Charlotte, Surrounding Cities plus Fort Mill & Rock Hill, SC

  (704) 659-1500

  Charlotte@LapofLove.com

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 99 pounds$265
Pets 100 pounds or more$285
Optional Engraving$30

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

Communal Cremation
Pets up to 99 pounds$100
Pets 100 pounds or more$150

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

There may be a fee if additional assistance to safely carry your pet out of your home is needed. 

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, 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.

Meet the Doctors

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.

Manetta LaVergne, DVM

At the age of seven, a kind Veterinarian allowed me to observe a surgery on a family pet and I was instantly hooked on the profession.    I set out on a lifelong journey of helping animals and the families that love them.  After finishing my undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky I went on to complete Veterinary School at Auburn.  I have had a blessed career, working in not only private practice,  but emergency clinics, in research and with a pharmaceutical company.  However, nothing has given me more satisfaction than helping families with end of life decisions.  Having helped my own 14 year old boxer ("Gracie") get to the rainbow bridge to wait for me, I know how difficult a decision it can be...we are never ready to say goodbye to our faithful friends.  I am honored to be able to help families give what I truly consider a final loving gift to their pet.  Just as my own mother found her calling as a human Hospice nurse, I too have found my true calling as a Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice Veterinarian.  

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. 

"Thank you for helping me through one of the most painful decisions of my life."

Gregory Grieb
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Yesterday, my kitty let me know it was time for him to pass on. Dr. Jennifer came to my home and was so good about helping me understand what would happen, while reassuring me that there was nothing left we could do medically except to help ease my sweet boy's suffering. She was kind and thoughtful, making a tough day so loving and peaceful. Everything about the experience was filled with compassion and kindness, as well as great tenderness. She even checked in with me the next day to see how I was and to let me know I could reach out if I needed someone to listen. I'm so grateful for Lap of Love, and for Dr. Jennifer."

Christina Brandt
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Dr. Amy was fantastic in helping my parents through this tough time. I decided to leave during the procedure as it was too much pain to bare and I left my precious Bella in the care of my parents and Dr. Amy. She was very kind to them writing notes before and after the procedure and ensuring my sweet Bella drifted into the hands of God peacefully.

Forever grateful,

Kris"

Kris E
Charlotte, North Carolina

"An Angel of Mercy is Dr. Amy. She showed of love and kindness as Sunny passed from this realm."

Dan McNeil
Tega Cay, S. Carolina

"I have to say I don't know where to begin. From the moment Dr. Amy arrived and walked into our house - I knew, even the dogs knew, and felt a special sense of kindness and compassion that we've never experienced before. There was an instant connection to our family, our dogs and esp. Piper. I truly believe that all of the Doctors involved in Lap Of Love understand just how difficult and painful these circumstances are, not only to the grieving family but also to that one special family member. Dr. Amy's presence made that afternoon much more bearable and peaceful and it's an experience that I'll never forget. She is truly an Angel walking and working on this earth. We are forever grateful to her and Lap Of Love."

Heidi Newton
Kannapolis, North Carolina

"Dr. Amy came to our house today to help me say good-bye to our 15 year old beloved mutt, Mango. Dr. Amy greeted both of us with a hug and helpful information. I cried most of the time, but she did not mind. She treated Mango with patient love, quiet words, and professional care. We sat on the dog bed together and helped Mango relax and move on. It was so peaceful and thoughtful. We lifted Mango into a wicker basket with a blanket around her, and Amy put her on the front seat for her final ride.

We avoided the stress of the vet office, and I know Mango felt secure throughout the process.

Thank you for the special care for both of us. Our hearts are heavy with grief, but I know we did the best we could for our dear old dog. I recommend this service and Dr. Amy. Thank you to Mary for her kind words on the phone to make the arrangements through my tears."

Carson Howard
Mooresville, 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

Friends of the Animals in Mooresville

Emergency Clinic

  (704) 949-1100

Carolina Veterinary Specialists: Huntersville

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 including the following neighborhoods mentioned below. There may be a travel fee of $50 - $75 based on the distance from the veterinarian's location. 

  • University area
  • Huntersville
  • Cornelius
  • Davidson
  • Mooresville
  • Uptown Charlotte
  • Plaza Midwood 
  • NoDa
  • Cotswold
  • Dilworth
  • Southend
  • Myers Park
  • South Park
  • Airport area 
  • Belmont
  • Mt. Holly
  • Mt. Island Lake
  • Cabarrus County
  • Landis
  • China Grove
  • Mint Hill
  • Matthews
  • Indian Trail
  • Pineville
  • Salisbury
  • Ballantyne and other South Charotte areas
  • Rockwell
  • Stanley County
  • Denver
  • Union County (Weddington, Waxhaw, Monroe) 
  • Lincolnton
  • Troutman
  • Gastonia
  • South Carolina areas
    • (Fort Mill, Rock Hill)
Pet Memorials
“Godspeed and happy trails Misty girl. 12 years ago our paths crossed but now they must diverge. My path will be so very lonely without you as I am heartbroken and there is an huge emptiness in my life. I will miss you beyond what words can ever convey. Run free my sweet girl, you are no longer in pain. You can go fishing with Dad and play again ...
Gregory Grieb
June 24, 2017
“My sweet puppy love, Bella. My little sister passed gently into the hands of God yesterday in what has been the worst day of my life so far. She was the most incredible creature, and I loved her in a way that I loved nothing else in this world. She will be forever missed, and my life and the life of my family that loved her will seriously never be ...
Kris E
June 19, 2017
“Sunny was a gift to everyone he met. He had so many friends and created so many great memories for everyone that he knew and that knew him.”
Dan McNeil
June 13, 2017
“It's been nearly a week - but it already feels like years. We lost Piper last Tuesday to cancer, even after surgery to remove the one primary lung tumor - it reared it's awful head just a few days later and only gave us about 2 more weeks with this sweet girl. And through ALL of it Piper fought, played, ate (like a horse), welcomed us home every ...
Heidi Newton
May 29, 2017
Payment Options

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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
P.O. Box 142
Mineral Springs, NC 28108-6760

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This Lap of Love Location is privately owned and operated. 

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