
September 12, 2020
“We got Harvey when my wife had baby fever (he held her off for 4 years). He was great and had two older brothers Rowdy (lab) Duncan (cocker). He was the baby, but they were a pack. He brought us joy and always greeted us at the door. His favorite thing to do was roll a ball back and forth and play fetch. Even with the addition of three children ...
September 7, 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
P.O. Box 470221
Charlotte, North Carolina 28247

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love Location is privately owned and operated. 

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