PRICING AND INFORMATION

All services are provided in the comfort of your home.

APPOINTMENT PRICING

EUTHANASIA$375

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$375

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: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years 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 pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, birds, fish, and goats. Call for pricing and availability.

AFTERCARE PRICING

PRIVATE CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$300
Pets 100 - 149 pounds$350
Pets 150 - 200 pounds$400

With this option, your pet is cremated privately at a licensed crematory. The ashes are contained in a lovely indian rosewood urn with an engraved nameplate and will be returned either to your regular veterinarian, shipped directly to your home, or available for pickup in Fairfax Virginia based on your preference. This will be discussed with the doctor at the time of your appointment. Typical timeframe for return is 7-14 days depending on method of return. 

COMMUNAL CREMATION
Pets up to 99 pounds$150
Pets 100 - 200 pounds$200

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 at a certified pet cemetery.

ADDITIONAL AFTERCARE FEES

To best honor your personal space, our doctors do not arrive with a vet technician.  Therefore, if your family has elected cremation for a pet over 30 pounds, we may ask your assistance moving your loved one after euthanasia has been performed.  If additional help is needed outside what is available in the home, we may request that the crematory come to assist us.  In this case, an additional fee will be needed to cover their charge. 

AVAILABILITY
We are here to answer your questions every day, Monday - Saturday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Appointments are scheduled throughout the week, please call for availability. Sometimes pets take a turn for the worse overnight or in a short amount of time, so we do our best to accommodate same day appointments with a few hours notice, but cannot guarantee that. If this is a medical emergency, please contact your local veterinarian or one of the emergency clinics listed in the Local Resources section.
Meet The Doctors
Let us introduce you to the amazing hospice veterinarians in your area!

Dr. Beth

Beth Meadow

My main goals as a young child were to convince my parents to let me have a dog, and to convince wildlife and stray cats to make a home in my family's yard in San Antonio, Texas. I grew up memorizing dog breed standards, reading James Herriot stories, and eventually was allowed to get a little rat terrier puppy I named Tootsie. As the oldest of four siblings, Tootsie was my constant companion and adventure buddy when my parents were busy with my sisters and brother. Though I loved her dearly, Tootsie was a terrier, and thus often disobedient by nature. In obedience school I received high marks for "excellent corrections,” but despite these efforts, Tootsie would often escape from the house just to chase down and bark ferociously at some friendly, easy-going labrador. One of her more humorous transgressions was to steal freshly-baked goods and hide them around the house. She was fiercely loyal, brave, and like most terriers, a little too smart for her own good. Due to my love for her, the animal kingdom, and curiosity about the natural world, I decided I wanted be a veterinarian when I grew up. 

In addition to animals, I also enjoyed music and art as a child, taking piano lessons, playing in my middle and high school orchestras and bands, and singing in my college choir. I attended Austin College, a small liberal arts college in northern Texas, where I majored in Spanish and minored in Art and Biology while completing my pre-veterinary curriculum. I spent a wonderful semester in Granada, Spain, which was "like a dream," just as my professors had promised. My college jobs included veterinary technician work during school holidays, and weekly animal caretaking duties at the biology lab. I spent a year with Americorps working for Heifer International on a farm in Arkansas before graduating from veterinary school at Texas A&M in 2013. After vet school I spent three and a half fulfilling years in primary care and will always treasure these patients and their families in my heart. 

Both in my personal and professional life, I have seen the comfort that in-home euthanasia and hospice care can bring to a grieving family. My first dog was terrified at the vet so letting her pass on at home was a gift for her and us at the end of her battle with cancer and heart disease. Some of my most tender and sacred moments in practice have been during end of life home visits for clients and friends. Our animal companions truly touch and enrich our lives in such meaningful ways. My goal is to help honor that gift of love and meaning by making their transition out of this world as peaceful as possible. 

Dr. Christine

Christine Haisfield

From the time I was a small child I always had a love for animals.  Growing up in the suburbs of DC, I had pet dogs and cats, not to mention any injured or orphaned bunny, squirrel, or bird my parents would let me take in.  The special bond between me and my pets is what drove me to be a veterinarian.

