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$100

Using phone or Skype, 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.

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. 

"Dr. Walters was wonderful. She was a strong, knowledgeable and compassionate guide for Pearl and for our family during Pearl's passing. We feel very fortunate to have been able to give Pearl this last, final comfort and relief from her ongoing struggle."

Alissa Waller
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Unfortunately I knew it was that time with my dog Bailey recently. I reached out to Lap of Love after my Uncle had found them through a google search. I cannot recommend them enough. Everyone was so incredibly compassionate and kind from the woman who helped me schedule and set everything up on the phone to the actual vet who came to my home. Dr Emily Brown wore PPE and made me feel super safe during these weird pandemic days. Her voice and mannerisms were so soothing and calm. My dog, who was a previously abused rescue was always quite anxious normally. Even she felt calm in the situation. It’s tragic and heartbreaking but Lap of Love made it less so. Dr Emily made me a clay paw print and even clipped some fur pieces for me. She didn’t rush me or the process at all. I think Bailey was more relaxed and calm than she would’ve been at our regular vet’s office, even having gone there regularly for years. She got to pass on in her home surrounded by myself and her two best animal friends. I know she was at peace when she went and I have Lap of Love to thank for that. In less than 24 hours, I got the call that her ashes were ready and would be delivered to me the following day. I simply cannot recommend them enough and will be forever grateful for them. I will absolutely be using them in the future when it’s time to make one of the hardest decisions a pet owner can make."

Sara Fisher
Concord, North Carolina

"We are so thankful that Dr. Jen could come out and help us say goodbye to Chloe. She walked us through everything and was so caring and kind. It was important for us to have Chloe’s last moments be peaceful and stress free, which could only have been done at home. The website’s resources for how to know when it’s time were also a true blessing. Thank you for everything!"

Heather Bishop
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Well, my sweet Maddie girl is zooming in Heaven now ❤️ Lap of Love Dr. Emily Brown came to our house and lovingly took care of us and our baby. RJ and I were with her. The family said their goodbyes last night. I was very grateful she was at home on her bed and her Duck Dynasty blanket which I’ll keep. Sarah asked me if I was 100 % sure last night. “No I’m not” is all I could say, but Maddie’s quality of life got worse everyday. Now she’s free to fly 🐾❤️I love you Maddie girl! I’ll see you in Heaven 🙏🏻🙌🏻"

Jan Chaney
Harrisburg, North Carolina

"Dr. Brown was very compassionate. In a difficult situation it is wonderful to know she has the best interest of your beloved pet."

JOANNE MARGOLIS
CRAMERTON, North Carolina

"Such a wonderful organization. Gave us the peace of mind that our family needed. Dr Jenn was a delightful Dr."

Merrill Poppo
Harrisburg, 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
“Pearl was my best friend and faithful companion for 17+ years. She was the sweetest, kindest, most cuddly fur ball any cat lover could ask for. She was happiest on my lap and when she was playing, sun bathing, or napping with her sister Opal (like she is the picture). She lived an active life and was a source of emotional support for our family ...
Alissa Waller
November 30, 2020
““By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow ...
Heather Bishop
November 25, 2020
“Sometimes a very special cat enters our lives... Oprah was that cat for our family. Her presence has changed our lives forever. We have been so blessed to have this wonderful cat that thought she was a dog. She would follow us on walks and always came when we called her name. To make heaven the perfect resting place for the loved ones we adore, I ...
JOANNE MARGOLIS
November 4, 2020
“Ringo was everyone’s keeper. He new where everyone was at all times. Everyone Ringo met loved him and he excepted all their love too. No task was too big for this little guy. I feel he didn’t realize he was small. Hahaha. He was a big part of our family and will be forever missed. We love you Bubba. RIP. 😥❤️”
Merrill Poppo
November 2, 2020
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

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love Location is privately owned and operated. 

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