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. 

"Amazing to have Emily by our side during this heartbreaking time. Emily brought such a peace and understanding to this experience. I had never been through this and had no idea what to expect but Emily kept us informed throughout it. Nothing about this was easy, but Emily made it very tolerable. Thank you."

Brenda Martell
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Thank you so much for being so sweet with Lana, giving her a peaceful ending, and assuring us that this was the right decision. It brought us a lot of comfort at a time when it was very much needed."

Chris Trees
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Dr. Walters was prompt, informative, and incredibly compassionate, patient, and helpful. We know she helped our sweet Gretel enjoy her last minutes and pass with blissful belly rubs and hugs. We did this because we didn’t want her to go through the anxiety of being at the vet for her last hours (even though she loved the vet). It was so special for her to be with her people in her home, and Dr. Walters made Gretel such a relaxed and happy puppy. Thank you for everything Dr. Walters!"

Olivia Mague
Waxhaw, North Carolina

"Dr. Jenn's kindness and calm spirit made it all bearable, thank you."

Kimmie Panneton
Charlotte, North Carolina

"I have never met a more compassionate and caring person. She was so good with my baby boy and so kind and caring to us. I could never say enough wonderful things about her and this organization. So thankful to have them there for us."

Kimberly Braswell
Monroe, NC, North Carolina

"Lap of Love and Dr. Cain were such a tremendous blessing to our family during an extremely difficult time. I can't express the relief and peace I felt at knowing that we didn't have to take our very anxious and very sick senior cat out of his home during his final moments with us. While we are heartbroken at his loss, we are comforted knowing his passing was far less traumatic than it could have been. Dr. Rachel was incredibly patient and kind, and her love for animals and families is so apparent. We are forever grateful."

Chelsea Cioara
McAdenville, 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
“Cookie - you were such a good boy. You brought so much joy and love to so many lives. You were our first baby! You could never accept that you were a cat, you thought of yourself as a dog! You knew when it was time to eat and everything in your life revolves around that! :)”
Brenda Martell
March 25, 2020
“Lana was the sweetest little girl and will be missed dearly. Lana loved being held as much as we loved holding her. She would start purring instantly after getting picked up. I'll never forget how happy it would make me when she would jump on to my lap and make herself comfortable. I was truly spoiled to have such a sweet kitty. I loved ...
Chris Trees
March 24, 2020
“Gretel is the BEST. DOG. EVER. No bark, no bite, ALL love. All she ever wanted was hugs, treats, and belly rubs. She was never the dog to play fetch or learn many tricks but she made up for that with her unbelievably sweet personality. She loved her mommy and followed her everywhere. She loved to try and get daddy’s attention whenever he was busy. ...
Olivia Mague
March 24, 2020
“Minou came to us a stray, living on the streets of Las Vegas where we lived at the time. It took some doing, he was fostered by a wonderful friend, then lost again, then found by the same friend and said we 'have to take him" and we did, best thing ever! He was the coolest, most laid back, sweet and loving boy. He traveled, by car, from Vegas to ...
Kimmie Panneton
March 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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