I attended the University of Maryland and studied zoology and psychology.  Though I knew I ultimately wanted to become a veterinarian, I also enjoyed working in the sciences and spent time in neuroscience research prior to making the jump to veterinary school.  I attended the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, and then made the move back to DC to start my veterinary career.

For several years, I worked as a general practitioner, and found that the most rewarding part of my job was helping to strengthen the bond between families and their pets.  I started doing house calls for end of life care a few years into private practice, and seeing the comfort it brought to pets and their families to be in their own homes when saying goodbye is what ultimately brought me to Lap of Love.  I consider it a privilege to be able to help families in this way, and am honored to be able to make this difficult process as peaceful as possible.


Dr. Christine

Christine Shibly

Growing up with a constant influx of rescue animals into our home, I knew as a young child that I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I spent as much time as possible helping my mom with all sorts of animal activities; from working with retired Greyhound racers and the Weimaraner rescue to helping with the occasional stray. I even assisted with a Beagle that gave birth during the middle of Thanksgiving dinner. I remember always wanting to be around animals even during their final moments before passing away. We lost our family greyhound Bogie to bone cancer when I was about fifteen years old and I vividly remember sitting on the floor of the veterinarian’s office holding him in my arms as he slowly passed away. I feel that every family should have the opportunity to be with their pet, providing comfort and support during their final stages of life.

With a budding interest and determination in helping animals, I decided to attend the Veterinary College at the University of Florida. I simultaneously worked as a veterinary technician which allowed me to learn many of the technical skills necessary for a career as a Veterinarian. The hospital I worked for performed many house calls, mainly for in-home euthanasias, which provided me with an introduction to an important aspect of the Veterinary field which most have not been able to experience. Preparing the doctor’s bag for the euthanasia procedure was surreal, but I fully understood the reality and seriousness of the circumstances the minute I entered the family’s home.

I assisted with many euthanasias in various locations, from the family’s special garden or a soft blanket on the floor of the living room to a pet’s favorite spot in the backyard. The one thought that is synonymous with each location is the how in-home euthanasia can help bring a little peace to a family during a very stressful time. Saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be one of the most difficult things in life. My hope is that I may be able to make this transition a little easier by allowing the family members to say farewell in the peace and comfort of their own home.


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Dr. Kimberly

Kimberly McGrath

As the granddaughter and daughter of animal lovers, it was only natural that I developed a love for animals at a young age. Growing up, I had several beloved animal companions: a cat, a dog, and two horses. Caring for and riding my horses taught me about the strength of the human-animal bond, and I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a veterinarian.   

It was a dream come true to attend the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. As a first year veterinary student, I began volunteering with the school's Pet Loss Support Hotline and remained involved all my years as a student. I felt drawn to this volunteer work, and it was a privilege to speak with grieving pet owners, hear memories of their beloved companions, and offer them empathy and support.

During my years in practice, my top priority has always been to help pets and owners maintain a good quality of life. I love teaming with pet owners to collectively decide on the best plans to diagnose, treat, and manage their pets. It is an honor to support and celebrate the strong bonds that we have with our animal companions, and to provide peace and dignity at the end of their lives.

Dr. Abigail

Abigail Shearin, VMD, PhD

I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I could remember and it was never a stronger calling than when having to make the difficult decision to euthanize one of my family’s beloved pets. As a teenager, I bottle-raised a sick puppy who had many congenital defects that eventually led to the decision to euthanize. He was my puppy and at the age 14 years old, it was my decision. That was one of the hardest days of my life, but it was never clearer to me that veterinary medicine was the right path.  A peaceful passing, surrounded by their loved ones, is one of the greatest gifts we can give our pets when they are struggling. Now, through the DC-area chapter of Lap of Love, I am proud to offer this as an in-home service, making it that much more loving, peaceful and meaningful. 

During my training to become a veterinarian, I also received a PhD studying Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. This led to a deeper understanding of the management of chronic diseases and evoked a number of critical questions regarding quality of life. Our pets are often too stoic for us to detect when there is an underlying disease and they can sometimes fail rapidly, even with medical interventions. 

Currently, I have a cat who requires significant care for chronic health issues. This has further deepened my understanding of the emotional resources that come with managing chronic diseases. Eventually these diseases will lead to a poor quality of life for him, and once again, I will be faced with the decision of when to euthanize. It brings me a great sense of peace and reassurance that when this time comes, my cat won’t suffer and will pass quietly in my arms at home.

