Knoxville & 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 buried on private land.
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 6am - 10pm. 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.
Allie Prokop, DVM
Even before entering the veterinary field, I felt the strength of the human-animal bond. Our first family dog, Becca, was a gentle giant of a Boxer who graced us with many fun, loving, selfless years. My favorite memories of her include her wrestling us as children to tickle our faces with her muzzle, sledding with her at our home in Massachusetts, and when she came home leading a hiker who had been lost in our woods. When she passed, I remember the void that was left behind in her place, and I was so grateful to have such wonderful memories to keep with me in her absence.
Becca was one of many reasons I pursued a career in veterinary medicine. After attending Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, I followed my passion to the University of Tennessee to complete an internship in Equine Field Service. It was at my first job, a mixed animal practice in Oregon, that I gained a true appreciation of the importance of at home end of life care. What an honor it is to be able to give my patients a peaceful passing in their own homes, surrounded by their loving families. It is a privilege to provide this service and bring comfort to such grateful families in their time of need.
I am so glad to be back in Tennessee, and I look forward to helping families in and around Knoxville. When not working, I enjoy travelling, hiking in the Smokies, watching the Vols, and spending time at home with my kitties.
Allie Prokop, DVM
"Dr. Allie Prokop is the best at what she does .She came on a very short notice and took care of our boxer Annie. Dr. Allie was so sweet and caring. We really appreciate her and how fast she got here. We will highly recommend her to everyone we know. She don't care if she gets her hands dirty she climbed under our wagon to make Annie happy and comfortable. We really appreciate her and everything she done for us and our sweet Annie. THANK YOU SO MUCH"
Bill Jennings JenningsBlount co.Walland Tn, Tennessee
"Dr. Allie was wonderful with our sweet Blaze and my family as well. She was very gentle and loving and made our Boston Terrier feel very comfortable. We couldn’t have wanted a more peaceful way for him to pass than what she provided. The service that Lap of Love provides was truly a blessing to our family."
Jennifer FraleySevierville, Tennessee
"When I went looking to adopt an older kitty almost 7 years ago, this wonderful tuxedo boy adopted me instead. He stuck his paw out of his cage and meowed in that boy cat voice, not once but twice as I walked by his cage. Little did I know he would change my life forever. He quickly had me wrapped around his paw and my routines changed to match his wants. He was the biggest lover kitty and would let you know if he wasn't getting the attention he felt you should be providing...tapping you with his paw a few times then a gentle bite. Charlie had to be in the middle of everything being done from me brushing my teeth, putting on makeup to washing clothes and TV time was really kitty loves time. I could go on and on about this amazing cat but instead will just finish with: Charlieboy, momma and daddy love you and miss you so much. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine at the rainbow bridge."
Cindy RitterKnoxville, Tennessee
"Dr Allie came into our home, on a rainy Saturday evening, during our time of need. She was compassionate, gentle and loving to our sweet Daisy. She was soft spoken and had a soft touch. She reassured us this was the right decision for Daisy and she would no longer suffer. She gave us all the time we needed with Daisy after she passed. Dr. Allie allowed our other dog time to acknowledge and grieve for Daisy. Dr. Allie made this incredibly difficult time, a beautiful last moment with our dog. Daisy passed in her favorite bed with her family at her side. Thank you for all the love you gave my family."
Sandy BoleynKnoxville, Tennessee
"Dr. Allie Prokop was a godsend, she put us at ease the moment she arrived at our house. We, of course wanted to know if we were making the right choice. After talking with her and examining Oliver she assured us that he was ready. I can't understate how much she helped us through this difficult process. She was kind and caring with our Oliver and treated him with love and respect in his final moments of life. This was a difficult process but we made the right choice with Lap of Love and Dr. Allie Prokop."
Sherri ClarkKnoxville, Tennessee
"Dr. Allie was very easy to talk to. She was understanding, patient and empathetic. She was able to understand my blubbering and was just very gentle about the whole situation. I can't even fathom having to do this kind of thing on a regular basis but she handles it with grace. She made an extremely difficult decision a little bit bearable and I really appreciate everything she did for me and Moochie."
Riley BronaughKnoxville, Tennessee
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
The University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center, Knoxville
The University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center Support Line
The Animal ER, Critical Care and Referral Center, Knoxville
The Pet Emergency Clinic in Knoxville
Midland Pet Emergency Clinic, Alcoa
Helping families in the following areas:
We proudly serve the greater Knoxville area. Due to the expansive area covered, there may be a travel fee of $50-$75 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 LovePO Box 18031Knoxville, TN 37928