PRICING AND INFORMATION


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

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

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. 

"Dr. Cain was our saving grace. We knew we would need to make the difficult decision to bring peace to his suffering when he was diagnosed with bone cancer 3 months prior. Amputation was our first step to eradicate the pain, but the aggressive nature of this horrible disease would soon attack other areas of our guy's body. We held on as long as we could but when the time came to move forward with our "final gift" Lap of Love and Rachel Cain were there to help us. Dr. Cain made arrangements to arrive within hours of our request and was there when we needed her. We feel that Knox knew she was there to help him ... he shared kisses with her when she arrived and even wagged his tail- something we hadn't seen in over a week due to his growing paralysis. She was calm, comforting, informative and performed the procedure without fault. We will forever be grateful for the peaceful goodbye provided us by Dr. Cain."

Trevor Ezell
Waxhaw, North Carolina

"Like she was with our last kitty we had to let go, Dr. Jennifer brought the same calm, peace, & compassion with her into our home when she came again to help set our Angel free from a failing body this past weekend. I don't know that I can find the right words to express just how much it means to be able to give that one final gift to our ailing fur baby in the place where "they" feel most comfortable.....at home surrounded by those who love them dearly. What Dr. Jennifer, and all who are part of Lap of Love, give is a gift that is truly priceless."

Patty L.
Monroe, North Carolina

"Dr. Walters visited our home again this year, about one year from our first experience with Lap of Love, and provided the exact same compassionate and loving transition for our little old lady pup that she did for our first experience with our kitty. We're so grateful we can rely on Dr. Walters and Lap of Love to help make the best of a difficult situation. Our Lucy and our Molly were both treated with the highest level of dignity and respect, with most compassionate of manners as can be hoped for."

Rebecca Dorn
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Making the decision to end Shadow's suffering was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. Shadow became very stressed toward the end of her life about getting into and out of the car, so we did not want her to be more stressed on her way to the vet if we put her down there. Fortunately, our vet informed us about Lap of Love, so I reached out to them late on a Sunday night, and their vet was at our house by 5:00 the next day. Dr. Rachel was amazing. She is such a special person and made Shadow and us feel so comforted. You can tell she truly cares about her patients and their families. She customized the dosage to Shadow's needs and walked us through each step of the process and told us exactly what we could expect. She gave us options on certain things to help it be most comfortable for us too. By 5:00 the next day, we already had Shadow's ashes back in a beautiful box. When you have to make this painful decision for your pet, Lap of Love is the best possible option for your pet and your family. They were so caring and professional and I would highly recommend them to anyone going through this situation."

Anne Coley
Harrisburg, North Carolina

"Dr. Jenn was absolutely wonderful. This was our first experience with Lap of Love. She was so kind and attentive to not only Riley's needs but our emotional needs as well. She answered all our questions and then some. The respect for our beloved pet and us as his family was evident, and felt so strongly. We highly recommend Lap of Love and Dr. Jenn. The process was validating and as comfortable as possible. Very seamless. They made a very difficult circumstance so much easier. Thank you!"


Matthews, North Carolina

"It has been a year since I lost my fur baby Foster. Deciding to put him to rest was the hardest decision I have ever made. But, the experience (although absolutely heartbreaking) was so peaceful. My kitty was 15. He always got agitated going in his carrier- let alone heading to the Vet. So when he went into heart failure, the last thing I wanted to do was make him more uncomfortable and cause him stress. I decided to call Lap of Love. Dr. Jenn came the next day. She was soft-spoken, kind and comforting. She let me know what to expect. And as I held my little guy, she helped him take the journey over the rainbow bridge. Foster was comfortable the entire time. He lived his last moments in his home with his mom. And, I can't thank Dr. Jenn for making that the last memory I have of him- peaceful.

I highly recommend this experience for you and your pet's final moments. For a moment I don't really want to remember, it was an experience I will never forget. I can't be more thankful for providing us the right ending for my fluffy baby."

Kelly Hambleton
Cornelius, 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


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
“For our sweet, sweet Knoxie boy ... our time with you was truly a gift and we'll forever be missing a piece of our hearts without you. You are so loved, my little buddy and will never be forgotten. You brought so much love, happiness and calm to us; we miss you greatly. Life is short but our love is eternal, rest in piece my dear boy.”
Trevor Ezell
August 10, 2019
“My Dearest Angel (Sunshine) ~ We cherished every day of the 12 years we had together. Oh how time goes by in the blink of an eye, tomorrow so quickly turns to yesterday. You brought so much joy and laughter into our lives and while our lives were changed in a wonderful way, they will also never be the same without you. We miss you our baby girl, ...
Patty L.
July 31, 2019
“We love Shadow so much. We will miss her forever, and our hearts and home have a big hole in them now that she is gone.”
Anne Coley
July 25, 2019
“Lucky has been a part of our family's life for over 17 years. He has provided and taught me and my sister unconditional love, responsibility, and what it means to have a friend. I'll never forget how every morning before school, my mom would bring Lucky into my room to wake me up serving as my own personal alarm clock! He would hilariously ...
Zachary Weir
June 5, 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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This Lap of Love Location is privately owned and operated. 

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