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.
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.
Jennifer Walters, DVM
"I just said good bye to the last of my furbabies-Lucy. Though it is hard to say goodbye Lap of Love and Dr. Walters made it peaceful and respectful with minimal stress for my girl. She never was one to go to the vet without extreme stress, so as her health declined my stress increased trying to figure a way to maintain her quality of life. Once I went to inhome Vet things were manageable but in recent days I knew it was time. She was 16 after all with renal failure.
Lap of Love was highly reccomended yet I had never heard of this type service. When I called, Shanan was so caring, sensitive, knowledgeable and professional. She explained everything and set me up with Dr. Walters. I also received a confirmation email with some helpful reading on the process as well as a way to assess the situation.
Dr. Walters was so kind, gentle and patient with my Lucy. She explained everything to me and I was with my girl til the end. I could not have asked for a more peaceful goodbye. I could tell she is a truly compassionate Vet.
I certainly was not sure what to expect but the people and the process were exceptional and should I be in this position again, I will definitely use Lap of Love."
M HCharlotte, North Carolina
"My sincerest appreciation to Jennifer for helping us help our Sweet Pea have a most peaceful crossing. She did everything
just right and we are so thankful to have been able to call on Lap of Love and Jennifer during this most difficult time. Thank you for your compassion and understanding."
Patty LaQuayMonroe, North Carolina
"The hardest thing I've had to do was made easier by doing it in my own home with a doctor that had so much compassion that she even cried with me. Thank you for everything."
Michele SzaboCharlotte, North Carolina
"My sweet Great Dane, Digger, developed bone cancer, which eventually left him walking with difficulty. There finally came a point where my husband, Jim, and I could tell the pain meds where not effectively keeping him pain-free any longer. Knowing how trips to the vet's office made Digger incredibly nervous, my husband and I had decided early on that when the time came, we wanted his life to end comfortably at home with us. I had heard of Lap of Love from a friend who used their services for their Greyhound. From the first phone call the staff was wonderful and comforting, assuring me that Jim and I had made the right decision. On the scheduled day, Dr. Jennifer arrived and was calm and loving with Digger. Digger's end of life was peaceful, which is all I could have wanted for my handsome boy. While losing a well-loved pet is something no pet owner wants to face, doing it at home with a caring vet eased my anguish and pain. Thank you Dr. Jen for your kindness during this time."
Deanna BoulangerCharlotte, North Carolina
"Sadly, our beloved 11 year old Golden Retriever, Thomas was diagnosed with lung cancer about a month ago. Over the last couple of weeks he rallied from meds and herbal supplements that were prescribed. On Saturday, he began having great difficulty walking and was experiencing labored breathing. Our biggest fear was having his condition become an emergency and he would not be able to pass at home with his family.
I called Lap of Love mid-afternoon based on the recommendation of a neighbor and his veterinarian. The phone was answered immediately by Sarah, a very kind Care Coordinator. She arranged an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Walters in late afternoon. As soon as Dr. Walters arrived we were at ease with our decision. Thomas immediately picked up his head and had a connection with her. Thomas was soon at peace and no longer suffering.
On Sunday, Dr. Walters posted a wonderful memorial to Thomas based upon our conversation with her. This was not expected and was a great comfort to my wife and I and our two boys. They all shared it widely with their friends.
Dr. Walters also coordinated the private cremation. His remains will be delivered to our home later today.
I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Walters to anyone that has to make this heartbreaking decision. She is truly a very special person. I will always be grateful to her for the skill and compassion she displayed in her care of our special dog Thomas."
Rick CaswellBelmont, North Carolina
"Dr Jennifer showed us compassion when we went through this difficult time."
Tina PorterfieldMount Holly, North Carolina
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Donations at Greater Charlotte SPCA or Charlotte Humane Society
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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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