Charleston & Surrounding Areas
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 with an engraved nameplate and will be returned to your primary care veterinarian within two weeks. They can also be made available directly from the crematory or mailed to you.
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 on protected wetlands in Beaufort, SC.
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 veterinarian in your area.
I grew up in Huntsville, AL, and have always felt a calling toward animals and veterinary medicine. At the age of 3, my favorite weekly outing was to the pet shop just behind my childhood home. I remember anxiously awaiting that trip each week, and would have brought home every pet in the store if I could!
When I was 10 years old, my 5th grade class participated in an economic education program that provided hands-on learning experience for students. As part of this program, our teacher created a mock village, where each student had a specific job at a “business.” If multiple students were interested in the same position, we had interviews and elections to appoint the person to the specific role. One of the positions was the “Zookeeper,” which consisted of taking care of the class fish. Although this was the “lowest paying” job (yes, we got paid fake money to put toward an auction at the end of the year), I knew it was the role for me! I proudly accepted the position, with no election needed, and carried out my duties.
As I transitioned through middle and high school, I desired to learn more about animals and surrounded myself with them in any way possible. Accordingly, I continued on the path toward becoming a veterinarian, and later graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where I began my career as a general practitioner.
While working in general practice, I quickly felt a distinguished sense of value when I was assisting a family through the final moments with their pets; having the ability to offer comfort to families and a peaceful transition for their pets gave me a whole new sense of purpose as a veterinarian.
Today, I am honored to have the opportunity of making this the focus of my veterinary career through Lap of Love. My pets are family to me, and I want nothing more than to offer them a peaceful passing in the comfort of their own home during their final moments. As a hospice veterinarian, I am able to fulfill a greater purpose of providing that same level of care to other families as well, which in my opinion is what every pet and family deserves.
Kimberly Carper, DVM
"Thank you so much for everything. I am so grateful that my friend referred us to you. We loved our Coconut so very much, and things just aren't the same without her. Your quote from Winnie the Pooh is perfect. I've repeated it to myself several times! Thank you again for your compassion. My whole family agrees that you were amazing."
Gay ButzCharleston, S. Carolina
"Dr. Kimmie helped our family through one of our most heart-breaking moments. Her patience, gentle manner, and just pure kindness made our last moments with our beloved Rigley one of acceptance and peace. I would recommend her and Lap of Love to anyone going through the difficult and devastating decision to euthanize a pet."
Cindy McElhinneyMt Pleasant, S. Carolina
"Dear Dr. Kimmie,
Thank you for your "magic potion" which enabled me to slip on my "doggie ballerina shoes" and peacefully dance across the Rainbow Bridge feeling absolutely no fear, no discomfort, no pain in my legs or hips. Mommy and Daddy had told me that they had invited a very special lady--YOU--who would help free me to once again be able to romp, jump, run, and walk as once I had been able to do. My legs and feet now feel light as a feather, and I am having such fun running through the meadows, playing kickball in the fields, and reuniting with my 3 other Old English Sheepdog sisters who had already transitioned and were here waiting to greet me.
Mommy and Daddy thank YOU from the bottom of their hearts for your empathy, for your very gentle, supportive, kind approach and manner shown to both them and me and for providing such a calm, peaceful, loving and beautiful transition for me. I do so appreciate their choosing YOU to help them help me through what was such a difficult decision for them!
Remembering you, Blessing you in my Puppy Prayers, and Thanking God for your help, Dr. Kimmie,
Chloe Lesko and her parents, Mike and Dee"
Dee LeskoSummerville, S. Carolina
"I was very impressed with the service of this practice. I knew on a Friday night that I was going to have to put my dog down the next day. I called a local vet on Saturday morning, wondering how I was going to get the poor dog in and out of the car. The vet did not have any availability and gave me the number for Lap of Love. I didn't even know they existed. It was, by far, the best experience I could have asked for. Dr. Kim was very kind and understanding. She shaved a little dog hair for keepsake and made a keepsake doggie print for me. Yesterday, I received a hand written thank you card from her in the mail. I will definitely use their services again for my other furry family members, and I highly recommend them to everyone I talk to."
Dawn GroomSummerville, S. Carolina
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
Bees Ferry Veterinarian
Veterinary Emergency Care, N. Charleston
Pet Rest Cemetery
Veterinary Emergency Care, Mt. Pleasant
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Charleston area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a $30-$100 fee based on your 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 1601Johns Island, SC 29457