PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$290

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$390

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: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's 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 guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, chickens, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$250
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$350

With this option, your pet is water cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The cremains are contained in a lovely wooden urn engraved with your pet's name, and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within 7 business days.   They can also be made available for pick up at the crematory office in Raleigh at no charge, or delivery back to your home by the crematory for an additional fee.

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 200 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 water cremated with other pets and the ashes are scattered on the Pamlico River.  

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

For pets over 99 pounds, special arrangements will need to be made for transport.  Other fees apply for pets over 200 pounds.

AVAILABILITY

Lap of Love veterinarians do their best to assist families when needed. We help families 7 days a week from 9 AM until 5 PM weekdays, and 9 AM until 4 PM weekends (emergencies outside these hours may be available).  We will answer your calls from 8 AM until 8 PM Monday through Thursday, and 9 AM until 5 PM Friday through Sunday.

We encourage you to avoid a crisis situation and schedule an appointment before your pet takes a downturn.  But sometimes, pets take a turn for the worse overnight, so same day appointments are almost always possible with a few hours notice.

If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or see Emergency Clinic information under Local Resources. 

Meet The Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Dana

Dana Lewis

Growing up on Long Island, I was the kid taking care of the baby bird that fell from the nest, rescuing the turtles from the road, walking the neighbors’ dogs for fun, volunteering to clean cages at the shelter. I moved to North Carolina to attend Guilford College in Greensboro and have lived in the Triangle since graduating from Guilford. I have been a small animal veterinarian since 1997 after graduating from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. I am married and have two growing boys, two dogs, three cats and a small flock of ducks. Our dog Lydia, a hound dog mix, was rescued in the mountains of NC with her littermates and she loves camping and boating. Our Australian Cattle Dog puppy, Luna Blu, was rescued and re-homed to us as a result of ingesting rat bait in Tennessee.  She is smart and high energy!  Our 3 cats from 3 different litters, were bottle fed by myself and my husband, and are full of personality.

As a small animal veterinarian, I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy. I am one of fewer than 200 veterinarians worldwide, who have become a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian, after completing an 18 month intensive program.  Positively impacting the lives of my clients and their pets gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. I take great pleasure in the relationships that I have built serving clients.

I am honored to serve my clients in a way that eases their grief and their pet’s life as peacefully as possible.  Lap of Love allows me to help my patients move on to a place with no tears. Neither the family nor the pet should be in an anxious position at that very last moment. I try to create an experience so that it's the very best that a bad moment can be. If the pet can be kept comfortable and his or her quality of life maintained through nursing care and pain management, then pet owners may be able to extend the quality time they have with their cherished companions. Every being deserves a comfortable end. Having the pet at home enables the animal maximum comfort, hospice care allows the pet to enjoy the last days of life in familiar surroundings in the company of loved ones, and it allows the family to have more time with their pet and prepare for the loss of this beloved family member. 

Dr. Christina

Christina Hampton

As a child, growing up in Albany, New York, my dream was to become a veterinarian.  During my undergraduate studies at Cornell University, I was interested in all areas of veterinary medicine ranging from large animals to zoo to exotic animals. Once I started vet school, I discovered my interest was greatest for companion animals.  I graduated from Washington State University and then moved to Virginia to begin working at a small animal practice.  After being there for a few years, my husband, a South Carolina native, and I decided to move our family to the Triangle for its beauty and family atmosphere.  

I've always found senior and hospice care to be very rewarding and an important part of veterinary medicine.  When I discovered Lap of Love, I knew it was my calling. Being able to help pets cross the Rainbow Bridge and ease their suffering is such a privilege. It's my honor to be there for families and help them say goodbye to their beloved pets at home with love and dignity.

Dr. Betsy

Betsy King

From the time I was very young, I was surrounded by four legged companions of all types including horses, dogs, cats, and pocket pets. My love for animals and science lead me to become a veterinarian. In 1987 I graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation, I enjoyed 17 years in small animal practice and 11 years as a shelter veterinarian. I have had the pleasure to care for many pets throughout their entire lives, and I have a special fondness for grey faced patients. I currently share my home with my husband Joel, Flint, our German Wire Haired Pointer, our three Boston Terriers, Russell, Summer, and Davis, who are also my agility partners, and two tuxedo cats, Carl and Deiter.

