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$150

Using phone or Zoom, 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. 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.

Dr. Lindy

Lindy Kopp

I was raised by a family of passionate animal-lovers in Medina, Ohio. Horses, dogs, and cats have always been a significant part of my life, even from a very young age. I found that animals were a source of comfort, love, and companionship for me and that bond I had with animals influenced my decision to become a veterinarian. I completed my undergraduate training at THE Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, then was thrilled to attend veterinary school at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Vet school was an incredible time of growth in my life, and I will always cherish my memories at UF.

I myself became a client of Lap of Love with my sweet bird, Carmen. Carmen’s final days were extremely difficult; I didn’t know if I was doing enough, or if letting her go was the right decision. I felt guilt, confusion, and apprehension at what was to come. Lap of Love provided me with the confidence to know I was making the right decision, and Carmen passed in her own home, right with her family, and at peace. Experiencing that moment with my dear Carmen gave me an intense desire to want to provide that same type of peace to families during their final moments with their pets.

It is an absolute honor helping families say good-bye to their beloved pets. I feel passionately that the final veterinary appointment is the most important of any, as it ends a beautiful and highly rewarding chapter of the time they shared together. When I help a family say goodbye, I get to hear the most beautiful conversations and be a part of an intimate moment that few ever have the privilege to see.  

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. 

"I would highly recommend Lap of Love. The services they provide make such a difficult time a little easier. Dr. Lindy helped our family in a very compassionate and professional manner. We are thankful that we decided to use Lap of Love for our beloved Lucy and want to thank Dr. Lindy for helping us through it."

Elizabeth Gaylor
Charlotte, North Carolina

"It is always hard to say good bye to a loved one. Lap of Love and Dr. Lindy made the process so much easier for our family and most importantly for our Bodie. She was especially sensitive to my daughter's feelings. We appreciate her kindness on a very difficult day."

Kari Kroh
Waxhaw, North Carolina

"Dr. Walters was respectful, kind, patient, and sensitive to her needs and ours. I would highly recommend Lap of Love and say she was a great choice for this very difficult time."

Christy Cole
Charlotte, North Carolina

"After 15 years with our big Beef he was loosing his battle with diabetes. Beef disliked going to the vets even though they loved him to pieces. We did not want Beefs journey to end being upset. Dr Lindy was kind, calming and ensured us we were making the right decision. Beefs end of his journey was calm, quiet and filled with love. Thank you Dr Lindy and Lap of love for your assistance in this very difficult time."

Jessica Ingrao
Indian Trail, North Carolina

"In June of 2020, I lost my heart and soul when my 14 year old Golden Retriever, Sydney has to cross Rainbow Bridge. I had called Lap of Love on the recommendation of friends and Dr. Emily arrived to give Sydney a gentle crossing and me some much needed moral support. She brought such calmness and dignity and I'll never forget that. I didn't think my heart would be open to another pet for a long time but in mid-January, a big tomcat named Tito came into my life via a local shelter. He was picked up as a stray after being out in the world by himself for who knows how long.

He was somewhere between the ages of 2-4 with an engaging personality, a diesel engine purr and an overabundance of curiosity. There was never a day that went by where I didn't have to close all of the lower kitchen cabinet doors and drawers from Tito's explorations! It was pretty wonderful to have a pet around again and he quickly captured my heart so when it started becoming clear that there were some unexpected and insurmountable issues that would have unfortunate long-term effects, it was devastating. I knew that the most humane and loving decision would be to let him go and there was no doubt who I would call. Tito may not have been in my life for long but he deserved to know love until his last breath.

Dr. Lindy arrived and I knew immediately that she came with compassion and with the full intent of making the transition as easy as possible for me and Tito. She was so kind and careful with Tito who had really not been around strangers so he was a little shy. From her explanation of the process, to her handling of Tito to her empathy from start to finish, Dr. Lindy was wonderful. I know that because of her, Tito knew nothing but love and peace as he went to sleep for the last time. Once again, I cannot say enough about Lap of Love and the service they provide. Thank you, Dr. Lindy for being there for my sweet Tito."

Stephanie Mills
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina

"I don't know where to begin? This was the most peaceful transition for my cat Spencer. Dr. Emily was so kind, caring and helpful through the entire process. She did not rush this process and made sure he was comfortable and sedated ( asleep ) before the final injection. I chose in home service because cats are afraid outside of the comfort of their normal environment. All I can really say is that no matter what your financial situation is, this is the best and only way I would ever given peace to my pet. I would not have done it any other way. I highly recommend this service. I don't believe we should let our loved pets suffer. I hope this helps.

Neil in North Carolina."

Neil NekooAsL
GASTONIA, 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
“My Miss Mittens kitten(aka Dilly do, missy, punky punks) was the best friend anyone could ask for and made everything joyful for 19 years(half of my lifetime). I loved you to the moon and back again, and ALWAYS will. You will be forever missed and deeply loved, always. You are so loved by many.”
Christy Cole
February 24, 2021
“Oh sweet Maisy! We love you and miss you so very much. You were our first pet and taught us so much. Thank you for being so loyal to us for the last 15 years and watching your boy grow into a man. You went out so sweetly eating your ice cream and I felt your pain melt away. You are forever in our hearts. Goodnight Maisy.”
Bari Mangum
February 19, 2021
“Maggie's favorite things:
Patty-cake in the morning: This is a little routine we have when she wakes. Since she sleeps on my bed, I'll pat my hands on the bed in front of her...pat, pat, pat. She'll return the pats with her paws.
Any green veggie: Particularly green beans!
"Swimming": When she is really happy she will lie on her side and kick ...
Ann Binns
February 12, 2021
“She was a rescue dog - meaning she rescued me. She was my first pet I ever picked out myself and I feel like I gave birth to her. We found her at the Humane Society just shaking and shivering. But as soon as my husband picked her up she melted like butter in his arms. Then she melted my heart.
She never barked, never complained, was a ...
Emily Allen
February 9, 2021
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

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This Lap of Love Location is privately owned and operated. 

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