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
"Dr Walters was very nice and empathetic. I can't imagine a better person for such a difficult task. It takes a very special person and she has a great blend of professionalism and personality for it. Thank you, Jennifer."
Steven TalbotHuntersville, North Carolina
"Bobbie Jo was my best friend for the past 12 years, and when I found her laying unable to move last week I knew that something was very wrong. I took Bobbie Jo into two different hospitals and after several days of care and medication I started to come to the realization that by beloved dog was not going to come back from this brain disease that was unexpectedly taking her life. On Sunday morning after hearing her cry in pain all night long my fiancé and I decided that it was in her best interest that we let her go. We contacted Lap of Love after talking with the second hospital that we took her too and talking to one of our other friends who's dog was put to rest in the same way. I always knew that I didn't want my best friend to go in a cold unknown hospital so it was a no brainer for us to contact this company who allows her to go in peace in her own home that she knew and loved for many years surrounded by her loved ones. My experience with Lap of Love was a wonderful one from the beginning when I called them and couldn't even speak through the tears of knowing that my girl was going to leave us soon. The woman on the phone was very understanding, and pleasant and worked to fit us into the schedule even though it was the same day and on a Sunday nonetheless. Dr. Jennifer contacted us 30 min before arriving to give us time to grieve before she got to our home. She came in and was able to look at my baby and hear her story was able to ease my mind that she was not going to be coming back from this disease. She kept us informed during the entire process and my dog was able to go to rest with us at her side. She gave us time alone with Bobbie Jo to morn and say our goodbyes. Thank you Lap of Love for everything. Thank you Dr. Jennifer for making me feel like I was doing the right thing for my best friend."
Melissa KernCharlotte, North Carolina
"So thankful for this service. It's such a hard thing to say goodbye to a family pet, but Dr. Walters made the process as bearable as anyone could. Obviously, no one could make the situation any less sad, but Jennifer was able to provide us professional insight that helped us feel a little more secure in our decision."
Jeff MurphyCharlotte, North Carolina
"Dr. Amy, Gave our Trumper a beautiful, peaceful, painless send off. She made us feel like she was a friend we knew all our lives with Trumper and she gave Trumper just what he needed. She shared song, tears and memories with us. We were blessed to have her a part of Trumper and our lives. She gave Trumper the send off we could only have dreamed of having for him. Mick, Barbara, Trumper, Bounder, Petra
Mick GastRock Hill, S. Carolina
"Olly was like a child to us and we are going to miss him but we are at peace knowing he now is too. Dr. Walters was so gentle with Olly and patient with us as we worked through the time we had been dreading for too long. The experience turned out to be very personal and special to our family. Dr. Walters was calming and happily answered our questions throughout the process and we can't thank her enough for giving us all such a peaceful transition."
Tonya JessupCharlotte, North Carolina
"Dr. Tanis was the light on such a dark day. Having a stranger there for one of the most intimate and hardest things you have to do is emotional. However, after meeting Dr. Tanis in the first 5 seconds you can tell she is full of love, and she feels like family. She was loving, understanding, and the exact person WE needed that day. Having the right person with you on your pets final moments is priceless. So thank you Dr. Tanis, what you do is truly a gift."
Johnny MikachFort Mill, S. Carolina
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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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