I look forward to offering that same peace to pet families by enabling my patients to pass as stress-free as possible at home. I am honored to provide these services to the pets of loving owners in Virginia, DC, and Maryland region.

Dr. Danielle

Danielle Lewis

I was the typical cliché of a farm girl that always knew from the time that I took my first steps that I was destined to become a veterinarian. I grew up in a small, no name town in West Virginia and learned early on how to ride horses and help my dad on the farm. I always brought home stray or injured animals attempting to fix them up like the old James Herriot stories, much to my mother's dismay.  

My college life started in West Virginia but eventually ended up at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. While there I received the "Most Caring and Compassionate" scholarship during my final year in clinics. Upon graduation I moved to Northern Virginia and worked in the private practice sector for five years, before transitioning to the biggest challenge of my life as an emergency clinician at a specialty hospital. I have spent the last eight years there taking care of pets and their families during some of the worst times in their lives. Emergency medicine has its share of successful cases however there are also many that are not. It is with those cases that I found myself thinking of ways that I could make this very difficult time as gentle and peaceful as possible. 

During the euthanasia process pet parents would often times mention how this had to be the most difficult aspect of the job but I did not view it that way. These patients were usually suffering in some way, whether it be physical or quality of life issues, and I was able to provide them peace. The ability to ease their suffering in a kind and gentle way and have them surrounded by loving family makes me feel that I am truly providing a much needed service that is sometimes overlooked in veterinary medicine. I am honored to be chosen as one of Lap of Love's veterinarians and look forward to helping families navigate this difficult time.

Dr. Danielle

Danielle Sanguanboon

I grew up in New Jersey in an animal loving family and our family dog, Lady, was a sweet English Setter and my favorite playmate.  I became intrigued with animals and medicine at about age 5 when Lady became blind in her old age. I remember being amazed by how well she adapted without her sight and that’s when I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. It instilled in me the desire to help animals in any way I could. As soon as I was old enough to volunteer at the local animal shelter, I was there every weekend caring for the homeless cats and dogs and wanting to save them all.  

I went on to attend college at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and while I was there, I got a job at a local veterinary hospital. That job confirmed my desire to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  It was from this hospital that I also adopted my first set of cats, Doobie and Foxy, who became my constant companions throughout college and veterinary school training.  They were the most patient cats allowing for hundreds of hours of practice exams to be performed on them.  I then attended veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin and while learning all the cat and dog medicine that I loved, I also got to train in zoos, work at a raptor center, perform surgery on farm animals, rescue wildlife, and learn elephant medicine in Thailand.  While I had many awesome adventures in veterinary school, my early passion was emergency and critical care medicine.  After graduation, I returned to the University of Pennsylvania for an internship and after that, I worked in emergency and critical care medicine at a specialty center in Virginia for several years before transitioning to General Practice. 

I loved working with families and their pets in every capacity, but the aspect of my job that I found most rewarding was bringing peace to families while helping them say goodbye to their beloved pets in their own special way.  My cats, Doobie and Foxy, were by my side for many years and when I had to say goodbye to each of them, I was able to do so in the comfort of my home, with each cat in his own bed.  As this was so meaningful to me, I am so grateful, honored, and privileged to be able to help families in this way through Lap of Love.

Dr. Jessica

Jessica Gibson

I grew up in Los Angeles, California and was an animal lover right from the start. My family always had cats, sometimes lots of them. Cats were my first love, but then we got a little terrier mix dog named Casey and I adored him. My parents eventually let me take horseback riding lessons and my passion for horses just blossomed. My favorite horses at the time were Medicine Man and Gloria Kay. I remember my cousins saying that I would become a veterinarian one day due to my love of all animals; they were right!

I went to Cal Poly, Pomona, as an undergraduate, and then to the University of California at Davis for veterinary school. Prior to veterinary school, I worked as an assistant both in an emergency clinic and also in general practice. I rode around with an equine veterinarian, and even went to Wisconsin and went on calls with a dairy veterinarian. Upon graduation from veterinary school I worked in several practices in the greater Los Angeles area. My practices included daytime general practice, feline only practice and a busy 24-hour animal hospital. I eventually started my own house call practice, mainly caring for cats and I found that I really enjoyed getting to know people and their pets in the comfort of their own homes.

