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
"We were very heart broke to have to let our family member Testa go 10 days ago....Testa had brought and shared 15 years of moments that will always be with us in our hearts. She helped us to have fun each day and laugh together.
Through this incredibly difficult experience we had Dr Jenn.... she shared Testa's last moments with us and helped our family deal with this loss with love, dignity, peace, and a sense of comfort.
We can not thank her enough."
Philip VolponiCharlotte, North Carolina
"Dr. Walters (Dr. Jenn) helped us through saying goodbye to our two lovely dogs, and we couldn't be more grateful or have more praise for her professionalism, skill and boundless compassion.
We adopted Luca and Testa in 2003 from a rescue group. They were litter mates and had apparently been abandoned and living rough for at least a few weeks when we adopted them. They were 3-4 months old when we brought them home.
After 14 terrific years with our pair, Luca became very ill with cancer in the summer of 2017 and we knew it was time to say goodbye. Dr. Jenn made this transition for our family more bearable. She had great advice, and was so gentle and caring with our sick pup and with our family members.
Though having major anxiety after Luca's death, Testa enjoyed being an only for a few months (through her 15th birthday!) when in February of 2018 she rapidly declined and our family realized we had to let her go too. Again, Dr. Jenn was there for our family and helped us help Testa.
I cannot stress enough the gratitude we feel for Lap of Love, and especially Dr. Jennifer Walters. She is amazing and we could not have asked for more support and care for us and our beloved Luca and Testa.
Thank you, from all of us. Thank you."
Christine VolponiCharlotte, North Carolina
"What a wonderful and loving service you all provide. Dr Walters was calm, reassuring and supportive. My husband and I were so devastated at the condition of our sweet German Shorthair Jackson. He was 13 and declining and had an episode during the night which left him unable to get up. We had been preparing ourselves for the inevitable but it was a "kick in the teeth" when the time finally arrived. We had most of the morning to be with him and say goodbye while he dosed on and off. When Dr Walters arrived he greeted her with some barking and attempts to rise but she immediately sat down by him and calmed him down. She examined him and gave us her best diagnosis so we could make an informed decision on what would be best for Jackson. Letting Jackson go was possibly the hardest thing I have ever experienced. He passed away in my arms, in the comfort of his own home and bed, looking out at his beloved porch and yard. It couldn't have been any better for him. Our hearts are broken in a million pieces that I know with time will heal as we remember Jackson in his best days, running and barking and enjoying life. We will always treasure those memories as we move forward. Lap of Love was a God send. Thank you so much for what you do!"
susan murrowmooresville, North Carolina
"Dr. Walters (Dr. Jenn) is so kind and so professional. She has a loving spirit that is felt by humans and fur babies alike right from the start. Dr. Jenn came for a Hospice consult shortly after our primary care vet indicated that it was time to make hard decisions for our 14 yr old Australian Shepherd, Bandit. She evaluated him, she let me talk and she provided guidance on a rocky path.
Our family made the decision that we did not want to have to make, but needed to due to Bandit's ever worsening condition and quality of life. So we made an appointment several days later for our final goodbye.
Everyone I've spoken with at Lap of Love is kind and respectful and professional. Dr. Jenn again came to our home and not only did her job as a DVM, but did it with compassion, respect and love. She again was a comforting light on a dark road.
Our sweet Bandit is survived by his litter mate, Becca. And though she's in apparent good health, the time will likely come when we need to make difficult choices for her as well. I won't hesitate to call Lap of Love and ask for their assistance and the help of Dr. Walters as well."
Diana BentleyCharlotte, North Carolina
"I feel so fortunate to be able to give my much loved pet the gift of passing away while at home. He did not have to withstand the ordeal of driving to the vet & experiencing the fear that a vet visit brings with it. Dr. Jennifer made the experience as easy as it could be for my family. Thank you."
Charlotte, North Carolina
"Our dog Gwennie, a 15 year old (!) rottweiler / lab mix, suffered from multiple health issues including severe arthritis and metastatic disease that had spread to involve her lower GI tract and bladder. In her final 48 hours she lost the ability to stand or walk, so taking her to our local veterinary clinic would have been traumatic to say the least. Dr. Walters from Lap of Love came to our home and took care of everything for us, and Gwennie was able go on to wait for us in her own bed, in surroundings she had known for years rather than under harsh lights in a cold exam room in a noisy hospital. That in itself was priceless. Dr. Walters was extremely professional and efficient, in addition to being warm, caring, and a genuine human being to us in a time of great stress and emotional turmoil. We cannot thank her enough. And we cannot say anything but wonderful things about Lap of Love."
Brent EdwardsMarshville, North Carolina
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
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Cabarrus Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Concord
Pet Grief Support Group, Charlotte
Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Huntersville
Donations at Greater Charlotte SPCA or Charlotte Humane Society
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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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