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 (optional engraved nameplate) 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
"Layla Mae will always remain a full blooded English Bulldog with equally full measures of self assurance, mischief, determination, fearlessness, and lovability unbounded. She faithfully shared her life with us - Her Family - and we love her for all the joy and happiness she brought into our lives for the blessed 13 years, 4 months, and 11 days we shared together. We learned that love is truly belonging to a Bulldog and we'll always be better humans for the journey. She took leave for her final journey only yesterday, Sunday-July 23, 2017. I knew that morning she was being called away and our time was soon to end together. The final journey was made in very eased and reassuring attention of the single kindness and dignity afford by Dr. Manetta for whom I will always be grateful. She allowed us - Layla's Family - time to gather, grieve, give our goodbyes, and give thanks for time and memories of our times together! She helped Rayne, our 7 year old, grief and understand and Tania and I are very grateful for the easing into the difficulty of what was ours to accept. I miss our sweet baby girl and have look countlessly for her since last night out of habit if not denial. I say in closing again my appreciation to Dr. Manetta with high regards and a hope that any family facing that time will have the blessings of her kindness and care. We miss and love our girl but I am able to say I finally looked within my better self and found our Layla Mae."
Garland HaywoodMint Hill, North Carolina
"After 13 years with my wonderful boy, Leroy Brown, I had to make a very hard decision. I knew he was never going to get well, and enjoy his life as he once did. He struggled to walk and had a lot health problems. He was always with me through every ordeal of my life for 13 years. I could not have asked for a better companion. His love was never ending.
Dr. Jennifer Walters made the emotional roller coaster I was on so much easier. She let my boy go peacefully. I haven't seen him that peaceful in a long time. He was in his home, and not an unfamiliar place. Dr. Walters was so kind and gentle with Leroy. She made a very sad situation a lot easier to handle, and remember. Thank You Dr. Jennifer Walters. I will always be grateful for your guidance of Leroy Brown to run across the rainbow bridge, where I know, he waits for me."
Kim AutenBelmont, North Carolina
"My family made the decision to put to rest our beloved dog, Brandi of 12 years. She has been suffering from very bad arthritis and her body couldn't handle her anymore. I called back in December when I was deployed after my sister told me that our girl was going downhill. I'm not sure who I've spoken to on the phone, but the sweetest lady comforted me and gave me all the information that I needed to make it smooth for my sister if I were unable to be there when it was time. Fast forward to July, I called again and they pulled up all the information that I had submitted earlier and it was very simple to make an appointment. Once again, another very sweet lady comforted me on phone, making sure all details were complete. Dr. Jennifer came right on time so we weren't rushed spending our last moments with Brandi. Dr. Jennifer was so sweet and answered all the questions that my two younger nephews had. We all sat around Brandi while Dr. Jennifer did her work. It was very hard to say goodbye to my girl, but Dr. Jennifer was very compassionate and calm and comforting for us. It was honestly a very peaceful process. I have another older dog and plan on using Lap of Love for him when it is time. From the ladies on the phone to Dr. Jennifer, I couldn't have asked for a better service. Thank you Lap of Love!"
Charlotte, North Carolina
"When we decided it was time to lay our dog Tucker to rest, I knew that I wanted it to be in the comfort of his home surrounded by people (and furbabies) that loved him. From the time Amy walked in the door, she was kind and thoughtful and had a true interest and affection for our dog. She explained the process and really took her time to make us feel at ease. We talked and shared memories of our beloved while petting him and giving him treats. Her love and compassion for animals was a blessing for us during this difficult time. Amy followed up with us to see how we were doing and wrote a beautiful memorial for Tucker. She really went above and beyond to make everything seamless so that the time could be focused on Tucker. Although no one wants to think about making a decision like this, I can say without a doubt that contacting Lap of Love and having Amy in our home was by far the best decision we made for Tucker and our family."
Kristeen CrawfordIndian Trail, North Carolina
"Dr. Amy was absolutely amazing. She made Ivey's transition so peaceful for her, but also for me. She showed so much compassion for myself and the rest of the crew at the house. She was professional and caring. I was completely reassured that I was doing the right thing. She gave us the right amount of time with Ivey during and after her road to the rainbow bridge. I have 2 older dogs and when it is their time to go I will be contacting her again. Absolutely amazing experience."
Lindsay HerringtonCharlotte, North Carolina
"Thank you Dr. Manetta for making Sophie's passing a calm , peaceful , loving procedure."
James WadsworthCharlotte, North 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 142Mineral Springs, NC 28108-6760
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