In 2015 I moved to Loudoun County, Virginia. My husband and I drove cross-country with two cars, two boys, two cats, and a dog! My horse followed 9 months later.

When I found Lap of Love, I knew it would be a great fit for me. I know how much easier it is for the pets and for their people to be in the familiar surroundings of their own home and I am honored to provide this loving care to pets and families.

Dr. Jillian

Jillian Schrier

After spending my childhood begging my parents for every type of pet imaginable, I always knew my life would be spent somehow helping animals any way I could. My path strayed during college, where I studied finance at Florida State University. While completing my Master’s in Finance, I started working part-time at a veterinary hospital as an assistant and I knew immediately I needed to change my current path back to that original dream. I went back and completed the necessary prerequisites while gaining all the experience I could, and I was accepted to (and went on to graduate from) the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Since graduating, I have worked as a general practitioner, guiding families from the first puppy visit to end of life care and all in between. These experiences have showed me how strong the animal-human bond can be, and I am thankful for my position in being able to guide that bond. My passion for creating a peaceful end of life transition grew while providing mobile care to families and seeing how being in their own homes, surrounded by loved ones, created the most peaceful and loving experience for both the pet and their family. I am honored to join Lap of Love and to be able to provide this service to more families and their beloved pets.

Dr. Stephanie

Stephanie Henderson

Growing up in Tennessee, I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I brought home a menagerie of animals, all of whom I wanted to fix and keep.

I was fortunate enough to attend the University of the South and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Following school, I worked in a variety of veterinary hospitals in Tennessee, and then Virginia. These experiences allowed me to understand the importance of helping our beloved companions when they are suffering. Our pets are family members and they deserve the very best we can give them. Allowing our loved ones to be at home, where they are at peace and surrounded by people who love them, at the end of their life is a tremendous gift. I am honored to be a part of such a sacred process.

About Beth Meadow

My main goals as a young child were to convince my parents to let me have a dog, and to convince wildlife and stray cats to make a home in my family's yard in San Antonio, Texas. I grew up memorizing dog breed standards, reading James Herriot stories, and eventually was allowed to get a little rat terrier puppy I named Tootsie. As the oldest of four siblings, Tootsie was my constant companion and adventure buddy when my parents were busy with my sisters and brother. Though I loved her dearly, Tootsie was a terrier, and thus often disobedient by nature. In obedience school I received high marks for "excellent corrections,” but despite these efforts, Tootsie would often escape from the house just to chase down and bark ferociously at some friendly, easy-going labrador. One of her more humorous transgressions was to steal freshly-baked goods and hide them around the house. She was fiercely loyal, brave, and like most terriers, a little too smart for her own good. Due to my love for her, the animal kingdom, and curiosity about the natural world, I decided I wanted be a veterinarian when I grew up. 

In addition to animals, I also enjoyed music and art as a child, taking piano lessons, playing in my middle and high school orchestras and bands, and singing in my college choir. I attended Austin College, a small liberal arts college in northern Texas, where I majored in Spanish and minored in Art and Biology while completing my pre-veterinary curriculum. I spent a wonderful semester in Granada, Spain, which was "like a dream," just as my professors had promised. My college jobs included veterinary technician work during school holidays, and weekly animal caretaking duties at the biology lab. I spent a year with Americorps working for Heifer International on a farm in Arkansas before graduating from veterinary school at Texas A&M in 2013. After vet school I spent three and a half fulfilling years in primary care and will always treasure these patients and their families in my heart. 

Both in my personal and professional life, I have seen the comfort that in-home euthanasia and hospice care can bring to a grieving family. My first dog was terrified at the vet so letting her pass on at home was a gift for her and us at the end of her battle with cancer and heart disease. Some of my most tender and sacred moments in practice have been during end of life home visits for clients and friends. Our animal companions truly touch and enrich our lives in such meaningful ways. My goal is to help honor that gift of love and meaning by making their transition out of this world as peaceful as possible. 

"Jessica was perfect for us when we had to say good bye to our sweet boy. She helped us through every step of the process and was very clear about what was happening. She let us have our final moments with Chron and came in and helped ease his pain.