Our animal companions add so much joy and warmth to our lives. Dealing with end of life decisions can be very difficult. I feel blessed to be in a position to help families be as comfortable as possible with their choices. Euthanasia should be, and can be peaceful and compassionate. Saying good bye at home is the ultimate gift of love.

About Dana Lewis

Growing up on Long Island, I was the kid taking care of the baby bird that fell from the nest, rescuing the turtles from the road, walking the neighbors’ dogs for fun, volunteering to clean cages at the shelter. I moved to North Carolina to attend Guilford College in Greensboro and have lived in the Triangle since graduating from Guilford. I have been a small animal veterinarian since 1997 after graduating from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. I am married and have two growing boys, two dogs, three cats and a small flock of ducks. Our dog Lydia, a hound dog mix, was rescued in the mountains of NC with her littermates and she loves camping and boating. Our Australian Cattle Dog puppy, Luna Blu, was rescued and re-homed to us as a result of ingesting rat bait in Tennessee.  She is smart and high energy!  Our 3 cats from 3 different litters, were bottle fed by myself and my husband, and are full of personality.

As a small animal veterinarian, I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy. I am one of fewer than 200 veterinarians worldwide, who have become a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian, after completing an 18 month intensive program.  Positively impacting the lives of my clients and their pets gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. I take great pleasure in the relationships that I have built serving clients.

I am honored to serve my clients in a way that eases their grief and their pet’s life as peacefully as possible.  Lap of Love allows me to help my patients move on to a place with no tears. Neither the family nor the pet should be in an anxious position at that very last moment. I try to create an experience so that it's the very best that a bad moment can be. If the pet can be kept comfortable and his or her quality of life maintained through nursing care and pain management, then pet owners may be able to extend the quality time they have with their cherished companions. Every being deserves a comfortable end. Having the pet at home enables the animal maximum comfort, hospice care allows the pet to enjoy the last days of life in familiar surroundings in the company of loved ones, and it allows the family to have more time with their pet and prepare for the loss of this beloved family member. 

"Our sweet boy Pudd was a singular cat in a life of many cats between my husband and I, and the suddenness, utter unexpectedness of his illness made coming to terms with euthanasia very hard for me. He was integral to my sense of home: super affectionate and a chatterbox, he always made certain he was where the people were. He was a patient, sweet, cuddly boy. It had been an agonizing week going to the vet - but not going in because of Covid-19 - and struggling to accept his diagnosis. Being able to have Dr Betsy come to our home despite Covid-19 was a godsend. She was gentle, thoughtful, quiet, deliberate. It made a mask-wearing, sobbing, non-kissing-him-as-he-left experience bearable.

These are deeply tender people who know the joy of pet companionship and the sorrow of the loss, and the responsibility of helping them when they are suffering - which no other experience prepares one for. We are grateful."

Celeste Watson
Cary, North Carolina

"I cannot say enough about Dr Dana. Her care and compassion during what was one of the hardest days of my life were truly amazing. She gave my boy Louie so much dignity and care in his final moments on this earth. I can’t thank her enough for what she did for Louie. She let him be free."

Jeffrey Randell
Apex, North Carolina

"On behalf of our beloved blind cat Elbie we would like to thank Dr. Christina Hampton for her pitch-perfect skill and kindness to both Elbie and the two of us humans. "Dr. Christina" came to our house of course, and Elbie had the most peaceful experience possible, even in these weird days of making Covid adjustments. Dr. Christina was absolutely perfect with my partner and I...we did not need or want alot of hand-holding, but we wanted to make sure Elbie had an easy experience. I really recommend using this service in the Triangle area of NC, it is worth every dime on behalf of your pet and yourself....we thank "Dr. Christina" and Lap of Love service from the bottoms of our hearts. Peace Out to Our Beloved Elbie!"

Katy Elbie The Cat
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"From our first contact with Lap of Love we felt that we had made a great choice for our final journey with our beloved Snowflake. At 15 and a half with failing kidneys our girl had given her all for our family and we wanted to make sure to provide her with a stress and pain free departure. Dr. Christina was extremely compassionate and considerate of our desires and feelings allowing us to set the pace of things and clearly explaining how she would proceed and what she was doing. Snowflake experienced no pain or stress during the procedure and drifted peacefully away. We are very grateful for all the of services provided by Lap of Love and highly recommend them."

