Charlotte, Surrounding Cities plus Fort Mill & Rock Hill, SC
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 and will be returned to you within a week.
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.
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 7am - 11pm. 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.
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.
Amy Tanis, DVM
During veterinary school, I would walk through the large animal hospital at the University of FL and every day I would read a big sign that said, “They don’t care what you know, until they know how much you care.” I spent most of my time before graduation in this equine hospital and this statement has been my mantra and what has helped shape my career as a veterinarian. Like many of my colleagues, I always saw myself working with animals. Horses were such a passion of mine, and that is where I focused my career during school. I was going to work with elite equine athletes. That was my plan. But life has other plans sometimes, and a growing family has placed me in an exclusively small animal practice, living in a wonderful suburb of Charlotte, where folks really love their furbabies!
I remember how much I loved our family dog growing up in northern NJ. Cubby was a yellow lab who stole the heart of our family and will always be with us. As his golden years progressed, my sweet yellow lab’s quality of life started to quickly decline, and he started to have seizures whenever he would become stressed. My parents were beside themselves thinking of having to bring him to a vet clinic when the time came. Thankfully, I was able to come home and give Cubby a quick and peaceful passage over the Rainbow Bridge. But that memory, and the decision my family faced before knowing I could get there for our beloved boy, has stayed with me.
After that experience, I knew first-hand the impact of how special it is for families to be at home with their fur babies when it is time to say goodbye. I was grateful that my old boy was home, surrounded by those he loved and who cherished him so much. He knew how much I cared, and so did my family. And that made all the difference when it was time to let him go.
Joining the Lap of Love family embodies the phrase I’ve always upheld. It is a privilege and a blessing to be able to be there during the end of animal’s journey here on earth. There is no greater honor than to give our four-legged furry kids the compassion and respect they deserve, giving them quality of life with a terminal illness, or when it becomes time to say goodbye.
Jennifer Hawthorne, DVM
Growing up as a child in North Carolina I was surrounded and awed by many different species of animals. I cared for dogs, cats, cattle, rode horses and I always felt a special connection with all of them. When I decided to become a veterinarian I thought back to those times as a child and knew it was the right career path for me. Over the years, while attending undergraduate and Veterinary College at NC State University and working as a small animal practitioner, I’ve been exposed to many levels of animal comfort, joy, pain, and suffering.
As a veterinarian, I feel one of my most important responsibilities is to help ease an animal’s suffering as well as provide support for a grieving owner. While it may seem like a difficult task, euthanasia is a kindness that we are able to give to our loving animal companions and I am proud to be able to provide such a service. I have had many pets of my own over the years and each one has been special to me. They have been constant companions throughout all the changes and milestones in my life. I know what it is like to love and lose a special friend, but I would not trade any of the moments I had with them.
My goal is to help people understand that after sharing a life and home with their loving animal companion, they will love us for helping to make the kind decision to stop their pain and suffering. We can cherish and take comfort in remembering all the good times we had with our faithful animal friends.
Jennifer Walters, DVM
"What a tremendous blessing Lap of Love and Dr. Jen were to us with the passing of our beloved Hoss. Hoss was able to transition on to heaven in his home, in his bed, with his family. He was peaceful and not scared and in his happy place. This company is so professional and loving and perfect. We are so blessed we found Lap of Love and that we were able to use your service with Hoss. Thank you for what you do. It is a true blessing."
Brantley AverkampCornelius, North Carolina
"Our baby girl became sick in late February, and after several ups and downs, it became evident several weeks later that she was not going to get better. So Thursday, April 5th I called Lap of Love and explained our situation. I asked them to come out and do a consult with possible euthanasia. The woman I spoke with on the phone was so patient and helpful. I could tell she really cared about our situation.
Dr. Jennifer knocked lightly on the door and my husband let her in. I was sitting on the floor, brushing Autumn. Dr. Jennifer sat down next to us and introduced herself. She was very kind. She looked at Autumn and said she could see how tired she was. We explained the history and asked some questions. Then we asked if she thought it would be worth waiting a bit longer to see if other medications would help. She was very supportive and non-judgmental and helped us understand that our baby was using all her strength just to breathe. We decided it was time to say goodbye to our angel.
Dr. Jennifer walked us through the whole thing before she did anything. The whole process was so dignified and peaceful. Our little girl knew she was ready and having this done at home was by far the best decision we could have made. It wasn't a rushed, stressful emergency trip to the vet because we waited too long to say goodbye. It was peaceful and our Autumn got to say goodbye to our in her home with us holding her. I would recommend this service to anyone. Saying goodbye is so hard but this made it so much easier. I'm very grateful to Dr. Jennifer and Lap of Love."
Melissa O'LenickCHARLOTTE, North Carolina
"Acadia Jane is her name, but we called her Cadi. It never dawned on me when I held that little black bundle of fur for the first time, that 17+ years later my heart would be breaking as I had to make the decision to let her go. She was my shadow. She loved many people, but I was her "person". As Cadi's hearing and eyesight started to fail, she would sleep a little deeper and she was no longer my constant shadow but we still we had our walks and snuggle time. Even when she became completely deaf and blind she still enjoyed walks and snuggle time, that little tail would still wag when I would come home.. A few week ago, I knew it was time to do what I had been dreading.
I first corresponded with "Laps of Love" by email. Their email response was prompt, professional and compassionate. When I called to set up an appointment, the young lady I spoke with couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. When Dr Jennifer arrived she was so sweet and gentle with Cadi. Cadi never had to move from her little bed. Dr Jennifer knelt beside her, gently administering the necessary drugs, even feeding Cadi a treat.
The experience was a blessing for Cadi and me. Cadi did not have to stress in her last minutes, she had her bed, her "person" and even a treat. I was able to concentrate on my dear furry baby and was able to grieve in the quiet of my own home.
Thank you Dr. Jennifer"Laps of Love"."
Betty PutnamCharlotte, North Carolina
"We are deeply appreciative of the kind and caring service that Dr. Walters provided. The ability to allow our dog to pass at home was priceless to him and to us. Jennifer was very thoughtful and compassionate. I can't speak highly enough of her and the service Lap of Love provides."
Tim LooneyHarrisburg, North Carolina
"When Motor got to his final day... we didn't know what to do. We were referred to Lap of Love. Everyone within the organization was wonderful. They understood our pain and what we were going to have to do. They were kind and compassionate and loving. The service and follow up that happened were filled with love and compassion. I have been sharing the news of their service to others who might have to make the hard choice out of love for their pet. I'm so glad that Motor was loved not only by us but by Lap of Love in his final moments."
Jessica StroupeKannapolis, North Carolina
"I have used Lap of Love twice within the past 3 years for both of my girls, Gracie and Sweet Pea. Deciding when to let them go was the most difficult decision I have ever made. Both Lap of Love doctors reassured me that I was doing the right thing. They were compassionate, caring, and very patient taking the time to explain what to expect. I am so grateful for the service Lap of Love provides and highly recommend them."
Susan WilhelmCharlotte, North Carolina
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Pet Grief Support Group, Charlotte
Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Huntersville
Donations at Greater Charlotte SPCA or Charlotte Humane Society
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Helping families in the following areas:
Proudly serving the greater Charlotte area including the following neighborhoods mentioned below. There may be a travel fee of $50 - $75 based on the distance from the veterinarian's 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 LoveP.O. Box 470221Charlotte, NC 28247
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