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 Doctor

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.

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. 

"We were referred to Lap of Love by a personal friend who is a veterinarian, after we came to the heart-wrenching decision to put our dog down. Our beloved Miniature Schnauzer, Ziggy was suffering from complications associated with Mitral Valve Disease (MVD). It was becoming excruciating to watch her struggle to breath. Her panting was so labored, and she coughed so hard, it seemed like she was choking. She had fainting episodes that were becoming more frequent, and would often cause her to scream in pain if she collapsed and her limbs were caught in an awkward position. It was just heart breaking to see her struggle after doing the things she enjoyed, like chasing squirrels in the backyard, or barking at other dogs passing by the house. She had become very lethargic and "lazy". It was because her breathing was such hard work. It was exhausting for her.

Dr. Jenn was the veterinarian assigned to us. She arrived at our home to conduct the euthanasia process. She had the sweetest, and most calming presence. Honestly when I opened the door, it felt as if an angel had arrived to help us deal with a really tough situation. She explained what we could expect to see happen in a way that was reassuring and comforting. She gently guided us through the process, but allowed us to set the pace. Dr. Jenn sat on the floor with us in Ziggy's favorite spot and listened to us as we loved on and reassured our pooch that everything was going to be okay. It was a quick and calm process. When Dr. Jenn announced that Ziggy was at peace, it was the perfect description, because that's exactly how she looked: completely at peace. Dr. Jenn gave us all the time we needed with Ziggy.

I am convinced it was our duty to care for our beloved four-legged family member with the best of our ability, and making the decision to stop her suffering fell right in line. Lap of Love really helped us, as it was not the easiest decision to make. Deciding to do it in our home where Ziggy was most comfortable and calm was our last act of love towards her.

Many thanks to Dr. Jenn for her loving care of Ziggy at the end of her wonderful life. And to Michael who assisted us on the phone in booking the appointment, and his words of comfort and assurance. You both, and your agency are a blessing."

Toni Miller
Davidson, North Carolina

"Dr Jenn was wonderful. She was so compassionate, kind and very gentle with our girl. She gave us time share our stories of our sweet girl, to say our goodbyes to her and gave us time to cry as she slipped away. John and I are so happy Dr Jenn was the one to help Sandy cross the rainbow bridge so peacefully."

Nancy Pyrtle
Denver, North Carolina

"Our family would like to share how much we appreciated the wonderful care Dr. Jennifer gave to our Coco. We were worried Coco would know something was amiss and become frightened of what was to come, and that was why we decided to have Lap of Love come to our home rather than take Coco to the vets for her final moments. Dr. Jennifer made us feel at ease immediately at a difficult time for all of us, and Coco showed know fear or anxiety as things proceeded. She had no pain or distress throughout and we were able to stroke her and pray over her as she passed. Dr. Jennifer had orchestrated a time of space and warmth for which we will be forever grateful."

Robert Burdon
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Dear Jenn,

We so appreciate your email. I’ve intentionally saved it in my inbox until now as I’ve enjoyed being reminded of it multiple times through yesterday and today. I’ve read it at least 15 times and will file it away to read over the years.

Yesterday and the days leading up to it were a bit of a roller coaster, but I want you to know that while there were some sad moments here and there, most of what we experienced were joyful and happy moments reflecting back on all of the wonderful memories that we have of Bailey. We talked specifically about how fortunate we were to have you and everyone at Lap of Love by our side as we navigated this process; without you then we doubt that the one year anniversary of Bailey’s passing would have been joyful at all. The support that we received from you during Bailey’s sunset phase provided the foundation for us to feel good and confident in all of the ways that spent our time together leading up to his passing, in the decisions that we made, and the timing of those decisions.

We are so impressed with how you and your organization operates. You all are a very well-oiled machine and it shows up in wonderful ways.

Thank you for your email. It was really nice to receive and to know that you were thinking of us.

Warmly,

Boyd and Christy"

Boyd Holland
Charlotte, North Carolina

"We are so very grateful to Lap Of Love, and particularly to Dr. Jenn. She made the process of saying goodbye to our beloved furry friend much more comfortable and peaceful. This practice is clearly founded on compassion and professionalism."

Kathleen Goldstein
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Thank you so much for the kind email. It's been a rough 24 hours, but I feel better knowing that Loki is at peace, and that he had a stress-free transition. You made the process so much easier than it could have been, and I really appreciate your kindness to me and gentleness with Loki. It certainly won't be forgotten. You provide an amazing service in the community."

Michelle Losardo
Belmont, 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
“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
“Sweet, scrappy Molly. You were the best dog ever! We will all miss you terribly.”
Kathleen Goldstein
October 13, 2019
“My sweet Loki, I wish I could have done more and that you would have lived forever. I'm so grateful we got 11 long years together though. You were the most wonderful cat, a true mama's boy and I will never forget you. I hope you are at peace and no longer in pain. Thank you for choosing me to be your human and being there for me in my times of ...
Michelle LoSardo
October 11, 2019
“I will miss you Redra. You came into my life at a time when I was struggling to get over the loss of my Bella girl. I couldn't have asked for a more faithful companion. You are already missed. I will miss our daily walks that you so much enjoyed. I'm so blessed that I was able to rescue you and give the last 7 1/2 years of your life the best life ...
Cheryl Clay
September 26, 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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