I am so grateful for Dr. Jessica during that moment. It was so hard for us but having her there really did give us peace."

Amanda Willis
Ashburn, Virginia

"Dr Abby was such an amazing source of comfort throughout the whole process. Chewy passed so peacefully in her care and she was so caring and loving. I would recommend this form of care to anyone who has an aging pet that needs to move on to their next destination."

Lyn Witt
Bethesda, Maryland

"Dr. Shearin was a great comfort to us and to Lexi. She helped ensure that Lexi had an exceptionally peaceful passing. We are grateful to have had her experience and assistance as Lexi crossed the rainbow bridge."

Dan Ready
Washington, District of Columbia

"Thank you to Dr. Gibson for her caring assistance in saying goodbye to our best friend, Skittles."

Valerie Gross
Vienna, Virginia

"Oscar was my partner for almost 10 years and a huge part of our family. When we decided that it was time for us to say goodbye, we wanted Oscar to feel as comfortable as possible and be surrounded by his loved ones. Dr. Jessica made the process less painful by allowing the family to be with Oscar till the end. She was a true professional, compassionate and very patient. She explained the entire process as she went along and helped us understand each procedure. At the end of the process, Dr. Jessica spoke with me and put me at ease with her kind words. We recommend Lap of Love if you ever have to make this difficult decision. Thank you Dr. Jessica and Lap of Love for all you do!"

Santiago Rivera
Bristow, Virginia

"Dr. Jessica was the best! In a tough situation, saying goodbye to sweet Bo, she was efficient, compassionate, professional, honest, and perfect for our situation. She treated Bo with respect and dignity and met our needs just as we had anticipated. She took her time, allowed us to have a peaceful goodbye, and considering the circumstances, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. We would highly recommend Dr. Jessica and Lap of Love."

Suzanne Swadener
Manassas, Virginia

LOCAL RESOURCES
Pet Life and Loss Support Services
Emergency Clinic

  (703) 752-9100

VCA SouthPaws Vet Specialists & Emergency Center

Pet Loss Support

  (202) 966-2171

PAL- People Animals Love

Emergency Clinic

  (703) 281-5121

The Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine

Pet Loss Support

  (540) 231-8038

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

SERVICE AREA

Helping families in the following areas:

Proudly serving families in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and parts of Maryland surrounding the DC metropolitan area. Additional travel fees apply to Washington DC, Maryland, and some extended areas of the northern Virginia area based upon distance from veterinarian. Additional travel fee is typically $50-75 depending on area.

Pet Memorials
“When you adopt a pet you never really think about the moment you’ll have to say good bye. You only think about the joy and love you’re going to bring to their lives for what you believe will be forever.

Chron was my best friend. I told him everything these past 10 years. When I was upset, he knew, when I was depressed, he laid sprawled across ...
Amanda Willis
November 30, 2020
“Chewy we are so happy that you are no longer in pain and had a beautiful crossing on Saturday. You were by no doubt the best dog and you were so loved by your family. You passed so quickly and it is still a shock that you are gone. We all loved you so much and we know that you are playing and running freely in the woods in Vermont. You were ...
Lyn Witt
November 30, 2020
“Lexi, you are sorely missed. The days of you playing zoomies, going on nice long walks, and begging and begging and begging for food were gone well before you left us, but you still brought us such joy and you were in good spirits until the end.

It's hard to walk into the house and know that you're not here. It's hard giving up the routines ...
Dan Ready
November 21, 2020
“Skittles, we miss you so terribly much! Not seeing you in one of your many beds throughout the house is the hardest thing. We hope that we gave you the best life a mini dachshund could possibly have, and that it was a life filled with love, cuddling, burrowing, snacking, tugging, and petting. Your human family will never forget you, we have about ...
Valerie Gross
November 20, 2020
PAYMENT OPTIONS

To make the experience as peaceful as possible, credit card over the phone (before the appointment) is generally preferred. We are also more than happy to accept a check (made to 'Lap of Love') 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.

We also accept Care Credit.

Mailing Address

Lap of Love
3136 Singleton Circle
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Owned And Operated

This Lap of Love location is independently owned and operated by Dr. Christine Shibly.

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