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.

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$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. 

"We cannot thank Dr. Walters enough for giving her time and love to our fur baby Teent-z and us during this time. she was beyond professional and we could feel the love she had and see the compassion for our beloved. I would recommend her to anyone facing such a difficult time and she this experience with them. she allowed our Fur baby to be in her own home surrounded by the love of family, I could have asked for anything better."

katrina cymbalisty
concord, North Carolina

"We can't thank Dr. Cain enough for everything she did for us. Not only did she come to our home on Memorial Day weekend during a pandemic, but she was so sweet and caring with Sampson and soothing to us during the process. Her calming demeanor was exactly what we needed at that time. She never rushed us and listened to us cry and ramble. She was very transparent about everything she was doing and how long it would take so we could say what we wanted to say when it was time. We couldn't have asked for a better person to help us through our heartbreaking situation. Thank you Dr. Cain for verbally holding our hands and treating us with so much care and concern on one of the hardest days of our lives."

Stephanie Collins
Concord, North Carolina

"While this decision for our sweet elder dog was hard, Lap of Love made it much easier than I expected. Your website was where I started and I found such helpful information addressing so many of my questions. Once we scheduled the visit, Dr Walters called when she was on her way and arrived right on time. She was so patient, kind, and gentle with our dog (and us). To see our dog have such a peaceful end to his life and to be in our home made a huge difference. I would never do this any other way. You will never regret using Lap of Love. Thank you for everything!"

Lynne Booth
Charlotte, North Carolina

"We want to thank you for providing this service, it definitely takes a special person to be able to do this for families with compassion over and over without getting desensitized to the work.

I thought I was going to be a basket case during the service but I think all the crying I’d done the prior couple days allowed me to be strong for Pu in his time of need.

You were so gentle with him and it made a difficult situation simple and comfortable.

It was so nice to have my last image of him at peace, wrapped in the blanket in your lovely basket.

We were also very pleased with his quick return just 24hrs later from the crematory. So great that they deliver him right to our door.

The house definitely feels empty because we had so much interaction with him all day every day for so many years. We both would talk to him all day even if it was just “hey buddy” as we passed by him. He was very social so he always laid in places where we’d pass him frequently since he knew he’d (at minimum) get a head rub every time. Anytime we were in the kitchen he would be there, hoping for a treat, a snack or some coconut milk (we make our own and he loved it).

So thank you again and for suggesting the memorial, we just may do that."

Kelly Nichols
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Dr. Walters,

I am so very glad that you emailed! I've been wanting to tell you what a beautiful thing it was that you did for us. Even my mom (who is not an animal person) was blown away at how respectfully you treated the whole situation and the kindness you showed. I think maybe she saw a little of the impact that pets can have and how much it means.

Thank you for the Memorial link. I will definitely check it out and I have a couple of things in mind myself. I will be sure to let you know. And I will be telling everyone I know about Lap of Love.

Thank you,"

Deborah Huffman
Monroe, North Carolina

"Our regular vet recommended the Lap of Love organization and I'm glad we followed through. Emily was kind, caring, loving, and empathetic to our family situation. We were so thankful to have her during our final moments with Ceez."

AJ Smith
Charlotte, 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
“Teent-z was loved by everyone who met her. She would always meet you at the door barking at you with her lil nub just wagging, and chased after you when she heard your krys, cause she didnt want you to go. She was always by my side when I was home, she would follow me to do laundry, in the kitchen for dishes, or cooking dinner, or even to the ...
katrina cymbalisty
May 29, 2020
“Sampson,
You stole your Daddy's heart the day he picked you up 13 years ago and your Mom's heart 3 years ago. You were a gentle giant with the kindest eyes and sweetest smile that made everyone fall in love with you. We and your brother, Woody, will miss you every single day sweet boy. What we wouldn't do for one more Sampson kisses :(
All our ...
Stephanie Collins
May 26, 2020
“Ceez loved camping with us in the mountains, laying so close to the campfire LOL! He also enjoyed going to the beach. He went on just about every road trip we've been on in the past 11 years visiting different states. He was definitely a major part of the family! It feels so empty in the house without him.”
AJ Smith
May 16, 2020
“BB you were a special little fur baby. You were the one thing that I had left of my dad. Love you. Run baby run, no more pain. I miss you dearly.”
Kim Altman
May 12, 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

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This Lap of Love Location is privately owned and operated. 

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