Pricing and Information

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

Veterinary Hospice$265

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.

Euthanasia$265

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.

Geriatric Consultation$265

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.

Additional Appointment 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), aggressive pets, and some exotic species.

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 pounds or more$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 pounds or more$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.

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, 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. 

Dr. Rachel

Rachel Cain, DVM

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, 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. 

"We sincerely appreciated Dr. Jennifer's warm bedside manner and candor in one of the roughest days of our lives. The procedure she provided was the greatest final gift we could have ever given to Lucky, as excruciatingly emotional as it was to follow through with. I speak for all my family and friends that had the privilege of knowing and loving Lucky when I say thank you for aiding in Lucky's transition from this life to the next. People like Dr. Jennifer make the world a much better place providing the care that they do for our beloved pets."

Zachary Weir
Mooresville, North Carolina

"Sending Buddy Home was the hardest thing we have ever done. Should we? Shouldn't we? The thought of taking him to the vet made us weep...we wanted him to leave his beloved home peacefully, surrounded by those who love him...both us and his fellow 4-legged friends. With a friend's recommendation we contacted Lap of Love and from the moment they contacted us, we knew we would be in safe, loving hands. Their concern for us and for Buddy gave us such peace that we were making the right decision. Dr Walters was a gentle, kind, spirit in the midst of our grief and with her help we sent Buddy home peacefully. We are so very thankful for her and the gift she gave us. I do want to say one thing about the cost...yes, it is more than a vet charge, and that at first intimidated us. But you can't put a price on peace and love...familiarity and family. Thanks to Lap of Love, we can now look back on that day with gratefulness and thanksgiving...for the 15 years we were loved by Buddy, and for tender way Lap of Love allowed us to make his Home-going the very best it could be."

Arlene Tencza
Waxhaw, North Carolina

"Handsome, patient, resilient, and quite the “ladies man”. Aiden was the quintessential Chocolate Lab, with a mighty spirit that was never crushed. Last week, Lap of Love helped him gain his angel wings, and they were honored to assist a dog of his measure. He was a puppy when he became a survivor-dog of Hurricane Katrina, he lived through a horrendous ACL tear, and he was a U.S. nomad; traveling from New Orleans to Buffalo, and finally Charlotte. He loved camping, chasing tail, his family (especially his dad Paul) and food. Boy did he love his meals! We were fortunate enough to have had him for 14 years, but it was still way too soon for a dog with such heart. We miss you Aiden. Home just isn’t the same without you. Forever in our hearts 5.17.19❤️

Thank you Dr. Walters for making this process a beautiful transformation for our Aiden. We are so grateful for your services."

Aiden Calvello-Boudreau
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Dr. Jennifer Walters showed us the extent the human heart can go. She graced us with her knowledge, experience, bed-side manner, and compassion/empathy. She made the process a thing of beauty and transformation. We are so grateful we used these services."

Charles & Paul Calvello - Boudreau
Charlotte, North Carolina

"I am grateful for Dr. Rachel. She was so respectful of both Tippy and I. It was as if she had known us both for some time. Even after Tippy passed, she cared for her with such compassion and tenderness.

She made the most difficult day of my life a bit easier if that is at all possible. I thank you for taking care of us both."

Susan M
Charlotte, North Carolina

"Dr. Jenn was very calm, quite spoken, and compassionate; listening when I needed to talk and waiting patiently when I was unable to. Her reassurance in Mittens lack of quality of life helped us to know we were doing the right thing."

Scott and Elaine Peeler
Mount Holly, 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) 844-6440

C-VETS, 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
“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
“Soar high Aiden, boy. You brought us nothing but joy. We love you. ❤️”
Charles & Paul Calvello - Boudreau
May 26, 2019
“Six days ago I said good bye to my best friend Tippy Tail. Letting her go was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do in my 53 years. My mind knows it was the right thing to do however my heart is broken in a million pieces. I know she is with God and now able to run and play with my other dogs in heaven.

She will be missed ...
Susan M
May 19, 2019
“Ami passed away peacefully in our home this morning. We will miss her terribly. They say you get the dog you need, not necessarily the dog (you think you) want... Ami certainly taught us more than we taught her. Rest In Peace, friend....robber of the sofa seats, professional counter surfer, licker of the lasagna plates, defender against all ...
Melissa Zhiss
May 16, 2019
Payment Options

To make the experience as peacful 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, NC 28247

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This Lap of Love Location is privately owned and operated. 

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