Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$265

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.

Euthanasia$265

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.

Geriatric Consultation$265

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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$350
Pets 30 - 99 pounds$375
Pets 100 pounds or more$400

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$150
Pets 30 - 99 pounds$200
Pets 100 pounds or more$250

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

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.

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, DVM

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. Rachel

Rachel Cain, DVM

Originally from the Midwest, I recently moved to the south and am now proud to call the Charlotte area home. I have a large family consisting of 2 dogs, 5 cats, 1 bunny, and 1 horse, all with names as unique as their individual personalities. We thoroughly enjoy the warm, sun-filled southern days that North Carolina has brought us!

Like most of my fellow veterinarians, I have an enormous heart and compassion for animals. This love was formed from a young age and has influenced many major decisions in my life, including becoming a vegetarian at the age of 10 after reading a very influential poem. My passion for animals and their special bond with humans only continued to escalate from there. My drive to pursue a career as a veterinarian stemmed from an unrelenting desire to make a difference in the lives of each individual patient as well as a positive impact on the world. Every day I strive to improve the well-being and future of our loyal companions as they deserve nothing less for the unconditional love and unwavering happiness they provide us.

I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with emphasis on rehabilitation, sports medicine and pain management from The Ohio State University. I’ve also become a Certified Animal Chiropractor as well as a Certified Canine and Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner, and am currently pursuing a certification in Veterinary Pain Management. I feel my experience with chiropractic and rehabilitation work mixed with my special abilities to connect with pets and their families on a personal level has naturally led me into the field of hospice care and in-home euthanasia. Providing these delicate services allows me the chance to reduce the suffering of pets and their families while honoring the special gift of love shown through the human-animal bond.

About Jennifer Walters, DVM

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. 

"Dear Dr. Jen,

Thank you so much for the tender care towards the passing of our sweet dog Belah. I can not say enough how much we appreciate you and Lap of Love. You have given me and my husband so much respect with how much we loved our dog Belah. You allowed us to say good by to her in the best most loving way possible. And this means the world to us.

Belah’s last few days with us were amazing. We took her for car rides, she ate what ever she wanted, she got petted for hours on the sofa, took her to the park, and even got her in the baby stroller for a last long walk.

When you arrived to our home, it was so nice to see Belah perk up, and get up one last time. She was excited to see you and she knew you were a nice person. She went so peacefully. Really like her life. Just a long happy life with a good peaceful ending. Very Belah. She was a gift. True love. What an honor it was to have known her.

So now it is tears, but we have lots of memories of her. Such true love we got to experience. She was just the best, sweetest soul any humans could ever ask for. Our house is empty but our hearts are full.

We can not say thank you enough for all the love and support from you and Lap of Love. It truly helped and you all made such a difference in our lives. We can hold on to all the love that Belah brought to us and eventually bring another dog into our home and share the love!

Thank you for everything you do. We appreciate you beyond words.

Tony & Maddy Morack"

Madeleine Morack
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Let me begin by saying that I do not use any form of social media, nor do I comment on websites. I decided to make an exception for Lap of Love because it was in reading page after page of testimonials, reading the stories being shared by other pet owners that had faced the heart wrenching decision to say their final goodbyes to their beloved animal companions, that made me pick up the phone and call on behalf of my cat, my sweet little girl of 15 years, Gizmo.

My call was received by Katie, who from the start expressed sympathy and compassion, as I fought to hold back my tears. Katie made the arrangements for the day and time I requested and gently took me through the process, explaining all the details and answering my questions.

On Gizmo's final day, there was a soft knock on my door and I greeted Dr. Jennifer Walters. This amazing woman came into my home and said and did all the right things to slightly lessen the pain of what was easily one of the most painful days of my life. My little girl's final moments were not spent in a cat carrier she hated or at the vet's office she was terrified of. Instead, her last memories were of the house she knew, surrounded by the people who loved her. As tears streamed down my face, I kissed her, whispered my final goodbye and she went to sleep in my arms.

Using her stethoscope, Dr. Walters let me know that Gizmo was beyond pain and suffering. She gently picked her up and wrapped her in the rainbow patterned blanket I wanted to bury her in. I buried her underneath the fig tree in my backyard and made a small grave marker with flowers and stones. I keep a candle burning there every night.

As of the time of this writing, it has not even been a week since I said goodbye to Gizmo. The grief and pain I'm experiencing are as intense and despairing as the pain of losing people who I have loved. It has been difficult to share this experience (I am crying as I type these words) but I do so in the hope that anyone reading this will find some comfort, as I was able to find some comfort in the stories of others.

Gizmo is in a better place and I'm glad Lap of Love was there to help her find her way. Dr. Walters, Katie and all the people of Lap of Love have my eternal gratitude.

Let me also thank all of the families and individuals who took the time to write their testimonials. By being vulnerable enough to share your pain, you gave me a little strength to bear the burden of mine.

My warmest regards,

Joseph Kellen"

Joseph Kellen
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Very professional and a pleasure to have over for this difficult time. Very respectful of our pet and showed compassion and understanding."

Mary Dore
charoltte, North Carolina

"We want to thank Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice for helping us say goodbye to our Sweet Roo. From start to finish Dr. Walters explained each step in an unhurried way. She conducted the process with great care and empathy. She is an outstanding veterinarian and we thank her..."

Peggy and John Schug
Charlotte, North Carolina

"I can't imagine doing the work of Dr. Jennifer. Although we met briefly under emotional and a terrible situation; she was gentle, kind and as lovely as one could be under those circumstances.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Max Pedota
Matthews, North Carolina

"While we knew our sweet Lilly did not have a lot of time left due to lymphoma, she declined very suddenly within a 24 hour period. It was a Sunday and I was very worried that no one would be able to come and help Lilly ease her suffering. Amazingly, Dr. Cain was able to be there within a few hours of my call. My two teenage girls were so upset. Dr. Cain was kind and gentle and very quickly got Lilly more comfortable. This gave us a bit more time to say goodbye with Lilly in a comfortable state. This is never a pleasant time for any family but Dr Cain and Lap of Love made it as smooth as it could be."

Kym Furney
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) 844-6440

C-VETS, 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
“On February 12th, our faithful companion, Belah Dog, passed away. She went very peacefully at our home with my husband and I by her side. She was the best dog till the very end. We can not say enough amazing things about her. She lived a long beautiful life. 15 years old. She is extremely missed...we have lost a dog but gained a guardian angel.”
Madeleine Morack
February 16, 2019
“Maximus Cayo Dore was a great blessing to us in 2005. We wanted a dog to play with our Shepherd mix “Wahoo”. He was rescued from Hurricane Katrina and transferred to CHARLOTTE. Max was the lone pup in a crate at the Pets Mart on South blvd in Charlotte. He had bortedella kennel cough so we nursed him back to life with medication and he grew up to ...
Mary Dore
February 9, 2019
“We had to say goodbye to our sweet Oliver. He gave us over 13 years of love, happiness, and unwavering companionship. He was huge part of our family and we miss him everyday. Rest In Peace, our sweet Oliver. We hope you are chasing tennis balls, twirling in circles, and eating lots of pizza! Until the day we meet again, sweet baby, we will ...
Alissa Meads
January 27, 2019
“In memory of Mulan, our little diva. You are truly loved and we will always have you in our memories and our hearts forever! Love mommy & daddy!🐾❤️”
Barbie GH
January 24, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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, NC 28247

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