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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"Thank you, Dr. Rachel, for your gentle, kind, patient, & caring assistance in guiding my sweet boy, Tank, with dignity over the rainbow bridge. You, your staff & Faithful Companion helped make this difficult and heartbreaking task a little bit easier. Thank you so much.
Jim McKinneyCharlotte, North Carolina
"Dr. Walters was compassionate, patient, caring and attentive. I am thankful to Lap of Love for giving pet owners the peace of mind, and thoughtful service when making the tough decision to end a beloved family members life."
Evin EllisCharlotte, North Carolina
"Dr. Jennifer made the sad experience pleasant for myself and Abby."
Paul HCharlotte, North Carolina
"We could not be happier with Dr. Jen and the Lap Of Love community. From the initial phone call to Lap of Love we could feel the sincerity and kindness. Dr. Jen pulled up to our house at 6pm and was greeted by a 3 and 5 year old and an upset family saying goodbye to our best friend. She was so wonderful to each of us, and especially our Bella. The process was quick and pain free for Bella and very thoughtful and caring for us. Dr. Jen helped answer any of our questions and the questions of a 5 year old who was upset to loose his pal. We didn’t want to loose our girl but feel so at peace with the kindness and care we were shown. We are so thankful to Dr. Jen."
Sydney WoffordIron Station, North Carolina
"From the moment I called Lap of Love, the staff treated me with respect and kindness. They acted quickly and allowed me to peacefully be with my 18 year old cat, Bitsy as she passed on. Dr. Jenn was caring and thoughtful and I am so happy that I chose Lap of Love. Dr. Walters took care of everything with ease, and even invited me to walk out to the car with her as she gently put the basket with my precious kitty in the front seat with her. I was impressed that the company is in so many places to help others like me. I am truly grateful for the service I received."
Annie FlintCharlotte, North Carolina
"This is taken me several months to write since I lost my two sweet girls, Nana and Asibi (sisters from the same litter) very close to one another, just two months apart. But I am so very, very grateful for Lap of Love and Dr. Jennifer Walters for their kindness, support, and big-heartedness during a time that was so incredibly hard for me and my family.
Fifteen years is a long time to know and love an animal (let alone two), and I wish it could have been longer. But I'm also glad they had peaceful endings to their beautiful lives."
Heather FreemanCharlotte, North Carolina
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Ginny Dodd, DVM
Cabarrus Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Concord
Pet Grief Support Group, Charlotte
Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Huntersville
Donations at Greater Charlotte SPCA or Charlotte Humane Society
Animal Medical Hospital
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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