PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$325

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$425

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.

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 Eve, 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$350
Pets 30 - 99 pounds$375
Pets 100 - 150 pounds$400
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$450

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 - 150 pounds$250
Pets 151 - 200 pounds$300

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, 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. Rachel

Rachel Cain

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.

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. 

"Tank was our friend. We rescued him when he was 2 and he rescued us for the next 12 years. We miss him dearly - just like we do Buck and Bud who he has now joined. Dr. Cain was unbelievable and Laps of Love is simply a gift to humanity. We will take some time and then Buck, Bud and Tank will guide us to our next members of our rescue family."

Mike Rose
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Dr Walters was amazing , thank you"

Raven Nester
Midland, North Carolina

"Dr. Jen was so kind to Jack & to all of us during this sad time. I just can't say enough good things about our whole experience with Lap of Love. Nikki at the Lap of Love office took my phone call & was so sweet & patient & was able to get us an appointment with Dr. Jen the same day. The warmth & compassion shown to Jack & to my family made a difficult time so much easier."

Joyce Love
Charlotte, North Carolina

"I don't know how you could ever be ready to say goodbye. Sparky was much more than a pet to me, he was my child. He left 16 years of paw prints on my heart, something I will never forget. As hard as letting go was, I will always appreciate Dr. Jenn. She was so gentle and loving during the entire process. I cannot imagine doing her job having to deal with the anguish of families losing something so precious. I will forever be grateful that I chose Lap of Love and Dr. Jenn, this allowed our Sparky to be comfortable and loved by all of our family in his last moments."

Sheri Hitchcock
Pineville, North Carolina

"I cannot express to you how perfect our experience with you. I’ve been telling everyone! I had no idea something so gut wrenching could also feel peaceful, calm, and beautiful! I’m rethinking my entire perspective on death itself having watched Chloe go through the process with you. Really. And how lucky our kids are to have such a healthy and honest understanding about it all too. My heart feels so full about how it all went, and it was ALL because of you. A million thank yous."

Laura Hughes
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Chezzy was a feisty little protector, however, she didn't bark once when Dr. Jenn came in. Dr. Jenn's calm demeanor reassured me and obviously put Chezzy at ease. Her thoughtful and thorough questions made all the decisions and departure a calm process. I also appreciated the follow up email and card, as the past week without Chezzy has been difficult."

Lita Gatlin
Charlotte, North Carolina

LOCAL RESOURCES


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
“We rescued Ty and his bonded mate 5 hours before they were supposed to be Euthanized at a California Shelter. He and his bonded mate Lilly were given up to the shelter at the ages of 11 and 12 after the original owners had them their entire lives. He was such a sweet boy and had bad separation anxiety due to his circumstances but everyone that ...
Raven Nester
December 2, 2019
“The thing they don't tell you about rescue dogs, is who's rescuing whom? Jack brought us years of love & laughter & taught us the power of patience, kindness, consistency, & gentleness. He overcame so much, from rocky beginnings before he came to us, to battling glaucoma which ended with bilateral enucleations, to finally enduring cancer. He ...
Joyce Love
November 14, 2019
“Oh how I miss our sweet Chezzy (aka Chestnut, Baybeeee, Sweet Nut, Nugget). Chezzy was such a part of the family, companion, and comfort for 17 years. I am forever grateful that she was allowed to leave this world by peacefully going to sleep in my lap with love and hugs.
Love you forever sweet nut.”
Lita Gatlin
November 5, 2019
“After 14 years of happiness and joy, we lost our sweet girl dog, Sandy Thursday October 17 to cancer. Our lives forever changed when she came into our lives after being rescued from the street in Plaza Midwood. She’s always been there for us with love and her sweet snuggles. She was so pretty. A special thank you to Lap of Love and Dr Jennifer ...
Nancy Pyrtle
October 21, 2019
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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