Freyja Helmer-Sindemark
Cary, North Carolina

"Dr. Hampton could not have been kinder. She explained everything well, and gave us the time we needed to say goodbye. Even with the mosquitoes it was very peaceful. Schaefer was calm and comfortable in his own yard. We are so grateful to Lap of Love helping us make it easier for our beloved friend."

Carrie Telke
Apex, North Carolina

"This was a difficult decision for my family of course but it was compounded because Sadie used to get very nervous at each vet visit. We knew that she would be frightened and that her discomfort would only add to the sadness we all felt.

Dr. Christina visited us at our home and was compassionate through the entire process. Sadie was not afraid or uncomfortable in any way. We are so thankful that her last moments were peaceful and loving with all of us in the surrounding that she was familiar with. It has helped us tremendously as we say goodbye to a beloved member of our family.

Eliot Lee

Cary"

Eliot Lee
Cary, North Carolina

LOCAL RESOURCES

Pet Loss Support and Emergency Hospitals

Pet Loss Support Group

  (919) 272-1388

​APEX: Amy Benton Moulds, MEd, NCC, Lifescapes Counseling

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 545-1001

Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, Cary

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 559-4379

CARY: Tracie Barton-Barrett, MS, NCC, LPC

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 233-4911

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Cary

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 429-7735

HOLLY SPRINGS: Hugh Willard, MEd, LPC

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 612-1991

FUQUAY-VARINA: Authentic Healing Counseling, Sarina Manifold, MSSW, LCSW

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 973-5620

Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Holly Springs

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 489-0615

Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Durham

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 266-9852

Wake Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care - Knightdale, NC

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 286-5770

DURHAM: Center for All Seasons, Steve Bradley-Bull, LPC, MEd, MA

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 600-6600

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Durham

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 932-6262

CARRBORO: Bree Kalb, LCSW

Emergency Clinic

  (252) 265-9920

Eastern Carolina Vet Emergency, Wilson

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 644-6869

HILLSBOROUGH: Unicorn Bereavement Center Triangle Hospice

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 781-5145

Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care, Raleigh

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 513-3901

RALEIGH: NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 513-6911

NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Emergency Service, Raleigh

Pet Loss Support Group

  (919)-532-2087

Wake SPCA Pet Loss Support Group

Emergency Clinic

  (919) 861-0109

Veterinary Specialty Hospitals of the Carolinas, Raleigh

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 554-2711.

WAKE FOREST: Sophie’s Gift Animal Loss Support, Amy Pierce, MA

Pet Loss Counselor

  (919) 885-4858

HILLSBOROUGH: Julia Corley, LPC-A, NCC, LMBT

SERVICE AREA

Gladly helping families in the following areas without additional drive fees:

Apex Carrboro Cary Downtown Chapel Hill Morrisville Durham Raleigh, except Southern 27603 Research Triangle Park

Extended Service Area: There is generally a $50-$100 drive fee for other towns in the greater Triangle area (Wake, Durham, Chatham, Orange, Lee, Harnett, and Johnston counties).  We will also travel to areas beyond the Triangle. Please call for more information.

Pet Memorials
“Louie will always be remembered for being such a loving, caring, playful and all around wonderful boy! His eyes of golden copper could light up a room!”
Jeffrey Randell
July 2, 2020
“Schaefer was a loving, funny, furry friend. We will never forget him.”
Carrie Telke
June 24, 2020
“If love could have kept you here you would have lived forever!”
LaToya Evans
June 2, 2020
“(September 13, 2004 - May 7, 2020)

The Dash... ((I modified that poem just for you baby boy))

I am the man who stood to speak, at the funeral of his furry friend. I referred to his birthday till today, from beginning… to the end.
I noted that day of birth, and spoke of the following date with tears, but I said what mattered most of all was ...
Billy Weaver
May 11, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, please make out a check to 'Lap of Love', or we can take a credit card 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.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
PO Box 1305
Morrisville, North Carolina 27560

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is owned and operated by Dr. Dana Lewis.

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